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The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked 

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Like spaghetti and meatballs and peanut butter and jelly, music and comedy are a match made in heaven. The best musical comedies provide movie-goers with lots of laughs and leave them with a song on their lips. This is a list of the top funny musical movies including everything from Grease to The Producers to Singin' in the Rain.

What films will you find on this list of top funny musicals? This Is Spinal Tap put a distinctly modern twist on the genre. Rob Reiner's hilarious mockumentary about a fading British heavy metal band brought us such hits as “Big Bottom,” “Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight,” and “Stonehenge.” Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, and Fran Drescher are just a few of the cast members from the film. School of Rock is another hilarious movie that combines music and comedy. The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a cult hit thanks to its unique humor and infectious songs. Other good films featured on this best musical comedy movies list include Sing Street, Pitch Perfect, and The Wedding Singer.

Which musical comedy do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best films a thumbs up, and add any that are missing.

 

Musical comedy movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.

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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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JenAnistonFriends added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman

Released: 2020

Directed by: Rachel Lee Goldenberg

Valley Girl is a 2020 American jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, it is a remake of the 1983 movie of the same name. Set primarily in the '80s, against all ...more

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Scott Merritt added Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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#37 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #119 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #369 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Scott Merritt added Cool as Ice Naomi Campbell, Vanilla Ice, Kathryn Morris

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Kellogg

Cool as Ice is a 1991 American musical romance film directed by David Kellogg and starring rapper Vanilla Ice in his feature film debut. The film focuses on the character of Johnny Van Owen, a ...more

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#374 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #80 of 123 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals #9 of 16 The Best '90s Hip Hop Movies

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Scott Merritt added Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Tewksbury

Stay Away, Joe is a 1968 Western-comedy film, with musical interludes, set in modern times and starring Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith and Joan Blondell. The film was based on the 1953 novel by ...more
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Scott Merritt added Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Hugh Laurie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bob Spiers

Spice World is a 1997 British-American musical comedy film directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. The film stars pop girl group the Spice Girls who all play their ...more

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Scott Merritt added Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fred de Cordova

Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas from The Beverly Hillbillies TV ...more

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#369 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #177 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #237 of 347 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Scott Merritt added Michelle Pfeiffer, Sid Caesar, Connie Stevens

Released: 1982

Directed by: Patricia Birch

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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#256 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #727 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #193 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Scott Merritt added Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Blanc, Tress MacNeille

Released: 1991

Directed by: Bob Seeley, James L. George

Rover Dangerfield is a 1991 American animated musical comedy film produced by Hyperion Animation and released by Warner Bros., starring the voice talents of comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who also ...more
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Scott Merritt added Elvis Presley, Deanna Lund, Red West

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mickey Moore

Paradise, Hawaiian Style is a 1966 musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was the third and final motion picture that Presley filmed in Hawaii. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly ...more
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Scott Merritt added Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Isabelle Adjani

Released: 1987

Directed by: Elaine May

Ishtar is a 1987 American action comedy film written and directed by Elaine May and produced by Warren Beatty, who co-starred with Dustin Hoffman. The story revolves around a duo of incredibly ...more

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#894 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #123 of 140 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies #116 of 264 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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Scott Merritt added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1965

Directed by: Richard Lester

Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

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Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Mark Benton

Released: 2018

Directed by: John McPhail

Anna and the Apocalypse is a 2017 British Christmas zombie musical film directed by John McPhail. When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven at Christmas, teenager Anna ...more
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Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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#57 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #43 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #70 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more

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#17 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #19 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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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Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Linklater

School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin

Released: 1954

Directed by: Walter Lang

There's No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama, directed by Walter Lang. It stars an ensemble cast, consisting of Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald ...more
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Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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#35 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #110 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #630 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon

Released: 1971

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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#148 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #210 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #283 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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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