100 Best Musical Movies of All Time

Bring out your best jazz hands, because we’ve got a list that’s all-singing, all-dancing, and mostly fun (thanks Les Mis)! Every expression of the musical movie is present in this cavalcade of the 100 best-reviewed: the classics (Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris), the mostly moderns (La La Land, Hairspray), the MGMs (Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris), the Astaire & Rogers (Top Hat, Swing Time), intimate indies (Once, Dancer in the Dark), and stuff for the kids (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). We kept this countdown to live-action musicals, so nothing animated except for the partially so, like Mary Poppins. And though we included the grand Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born, we kept the new one off because, well, Lady Gaga told us to. Even she doesn’t think it’s a musical. Other than that, if the film was Fresh with some light feet and golden voices whose songs are key drivers of the plot, it was up for inclusion. After that, we ranked them all by Adjusted Tomatometer.

So with Mary Poppins Return hitting theaters, we’re bringing in the big showstopper: the 100 Best Musical Movies of All Time!

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 65.712%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set primarily in post-WWII New York City, Martin Scorsese's extravagant romantic musical is about a jazz saxophonist and a pop... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#99
#99
Adjusted Score: 69.044%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This Disney film, set in wartime England, stars Angela Lansbury as a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly-acquired... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#98
Adjusted Score: 68.198%
Critics Consensus: It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted.
Synopsis: Seniors Troy and Gabriella face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 69.124%
Critics Consensus: Charming, endearing, and a little clunky, Were the World Mine is an entertaining, if somewhat unnecessary, musical adaptation.
Synopsis: A color drenched, winning musical film-fantasy of a struggling gay teen, Timothy, whose spirit soars when his eccentric teacher casts... [More]
Directed By: Tom Gustafson

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 69.273%
Critics Consensus: This biopic is undeniably stylish, but loses points for excessive length, an overreliance on clichés, and historical inaccuracies.
Synopsis: In this biopic, William Powell stars as the titular theatrical impresario, whose show business empire begins when he stage manages... [More]
Directed By: Robert Z. Leonard

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 69.361%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This $10 million production is taken from the only children's novel done by master spy author Ian Fleming. Caractacus Potts... [More]
Directed By: Ken Hughes

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 69.944%
Critics Consensus: While it may strike harder-hearted viewers as excessively twee, God Help the Girl floats by on its sweet charm and talented cast.
Synopsis: In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Murdoch

#93

Purple Rain (1984)
67%

#93
Adjusted Score: 70.673%
Critics Consensus: Purple Rain makes for undeniably uneven cinema, but it's held together by its star's singular charisma -- not to mention a slew of classic songs.
Synopsis: The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through... [More]
Directed By: Albert Magnoli

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 72.704%
Critics Consensus: Though less Muppet-centric than the original trilogy, Muppet Treasure Island is an energetic, cheerful take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure, with typically solid gags.
Synopsis: Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young orphan who becomes involved with pirate Long John Silver is given the... [More]
Directed By: Brian Henson

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 71.879%
Critics Consensus: Dancer in Dark can be grim, dull, and difficult to watch, but even so, it has a powerful and moving performance from Bjork and is something quite new and visionary.
Synopsis: Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge from her... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#90

Meet the Feebles (1989)
71%

#90
Adjusted Score: 72.209%
Critics Consensus: Dark and vulgar, Meet the Feebles is a backstage comedy featuring puppets that offers proof of Peter Jackson's taste for sheer outrageousness, even if it often lapses into pure juvenilia.
Synopsis: Bearing the same relationship to The Muppet Show that Fritz the Cat does to Felix the Cat, Meet the Feebles... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#89

Labyrinth (1986)
69%

#89
Adjusted Score: 72.615%
Critics Consensus: While it's arguably more interesting on a visual level, Labyrinth provides further proof of director Jim Henson's boundless imagination.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson

#88

Cry-Baby (1990)
72%

#88
Adjusted Score: 75.524%
Critics Consensus: John Waters' musical ode to the teen rebel genre is infectious and gleefully camp, providing star Johnny Depp with the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon his pin-up image.
Synopsis: Eisenhower is President. Rock 'n' Roll is king. And Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the baddest hood in his high school.... [More]
Directed By: John Waters

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 75.915%
Critics Consensus: The Great Muppet Caper is overplotted and uneven, but the appealing presence of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang ensure that this heist flick is always breezily watchable.
Synopsis: The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson

#86

The Jazz Singer (1927)
74%

#86
Adjusted Score: 75.94%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On the verge of receivership in 1926, Warner Bros. studio decides to risk its future by investing in the Vitaphone... [More]
Directed By: Alan Crosland

#85

Head (1968)
75%

#85
Adjusted Score: 76.49%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Monkees -- Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davey Jones, and Peter Tork -- didn't really enjoy being labelled the pre-Fab... [More]
Directed By: Bob Rafelson

#84

Carmen Jones (1954)
80%

#84
Adjusted Score: 81.84%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#83
Adjusted Score: 76.868%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the finest version of Charles Dickens' tale to grace the screen, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is funny and heartwarming, and serves as a good introduction to the story for young viewers.
Synopsis: Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father... [More]
Directed By: Brian Henson

#82

Les Misérables (2012)
69%

#82
Adjusted Score: 77.584%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion,... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 78.015%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The subjects of love, sex, and lust in modern-day Taiwan are given a surreal, kaleidoscopic treatment in Tsai Ming-Liang's experimental... [More]
Directed By: Ming-liang Tsai

#80

Into the Woods (2014)
71%

#80
Adjusted Score: 79.136%
Critics Consensus: On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.
Synopsis: "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

#79

Tommy (1975)
77%

#79
Adjusted Score: 79.288%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#78

White Christmas (1954)
76%

#78
Adjusted Score: 80.964%
Critics Consensus: It may be too sweet for some, but this unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite is too cheerful to resist.
Synopsis: This Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby is a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge- where it is... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#77

Going My Way (1944)
78%

#77
Adjusted Score: 80.88%
Critics Consensus: Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are eminently likable, and film is pleasantly sentimental, but Going My Way suffers from a surplus of sweetness.
Synopsis: It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way;... [More]
Directed By: Leo McCarey

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 80.931%
Critics Consensus: A likable, infectious musical, Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You is sometimes uneven but always toe-tapping and fun.
Synopsis: Featuring a soundtrack filled with beloved "standard" songs such as "Just You, Just Me" and "My Baby Just Cares for... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#75

Gigi (1958)
77%

#75
Adjusted Score: 81.151%
Critics Consensus: It may not be one of Vincente Minnelli's best, but the charming and flawlessly acted Gigi still offers enough visual and musical treats to satisfy.
Synopsis: Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be... [More]
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

#74
Adjusted Score: 81.269%
Critics Consensus: Guy Maddin perfectly recreates the look and feel of a 1930s in this bizarre picture.
Synopsis: During the Winnipeg depression era, two brothers try to determine the saddest piece of music in the world, as part... [More]
Directed By: Guy Maddin

#73
Adjusted Score: 83.098%
Critics Consensus: If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.
Synopsis: Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 82.124%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some of the best French actresses working today, 8 Women is frothy, delirious, over-the-top fun.
Synopsis: At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season... But... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#71

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
76%

#71
Adjusted Score: 82.619%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#70

Grease (1978)
75%

#70
Adjusted Score: 82.779%
Critics Consensus: Grease is a pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs and an ode to young love that never gets old.
Synopsis: "Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California,... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#69

Oliver! (1968)
81%

#69
Adjusted Score: 83.984%
Critics Consensus: It has aged somewhat awkwardly, but the performances are inspired, the songs are memorable, and the film is undeniably influential.
Synopsis: Inspired by Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, this film version of the musical hit does a masterful job of telling... [More]
Directed By: Carol Reed

#68
Adjusted Score: 84.184%
Critics Consensus: Rocky Horror Picture Show brings its quirky characters in tight, but it's the narrative thrust that really drives audiences insane and keeps 'em doing the time warp again.
Synopsis: This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sharman

#67

Fame (1980)
83%

#67
Adjusted Score: 85.241%
Critics Consensus: Just because Fame is a well-acted musical doesn't mean it flinches against its surprisingly heavy topics.
Synopsis: Fame is set at New York's High School of Performing Arts, where talented teens train for show-business careers. The film... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#66

Bugsy Malone (1976)
84%

#66
Adjusted Score: 85.386%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Here's the basic "shtick" of Bugsy Malone: it's a gangster picture enacted by children. Acted out before scaled-down sets, the... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 85.712%
Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.
Synopsis: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#64

Dreamgirls (2006)
79%

#64
Adjusted Score: 85.77%
Critics Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.
Synopsis: Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom,... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#63

Chi-Raq (2015)
81%

#63
Adjusted Score: 85.826%
Critics Consensus: Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven -- and it contains some of Spike Lee's smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.
Synopsis: Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 87.055%
Critics Consensus: A bird may love a fish -- and musical fans will love this adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, even if it isn't quite as transcendent as the long-running stage version.
Synopsis: Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 86.49%
Critics Consensus: A complicated little musical, Pennies from Heaven is a dazzling, tragic spectacle.
Synopsis: Adapted from Dennis Potter's landmark British TV miniseries and relocated to the United States during the Depression, Pennies from Heaven... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#60

Viva Las Vegas (1964)
85%

#60
Adjusted Score: 87.064%
Critics Consensus: Ann-Margret keeps Elvis on his toes and together they elevate Viva Las Vegas into a naughty and rockin' mild delight.
Synopsis: Viva Las Vegas, one of Elvis Presley's most popular vehicles, adheres as rigidly to formula as a Kabuki dance. Elvis... [More]
Directed By: George Sidney

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 87.14%
Critics Consensus: While it may not reach the delirious heights of The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted still packs in enough clever gags, catchy songs, and celebrity cameos to satisfy fans of all ages.
Synopsis: Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#58
Adjusted Score: 87.598%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Meaning of Life is without a doubt the most tasteless of the Monty Python feature films; it also happens... [More]
Directed By: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 88.034%
Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Synopsis: Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#56
Adjusted Score: 88.827%
Critics Consensus: The Lure adds a sexually charged, genre-defying twist to well-established mermaid lore, more than overpowering its flaws through sheer variety and wild ambition.
Synopsis: Agnieszka Smoczynska directed this off-beat horror comedy about two mermaid sisters who fall for the same man on dry land.... [More]
Directed By: Agnieszka Smoczynska

#55

All That Jazz (1979)
86%

#55
Adjusted Score: 88.819%
Critics Consensus: Director Bob Fosse and star Roy Scheider are at the top of their games in this dazzling, self-aware stage drama about a death obsessed director-choreographer.
Synopsis: "It's showtime!" In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the... [More]
Directed By: Bob Fosse

#54
Adjusted Score: 89.498%
Critics Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.
Synopsis: Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#53

Hair (1979)
89%

#53
Adjusted Score: 90.016%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Milos Forman's film adaptation of the popular, controversial Broadway musical Hair has dated somewhat, yet it remains an effective evocation... [More]
Directed By: Milos Forman

#52
Adjusted Score: 90.55%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by crowd-pleasing tunes and charming performances, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers makes a successful transition from Broadway to screen that's sure to please the whole family.
Synopsis: Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 90.746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film is a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the... [More]
Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

#50
Adjusted Score: 91.059%
Critics Consensus: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?
Synopsis: As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the... [More]
Directed By: Ol Parker

#49

The Muppet Movie (1979)
88%

#49
Adjusted Score: 92.093%
Critics Consensus: The Muppet Movie, the big-screen debut of Jim Henson's plush creations, is smart, lighthearted, and fun for all ages.
Synopsis: Kermit the Frog is persuaded by agent Dom DeLuise to pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit picks... [More]

#48
Adjusted Score: 92.223%
Critics Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.
Synopsis: Unjustly sent to prison, a man vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#47

Funny Face (1957)
88%

#47
Adjusted Score: 92.237%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#46

Chicago (2002)
85%

#46
Adjusted Score: 92.314%
Critics Consensus: A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.
Synopsis: A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

#45

Topsy-Turvy (1999)
89%

#45
Adjusted Score: 92.356%
Critics Consensus: A thoroughly entertaining character study and a great success for Mike Leigh.
Synopsis: William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the... [More]
Directed By: Mike Leigh

#44

Easter Parade (1948)
90%

#44
Adjusted Score: 92.521%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous... [More]
Directed By: Charles Walters

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 92.782%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Combining rock & roll, horror, and the classic tale of Phantom of the Opera this musical makes fun of all... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 93.427%
Critics Consensus: Unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny, The Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.
Synopsis: One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#41

Guys and Dolls (1955)
90%

#41
Adjusted Score: 93.642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Sky Masterson is challenged to take a missionary to Havana, he finds himself falling in love. But will she... [More]

#40

Royal Wedding (1951)
92%

#40
Adjusted Score: 95.214%
Critics Consensus: Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.
Synopsis: Two real-life events were incorporated into the plot of the 1951 MGM musical Royal Wedding. One, the marriage of Fred... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 94.604%
Critics Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
Synopsis: It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#38

Help! (1965)
92%

#38
Adjusted Score: 94.709%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In their second feature with director Richard Lester, who oversaw the massive hit A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles again... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#37

Oklahoma! (1955)
92%

#37
Adjusted Score: 94.744%
Critics Consensus: Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay! The critics are sayin' you're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, O.K.!
Synopsis: Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical was considered revolutionary for a multitude of reasons, not least of which were the... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 95.491%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.... [More]

#35

The Sapphires (2013)
91%

#35
Adjusted Score: 95.612%
Critics Consensus: While it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Blair

#34

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
93%

#34
Adjusted Score: 95.671%
Critics Consensus: A poppy satire on pop music, Bye Bye Birdie is silly, light, and very, very pink.
Synopsis: When a major rock`n`roll star arrives in a small Iowa town for a contest, a local songwriter tires to get... [More]
Directed By: George Sidney

#33
Adjusted Score: 95.813%
Critics Consensus: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.
Synopsis: Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy,... [More]
Directed By: Mel Stuart

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 96.156%
Critics Consensus: Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.
Synopsis: Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#31
Adjusted Score: 96.27%
Critics Consensus: Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.
Synopsis: Lagaan is the story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes led by Bhuvan (Aamir... [More]

#30

Funny Girl (1968)
93%

#30
Adjusted Score: 97.478%
Critics Consensus: Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.
Synopsis: "Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#29

The Cocoanuts (1929)
95%

#29
Adjusted Score: 97.895%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A fast-talking Miami hotel manager tries to stay in business during the Florida land rush. Transferring their hit stage show... [More]

#28

Hairspray (2007)
91%

#28
Adjusted Score: 97.966%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Synopsis: Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#27

Victor Victoria (1982)
96%

#27
Adjusted Score: 98.108%
Critics Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.
Synopsis: On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Julie Andrews is rescued by gay cabaret performer Robert Preston.... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#26

The King and I (1956)
96%

#26
Adjusted Score: 98.553%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna... [More]
Directed By: Walter Lang

#25

The Court Jester (1956)
96%

#25
Adjusted Score: 98.553%
Critics Consensus: A witty spoof of medieval swashbuckler movies, The Court Jester showcases Danny Kaye at his nimble, tongue-twisting best.
Synopsis: Danny Kaye spoofs medieval swashbucklers in this classic musical comedy. While the infant King of England awaits his rightful place... [More]

#24

42nd Street (1933)
95%

#24
Adjusted Score: 98.51%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Julian Marsh, a successful Broadway director, produces a new show, in spite of his poor health. The money comes from... [More]
Directed By: Lloyd Bacon

#23

Enchanted (2007)
93%

#23
Adjusted Score: 98.938%
Critics Consensus: A smart re-imagining of fairy tale tropes that's sure to delight children and adults, Enchanted features witty dialogue, sharp animation, and a star turn by Amy Adams.
Synopsis: A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess from the past... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Lima

#22

Cabaret (1972)
95%

#22
Adjusted Score: 99.322%
Critics Consensus: Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.
Synopsis: Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler's rise to power.... [More]
Directed By: Bob Fosse

#21

On the Town (1949)
96%

#21
Adjusted Score: 99.6%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#20

My Fair Lady (1964)
96%

#20
Adjusted Score: 100.447%
Critics Consensus: George Cukor's elegant, colorful adaptation of the beloved stage play is elevated to new heights thanks to winning performances by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
Synopsis: My Fair Lady is now more "lovelier" than ever with a breathtaking new restoration playing in cinemas nationwide for a... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#19

Hairspray (1988)
98%

#19
Adjusted Score: 100.782%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is perhaps John Waters' most accessible film, and as such, it's a gently subversive slice of retro hilarity.
Synopsis: Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the... [More]
Directed By: John Waters

#18

West Side Story (1961)
94%

#18
Adjusted Score: 101.222%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.
Synopsis: This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage... [More]

#17

The Muppets (2011)
95%

#17
Adjusted Score: 101.36%
Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.
Synopsis: On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#16

A Star Is Born (1954)
97%

#16
Adjusted Score: 101.396%
Critics Consensus: A Star is Born is a movie of grand scope and intimate moments, featuring Judy Garland's possibly greatest performance.
Synopsis: The 1954 musical remake of A Star is Born could have been titled A Star is Reborn, in that it... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#15

Once (2007)
97%

#15
Adjusted Score: 101.727%
Critics Consensus: A charming, captivating tale of love and music, Once sets the standard for the modern musical. And with Dublin as its backdrop, Once is fun and fresh.
Synopsis: "Once" is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band The Frames,... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#14

French Cancan (1956)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.984%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beautifully photographed, this comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the... [More]
Directed By: Jean Renoir

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.98%
Critics Consensus: The Young Girls of Rochefort pays colorful homage to classic Hollywood musicals while earning its own emotionally affecting place of honor in the genre.
Synopsis: Romance begins busting out all over in Rochefort. A fair is being organized, giving the town an air of excitement... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Demy

#12
Adjusted Score: 103.241%
Critics Consensus: Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
Synopsis: Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Demy

#11

Swing Time (1936)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 103.259%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting... [More]
Directed By: George Stevens

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 103.5%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's sparkling magnetism, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a delightfully entertaining 1950s musical.
Synopsis: Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee,... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 103.795%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Although some purists hold out for Duck Soup (1933), many Marx Brothers fans consider A Night at the Opera the... [More]
Directed By: Sam Wood

#8

Mary Poppins (1964)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 104.447%
Critics Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.
Synopsis: "Practically Perfect In Every Way" Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 104.398%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters,... [More]
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 104.885%
Critics Consensus: The plot may be problematic, but such concerns are rendered superfluous by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron's star power, the Gershwins' classic songs, and Vincente Minnelli's colorful, sympathetic direction.
Synopsis: Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists"... [More]
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

#5

Top Hat (1935)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 106.795%
Critics Consensus: A glamorous and enthralling Depression-era diversion, Top Hat is nearly flawless, with acrobatics by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that make the hardest physical stunts seem light as air.
Synopsis: One of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, Top Hat centers on a typical mistaken-identity plot, with wealthy... [More]
Directed By: Mark Sandrich

#4

La La Land (2016)
91%

#4
Adjusted Score: 107.612%
Critics Consensus: La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.
Synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone],... [More]
Directed By: Damien Chazelle

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 109.029%
Critics Consensus: A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.
Synopsis: The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 109.469%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#1

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 114.323%
Critics Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.
Synopsis: L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy,... [More]
Directed By: King Vidor, Victor Fleming

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