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The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

Updated July 13, 2020 8k votes 268 voters 4.1k views130 items

List RulesMusical movies that you've watched multiple times and continue to enjoy

Musicals are some of the best comfort movies and often we end up memorizing every song. This is a list of musical movies we keep watching, even when there are newer, more acclaimed, or overall better musicals to watch. Because it doesn't have to be good to be a rewatchable movie musical, you just have to love it.

These are the movies we own multiple copies of, so if they're not available on streaming, we can still get our fix. Some of the greatest musical movies, like Grease and Chicago, have obvious rewatch value. Or, they're classic movie musicals and watching West Side Story and The Wizard of Oz is as regular as breathing. But then there are movies like Rock of Ages that are just much-loved guilty pleasures.

It doesn't matter why you like rewatching movie musicals, only that you love to watch them again and again. What musicals do you think are the best to rewatch?

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  • 1
    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly
    108
    34

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    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
  • 2
    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes
    110
    49

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    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 Christian...  more
  • 3
    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara
    100
    45

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

    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....  more
  • 4
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons
    101
    47

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    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 Animated...  more
  • 5
    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
    100
    46

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    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 Walsh...  more
  • 6
    Bill Murray, Steve Martin
    91
    40

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

    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 Menken and...  more
  • 7
    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton
    96
    49

    Released1939

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

    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 Wizard...  more
  • 8
    Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol
    76
    38

    Released1971

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    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 by...  more
  • 9
    Scott Merritt addedBilly Gilbert, Pinto Colvig
    66
    29

    Released1937

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

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers...  more
  • 10
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu
    74
    40

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Marshall

    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
  • 11
    Scott Merritt addedAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison
    57
    24

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    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 George...  more
  • 12
    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell
    64
    33

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

    Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music...  more
  • 13
    Scott Merritt addedAnn-Margret, Dick Van Dyke
    56
    25

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving...  more
  • 14
    Scott Merritt addedMarilyn Monroe, Jane Russell
    57
    27

    Released1953

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American musical comedy film based on the 1949 stage musical of the same name. It was directed by Howard Hawks....  more
  • 15
    Liza Minnelli, Michael York
    68
    39

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous presence...  more
  • 16
    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones
    66
    38

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    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 Willson. The...  more
  • 17
    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
    84
    57

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    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 name...  more
  • 18
    Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer
    71
    45

    Released1998

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of the...  more
  • 19
    Scott Merritt addedBoris Karloff, Phyllis Diller
    53
    28

    Released1967

    Directed byJules Bass

    Mad Monster Party is a 1967 American animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions for Embassy Pictures. Although less well-known than Rankin/Bass' holiday specials, it has become a cult...  more
  • 20
    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell
    71
    47

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    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
  • 21
    Scott Merritt addedJohn Cleese, Diana Rigg
    48
    25

    Released1981

    Directed byJim Henson

    The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 mystery musical comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Henson's Muppets. This film was...  more
  • 22
    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker
    75
    54

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    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
  • 23
    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin
    54
    33

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    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 "The Blues...  more
  • 24
    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller
    51
    31

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Waters

    Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen...  more
  • 25
    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks
    55
    36

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

    The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's...  more