27 musical films: films to sing for a long time


Lovers of musical films, step, shimmy or salsa here. It’s no secret that the past two and a half years have seen some pretty significant lows – but when the world has too many, we’ll still have those tales while singing and dancing for a bit of light relief. .

Musical movies are at their peak right now; there’s never been so much to choose from, including biopics peppered with hit songs about famous musicians – like 2022’s highly anticipated Elvis and 2021’s Respect (about Aretha Franklin).

You could say it all started with Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning series in Bohemian Rhapsody – musical interpretation of the wild life of Freddie Mercury. Then it wasn’t long before Elton John got in on the action creating Rocketmanwith Taron Egerton as the iconic singer (and tbh made us a little more obsessed with feathers, rhinestones and OTT sunglasses).

Alternatively, there are film adaptations of West End and Broadway favourites, like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the 2002 “never gets old” adaptation of the Broadway hit Chicago, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Oscar-winning star as Velma Kelly.

We’ve also seen modern remakes of classic musical films like Stephen Spielberg’s jaw-dropping take on West Side Story, starring Rachel Zegler, and A Star Is Born (it’s a tough call between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance against the ‘OG Barbra Streisand, tbh – and we would not say that lightly.

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This category also includes animated musical films such as Encanto and, of course, the two Frozen movies – brought via the UK launch of Disney+. Not only these, but Disney’s other musicals have provided us with some serious power ballads. So get that hairbrush ready!

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