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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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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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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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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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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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Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

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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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

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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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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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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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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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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Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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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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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Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

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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Lisa Miller added John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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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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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Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing

Released: 1967

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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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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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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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Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Waters

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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Michele Lee, Rudy Vallée, Hy Averback

Released: 1967

Directed by: David Swift

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a 1967 musical comedy film based on the 1961 stage musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Shepherd Mead's book. The film was ...more

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Released: 1993

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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

Released: 1960

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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