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Musical Movies With the Best Songs

Updated July 31, 2020 107.3k votes 5.8k voters 104.8k views194 items

List RulesFilm musicals or adaptations that contain original music mostly by the same artist

What are the greatest musical movies with the best songs? This list includes many of the greatest movies ever made, in large part because of the incredible songs they feature. These movies are the ones you stop and sing along to, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Vote for the musical movies that you think featured the best songs, vote down any you don't like and please, feel free to re-rank this list in any order you like. Also, if you've got a favorite film that isn't listed, add it!

There is a reason that the Academy Awards recognizes "best original song" in addition to score: Songs from films are incredibly important. Movies with the best soundtracks are already good, but they become positively iconic with great music. Films like "The Wizard of Oz" are already true classics, but with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"? Even better.

Not surprisingly, this list includes movie adaptations of some of the best Broadway musicals ever made: "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "West Side Story," to name a few. Each one of these movies included many, if not all, of the most memorable songs from the Broadway soundtracks.

Every film listed here could easily be considered among the best music movies ever made, but in this case, it's about the songs: "Tomorrow" from "Annie," "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King" and "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" - can you honestly say you don't sing along every time? Didn't think so.

If you love movies, and you love music, you'll definitely want to check out (and vote) on this list of the movies with that best soundtracks ever and the best musical movies out right now, too.

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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    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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    Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    Judy Garland, Mary Astor

    Released1944

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of... more on Wikipedia

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    Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Les Miserables

    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2012

    Directed byTom Hooper

    Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French... more on Wikipedia
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    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Tommy

    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson

    Released1975

    Directed byKen Russell

    Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy.... more on Wikipedia

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    Moana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Moana

    Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2016

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron... more on Wikipedia

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    Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

    Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia

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    Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

    Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher.... more on Wikipedia
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    Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia
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    Carmen Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Carmen Jones

    Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll

    Released1954

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte,... more on Wikipedia
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    Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Cabaret

    Liza Minnelli, Michael York

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York... more on Wikipedia

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    You Were Never Lovelier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    You Were Never Lovelier

    Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    You Were Never Lovelier is a 1942 Hollywood musical romantic comedy film set in Buenos Aires.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones... more on Wikipedia
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    An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn

    Released1986

    Directed byDon Bluth

    An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and... more on Wikipedia

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    Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    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 Wikipedia

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    The Best Little Whorehouse in  is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    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 Wikipedia
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    A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    A Star Is Born

    Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

    Released1937

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman, Jack Conway

    A Star Is Born is a 1937 Technicolor romantic drama film produced by David O. Selznick and... more on Wikipedia
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    Love Me or Leave Me is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Love Me or Leave Me

    Doris Day, James Cagney

    Released1955

    Directed byCharles Vidor

    Love Me or Leave Me is a 1955 biographical romantic musical drama film which tells the life... more on Wikipedia
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    Victor Victoria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Victor Victoria

    Julie Andrews, James Garner

    Released1982

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Victor Victoria is a 1982 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Julie Andrews,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986... more on Wikipedia
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    A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    A Goofy Movie

    Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    The Swan Princess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    The Swan Princess

    John Cleese, Jack Palance

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Rich

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

    Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipedia
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    Released1982

    Directed byHarold Prince, Terry Hughes

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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