125 Films of Ale: Musicalsby OldAle1 | created - 21 Feb 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
Most of these are feature-length, "traditional" (i.e., Hollywood-type) musicals, both because as an American I've been most exposed to them, and because I really love the classic Hollywood form of the genre. But I do keep trying to expand my knowledge, and hopefully one day Hollywood won't dominate as strongly as it does now (2018). I'm certainly interested in seeing more films from India, Egypt, Hong Kong and France, among the major world cinemas that have produced significant numbers of musicals.
I've excluded completely animated films from the list as well; I've also generally excluded many comedies - such as the Marx Brothers' early films and the Hope and Crosby "Road" films - that have a fair amount of singing but are really not primarily musicals. There are some operettas and dance-films but I believe only two films - Mammame and The Red Shoes - that have few or no sung numbers. There will be made-for-TV and video works, but no single episodes of continuing TV series - the "Buffy the Vampire" episode Once More With Feeling would surely qualify, but much of it's power and quality derives from it's placement in the larger story-arc of the series; as a stand-alone work I don't feel it belongs.
Top 40 in order, the rest will be listed chronologically.
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1. La La Land (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Votes: 446,711 | Gross: $151.10M
3. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
G | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner.
Votes: 7,196 | Gross: $0.09M
5. 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: 355,937 | Gross: $2.08M
7. By the Bluest of Seas (1936)
71 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Two best friends shipwreck on an island in the Caspian Sea and fall in love with the same woman while helping the villagers of their new home.
8. Top Hat (1935)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.
Votes: 15,946 | Gross: $3.88M
9. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical
A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Votes: 2,541 | Gross: $0.09M
10. Chunhyang (2000)
R | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams.... See full summary »
Votes: 1,527 | Gross: $0.80M
11. The Red Shoes (1948)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
Votes: 25,110 | Gross: $10.90M
13. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Votes: 5,564 | Gross: $0.67M
16. The Wild Wild Rose (1960)
128 min | Musical
Grace Chang seduces as Hong Kong's most sensual Carmen ever. The torrid passions of Bizet's famous opera gets a postmodern reading when it is transposed to the noir-like setting of Hong ... See full summary »
17. Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical
Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.
19. Love Me Tonight (1932)
Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.
20. Blues in the Night (1941)
Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »
24. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music
A young boy travels to an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who also mind-controls his mother.
26. Subarnarekha (1965)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
27. Nashville (1975)
R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.
Votes: 21,481 | Gross: $14.82M
29. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
148 min | Musical, Romance
Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.
30. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.
Votes: 13,549 | Gross: $0.10M
33. Show Boat (1936)
Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.
34. Tokyo Tribe (2014)
R | 116 min | Action, Musical
In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.
35. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Three soldiers meet ten years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.
36. Oshidori utagassen (1939)
69 min | Comedy, Musical
Oharu is in love with ronin who lives next door, but he is being pursued by two of the town beauties. To make things even more difficult for Oharu, her father is obsessed with antiques, ... See full summary »
37. Dancing Lady (1933)
Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.
38. Stormy Weather (1943)
Approved | 78 min | Musical
The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.
39. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.
40. Enchanted (2007)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.
Votes: 167,047 | Gross: $127.81M
43. Just Imagine (1930)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »
46. 42nd Street (1933)
Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.
Votes: 9,836 | Gross: $2.30M
49. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical