Best Musical Movies of All Time

What are the greatest musical films ever to grace the silver screen?

The Top Ten

1 Grease

How is this #1? The story is boring, the acting isn't all that good, it has one of the worst morals I've ever seen, no one can sing, and it can just mislead young girls watching this. I mean, things like Sweeney Todd and Rocky Horror are pretty messed up, but that's what they're trying to be. This movie is not trying to be misleading, making it more aggravating. I'm sorry, but this movie just annoys the hell outta me. - Elric-san

The fact Sandy has to change everything about herself to impress Danny, the unworthy bad boy, sends the wrong message entirely. I wish it wasn't so popular because the movie sucks - CourtneyM17

I think of pulp fiction when I see this, john Travolta obviously

Classic movie, that never gets old. Love it!

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2 The Phantom of the Opera

Everything about this movie is beautiful! - tarot_contralto

From such a bad director it's a pretty good film - TheRiceKing

I love this movie/musical! It is one of the best! - Jo-Jomymoe

This is THE best musical/movie ever! The music is so amazing! Bravo, Andrew Lloyd Webber! And such a great acting/singing performance by Gerald Butler and Emmy Rossum! It should be #1! - sarahnicole2318

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3 The Wizard of Oz

36? This is an all time classic! A mix of creepy and joyful along with a REALLY creepy sequel, I don't get how this can be below all of these movies! - booklover1

Fail, people! How is this 27? One of the best! - dureckl

Not just best of the musicals, but one of the best movies ever, period,

Deserves a higher place.

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4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Who'd have thought that Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen could sing? Shame Alan Rickman is the Pierce Brosnan of Sweeney Todd though.

Sacha Baron Cohen is such a scene stealer in this. I wish-a-to-know-a who has-a-the nerve-a-to say my elixir is piss? Who says this?

My favourite, then Lion King and Phantom of the Opera - laurennybums

How is this not at least top ten?

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5 The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cutting edge and shocking, but a musical masterpiece none-the-less. Grease should be in the top 5 as well. - asphaltpilot

This should be the 3rd best musical of all time, I watched it many times just for the music. I loved the song where they were all statues and then they unfreeze, but my favorite song was where Meatloaf comes in on his motorcycle.

I just watched this movie for the first time! It's messed up and I loved it. - BeatlesFan1964

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6 The Sound of Music

Sound of Music is a classic show that set the staple for musical movies to come. Light hearted but with a beautiful heart and a thread of dark realism in the second act who hasn't heard one of the songs or seen that classic image of Julie Andrews' Maria dancing in the Austrian mountains? It's a legend.

I honestly can't believe 'Step Up' is higher ranked than this brilliance. The story is brilliant, the songs, the characters, the cast... Absolutely timeless.

The fact that "Step Up" is above this movie on this list is demonstrative of all of the morons in our society.

Um this is higher than Step Up, whatever that is?

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7 Fiddler on the Roof

One of the best musicals put to film. The depth of emotion, the cinematography, the acting, and the music blend into a perfect musical film event. - TheVerge04

I've only ever seen this live. The music is timeless, because seriously, almost everyone knows a line from matchmaker!

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8 Brigadoon

It's impossible to choose just one great musical, so I'm going to remix it, thank you very much! - Britgirl

9 Moulin Rouge

Why is this below "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and "One Direction: This is Us"? This just means that more people need to watch it. This movie should be #1 - CourtneyM17

Elton John's "Your Song" is greatly performed by Ewan McGregor
How wonderful life is while this movie is in the World - MatrixGuy

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10 Evita

Amazing movie. Madonna did a great job!

I love Evita. It was a good, compelling, story and really made you think. The music was superb as well.

Madonna was very good, however the original Broadway cast was the best. Patti Lupone, Mandy Patinkin, and Bob Gunton were terrific. Saw it four times.

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The Newcomers

? Moana
? Mamma Mia!

This is was and still is my favorite childhood movie. It is the best musical movie ever created and my second is Grease. This is definitely a family movie and anyone will fall in love with it.

Classic ABBA songs meet Meryl Streep in a hilarious and moving musical comedy. Wonderful fun with your friends.

I surprisingly enjoyed this fun film! It got so many bad reviews, but it's actually not that bad! The songs are awesome and got me into ABBA! - MontyPython

One of the greatest films ever! A fantastic musical/film to watch multiple times and enjoy it each time. Absolutely amazing!

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The Contenders

11 My Fair Lady
12 A Hard Day's Night

I clicked this list and was scrolling down trying to find Moulin Rouge. Then I saw this one. I remember seeing it and laughing, loving the music, and realizing that they were all just average dudes at heart. - logblobo

This is one of the greatest movies ever, and I don't like musicals. - InsertNameHere

This is my favorite MOVIE! i love this film I don't why it isn't in a higher place! (:

This is one of my favourite movies of all time

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13 Chicago

With Richard Gere shows us how to "Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle" while Catherine Zeta Jones shows us "All That Jazz".

Richard Gere prooves to the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Russel Crowe that some actors can sing. This is why Richard Gere should have been in Mamma Mia instad of Brosnan

If it wasn't for Catherine Zeta Jones showing us "All That Jazz" (Chicago) we wouldn't have had Meryl Streep being a "Dancing Queen" (Mamma Mia), Helena Bonham Carter baking the "Worst Pies in London" (Sweeney Todd), Amy Adams looning for "True Love's Kiss" (Enchanted) or George MacKay promising to walk "500 Miles" (Sunshine on Leith).

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14 Singin in the Rain

I am shocked and disappointed that AFI's pick for best musical isn't even near the #1 spot.

The fact that this isn't #1, or even in the top 5, is a disgrace. A crime has been committed

This is considered the greatest mm of all-time. Don't know why it's at 14. - Cliffdog

Love this movie.

15 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Wait, why is the way down here? It isn't just the best musical movie, it's the best movie ever. Period. (except maybe the dark knight)

Oh, Danny Elfman. In terms of movie music, nobody else even comes close. (except maybe Howard Shore)

16 Step Up

In this movie are amazing soundtracks. - BloodyMargarita

17 The Muppet Movie
18 Sunshine On Leith

Dexter Fletcher from Bugsy Malone makes a cameo in this musical movie as a stumbling farting drunk falling out of a pub during the Over and Done With number.

With a songbook that features 500 Miles, (Oh) Jean, Misery to Happiness, Over and Done With, and Let's Get Married, you can't go wrong

If you know anything about The Proclaimers (Sunshine on Leith is based around songs from The Proclaimers) you could go "OK someone will promise to walk 500 miles, someone will go to America to send back a letter, someone will be called (Oh) Jean who very probably should have been loves and someone will be on a journey from misery to happiness.

But all that doesn't matter as you will be entertained reguardless.

Unlike the other musical movies on this list, Sunshine on Leith is subtle.

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19 Beauty and the Beast
20 High Society
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