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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 share some of your favorite funny tunes in the comments section.

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

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Katharine Hepburn, Helen Hayes, Ethel Merman Stage Door Canteen is a musical film produced by Sol Lesser Productions and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Frank Borzage and features many cameo appearances by celebrities. ...more

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James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The ...more

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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Joseph Crehan Gold Diggers of 1937 is a 1936 Warner Bros. movie musical directed by Lloyd Bacon with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley, and starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, who ...more

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Gloria Stuart, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell Gold Diggers of 1935 is a Warner Bros. musical film directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley and starring Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart and Alice Brady, and featuring Winifred ...more

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Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Olivia de Havilland Thank Your Lucky Stars is a musical comedy film made by Warner Brothers as a World War II fundraiser, with a slim plot, involving theater producers. The stars donated their salaries to the ...more

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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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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the film has twelve songs written expressly for the ...more

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Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Montgomery, Don Rickles Bikini Beach is a 1964 American teen film directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film belongs to the beach party genre of movies, popular in the 1960s. ...more

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Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film ...more

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Bette Davis, William Powell, Reginald Owen Fashions of 1934 is a 1934 Pre-Code American musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert and ...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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Jack Benny, Robert Taylor, Buddy Ebsen Broadway Melody of 1936 is a musical film released by MGM in 1935. In New York, the film opened at the Capitol Theatre, the site of many prestigious MGM premieres. It was a follow-up of sorts to ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler 42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was ...more

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Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. He meets ...more

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Jérémie Patoine-Côté added Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Billie Burke The Barkleys of Broadway is a 1949 musical film from the Arthur Freed unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that reunited Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after ten years apart. Directed by Charles Walters, ...more

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JenAnistonFriends added 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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Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and dramatized ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, in which two sailors go on a four-day ...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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Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, such as ...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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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby Robin and the 7 Hoods is a 1964 American musical film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby. The picture features Peter Falk, ...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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Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier The Love Parade is a 1929 musical comedy film about the marital difficulties of Queen Louise of Sylvania and her consort, Count Alfred Renard. Despite his love for Louise and his promise to be ...more

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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It also features Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Erik ...more

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Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The film was made by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by MGM. It was ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked
Jérémie Patoine-Côté added Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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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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Jérémie Patoine-Côté added Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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Lisa Miller added 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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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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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Dolores del Río Flying Down to Rio is a 1933 RKO musical film noted for being the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond received top billing ...more

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Denis Kokai added Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more

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Fred Astaire, Julie Newmar, Cyd Charisse The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin' in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, although it was only a modest box-office ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked
Lisa Miller added 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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Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse The Harvey Girls is a 1946 MGM musical film based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Samuel Hopkins Adams, about Fred Harvey's famous Harvey House waitresses. Directed by George Sidney, the ...more

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Lisa Miller added 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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Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the gunman is not what ...more

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked
Jérémie Patoine-Côté added Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937 ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked
yağızkart added 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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Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya Smallfoot is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. Migo (Channing Tatum) is a Yeti who is convinced that the elusive creatures known as ...more

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stop... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked
JasonCarroll added Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a 2016 American mockumentary comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and written, produced by and starring Andy Samberg, Schaffer and ...more

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Lisa Miller added Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt The Pirates of Penzance is a 1983 musical film based on Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera of the same name. It stars Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Angela Lansbury, George Rose, Linda Ronstadt, and ...more

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John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. A year after the death of her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), Sophie ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly Let's Make Love is a 1960 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Jerry Wald from a screenplay by Norman ...more

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Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney ...more