All Time MUST see Musicalsby anandsahaja | created - 26 Nov 2017 | updated - 26 Nov 2017 | Public
Classic Musical Comedy Theater at its finest. No animation in this list, only fine real performances with terrific scores and production numbers.
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1. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical
The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."
Few people know that this score was written by the same manewho wrote the infamous song, Luck Be A Lady from the score to Guys and Dolls! A beautiful and sometimes haunting score by Frank Loesser. Danny Kaye ain't too bad a star either :-)
2. Oliver! (1968)
G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Votes: 31,807 | Gross: $16.80M
"Who Will Buy" has got to be the best production number ever ever EVER produced on film.
3. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.
Votes: 14,306 | Gross: $13.00M
Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat!!!!!
Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
The Sets. The Costumes. The Era. A Secretary is NOT a Toy.
5. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.
Votes: 12,358 | Gross: $33.14M
So many beautiful choreographed numbers in this movie. The stars give wonderful performances, but the dancing surpasses it all. How could it not with a director like Gene Kelley in charge?
6. Auntie Mame (1958)
Approved | 143 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.
Votes: 9,614 | Gross: $23.30M
There are two best buddies songs on film: one is "What a Swell Party This Is" between Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in High Society. The other one is "Bosom Buddies" with Lucille Ball as Mame and Bea Arthur as Vera.
7. Pippin: His Life and Times (1981 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 112 min | History, Musical, Romance
At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, samples life's pleasures to discover his place in the world and the meaning of his life.
A highly underrated score and production. The show captures a moment in time of the Broadway talents of Ben Vereen and Bob Fosse. If you want to see Fosse's work, I'd actually pick this over Sweet Charity or All That Jazz.
8. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 89,133 | Gross: $43.66M
The all time classic that starts with the best titles ever and only gets better.
9. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
Hearing Dick Van Dyke sing the melodious "Hushabye Mountain" makes me feel safe and warm. Between that and The Old Bamboo, and oh don't forget the children-hating Baron and Baroness, this movie will not disappoint.
10. Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Approved | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientele, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.
Votes: 7,700 | Gross: $9.00M
Leslie Bricusse wrote a few wonderful musicals, this and Willy Wonka, Victor Victoria, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Scrooge, and others. This is my favorite, especially since it includes a love song to a seal. The world IS full of beautiful things!!!
11. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) presentable in high society.
Votes: 80,660 | Gross: $72.00M
Best costume scenes ever: the races with its black and white pre-turn of the century finery and the ball and the street vendors.
12. Holiday Inn (1942)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
Votes: 11,849 | Gross: $8.18M
It's fun to see Fred Astaire playing a cad against the good hearted Bing. Two of Fred's best dance numbers are in this musical: Be Careful It's My Heart comedy mashup duet and his solo Fourth of July dance with firecarackers!
13. Mary Poppins (1964)
G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Votes: 145,664 | Gross: $102.27M
Too many wonderful songs to list. You know then all by heart anyways... score is by Robert and Richard Sherman
14. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Votes: 200,577 | Gross: $8.82M
Gene Kelly has starred in many great musicals, Anchors Aweigh and that Paris one. But this really is his piece de resistance. It cannot be denied.
15. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Votes: 28,531 | Gross: $12.00M
Marilyn Monroe glows and shows how deep and wide her talent really went.
16. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 355,839 | Gross: $2.08M
Land of Oz song has the best lyric ever: "We get up at noon and start to work at one. "Take an hour for lunch and then by two we're done. "Jolly Good Fun!"
17. The Music Man (1962)
G | 151 min | Comedy, Family, Musical
Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.
Votes: 14,994 | Gross: $14.95M
Top three favorite musicals ever.
18. Oklahoma! (1955)
G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.
Top Three Musicals ever.
19. South Pacific (1958)
Approved | 157 min | Musical, Romance, War
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.
20. On the Town (1949)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
Such a great show. And I love hearing Frank Sinatra tell a girl she's awful, nothing, cheap, and old.
21. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.
Votes: 13,084 | Gross: $11.80M
Jimmy Cagney. hoofing. nuf said.
22. Swing Time (1936)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.
It's hard to single out a best single Fred and Ginger movie. You may disagree with my choice, but I bet you'd still put this in your top three of their movies.
23. Victor Victoria (1982)
PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Votes: 18,110 | Gross: $21.93M
Another Leslie Bricusse classic!
24. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Musical
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.
Votes: 6,960 | Gross: $13.13M
Terrific teeny bop production number: Gotta Lotta Living to Do!
25. High Society (1956)
Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A spoiled heiress must choose among three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, a stuffy businessman, and an undercover tabloid reporter.
Votes: 12,741 | Gross: $13.00M
In my top three favorite musicals for sure. But I am a sucker for the song "True Love." My she was yar...
26. Sweet Charity (1969)
G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »
Has a horrible ending for a musical - but still a MUST see due to the Rhythm of Life number by Sammy Davis Jr.
27. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
G | 138 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers.
Votes: 5,461 | Gross: $34.34M
An elevator that runs on tap dancing! And Broadway baby Carol Channing has never been more enchanting. Raspberries!
28. Paint Your Wagon (1969)
PG-13 | 164 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.
Votes: 11,222 | Gross: $31.68M
"I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me..." Worth watching the entire movie just for the ending.
29. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
Approved | 141 min | Comedy, Family, Musical
A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the ... See full summary »
If you love Mary Poppins, then you owe it to yourself to see this movie. It is yet another outstanding musical song score by Robert and Richard Sherman.
30. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
Men with axes in the woods singing. Need I say more?
31. Scrooge (1970)
G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Thank you very much. Thank you very much. That's the nicest musical anyone ever wrote about some ghosts!
32. Babes in Arms (1939)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical
A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.
If I have to pick a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, I will pick Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney over Sound of Music any day.