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Musical Movies With the Best Songs

Updated December 9, 2020 107.5k votes 5.9k voters 107.0k views206 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.

  • The Sound of Music1

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • The Lion King2

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more

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  • Singin' in the Rain3

    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly


    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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  • The Little Mermaid4

    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes


    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Aladdin5


    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried


    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Mary Poppins6

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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

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  • Beauty and the Beast7

    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker


    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • Fiddler on the Roof8

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by...  more

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang9

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byKen Hughes

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  • White Christmas10

    White Christmas

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye


    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • Cinderella11


    June Foray, Mike Douglas


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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  • Sleeping Beauty12

    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa


    Directed byClyde Geronimi

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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs13

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

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  • Grease14


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • Little Shop of Horrors15

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin


    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas16

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara


    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • The Jungle Book17

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • The King and I18

    The King and I

    Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner


    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • The Wizard of Oz19

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • Show Boat20
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  • Fantasia21


    Walt Disney, Corey Burton


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  • Cats22


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  • The Aristocats24

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    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi


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    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline


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