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List Rules Film 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? 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, too.
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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker 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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Grease is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach 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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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno 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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan 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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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Les Miserables Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman 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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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Phantom of the Opera Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy crime film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett 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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Fiddler on the Roof Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Little Mermaid Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Annie Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue 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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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Pink Floyd – The Wall Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney 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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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Music Man Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett 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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy 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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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
wiabux added O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more

Every Song in Sing (the Musical), Ranked by Singability

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg 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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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Jesus Christ Superstar Barry Dennen, Yvonne Elliman, Carl Anderson Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 British musical film directed by Canadian film director Norman Jewison. A film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name, the ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes 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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Rent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Rent Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. ...more

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno 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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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove 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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
BrendaLiggy added Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Evita is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Evita Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name about Eva Perón. Directed by Alan Parker and written by Parker and Oliver ...more

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Hair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Hair Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae Hair is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama and film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same name about a Vietnam war draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...more

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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added Yellow Submarine Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
NieNon added Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Outsider added American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more