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Musical Movies With the Best Songs  

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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 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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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
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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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 Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film directed by Jim Sharman, based on the 1973 musical stage play by Richard O'Brien. A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an ...more
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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
but chickens double d added 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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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musical Movies With the Best Songs
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.