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Get ready to release your inner musical theater geek with this list of fantastically cheesy musical movies. To some people, pretty much every musical film is a guilty pleasure. Those who adore the genre, however, would never feel shame at loving The Sound of Music or Fiddler on the Roof. But From Justin to Kelly? That's a different story. If you want something over-the-top corny, you've come to the right place. 

Due to the infectious singing, musicals are easy to love, even when their execution is objectively terrible. Guilty pleasure musical films come in many forms. Some are just straight up dumb, with absurd plot lines, atrocious singing, terrible choreography, and laughable costumes. Others were stage-to-film adaptations that fell flat. There are also some musicals that were critically acclaimed in their time, but have aged so poorly you feel ashamed at loving them. Whatever you're looking for, all the cheesiest films are below. Browse this list to find the best guilty pleasure musicals for you! 

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
High School Musical Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Xanadu Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the ...more

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Annie Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Greatest Showman Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Hair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Hair Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae Hair is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama and film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same name about a Vietnam war draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Phantom of the Opera Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Producers Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more

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Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Thoroughly Modern Millie Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay by Richard Morris focuses on a naive young woman who finds herself ...more

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The Singing Detective is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Singing Detective Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes The Singing Detective is a 2003 American musical crime comedy film directed by Keith Gordon and based on the BBC serial of the same name, a work by British writer Dennis Potter. It stars Robert ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Newsies Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret Newsies is a 1992 American musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega in his film directing debut. It is loosely based on the New York City ...more

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The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name ...more

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Rock of Ages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Rock of Ages Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin Rock of Ages is a 2012 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. The film is an adaptation of the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical of the same name by Chris D'Arienzo. ...more

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Robin Hood: Men in Tights Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a 1993 French-American musical adventure comedy film and a parody of the Robin Hood story. Produced and directed by Mel Brooks, the film stars Cary Elwes, Richard ...more

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Grease 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Grease 2 Michelle Pfeiffer, Sid Caesar, Connie Stevens Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical film and sequel to Grease, which is based upon the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Grease 2 was produced by Allan Carr and Robert ...more