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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
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
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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#10 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #2 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in Singin' in the Rain, Ranked by Singability

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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
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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Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Mark Benton
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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Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin
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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Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove
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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#70 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #157 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing What Happened To All The Kids From School Of Rock

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Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg
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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#37 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #99 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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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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#639 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Every Song in The Producers, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow
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
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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#52 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #126 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever

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Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon
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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#20 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songsfeaturing Every Song in Fiddler on the Roof, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
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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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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#31 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #21 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in Hairspray, Ranked by Singability

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Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston
Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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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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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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#9 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #495 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #24 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel
Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer ...more

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#202 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #271 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor
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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Rosie O'Donnell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film written for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Based on Mitchell's and Stephen Trask's stage musical Hedwig ...more

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#91 of 205 The Best Movies About Music #39 of 119 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicalsfeaturing Every Song in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ranked by Singability

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Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan
Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau
Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman ...more

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#20 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #116 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Every Song in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ranked by Singability

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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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Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jean Stapleton
Bells Are Ringing is a 1960 romantic comedy-musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin.