A comprehensive list of the best musical movies of all time


Musical films are truly one of a kind. There’s something so unique about people breaking into song in the middle of perfectly normal conversations.

Films have been telling stories through music for The jazz singer hit theaters in 1927, and they’ve come a long way from there. There’s no doubt that the 1930s through the early 1950s were the golden age of the musical, bringing to life many hits like Sing in the rain, one of the most popular musical films of all time. It is about a silent film actor who struggles during the transition from silent film to sound film (also called “talkies”).

Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theatre; performers often treat their song and dance numbers as if there is an audience watching them. In a sense, the viewer becomes the audience, as the performer looks directly at the camera and performs in front of it.

Like it or not, we live in a musical world. The last 20 years have seen a significant resurgence in the industry: Red Mill!, Chicago, walk the line, Wretchedand The Earth were all Golden Globe Award winners. Mama Mia!, The greatest showman, A star is born, Nice to meet youand Perfect all have attracted big-name stars to the film scene.

Many musicals have been released over the years, each more memorable than the next. The list below ranks the best musical movies of all time, as determined by critics and fans.

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