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The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture 

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Sometimes, movies can inspire you to break out into song. No wonder so many movie musicals have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The top musical movies nominated for best picture feature unforgettable songs, top-tier acting, and classic storylines. This is a list of the best musicals nominated for Oscars, including everything from Beauty and the Beast to Mary Poppins to Chicago.

What films will you find on this list of the best musicals nominated for best picture? West Side Story took home 10 trophies at the 1961 Oscars, including the prize for Best Picture. The sparkling film transported the tale of Romeo and Juliet to contemporary New York City. The Sound of Music is another great musical that was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Baz Luhrmann's dazzling visuals helped earn Moulin Rouge! a best picture nomination in 2001. Other good films featured on this list include My Fair Lady, An American in Parisand Fiddler on the Roof.

Do you have a favorite from among these Oscar winning musicals? Give the best films a thumbs up and share some of your favorite silver screen songs in the comments section.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1965 - WON

Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, + more

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1964

Actors: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn, + more

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1961 - WON

Actors: Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, + more

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1971

Actors: Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon, Ray Lovelock, Leonard Frey, + more

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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#12 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in Fiddler on the Roof, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2002 - WON

Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, + more

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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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1956

Actors: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Alan Mowbray, Martin Benson, + more

Directed by: Walter Lang

The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more

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#14 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #42 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2012

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, + more

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more

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#10 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #8 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1964 - WON

Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel, + more

Directed by: George Cukor

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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#7 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in My Fair Lady, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2001

Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, + more

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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#27 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #30 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1972

Actors: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Marisa Berenson, Fritz Wepper, + more

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2017

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1968

Actors: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis, Roy Clarke, Walter Pidgeon, + more

Directed by: William Wyler

Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the eponymous ...more

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#52 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in Funny Girl, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1951 - WON

Actors: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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#31 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #70 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1962

Actors: Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Mary Wickes, Robert Preston, + more

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1968 - WON

Actors: Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody, + more

Directed by: Carol Reed

Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more

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#25 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #59 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1979

Actors: Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider, Wallace Shawn, Ben Vereen, + more

Directed by: Bob Fosse

All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1969

Actors: Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune, + more

Directed by: Gene Kelly

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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19
42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1933

Actors: Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Toby Wing, Bebe Daniels, + more

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

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
20
Gigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1958 - WON

Actors: Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Cecil Beaton, Pat Sheehan, + more

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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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21
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1975

Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie, Elliott Gould, Karen Black, + more

Directed by: Robert Altman

Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is ...more

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22
Going My Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1944 - WON

Actors: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith, Carl Switzer, William Frawley, + more

Directed by: Leo McCarey

Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young ...more

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23
The Great Ziegfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1936 - WON

Actors: Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, William Powell, Frank Morgan, William Demarest, + more

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Hunt Stromberg. It stars William Powell as the theatrical impresario Florenz ...more

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