Musical movies have been the biggest part of cinema from the debut of “Talking Pictures.” Over time, their styles and sub-genres have varied in a better way. They have become more motivated by the pattern of popularity they get and also the disinterest attached to musical movies. However, there are so many movies that prove to be best and define the generations from Fiddler on the Roof to Hair. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss some movie musicals. So, the movie we will be discussing has a great influence on culture, filmmaking, fashion, and politics. The storytelling, visuals, and music have made these movies the best on the list. Also, it would be an impossible thing to think about existence without remembering these musicals.
10. All That Jazz
This movie is an autobiographical film based on the life of the director and co-writer Bob Fosse. There are some great fantasy elements in the movie. It got so many tremendous reviews after its release. Even critics also praised the story and interesting choreography of this musical movie. Most of the scenes of the film have been proved to be an homage to other works of fiction such as Better Call Saul and House.
This was based on the musical movies of the year 1971 of the same name. the reviews of this movie were so interesting. Also, it was the highest-grossing musical movie of all time. After it, the sequel Grease 2 premiered, and the prequel of this movie is under production. The songs of the movie are superb and timeless. In the year of 1978, the soundtrack of this movie was the second best-selling album of the year.
8. Singing In The Rain
This movie was from one of the grand 50s musicals of MGM. The director and choreographer of the movie were Gene Kelly, who was also in the cast of the film. Along with Gene, the cast includes Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. The film captures the Hollywood era of the 1920s, the time when the silent film era was at the end and the starting of “talkies.” The movie releases in the year 1952. After its release, many movies have taken inspiration from this grand film, which includes, La La Land, and Glee.
7. Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is a movie which is based on a series of books with the same name written by P.L. Travers. When the film released, this film was declared as one of Disney’s finest film. Also, it is well recognized for its animation, songs, and innovation. This movie received 13 Oscar nominations, and also the Best Picture. After that, this movie has been made into a show, and also there is a sequel of this movie, Mary Poppins Returns.
6. A Star Is Born
This movie of 1954 was the most entertaining one. The most overwhelming acting of Garland, film’s visuals, story, and music, has made a great impact on audiences. This movie continues to entertain its audiences. This was the first movie of Warner Bros which was in the Cinemascope. The performance of Garland was much appreciated, due to which she also received an Oscar nomination. The restored version of the movie was also released in 1983, with some missing photographs. There are two remakes of this movie that have been released, the latest one was released recently in 2018.
5. The Sound Of Music
This film is adapted from the stage musical, which includes the casts, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. In the starting, it was premiered as a theatrical roadshow, then it became a box office hit. Also, this musical movie was the U.S. highest-grossing movie of 1965, and it breaks box office records in 29 other countries of the world.
4. Meet Me In St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis was a star-studded affair whose director is Vincente Minnelli. This movie is based on the story series written by Sally Benson which has won America’s hearts. Also, the character and performance of Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien, with the iconic songs with the scenes, will not leave your eye dry. Despite releasing a long time ago, the film is still on the list of best Christmas movies.
3. West Side Story
This movie is a copy of the musical Broadway with the same name. Everyone appreciates this film of 1991 all over the world because of its editing, choreography, and powerful scenes. It has won 10 Oscars and is the musical movie with the most number of Oscars. Similar to any stage show, as they show issues, the film raises civil rights and issues about race in the center of the conflict.
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This was an incredible musical movie that releases at a very wrong time. With the musical fatigue of the 70s, this film has very low attendance. However, it develops its craze in the 80s, which is still present today. The Rocky Horror has been included in many shows, like The Drew Carey Show, and American Dad! And so on. The costumes of the movie also impacted punk rock fashion with colored hair and fishnet stockings. People highly appreciate this movie, especially the LGBTQ+ community.
1. The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz was a big achievement in many ways. One of them was the best role of Judy Garland, and superb effects and songs, and interesting story. In the starting, the film was not much successful financially. With this movie, Garland became a huge star and made a new contract with MGM. Also, the standout song of the movie, “over the rainbow,” has been sung by many singers along with Garland too.
Therefore, this was the list of some most famous musical movies. Also, this list is not the end of the musical movies, it goes on with Once, Chicago, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Dreamgirls, and so on. These musical movies are relevant today. These movies can stick you inside in a great plot and a killer soundtrack. So, browse these awesome movies and refresh your mind with them.