Best Musical Movies of All Time

What are the greatest musical films ever to grace the silver screen?
The Top Ten
1 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 to know who has the nerve to say my elixir is piss? Who says this?

My absolute favorite musical and one of my favorite films as well. It's absolutely fantastic.

2 Grease

I love it so bad. It's like a 70s GLEE, and it's so, so good! Edgy, unique. Not only a musical, but a serious representation of the issues teenagers have to face. I'm telling you, I wasn't even born when Grease came out, but it's so relatable to me! I love Rizzo and Kenickie!

I just love Grease! It has it all! A carnival, great songs, a pep rally, a sleepover, a malt shop, everything! Romeo and Juliet meets West Side Story! It's far better than HSM! Jeff Conaway was so hot as Kenickie. It's sad that he died.

Why #2? This should be #1! It's fun to watch, the music's great, and the acting's great! John Travolta was so cute!

3 Chicago

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 longing for "True Love's Kiss" (Enchanted), or George MacKay promising to walk "500 Miles" (Sunshine on Leith).

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

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

4 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. My parents' first conversation was about the musical that inspired this movie musical. My whole existence relied on The Phantom of the Opera! Certainly the greatest movie musical ever made.

I think this should be credited as Schumacher's big comeback to success. It's also interesting how this movie adaptation does a much darker version of the title character.

5 Mamma Mia!

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

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!

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

6 The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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.

Cutting edge and shocking, but a musical masterpiece nonetheless. Grease should be in the top 5 as well.

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

7 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.

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

8 Sunshine On Leith

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 loved, and someone will be on a journey from misery to happiness."

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

Keep an eye out for that blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers, walking out of a pub.

Since this is a Scottish musical, there's a lot of funny anti-English jokes as well as, for footballing reasons, anti-Glasgow jokes.

9 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!

I was scared of the Cowardly Lion as a kid, but now, I'm a brave young girl!

I love this film, and I used to want some red slippers like Dorothy's. I still do, to be honest.

10 The Sound of Music

The 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 ranked higher than this brilliance. The story, the songs, the characters, the cast... Absolutely timeless.

This really shows the bad taste some people have today. The Sound of Music is the greatest musical of all time. It is the most popular and most famous.

The Contenders
11 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.

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

12 Once
13 Beauty and the Beast

This movie has much better songs than Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan! This is a wonderful, amazing, beautiful Disney classic!

14 Evita

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.

Amazing movie. Madonna did a great job!

15 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Wait, why is this 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 Les Misérables (2012)

Les Mis made me laugh, cry, and sing the songs 24/7. Even if it's one in the morning, you can't beat this movie. I mean, I dreamed a dream I could go see it in the theatre, and I think Susan Boyle agrees!

Not really sure how this is all the way down the list. Best movie ever. Incredible music, actors, and beautiful storyline. A masterpiece!

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

17 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.

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

Rocky Horror, Grease, and Mamma Mia above this? As a Jew, I believe this deserves to be higher than all three, but not number one.

18 Step Up

The soundtracks in this movie are amazing.

19 Brigadoon

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

20 Little Shop of Horrors

This movie is horribly underrated. With great songs, a 1960s 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.

21 La La Land

My god, why is this movie not in the top ten? It's a musical that is now well known among theatre people despite not being an actual musical yet. Its music is some of the best I've ever heard, and it's just so comforting. Plus, it's won many awards for how good it is. I can't wait to see this rise in popularity once someone writes it as a musical and it does fantastic on Broadway.

This movie has one of the greatest soundtracks ever. Even though I praise this show, I don't think it's the top, but it's easily in the top 5. This movie should never go below 10.

22 School of Rock
23 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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

24 Singin' in the Rain

I watched this when I was a kid, and even after all the musicals I've watched, this is still my favorite one.

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

This is considered the greatest musical movie of all time. I don't know why it's at 14.

25 The Producers
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