35 best musical movies of all time



If there’s one thing that’s essential for a rainy day, it’s a great musical film – after all, who can resist a catchy, melodic tune and dazzling dance numbers? Ever since song and dance first appeared on the big screen with the invention of sound technology in the 1920s, musical films have long been a part of cinema history – and have even made a comeback these days. years, especially with the growing popularity of musical biopics, stage-screen adaptations, and live-action movies (we’re watching you, Disney!).

Of course, while all musical movies generally follow the same formula (i.e. full of great tunes and mind-blowing dance routines), there is actually an incredible variety in the genre – which means that ‘there truly is something for everyone, from romantic feel-good movies to epic, heartbreaking dramas that will make you cry. Luckily, to help you choose, we’ve rounded up some of the best musical movies to date, ranging from those adapted from classic Broadway hits to others that are purely original for the movie screen. Whether you like old family classics (like The sound of music) or more modern musicals (like La La Land Where red Mill!), these 35 Greatest Musical Movies will definitely put a song in your heart and have you singing and dancing to some of the movie’s greatest songs in no time.

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The Sound of Music (1965)

The Earth (2016)

A true love letter to Hollywood and the musical film genre, La La Land follows the dreamy romance of an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) in LA’s golden age.


Les Miserables (2012)

Thematically powerful as well as emotionally moving, this 2012 film adaptation of the classic musical Wretched (based on Victor Hugo novel) has everything from an epic multi-character story to live performances from the cast. Warning: you absoutely want to keep your tissues handy while looking at this one.


Red Mill! (2001)

Set in bohemian Paris at the start of the 19th century, this vibrant and eclectic musical film from director Baz Luhrmann follows the secret romance of a young writer (Ewan McGregor) and a cabaret actress (Nicole Kidman) – while also presenting popular songs by modern artists such as Madonna, Elton John and the police.


Annie (1982)

There is no other musical that will remind you that “the sun will come out tomorrow” than this charming wellness flick centered around Little Orphan Annie, who embarks on a mission to find her parents while she has chose to live in the house of America’s richest billionaire.


My beautiful lady (1964)

Audrey Hepburn plays the charming Eliza Doolittle in this musical drama film that unfolds like a modern-day Cinderella story, with Eliza transforming from a working-class florist (with an unforgettable Cockney accent!) To high society.


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Chicago (2002)

The winner of six Oscars, including Best Picture, this glittering Jazz Age murder story features everything from a star-studded cast to some of the best performances from Chicagopopular musical numbers from (including dark and sultry songs “Cell Block Tango”).


Funny Girl (1968)

Known for his iconic hit “Don’t rain on my parade”, Funny girl has Barbara Streisand in her film debut – and truly sees her shine as legendary vaudeville singer Fanny Brice making her way to the Broadway stage.


Once (2007)

For fans of moving romantic films, this independent Irish musical film takes audiences through a moving story of blossoming love, while charming them with some of the most eloquent and romantic songs (including the Oscar winning song “Slowly falling”).


Into the woods (2014)

Based on Stephen Sondheim’s legendary Broadway musical, this Disney fantasy film draws inspiration from the classic fairy tale genre with imaginative creativity and an epic sense of adventure – not to mention the memorable performances of a truly stellar.


History of the West Side (1961)

There may be a new Steven Spielberg remake in preparation for 2020, but this original West Side Story 1961 movie is undeniably the true classic, with awe-inspiring performances and dazzling visuals as he reinvents Shakespeare’s work Romeo and Juliet on the streets of New York City today.


Cabaret (1972)

In this wonderful musical film that put actress and singer Liza Minnelli on the map (and won a total of eight Oscars!), A cabaret singer in Nazi-era Berlin meets a British academic and a German playboy – leading to a good old love triangle full of dazzling musical numbers.


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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The first adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale, this gripping film is as much a fantasy family film as it is a wonderfully original musical. Gene Wilder enchants as eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka – especially with his timeless performance of “Pure Imagination.”


Lacquer (2007)

As if there were even more reasons to watch this feel-good hit about an avid dancing teenager in Baltimore (besides the catchy and contagious musical numbers, of course), it also features John Travolta as Edna, the mother of Tracy and Zac Efron as the beau, Link passed out.


Sweeney Todd: The Barber Demon of Fleet Street (2007)

Granted, we all need a break from the classic, cheerful movie musical at times – which brings us to Tim Burton’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical, starring Johnny Depp in the murderous lead role.


The Greatest Showman (2017)

Inspired by the true story of PT Barnum, The greatest showman dazzles with her enchanting performances from a star cast – which includes Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya – and takes audiences through a high-flying show business story.


Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

For fans of the legendary rock band Queen, this extraordinary musical biopic follows Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) on his inspiring rise to stardom – and truly captivates audiences with his electrifying performances and musical sequences.


Singing in the Rain (1954)

Start Over (2013)

If you liked Once, you’ll love this equally heartwarming film from the same director who follows a young singer (Keira Knightley) as she meets a record label manager (Mark Ruffalo). His track “Lost Stars” (by Adam Levine from Maroon 5) even won the Oscar for Best Original Song!


Dream Girls (2006)

Beyonce and Eddie Murphy may impress in this wonderful and moving adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical, but the real star of the film is Jennifer Hudson, who dazzles in an Oscar-winning performance that propelled her to international stardom.


The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Not Perfect (2012)

Laughter comedy meets modern music in this hugely popular film that follows college student Beca (Anna Kendrick) as she joins her school’s a cappella group. Even if you haven’t watched the movie (or the next two sequels), you’ll certainly remember the viral “The Cup Song” of its day.


Rocketman (2019)

A highly entertaining tale isn’t the only gripping element of this rock biopic that doubles as a heartfelt tribute to the life and music of Elton John – it’s also the stellar soundtrack to the world’s most beloved songs. musician.


Nice to meet you (2007)

Part tribute and parody of the classic Disney princess genre, this witty film sees Giselle (Amy Adams) as a Disney princess who finds herself transported to the real world of New York City. Of course, much like classic Disney movies, it also features a number of delicious musical songs (as well as a real kiss of love!).


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

There is a reason Rocky horror is the The ultimate cult hit, even to this day: it not only delivers a bold narrative inspired by early sci-fi and horror films, but also gives us original characters and unmatched quirky energy – not to mention a soundtrack really eye-catching.


An American in Paris (1951)

Winner of six Oscars at the time (including Best Picture), this musical film combines the classic songs of George Gershwin with the star power of Gene Kelly as it portrays an American veteran staying in Paris after the war to become painter.


Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Who could forget the legendary musical that is The Phantom of the Opera? This film adaptation of 2004 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical brings “the music of the night” with its lavish costumes and set design combined with a rich and gripping soundtrack.


Rent (2005)

Based on the ’90s Broadway hit, To rent follows the story of a group of bohemian friends living in New York City in the early 1990s – and even includes some of the original Broadway actors (including Idina Menzel from Frozen) in a formidable adaptation of the scene to the screen.


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