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The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

Updated August 30, 2019 1.9k votes 228 voters 8.9k views23 items

List RulesVote up the greatest musicals that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    West Side Story

    1961 - WON

    ActorsNatalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced... more on Wikipedia

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    Beauty And The Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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

    2002 - WON

    ActorsCatherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Fiddler On The Roof is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsPaul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon, Ray Lovelock, Leonard Frey

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    La La Land is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsRyan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    The King And I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsDeborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Alan Mowbray, Martin Benson

    Directed byWalter Lang

    The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and... more on Wikipedia
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    Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Marisa Berenson, Fritz Wepper

    Directed byBob Fosse

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

    ActorsNicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    My Fair Lady

    1964 - WON

    ActorsAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more on Wikipedia

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    Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsAnne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter

    Directed byTom Hooper

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    An American In Paris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsGene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral... more on Wikipedia
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    Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsBarbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis, Roy Clarke, Walter Pidgeon

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsJessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider, Wallace Shawn, Ben Vereen

    Directed byBob Fosse

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    Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsBarbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune

    Directed byGene Kelly

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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    Oliver!

    1968 - WON

    ActorsOliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage... more on Wikipedia
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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture

    ActorsRon Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Mary Wickes, Robert Preston

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

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    42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsGinger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Toby Wing, Bebe Daniels

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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    Nashville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsJeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie, Elliott Gould, Karen Black

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    Going My Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    Going My Way

    1944 - WON

    ActorsBing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, William Smith, Carl Switzer, William Frawley

    Directed byLeo McCarey

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    Gigi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    Gigi

    1958 - WON

    ActorsEva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Cecil Beaton, Pat Sheehan

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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    The Great Ziegfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
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    ActorsMyrna Loy, Luise Rainer, William Powell, Frank Morgan, William Demarest

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

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