Though musicals like Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Wicked are hard to bit, there are some musical movies that even today are great to watch. Movies including Sweeney Todd, Grease, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls and An American in Paris will forever remain some of the best musicals of all time. New age movies like La La Land and A Star Is Born to have also earned their way in our hearts. On this list, we are ranking 10 Great Musical Movies Worth Watching.
1.Les Misérables (2012)
Comparing it to the play, Les Misérables might feel a little less, but Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway still did a great job. Jean Valjean and his struggle with his past are portrayed beautifully on screen. The heartbreaking play, set in the 19th century France, is the ninth most profitable Broadway show ever.
2. West Side Story (1961):
This passionate musical about Lovers Maria and Tony stuck between their gangster families is just amazing to watch on stage or screen. Its an interpretation of Romeo & Juliet debuted on Broadway in 1957. It broke many rules of choreography and storytelling but won everyone’s heart.
3. Cabaret (1972):
The musical Cabaret is set during the Nazi Party invasion and it is about Sally, a cabaret dancer. She works at the Kit Kat Klub and falls in love with two men. The film is loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name. Liza Minnelli won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this movie.
4. My Fair Lady (1964):
The American musical drama was adapted from the Lerner and Loewe eponymous stage musical. Directed by George Cukor, the movie is about Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) and Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). The movie was both critically and commercially successful and managed to win eight Academy Awards.
5. Hairspray (2007):
The 2007 musical romantic comedy, Hairspray is based on the broadway musical which was inspired by the 1988 comedy movie. Directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman, Hairspray is about teenager Tracy Turnblad and her journey as a dancer on a local TV show. The movie is the tenth highest-grossing musical film in US cinema history following Grease, Chicago, and Mamma Mia.
6. Chicago (2002):
Chicago is a musical crime comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name. Set during the jazz-age of Chicago, the movie focuses on the scandals, and corruptions of the state. Chicago was the first musical to win the Best Picture since Oliver at the Academy, it also won five more Academy Awards in 2003.
7. The Sound of Music (1965):
Directed by Robert Wise, The Sound of Music is an adaptation of the stage play of the same name. The movie is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg who brings music and love in the lives of the retired naval officer and a widower and his kids. The Sound of Music had such a great commercial success that it surpassed the movie Gone with the Wind. It picked up five Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952):
Directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, Singin’ in the Rain is set when Hollywood was going through the transaction from silent films to “talkies”. Though at the time of its release, Singin’ in the Rain didn’t earn many praises but now it is considered as one of the greatest musicals of all time.
9. All That Jazz (1979):
Considered one of the best musicals ever made, All That Jazz is based on aspects of Fosse’s life and career as a dancer, choreographer and director. Fosse’s manic effort to edit his film Lenny while concurrently staging the Broadway musical Chicago has been a great inspiration for this movie. At the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, All That Jazz picked up the Palme d’Or award.
10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This musical horror comedy film directed by Jim Sharman is one of the best musicals and worth watching. It is based on the 1973 musical stage production of the same name. The film is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the between the 1930s to 1960s. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become the longest-running theatrical release in movie history.