Best Musical & Music Movies 2021

2021 saw the movie musical rebound in a big way, and while some Broadway faves fell flat (sorry, Evan Hansen), others strutted their way into our hearts. We had a murderer’s row of mellifluous movie muses that had us falling in love with motion pictures again and singing along after the final curtain call. Topping the list this year as he did last year with Hamilton was Lin Manuel Miranda, whose John M. Chu-directed musical In The Heights beat out Billie Eilish, Steven Spielberg, and… Miranda himself, who made his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…Boom!.

The order reflects Tomatometer scores (as of December 31, 2021) after adjustment from our ranking formula, which compensates for variation in the number of reviews when comparing movies or TV shows.

#1

In the Heights (2021)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 113948%
Critics Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.
Synopsis: The creator of "Hamilton" and the director of "Crazy Rich Asians" invite you to the event of the summer, where... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#2

West Side Story (2021)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 111876%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's West Side Story presents a new look at the classic musical that lives up to its beloved forebear -- and in some respects might even surpass it.
Synopsis: Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#3
Adjusted Score: 100841%
Critics Consensus: Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry offers an enlightening -- and sometimes uncomfortable -- look behind the scenes of a young star's ascension.
Synopsis: "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry" tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global... [More]
Starring: Billie Eilish
Directed By: R.J. Cutler

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 98202%
Critics Consensus: tick, tick... BOOM! makes musical magic out of a story focused on the creative process -- an impressive feat for debuting director Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick...BOOM!, an adaptation of the... [More]
Directed By: Lin-Manuel Miranda

#5
Adjusted Score: 86015%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as effervescent as its title character, but Everybody's Talking About Jamie remains an infectiously enjoyable musical with an uplifting message.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Butterell

#6

Annette (2021)
72%

#6
Adjusted Score: 84862%
Critics Consensus: Annette's experimental approach to its emotional extremes marks an ambitious, if not peculiar, return for director Leos Carax.
Synopsis: Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor who falls in love... [More]
Directed By: Leos Carax

#7

Respect (2021)
68%

#7
Adjusted Score: 77053%
Critics Consensus: This standard-issue biopic falls shy of its subject's transcendent brilliance, but Jennifer Hudson's starring performance absolutely commands Respect.
Synopsis: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career -- from a child singing in her father's church choir to her international... [More]
Directed By: Liesl Tommy

#8

The Nowhere Inn (2020)
69%

#8
Adjusted Score: 69953%
Critics Consensus: The Nowhere Inn may be a clever concept in search of substance, but the results are often oddly appealing.
Synopsis: From real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. GRAMMY award-winning recording and touring artist St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) comes... [More]
Directed By: Bill Benz

#9

Cinderella (2021)
42%

#9
Adjusted Score: 48693%
Critics Consensus: This singalong-worthy Cinderella sprinkles some modern fairy dust on the oft-told tale, but flat performances and clunky dialogue make watching often feel like a chore.
Synopsis: Cinderella is a musically-driven bold new take on the traditional story you grew up with. Our heroine (Camila Cabello) is... [More]
Directed By: Kay Cannon

#10

Dear Evan Hansen (2021)
29%

#10
Adjusted Score: 42907%
Critics Consensus: Dear Evan Hansen does a fair job of capturing the emotion of its source material, but it's undermined by questionable casting and a story that's hard to swallow.
Synopsis: The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chbosky

Tag Cloud

FXX cinemax Fox Searchlight Premiere Dates rt labs critics edition emmy awards MCU science fiction news TIFF french Best Director scene in color film series jamie lee curtis asian-american 2017 HFPA WarnerMedia women die hard golden globe awards YouTube rt archives mockumentary Adult Swim Amazon streaming movies legend elevated horror black fast and furious sitcom President HBO Max worst movies all-time Baby Yoda Amazon Studios Pacific Islander The Academy worst children's TV remakes Mystery TCA 73rd Emmy Awards Pop TV Sci-Fi animated cancelled TV shows Super Bowl DirecTV Family Film Biopics gangster australia SXSW 2016 Epix ABC versus screenings new york batman Best and Worst Quiz live event 45 leaderboard National Geographic Cartoon Network indie video Calendar Grammys Winners LGBTQ Awards Tour book adaptation adaptation The CW OneApp crime ID documentary hollywood Brie Larson hidden camera First Look TLC FX on Hulu teaser Lifetime Christmas movies classics target scene in color serial killer 24 frames streamig 2019 Exclusive Video Trivia Horror Pet Sematary Tumblr Prime Video christmas movies reboot Polls and Games festivals YouTube Premium The Purge Reality Peacock japan A&E Pixar comic book movie know your critic stand-up comedy 79th Golden Globes Awards WGN criterion parents GLAAD Oscar critics History BET stoner blaxploitation Discovery Channel HBO Go based on movie Marvel sopranos video on demand TV Television Academy Elton John Travel Channel spy thriller mutant Black History Month Broadway Shudder BET Awards godzilla Freeform pirates of the caribbean The Walt Disney Company suspense indiana jones obituary Paramount Network AMC Plus Winter TV Captain marvel obi wan unscripted Apple mission: impossible SundanceTV critic resources Black Mirror Pride Month Television Critics Association Disney+ Disney Plus VICE MGM cartoon Watching Series high school Fall TV movies Masterpiece movie ITV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina HBO Tokyo Olympics TNT Marathons CBS Nat Geo Writers Guild of America See It Skip It Sneak Peek game of thrones disaster saw romance cults Turner Classic Movies TCM sequels Video Games international satire TV One festival prank independent best Pirates Trailer scene in color series cancelled television DC Comics TCA 2017 Netflix Christmas movies Women's History Month Paramount Pictures telelvision 1990s book comedies anime social media Heroines robots Acorn TV ESPN live action Music twilight concert medical drama blockbusters streaming aapi justice league NBA ABC Family films American Society of Cinematographers feel good dogs Lucasfilm Rocketman toronto Election natural history Summer Lifetime football Dark Horse Comics new star wars movies Best Actor Star Wars Celebration Ghostbusters Sundance Now rotten technology Trophy Talk Sony Pictures Legendary summer TV preview Lionsgate E! Extras Country DGA boxoffice Britbox free movies docudrama popular comiccon finale dreamworks miniseries FX GoT Chernobyl MSNBC Columbia Pictures talk show Thanksgiving San Diego Comic-Con adenture art house BAFTA heist movie toy story 2015 Box Office Bravo Paramount Turner GIFs Tubi CBS All Access crossover comic facebook theme song E3 Awards Netflix Food Network spanish IFC Endgame A24 Sundance TV Set visit spain blockbuster biopic cops 99% Star Wars Paramount Plus 2020 BBC One crime drama Disney Channel Pop Tags: Comedy Amazon Prime werewolf Certified Fresh Action child's play reviews sports Rock canceled TV renewals SDCC kong rotten movies we love Opinion thriller The Witch interviews Disney Plus NBC Reality Competition 21st Century Fox psycho Mary Tyler Moore spanish language kaiju Character Guide posters stop motion canceled TV shows Mudbound Spectrum Originals Year in Review television a nightmare on elm street Nickelodeon YA comic book movies doctor who Emmy Nominations Photos laika boxing Emmys quibi name the review FOX vampires Cannes Apple TV+ Universal Pictures Film Festival Arrowverse diversity adventure VOD true crime Rocky period drama Animation witnail slasher target docuseries zombies The Arrangement Amazon Prime Video summer TV aliens Disney psychological thriller PlayStation Walt Disney Pictures discovery sag awards latino The Walking Dead venice Universal composers BBC Nominations TruTV italian Toys NYCC tv talk Spike biography Ovation IFC Films golden globes Interview series Crunchyroll archives South by Southwest Film Festival AMC screen actors guild franchise transformers slashers olympics 93rd Oscars dc black comedy Focus Features summer preview trailers jurassic park Infographic romantic comedy Native Comic Book 71st Emmy Awards TCA Winter 2020 historical drama space 4/20 CW Seed Marvel Television harry potter what to watch supernatural scorecard Mary poppins PaleyFest El Rey dramedy Oscars VH1 Comics on TV zombie scene in color Binge Guide green book broadcast binge joker Drama Tomatazos Martial Arts Musical 20th Century Fox 94th Oscars Apple TV Plus kids Valentine's Day Best Picture USA lord of the rings OWN Shondaland vs. RT History IMDb TV travel james bond Crackle First Reviews Vudu spider-man zero dark thirty hispanic trophy monster movies mcc dceu breaking bad CMT Alien cancelled cats revenge DC streaming service YouTube Red Fox News CNN Ellie Kemper Cosplay superman Showtime Superheroe crime thriller dragons marvel cinematic universe RT21 Sony spinoff japanese young adult Musicals rt labs LGBT scary Comedy superhero king arthur Syfy deadpool Red Carpet fresh Holidays razzies marvel comics south america strong female leads sequel Western Hallmark TCA Awards cooking Indigenous Hear Us Out scary movies nbcuniversal directors cancelled TV series BBC America Hollywood Foreign Press Association ViacomCBS spider-verse APB mob Classic Film Marvel Studios TV Land Creative Arts Emmys renewed TV shows Fargo Best Actress PBS debate dark Funimation 007 police drama hispanic heritage month politics Anna Paquin TBS 2021 king kong 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards wonder woman Superheroes Esquire Kids & Family documentaries DC Universe Comic-Con@Home 2021 universal monsters TV movies halloween tv Schedule USA Network Wes Anderson New York Comic Con action-comedy Mary Poppins Returns foreign richard e. Grant new zealand basketball cars Song of Ice and Fire X-Men nature Geeked Week Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Academy Awards casting royal family 72 Emmy Awards Teen Hallmark Christmas movies ABC Signature Mindy Kaling rom-coms genre Sundance Instagram Live Podcast Countdown Rom-Com Fantasy chucky 90s halloween Image Comics ghosts comics dexter Spring TV 2018 political drama Star Trek war Disney streaming service MTV ratings Stephen King Hulu singing competition comic books Holiday game show Neflix SXSW 2022 Avengers Tarantino Logo Warner Bros. award winner Starz hist Christmas anthology Comedy Central nfl