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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies  

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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
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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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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 King and I is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Hair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae
Hair is a 1979 musical comedy-drama and film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same name about a Vietnam draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to ...more
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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono
Across the Universe is a 2007 British-American jukebox musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor. The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance ...more
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The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors
This film 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 and stars Dolly Parton and ...more
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Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Rock of Ages is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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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Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon
Yesterday is a 2019 British musical comedy film directed by Danny Boyle. A struggling musician, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), discovers that the whole world has forgotten who the Beatles are and ...more
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Grease 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
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
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The Singing Detective is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Movies
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes
The Singing Detective is a 2003 American musical 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