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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.

 

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  • 1
    White Christmas
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    White Christmas

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

    Released1954

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Singin' in the Rain
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    45

    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Grease
    108
    60

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Anna and the Apocalypse
    63
    36

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn McPhail

    Anna and the Apocalypse is a 2017 British Christmas zombie musical film directed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Blues Brothers
    35
    9

    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    School of Rock
    90
    67

    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • 7
    Chicago
    29
    5

    Chicago

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Pitch Perfect
    38
    18

    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    The Producers
    22
    7

    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars

    Released1967

    Directed byMel Brooks

    The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    There's No Business Like Show Business
    37
    23

    There's No Business Like Show Business

    Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman

    Released1954

    Directed byWalter Lang

    There's No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Muppet Movie
    41
    30

    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Mamma Mia!
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    61

    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

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  • 13
    Sister Act
    39
    30

    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Enchanted
    22
    11

    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

    Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Fiddler on the Roof
    17
    5

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol

    Released1971

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    40
    34

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
    45
    41

    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Little Shop of Horrors
    53
    54

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

    Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    64
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Hairspray
    22
    16

    Hairspray

    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    Released1967

    Directed byDavid Swift

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a 1967 musical comedy film based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Cry-Baby
    27
    26

    Cry-Baby

    Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Waters

    Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Bells Are Ringing
    19
    16

    Bells Are Ringing

    Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery

    Released1960

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Bells Are Ringing is a 1960 romantic comedy-musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Hello, Dolly!
    11
    5

    Hello, Dolly!

    Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong

    Released1969

    Directed byGene Kelly

    Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    10
    5

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds

    Released1982

    Directed byColin Higgins

    This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button