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

Love this movie!

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2 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


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3 The Phantom of the Opera

This is certainly the best! I have been watching and singing this for most of my life. My name is based on this musical inspired,musical, my parents first conversation was about the musical that had inspired this movie musical, my whole existence relied on The Phantom of the Opera! Certainly the greatest movie musical ever made

Everything about this movie is beautiful! - tarot_contralto

I love this musical! I have never found myself so addicted to a musical, it is simply amazing and in my opinion the best!

This is a beautiful and accurate representation of the amazing musical and the casting is perfect. The only negative comment I have is that not all the songs are included from the musical and they could've gotten someone who could actually sing Carlotta's part

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4 Mamma Mia!

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

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.

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

Erik Selv--- I mean Bill is my favorite character in this movie. lmao - TheFourthWorld

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5 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

I was scared of the cowardly lion as a kid, but now, I'm a brave young girl! - FuffleyandPeetah

Easily one of my favorite movies. Not just musical.

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6 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

Definitely my favourite

7 Chicago

How is this not higher?

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

Best direction and adaptation ever. I HATED THE BROADWAY SHOW. So ot was a shock that I loved this so much is a fact that this is the best

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8 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

Come on, people, Moulin Rouge! Is such a beautiful movie!

9 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!

Rocky Horrror, Grease, and Mamma Mia above this? As a Jew, this deserves higher than all 3, but not number 1. - 445956

He fiddles. - jagwirez

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10 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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The Contenders

11 The Sound of Music

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.

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.

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

Two of the actors are dead... Who knows which actors are next! by the way... The songs are good, the children are funny... I'd rate it an 11/10 than a 10/10! - FuffleyandPeetah

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12 Brigadoon

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

13 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

Amazing Movie

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14 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)

What's this what's this it's the best and creatives movie ever

15 My Fair Lady

Ok, so I'm a sucker for any musicals. (Mainly because the songs are amazing to dance to and I can't sing) but this has to be my favorite. The songs are amazing and it is such a classy and elegant movie. The 8 academy award wins speak for themselves. The costumes are gorgeous and so are the sets. This should definitely be higher on the list. I must also say how amazing the performances of the actors are. There is also some wickedly funny humor. It's a must watch

16 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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17 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.

Not the Madonna version

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.

18 The Producers

Will Ferrell is funny as Franz Liebkind

19 Once

Beautiful music great story and culture

20 Step Up

In this movie are amazing soundtracks. - BloodyMargarita

21 Beauty and the Beast
22 The Muppet Movie
23 Les Misérables (2012)

Not really sure how this is all the way down the list. Best movie ever; incredible music, actors, and beautiful story line. A masterpiece!

My ABSOLUTE favorite this is what got me into musicals

Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and the barricade boys are amazing.

Russel Crowe was ok but the rest was SO GOOD

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24 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

What is this block of cheese doing ahead of Sunshine on Leith?

25 High Society
26 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

The best! One of the best movies I've ever seen, based on one of the best shows ever. - MoldySock

All the songs are great. too bad it's not taken seriously

Kyle's Mom is a big fat bitch, La Resistance, Uncle, It's easy MMkay, What Would Brian Boitano Do? , Up there, and so many more classic songs came from this movie. Watch it if you haven't already - nickdoritosyum

27 Guys and Dolls

As a kid I was in it it was so awesome I was sky M

28 Dirty Dancing

When this musical was made it absolutely blew people minds of the dance choreography and the song (i've had) the time of my life just added to that so that's why it's so great and should be number 1 - Red26473

29 La La Land

I sure hope Gosling and Stone win Oscars for performances because this has to be my all time favorite musical! - TylertheTitan

Pure magic

30 Jesus Christ Superstar
31 School of Rock

Its actually pretty good - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

32 Hair

I really recommend it for everyone.
Hair is the next best musical I have ever seen. My favorite is We will rock you.
a queen musical.

Very emotional, makes you laugh and cry and certainly think.

33 8 Mile

Absolutely on top 10 man forgot about song"lose yourself" guys

This is my all time favorite movie. Based on True life events of Eminem - schiiizo_punk


number 1

34 Pink Floyd The Wall

This is a piece of art. Definitely not for the faint hearted though, it is a very intense movie with very strong and disturbing imagery. Lets not forget it feature the greatest album of all time, from the greatest band of all time, with the greatest song of all time (Comfortably Numb) which also has the greatest Guitar Solo of all time. - Boydy_23

The visuals enhance the great music

Surprisingly great performance by Bob Geldof. Amazing animation, brilliant story and a superb soundtrack.

35 Little Shop of Horrors

This movie is horribly underrated. With great songs, a 1960's theme, a murderous plant, and Steve Martin playing a sadistic dentist, how can you NOT like this movie? It's cheesy in a good way! This movie definitely deserves more recognition.

Especially "Prologue" "Feed Me" and "Dentist! "

36 Hairspray

This movie is so awesome! It reminds us that no matter what we look like, character is what matters.

This has Zac Efron, John Trevolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elijah Kelly all in one! not to forget Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Christopher Walken and the fabulous Nikky Blonsky!
This should be right near the top! You can't stop the voting, run and vote for this, Without voting!

37 Annie Get Your Gun
38 Footloose
39 The Blues Brothers

I love the mall chase scene

How is it 68

40 The Music Man

Go watch your " Iron man " crap and just shut up. This is concidered as a classic of musicals and belongs without a doubt on this list. I don't know who put " The Music Man " on this list but he or her had a good sense.

What the Hell is this? Is this some retarded version of Iron Man?

41 West Side Story

This should at least be in the top ten, if not the top three. It doesn't belong at 39th place. - Ari00

Fantastic music, great dancing, heart breaking story based on Romeo and Juliet. One of my all time favorite.

Second-biggest selling movie soundtrack of all time.


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43 Into the Woods

I absolutely LOVE this movie! The plot was good, the cast were amazing, and it was really dark and mysterious. One of my favourite musicals ever

44 Repo! The Genetic Opera

I doubt many people know this movie. If you don't, do yourself a favor and watch it now! It's weird and strange, but also beautiful! - CourtneyM17

45 Rent


46 Enchanted
47 Rockstar
48 Tangled
49 The Devil's Carnival
50 The Greatest Showman

Amazing music and it turns out when I was googling top tense I was singing the greatest showman. There is amazing actors in this film and I cannot get started on how great Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Zac Efron are! I highly recommend seeing this film if you have not seen it already.

Greatest showman is the best - Froglamb

Oh my gosh, I loved this movie! It is amazing! Anyone who doesn't like it is CRAZY! It brings together different people! I love it! #BESTMUSICALEVER

The soundtrack from Pasek and Paul is amazing!

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