Top 100 musical films of all time

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August 15, 2018
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Top 100 musical films of all time

Whether it’s an adapted Broadway show, an animated feature, or a campy parody, movie musicals hold a special place in the hearts of fans. But what makes a musical film great? Maybe it's the memorable tunes and expressive voices. Perhaps it’s the impromptu dance numbers. Or it could just be the combination of a well-written storyline and Oscar-worthy musical score that lands it high on the list.

Whatever their criteria, moviegoers have voted for their favorites on IMDb—and Stacker has combed through to find the best of the best. Taking a look at movie musicals that have at least 5,000 votes, Stacker has ranked the top 100 based on IMDb user rating scores. In the case of a tie, the film with more user votes is ranked higher. Only English-language movies released in the United States were considered.

Here are the 100 top vote-getting musicals of all time, complete with IMDb ratings, votes, directors, and stars—plus selections of the tunes that made them famous, when available. Feel free to sing along.

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Paramount Pictures

#100. The Cocoanuts

Release year: 1929

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 6,162

Directors: Robert Florey and Joseph Santley

Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx

Marx Brothers insanity abounds when Mr. Hammer (Groucho) tries to run Cocoanut Manor while putting the moves on the wealthy Mrs. Potter. When her necklace disappears, vagabonds Silent Sam (Harpo), Willie (Chico), and the hotel clerk are suspected. Irving Berlin composed the songs and their lyrics, including “When My Dreams Come True.” Although the film was a success, it almost never came to be—when the stars saw the final cut, they were so appalled they tried to prevent its release.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#99. Anchors Aweigh

Release year: 1945

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 6,846

Director: George Sidney

Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, José Iturbi

Joseph Brady (Kelly) and Clarence Doolittle (Sinatra) are two sailors on leave in Los Angeles. Joe is a ladies’ man who wants to see his sweetheart and gives Clarence advice on how to meet women. They find a runaway boy and return him to his Aunt Susan (Grayson) and both men fall in love with her. The film is known for its unforgettable title song as well as "If You Knew Susie." It’s also the first time Gene Kelly choreographed an entire film on his own.

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Paramount Pictures

#98. Going My Way

Release year: 1944

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 8,821

Director: Leo McCarey

Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

Easygoing priest Charles O'Malley (Crosby) enters a tough parish in midtown Manhattan and is greeted with skepticism, especially by aging Father Fitzgibbon (Fitzgerald). But Father O’Malley inspires the youth of his parish by forming a boys choir. Singer Andy Williams made his debut as one of the singing boys during "Swinging on a Star,” and Bing Crosby's rendition of "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral" is an unforgettable take on the Irish lullaby.

4 / 100
Magna Theatre Corporation

#97. Oklahoma!

Release year: 1955

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 9,791

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson

Cowboys, farmers, and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of local Oklahoma Territory ladies in this musical comedy. In what was Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, "Oklahoma!" helped set standards and rules of musical theater still followed today. Memorable songs include "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and the title tune.

5 / 100
Cannibal Films Ltd.

#96. Cannibal! The Musical

Release year: 1993

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 10,885

Director: Trey Parker

Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Stephen Blackpool, Stan Brakhage

Lost without food, the sole survivor of a gold mining trip turns to cannibalism—as well as song and dance. "Cannibal! The Musical" is based on the true story of Alferd Packer, and the trial scenes were filmed in the same courtroom in which Packer was tried. Tunes include "Shpadoinkle Day."

6 / 100
Twentieth Century Fox

#95. Hello, Dolly!

Release year: 1969

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 11,468

Director: Gene Kelly

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford

Matchmaker Dolly Levi (Streisand) goes to Yonkers to see the unmarried half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder (Matthau) and convinces him and his entourage to come to New York City. Meanwhile, Dolly decides it's her turn to make a match of her own by finding herself a beau. The title song is a favorite with moviegoers, and the musical continues to run on Broadway, currently with Bette Midler in the starring role.

7 / 100
Henson Associates (HA)

#94. The Great Muppet Caper

Release year: 1981

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 11,508

Director: Jim Henson

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Muppets Kermit, Gonzo, and Fozzie are reporters traveling to London to interview a fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace was stolen by jewel thieves. While there, Kermit falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. But the thieves strike again, framing Piggy, so Kermit and his colleagues decide to find the real culprits. Songs include "Couldn't We Ride" and "Hey a Movie!"

8 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#93. Guys and Dolls

Release year: 1955

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 13,492

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra

A gambler in New York (Brando) is challenged by another (Sinatra) to take a female missionary (Simmons) to Havana on a date, but the bet's motive is to finance a crap game. Naturally, the pair ends up falling for each other. Music and lyrics were penned by Frank Loesser; the soundtrack includes "Luck Be a Lady" and "Adelaide's Lament." The two leading men were rivals off-screen as well—Brando and Sinatra reportedly detested each other.

9 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#92. Winnie the Pooh

Release year: 2011

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 18,102

Directors: Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall

Stars: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese

Winnie the Pooh's insatiable appetite for honey helps motivate him,as he and his friends seek Eeyore's missing tail and rescue Christopher Robin from the Backson. "It's Gonna be Great" and "Hundred Acre Spy Game" are among the original songs by married couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, as well as Henry Jackson. The Lopezes also contributed voice acting to the film.

10 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#91. An American in Paris

Release year: 1951

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 25,962

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Romantic complications abound when ex-GI and struggling artist Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) remains in Paris after World War II to sell his art. Discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who has an interest in him that goes beyond art, Mulligan falls for a young French woman (Caron) already being courted by his friend Henri (Guétary). Favorite tunes from the film include "I Got Rhythm" and "Our Love is Here to Stay." The 17-minute dance at the end took a month to film and cost $500,000.

11 / 100
20th Century Fox

#90. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Release year: 1953

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 26,652

Director: Howard Hawks

Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Russell) travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective checking up on Lorelei by her fiance's suspicious father and many other would-be suitors. Popular tunes include "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" and "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" In the sequence featuring the latter, Russell falls into the pool by accident, but it was left in the film.

12 / 100
Imagine Entertainment

#89. The Doors

Release year: 1991

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 74,861

Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Based on the 1960s rock band, "The Doors" follows lead singer and writer Jim Morrison's (Kilmer's) life from his psychedelic days at University of California, Los Angeles until his death in 1971 at age 27. Meg Ryan plays his girlfriend, Pamela. The soundtrack includes Kilmer’s vocals on many of the band’s big hits—such as the anthemic “Break on Through.”

13 / 100

#88. Chicago

Release year: 2002

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 193,532

Director: Rob Marshall

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Femmes fatales Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger) are on death row for murder in 1920s Chicago and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. Richard Gere took tap-dancing lessons for three months for his part as Billy Flynn. Popular tunes include "All That Jazz" and "When You're Good to Mama."

14 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#87. Grease

Release year: 1978

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 196,130

Director: Randal Kleiser

Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Tough-guy Danny (Travolta) and sweet Sandy (Newton-John) fall in love over the summer and later learn they're students at the same high school in this 1950s-era musical. Its famous songs include the title song and karaoke staple "You're the One that I Want." Elvis Presley turned down the role of The Guardian Angel in the “Beauty School Drop-Out” scene; he died the same day "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" was filmed and the lyrics were adapted in his honor.

15 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#86. Beauty and the Beast

Release year: 2017

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 212,118

Director: Bill Condon

Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

A selfish prince (Stevens) is cursed to be a monster and must learn to fall in love with and be loved by the beautiful young woman he holds prisoner, Belle (Emma Watson), if he's to be freed from the curse. For this live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Belle's ballroom gown required 3,000 feet of thread and 2,160 crystals. Its songs include "Evermore," written especially for the 2017 version, and "Gaston."

16 / 100
Universal Pictures

#85. The Glenn Miller Story

Release year: 1954

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 7,001

Director: Anthony Mann

Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan

This biopic is about the career and death of big-band orchestra leader Glenn Miller, played by Stewart, and his wife, Helen Burger (Allyson). Favorite tunes include Miller's legendary "Moonlight Serenade" as well as "Little Brown Jug." Stewart unsuccessfully took trombone lessons in hopes he could play during the orchestra scenes; instead, he accurately pantomimed the motions.

17 / 100
Warner Bros.

#84. Calamity Jane

Release year: 1953

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 7,146

Director: David Butler

Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Sharpshooting tomboy Calamity Jane (Day) goes to Chicago to bring back actress Adelaide Adams (Gale Robbins) for her Deadwood Saloon theater. She accidentally returns with Adams’ maid, Katie Brown (McLerie)—who is a lousy actor, but wins the love of a young lieutenant (Carey). Meanwhile, Calamity sheds her tomboy look and realizes she loves Wild Bill Hickok (Keel). Songs include "The Deadwood Stage" and "Secret Love."

18 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#83. Song of the South

Release year: 1946

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 9,684

Directors: Wilfred Jackson and Harve Foster

Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett

Storyteller Uncle Remus (Baskett) tells a young boy stories about the smart and tricky Br'er Rabbit (Johnny Lee), who outsmarts Br'er Fox (Baskett) and Br'er Bear (Nick Stewart) in this musical that mixes live action and animation. Walt Disney was reluctant to reissue the film in the U.S. after 1986 due to its treatment of slavery and its portrayal of African-American characters.

19 / 100
Warner Bros.

#82. The Great Race

Release year: 1965

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 14,108

Director: Blake Edwards

Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Based on an actual event from 1908, this film tells the story of The Great Leslie (Curtis) as he battles the despicable Professor Fate (Lemmon) in an elaborate road race across three continents. Music by Henry Mancini and his orchestra includes "The Royal Waltz" and "Pie in the Face Polka."

20 / 100
Universal Pictures

#81. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Release year: 2018

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 15,782

Director: Ol Parker

Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Cher

The sequel to the 2008 "Mamma Mia!" looks back at Donna (Lily James), Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn), and Rosie (Alexa Davies) when they’re graduating from Oxford. In the present, Streep plays Donna, whose pregnant daughter Sophie (Seyfried) has plans of her own, including reuniting with her mom's old friends. Like its predecessor, the film features hits from '70s group Abba—including "Fernando," "When I Kissed the Teacher," and "Dancing Queen."

21 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#80. The Brave Little Toaster

Release year: 1987

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 21,582

Director: Jerry Rees

Stars: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day, Thurl Ravenscroft, Deanna Oliver

A group of lonely, dated appliances, stranded in a summer home their family just sold, goes in search of their young master. The animated feature includes original songs by Van Dyke Parks: "City of Light," "It's a B-Movie," and "Worthless."

22 / 100
Universal Pictures

#79. Jesus Christ Superstar

Release year: 1973

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 22,245

Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Adapted from the stage play, "Jesus Christ Superstar" presents the last days of Christ's life as a rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Neeley appears as Jesus, Anderson as Judas Iscariot, Elliman as Mary Magdalene, and Dennen as Pontius Pilate. Told from the perspective of Judas, the rock opera is one of the most frequently staged productions in history.

23 / 100
Twentieth Century Fox

#78. The Book of Life

Release year: 2014

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 56,680

Director: Jorge R. Gutiérrez

Stars: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman

In this animated comedy, Young Manolo (voice of Luna) must choose between his family's expectations and following his heart. Before choosing, he embarks on an adventure through three fantastic worlds, in which he must face his greatest fears. Fresh takes on pop favorites abound, with songs including "Ecstasy of Gold," "Cielito Lindo," and "I Will Wait."

24 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#77. Dumbo

Release year: 1941

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 100,546

Directors: Samuel Armstrong and Norman Ferguson

Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett

Animated film Dumbo tells the story of a young circus elephant, Jumbo Jr., who is relentlessly bullied, and given his nickname, because of his oversized ears. But he becomes the star of the show when he discovers his big ears allow him to fly, with the help of Timothy Q. Mouse (Brophy). Though the entire cast was uncredited, Mel Blanc was the voice of Dumbo; Sterling Holloway, known as the original voice of Winnie the Pooh, performed as Mr. Stork.

25 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#76. Peter Pan

Release year: 1953

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 104,883

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney

Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conreid

Bobby Driscoll voices the animated Peter Pan, who whisks the Darling children—Wendy, John, and Michael—off to Neverland. But his nemesis, Captain Hook (Conreid), is waiting for him. Songs include "You Can Fly!" and "The Second Star to the Right."

26 / 100
Warner Bros.

#75. The Phantom of the Opera

Release year: 2004

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 106,265

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson

The Phantom, a disfigured musical genius (Butler) who lives beneath the Paris Opera House, is obsessed with Christine (Rossum), a young soprano singer. The Phantom secretly tutors the soprano and forces the owners of the venue to give her lead roles. His obsession with Christine builds, and he kidnaps the singer to force her to stay with him. But she falls for Raoul (Wilson), who tries to foil the scheme. Based on an Andrew Lloyd Webber stage classic, the musical features unforgettable tunes like "All I Ask of You" and "Think of Me."

27 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#74. Sleeping Beauty

Release year: 1959

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 115,830

Director: Clyde Geronimi

Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley

An evil fairy puts a curse on Princess Aurora after being snubbed by the royal family in this animated Disney fantasy. Only a prince—with the help of three good fairies—can break the spell. The film's most popular songs include romantic waltz "Once Upon a Dream" and the wistful “I Wonder.”

28 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#73. Cinderella

Release year: 1950

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 123,821

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley

An evil stepmother (Audley) and two stepsisters (Rhoda Williams, Lucille Bliss) prevent Cinderella (Woods) from attending a royal event. But her fairy godmother (Verna Felton) turns her into the literal belle of the ball, where she enchants Prince Charming. The spell wears off at midnight, and she loses her glass slipper in her haste—the prince uses the shoe to find his mystery date.

29 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#72. Hercules

Release year: 1997

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 170,438

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker

Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods

Hercules, son of Greek gods Zeus and Hera, loses his immortality as an infant and must become a real hero to reclaim it. Tate Donovan voices the title role, and Charlton Heston narrates. Songs include "Zero to Hero" and opener "The Gospel Truth."

30 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#71. Babes in Toyland

Release year: 1934

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 5,142

Directors: Gus Meins and Charley Rogers

Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns

Toyland residents Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee (played by comedy duo Laurel and Hardy) try to help pay the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe to evil Silas Barnaby (Henry Brandon)—who threatens to evict her unless she lets him marry her daughter, Bo Peep (Charlotte Henry). In the end it comes down to a battle between Barnaby's bogeymen and a company of giant wooden toy soldiers. The musical’s signature song is its theme, "Toyland."

31 / 100
Goldwyn Films

#70. Topsy-Turvy

Release year: 1999

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 10,744

Director: Mike Leigh

Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Gilbert and Sullivan (Broadbent and Corduner) reach an impasse over Gilbert's idea for a piece, as Sullivan rejects it as "Topsy-Turvy." But when Gilbert's wife Lucy (Leslie Manville) takes him along to a Japanese exhibition, inspiration kicks in for the production of "The Mikado."

32 / 100
Harbor Productions

#69. Phantom of the Paradise

Release year: 1974

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 13,382

Director: Brian De Palma

Stars: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

In a parody of "Phantom of the Opera," composer Winslow Leach (Finley) sells his soul for the woman he loves (Harper) to perform his rock opera. But evil record company magnate Swan (Williams), steals his music and his love interest to open The Paradise, his rock palace. Songs include "The Hell of It." The film was a flop throughout North America the year it came out—except in Winnipeg in Canada, where it remained in theaters for months.

33 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#68. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Release year: 1954

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 18,446

Directors: Stanley Donen

Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards

Set in 1850 Oregon, a backwoodsman brings home a wife, and his six brothers decide they want to get married as well. With tunes including "Bless Your Beautiful Hide," "When You're in Love," and "Sobbin' Women," the film was well received despite its latent misogyny.

34 / 100
Apple Corps

#67. Yellow Submarine

Release year: 1968

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 21,401

Director: George Dunning

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

The Beatles perform the soundtrack of an animated adventure, in which the foursome joins Captain Fred (Lance Percival) in his yellow watercraft—with the goal of going to Pepperland to free the music from the Blue Meanies. The title song and "All You Need is Love" are among the celebrated tunes in this fourth of five movies starring The Beatles.

35 / 100
Revolution Studios

#66. Across the Universe

Release year: 2007

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 99,175

Director: Julie Taymor

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

In “Across the Universe,” a poor British boy and a wealthy American girl fall in love in the '60s, with the Vietnam War and the music of The Beatles serving as the backdrop. The lead characters’ names are inspired by the Fab Four as well—Jim Sturgess plays Jude and Evan Rachel Wood is Lucy. The Beatles-penned soundtrack includes performances by Wood and Sturgess, as well as U2’s Bono ("I Am the Walrus") and Eddie Izzard (“For the Benefit of Mr. Kite”).

36 / 100
Henson Associates (HA)

#65. Labyrinth

Release year: 1986

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 107,949

Director: Jim Henson

Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

The Goblin King grants teenager Sarah’s misguided wish to have her baby brother taken away—she's given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him. David Bowie is the Goblin King Jareth, with Jennifer Connelly as Sarah and Toby Froud as baby Toby. Its Bowie-penned songs include "As the World Falls Down" and "Magic Dance." The late Muppet master Jim Henson directed the film, which features many creatures from his workshop.

37 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#64. Alice in Wonderland

Release year: 1951

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 110,130

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway

With memorable tunes including "I'm Late," "The Unbirthday Song," and "Very Good Advice," "Alice in Wonderland" follows the adventures of the title character into the world of Wonderland, where the Queen of Hearts threatens to keep her from getting back home. The film features the voices of Kathryn Beaumont as Alice, Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, and Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat. Although largely beloved today, both British and American audiences heaped criticism on the film.

38 / 100
Twentieth Century Fox

#63. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Release year: 1975

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 117,082

Director: Jim Sharman

Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Innocent couple Janet and Brad stumble upon the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a cross-dresser hosting visitors from the planet Transsexual in Transylvania as he unveils his creation, Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). Tim Curry plays Frank-N-Furter, with Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss and Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors. With a glam-rock soundtrack that includes hits like "Time Warp" and "Sweet Transvestite,” the cult film is known for its live experience—which involves props and audience callbacks.

39 / 100
Warner Bros.

#62. Corpse Bride

Release year: 2005

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 214,388

Directors: Tim Burton and Mike Johnson

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson

In a 19th-century European village, young Victor is practicing his wedding vows—unaware that he's just promised himself to a corpse bride. He's whisked away into the underworld, leaving his real bride bereft in the land of the living. The animated drama features the voices of Johnny Depp as Victor Van Dort, Helena Bonham Carter as the Corpse Bride, and Emily Watson as Victoria Everglot. Its songs include the bony "Remains of the Day."

40 / 100
Warner Bros.

#61. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Release year: 2007

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 311,656

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, seeks revenge for being imprisoned unjustly by a corrupt judge who abuses his wife, Lucy, and has custody of his daughter, Johanna. He sets up a barbershop in London with fellow tenant Mrs. Lovett, who makes meat pies from the bodies of the men whose throats he's sliced. Johnny Depp is The Demon Barber himself, with Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett and Alan Rickman as the evil Judge Turpin. Songs include "Johanna" and "Pretty Women." Burton insisted on the film’s bloodiness as it added to the film’s campy melodrama.

41 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#60. Easter Parade

Release year: 1948

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 7,371

Director: Charles Walters

Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford

Trying to make his former partner jealous, a nightclub performer hires a chorus girl to prove he can make any of his dance partners a star. Dance legend Fred Astaire plays Don Hewes, with Judy Garland as Hannah Brown and Lawford as Jonathan Harrow III. It features memorable Irving Berlin compositions like "In Your Easter Bonnet" and "It Only Happens When I Dance With You."

42 / 100
Universal Pictures

#59. Coal Miner's Daughter

Release year: 1980

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 14,518

Director: Michael Apted

Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D’Angelo

This biopic tells the story of legendary country singer Loretta Lynn (Spacek), who rose from poverty to international stardom and redefined country music. With Tommy Lee Jones appearing as her husband, Doolittle Lynn, Levon Helm as Ted Webb, and Beverly D’Angelo as Loretta’s idol, Patsy Cline, the film featuring a range of country hits.

43 / 100
20th Century Fox

#58. The King and I

Release year: 1956

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 21,259

Directors: Walter Lang

Stars: Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Yul Brynner

Rodgers and Hammerstein's unforgettable score for "The King and I" includes "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance," and "The March of the Siamese Children." Yul Brynner is King Mongkut of Siam, Deborah Kerr plays Anna Leonowens (the British governess with whom he clashes), and Rita Moreno plays Tuptim, one of the king’s young wives. The film won five Oscars—including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Brynner—and nine nominations overall.

44 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#57. Pinocchio

Release year: 1940

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 108,253

Directors: Norman Ferguson and T. Hee

Stars: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub

A childless woodcarver named Geppetto creates a wooden marionette named Pinocchio, wishing he could become a real boy. When a fairy grants his wish, Jiminy Cricket is assigned to act as Pinocchio's conscience and keep him out of trouble. But the boy gets into plenty of trouble, and with every lie his nose grows longer. The film features the voices of Dickie Jones as the title character, Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket, and Christian Rub as Geppetto, and its songs include "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings."

45 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#56. Frozen

Release year: 2013

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 489,211

Directors: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Fearless and optimistic, Anna sets off with mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa—whose power over ice has frozen the kingdom of Arendelle in winter forever. This animated adventure comedy features the voices of Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, and Idina Menzel as Elsa. Its breakout song, "Let it Go," has a sing-along version with more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube.

46 / 100
RKO Radio Pictures

#55. Shall We Dance

Release year: 1937

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 5,695

Director: Mark Sandrich

Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore

In "Shall We Dance," a ballet master and a tap dancer in a budding romance find their relationship becoming more complicated when rumors spread that they're already married. The inimitable dance pair teams up for "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me." This film was the seventh of 10 movies for the inimitable dance pair, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

47 / 100
RKO Radio Pictures

#54. The Gay Divorcee

Release year: 1934

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 5,934

Director: Mark Sandrich

Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady

"The Gay Divorcee" features Rogers as an American woman named Mimi Glossop who travels to England to seek a divorce from her husband—where she falls for dashing performer Guy Holden (Astaire). "The Continental" was the first to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

48 / 100
Columbia Pictures Corporation

#53. 1776

Release year: 1972

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 6,931

Director: Peter H. Hunt

Stars: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden

The musical "1776" tells the story of the American Revolution's struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence, through songs including "The Egg," "Sit down, John!" and "But Mr. Adams." William Daniels is John Adams and Howard Da Silva plays Dr. Benjamin Franklin, while Ken Howard performs as Thomas Jefferson. Many of its actors also performed in the Broadway production.

49 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#52. The Band Wagon

Release year: 1953

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 8,572

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant

Fred Astaire stars as Tony Hunter and Cyd Charisse is Gabrielle Gerard in "The Band Wagon." It’s the story of a pretentious art director hired for a new Broadway musical, who turns it into something unrecognizable. Songs include "Shine on Your Shoes" and the elaborate "Dancing in the Dark," with Astaire and Charisse showing off their dancing chops.

50 / 100
Warner Bros.

#51. 42nd Street

Release year: 1933

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 9,102

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Stars: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler

In 42nd Street, a director puts on what could be his last Broadway show, and a newcomer has to replace the star at the last moment. It’s packed with popular tunes including the title song, "Dames," "Shuffle off to Buffalo," and "We're in the Money." The musical was so successful it saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy.

51 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#50. Monkey Business

Release year: 1931

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 10,047

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

The first Hollywood film for The Marx Brothers, "Monkey Business" showcases the brothers' hilarious antics on a transatlantic crossing, starting with them as stowaways in barrels harmonizing to "Sweet Adeline." In the movie, the brothers have no names.

52 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#49. On the Town

Release year: 1949

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 13,915

Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett

Three sailors on shore leave have 24 hours to find fun and romance in "On the Town." Co-director Gene Kelly stars as Gabey, with Frank Sinatra as Chip, and Jules Munshin as Ozzie. The three sailors become infatuated with Ivy Smith, June's "Miss Turnstiles.” Songs include "New York, New York," but not the version Sinatra made famous.

53 / 100
Columbia Pictures Corporation

#48. Funny Girl

Release year: 1968

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 15,559

Director: William Wyler

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

"Funny Girl" is a biopic of Fanny Brice, the early 1900s comedienne and entertainer. Streisand depicts Brice's vibrancy and determination, from her beginnings as a Ziegfeld girl through her subsequent career and relationship with Nick Arnstein (Sharif). Its songs include "Don't Rain on My Parade," "I'm the Greatest Star," and "His Love Makes Me Beautiful." Producer Ray Stark was Brice's son-in-law, and the baby grew up to be Stark's wife.

54 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#47. Victor Victoria

Release year: 1982

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 17,049

Director: Blake Edwards

Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

An unemployed female singer (Julie Andrews) poses as a female impersonator and becomes a star in "Victor/Victoria." Andrews’ characters Victoria Grant/Count Victor Grazinski becomes the toast of Paris and the obsession of Chicago mob boss King Marchand (Garner). Robert Preston plays Carole "Toddy" Todd, a gay man who helps Victoria in her ruse. Henry Mancini won one of his four Oscars for Best Original Song Score, sharing this award with lyricist Leslie Bricusse. Songs include "Le Jazz Hot," "Crazy World," and "You and Me."

55 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#46. White Christmas

Release year: 1954

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 25,809

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

A successful song-and-dance team becomes romantically involved with a sister act, and they team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Considered a nostalgic holiday film and one of the greatest of musicals, "White Christmas" tunes include the title song, "Sisters," and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep."

56 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#45. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Release year: 1977

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 28,068

Directors: John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy

"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" is a collection of shorts based on A.A. Milne's stories and characters. Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood sing their way through adventures that include honey and bees, bouncing and balloons, Eeyore's birthday, floods, and more. Songs include "The Rain Song," and voices include narration by Cabot, Rabbit by Matthews, and Kanga by Luddy. The film's three shorts were edited together, with Pooh and Piglet between each.

57 / 100
Henson Associates (HA)

#44. The Muppet Movie

Release year: 1979

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 28,232

Directors: James Frawley and Jim Henson

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

In Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog and friends travel across America looking for success in Hollywood. But a frog leg merchant has other ideas. Henson is the voice of seven characters (including Kermit), while Oz provides the voice for nine Muppets including Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. Songs include "Rainbow Connection" and "Never Before, Never Again!"

58 / 100
CIP Filmproduktion GmbH

#43. Hair

Release year: 1979

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 30,764

Director: Milos Forman

Stars: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo

In "Hair," Claude Bukowski (Savage) leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma and is welcomed into a hippie group led by George Berger (Williams)—but he's already been drafted. He falls in love with a rich but rebellious girl, Sheila Franklin, who is played by D'Angelo. Songs include "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." Over 20,000 extras and background artists were used in some of the tunes.

59 / 100
The Mirisch Corporation

#42. West Side Story

Release year: 1961

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 83,161

Directors: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer

A young couple aligned with two different rival New York gangs falls in love, but the tensions between their friends leads to tragedy. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer star as Maria and Tony; George Chakiris is Bernardo, and Rita Moreno appears as Anita. The musical’s unforgettable tunes including "Tonight," "Maria," and "America." The musical won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Music Scoring of a Musical Picture.

60 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#41. The Jungle Book

Release year: 1967

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 142,629

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima

In this animated musical adventure, Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear try to convince a young boy, raised by wolves, to find a home among humans. Popular songs include "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You."

61 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#40. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Release year: 1937

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 155,158

Directors: William Cottrell and David Hand

Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne

Based on the fairy tale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" recounts the story of a jealous queen who wants to rid herself of her beautiful stepdaughter Snow White, who is taken in by the dwarfs in their forest home. The queen becomes a witch and gives Snow White a poisoned apple, which puts her to sleep. Only love's first kiss can save her. The film’s soundtrack features upbeat tunes such as "Whistle While You Work" and "Heigh Ho."

62 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#39. Moana

Release year: 2016

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 197,226

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams

Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

With catchy songs including "How Far I'll Go" and "You're Welcome," this animated musical set in Ancient Polynesia follows Moana, who heeds the call of the ocean as she strives to end a terrible curse incurred by the demigod Maui and enlists his help to set things right. Although the film is computer animated, Maui's tattoos are hand-drawn.

63 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#38. The Little Mermaid

Release year: 1989

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 199,827

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker

Stars: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois

Red-headed mermaid Ariel (played by Jodi Benson) isn't satisfied with her life "Under the Sea," and makes a bargain with Ursula, The Sea Witch (Pat Carroll) to become human. This Oscar-winning Disney smash includes memorable songs like  “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”

64 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#37. Mulan

Release year: 1998

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 207,099

Directors: Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong

In this animated musical, a young maiden secretly takes her father's place in the army to save him from death and becomes one of China's greatest heroines. The film features the voices of Ming-Na Wen as heroine Fa Mulan (singing by Lea Salonga), Eddie Murphy as Mushu the dragon, and BD Wong as Shang, with songs like "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and "Reflection." The story is based on Hua Mulan, a legendary figure from ancient China.

65 / 100
Twentieth Century Fox

#36. Moulin Rouge!

Release year: 2001

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 244,843

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

In 1899 Paris, a young poet named Christian joins the fantastic Bohemian underworld of the city's legendary Moulin Rouge. Christian (Ewan McGregor) falls for a beautiful courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman), who is coveted by a jealous duke. Its robust soundtrack includes reimaginings of pop songs like "Lady Marmalade" and Elton John’s “Your Song,” as well as the original composition "Come What May." Kidman fractured two ribs and injured a knee while rehearsing a dance routine for the film.

66 / 100
Universal Pictures

#35. Les Misérables

Release year: 2012

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 274,041

Director: Tom Hooper  

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Hunted for decades by the ruthless cop Javert, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), which changes their lives forever in the 2012 film version of Broadway phenomenon Les Miserables. The libretto includes the unforgettable "Do You Hear the People Sing" as well as "Red and Black Song." Hathaway won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; the film also garnered Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and was nominated for Best Picture.

67 / 100
RKO Radio Pictures

#34. Swing Time

Release year: 1936

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 10,383

Director: George Stevens

Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore

In “Swing Time,” Fred Astaire plays a performer and gambler who goes to New York to make it big and raise money to marry his fiancé. His plans are altered when he becomes entangled with an aspiring dancer, played by his dance partner Ginger Rogers. The film’s music highlights include "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Pick Yourself Up."

68 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#33. Horse Feathers

Release year: 1932

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 10,417

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

The zany Marx Brothers star in "Horse Feathers," in which the new president of a university, Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) hires Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to help his team win the big football game against Darwin. The film includes the classic "Everyone Says I Love You" and "I'm Against It." Some have seen the film as a subversive attack on society and authority.

69 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#32. A Day at the Races

Release year: 1937

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 11,656

Director: Sam Wood

Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones.                               

Another Marx Brothers film, “A Day at the Races” includes songs like the jazzy dance tune "Lindy Hop" and the piano stylings of Chico Marx. The story centers around a veterinarian posing as a doctor and race-horse owner who, with his friends, try to keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit horse.

70 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#31. Animal Crackers

Release year: 1930

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 11,792

Director: Victor Heerman

Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

In "Animal Crackers," a valuable painting goes missing during a party honoring African explorer Capt. Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho). Tunes include "Hooray for Captain Spaulding," "My Old Kentucky Home," and "Butler's Song." Margaret Dumont, playing society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse, appeared with the brothers in the theater version for 191 performances.

71 / 100
Warner Bros.

#30. The Music Man

Release year: 1962

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 14,281

Director: Morton DaCosta

Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold

In "The Music Man," conman Harold Hill (Robert Preston) poses as a boys' bandleader to convince Iowa townsfolk that the best way to keep wayward youth out of trouble is through a marching band. It’s a ploy to drum up cash for band uniforms and musical instruments so he can abscond with the money. Shirley Jones is Marian Paroo and Buddy Hackett stars as Hill's assistant. Its memorable tunes include "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," and "Till There Was You."

72 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#29. Meet Me in St. Louis

Release year: 1944

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 17,247

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer                                  

The Smith sisters learn about life and love leading up to the St. Louis World's Fair while their parents prepare to move to New York. Starring Judy Garland as Esther, Margaret O'Brien as Tootie, Mary Astor as Mrs. Anna Smith, and Lucille Bremer as Rose Smith, the film’s soundtrack includes "The Trolley Song" and the title tune. The movie was based on the real-life experiences of writer Sally Benson, who was called Tootie as a little girl.

73 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#28. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Release year: 1992

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 39,860

Director: Brian Henson

Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz

With tunes including "It Feels Like Christmas," "Scrooge," and "Thankful Heart," the Muppets tell the classic story of an old, bitter miser gaining redemption on Christmas Eve. Sir Michael Caine is Scrooge while the rest of the stars listed cover a range of Muppet voices. Caine considered his role to be one of his most memorable.

74 / 100
Twentieth Century Fox

#27. The Greatest Showman

Release year: 2017

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 142,975

Director: Michael Gracey  

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Hugh Jackman portrays P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic "The Greatest Showman," which celebrates the birth of show business and a visionary who created a worldwide spectacle. Songs include "The Greatest Show," "A Million Dreams," and "Never Enough." Detractors claimed the real Barnum was a racist swindler who made his fortune by exploiting others, particularly African-Americans.

75 / 100
Transcona Enterprises

#26. A Star Is Born

Release year: 1954

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 12,041

Director: George Cukor

Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Norman Maine (James Mason), a failing star with a drinking problem, marries newcomer Esther Blodgett—who saves him from disgrace and who he's helping reach the top. Music includes "The Man That Got Away" and "Gotta Have Me Go With You." The remake of this 1932 original was considered the definitive moment of Garland's adult career.

76 / 100
Warner Bros.

#25. Yankee Doodle Dandy

Release year: 1942

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 12,470

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

The biopic "Yankee Doodle Dandy" looks at the life of George M. Cohan: singer, dancer, composer, actor, and playwright, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in 1936. Its music offerings draw from Cohan's songbook and include "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Harrigan," "Over There," and the title song. Cagney, as Cohan, became the first actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award for a musical performance.

77 / 100
RKO Radio Pictures

#24. Top Hat

Release year: 1935

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 15,008

Director: Mark Sandrich

Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Jerry Travers, an American dancer (Astaire) goes to Britain and falls for model Dale Tremont (Rogers), who is annoyed with him until she mistakenly believes he's her producer. The film’s music and lyrics, penned by Irving Berlin, include "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "Cheek to Cheek." The latter features an elaborate dance between the famous dance duo; this was the first screenplay written specifically for them.

78 / 100
Columbia Pictures Corporation

#23. All That Jazz

Release year: 1979

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 22,622

Director: Bob Fosse

Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story through the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Scheider), a drug-using, womanizing dancer. It features George Benson's version of "On Broadway" in a dance-tryout scene, Fosse's "Who's Sorry Now?" and "Bye Bye Life" as the film's final number. Scheider said keeping up with trained dancers in the last piece was the hardest physical effort he did in a film.

79 / 100
New Line Cinema

#22. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Release year: 2001

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 28,590

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask

Adapted from the off-Broadway rock-theater hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" follows a transgender punk-rock woman touring the U.S. with her band, telling her life story and following her former bandmate and lover who stole her songs. Featured tunes include "The Origin of Love" and "Wicked Little Town." Mitchell stars as Hedwig/Hansel Schmidt, with Shore as Yitzhak and Trask as Skszp. Trask, who wrote the songs and score for the movie, was the singing voice for Tommy.

80 / 100
Allied Artists Pictures

#21. Cabaret

Release year: 1972

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 41,475

Director: Bob Fosse

Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

Liza Minnelli plays Sally Bowles, a girlie club entertainer romancing two men as the Nazi Party rises to power during Berlin’s Weimar Republic era. Famous songs from the musical include "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Money." The film won eight Oscars, with Minnelli winning Best Actress and Joel Grey getting Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Fosse won Best Director.

81 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#20. Mary Poppins

Release year: 1964

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 126,026

Director: Robert Stevenson

Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson

A magical nanny (Andrews) uses music and adventure with her Cockney friend Bert (Van Dyke) to help the two young Banks children get closer to their father: the irascible and businesslike George Banks (Tomlinson). This was Andrews' first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the film won four other Oscars, including Best Music, Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee."


82 / 100
Warner Bros.

#19. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Release year: 1971

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 151,061

Director: Mel Stuart

Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Poor but hopeful, a boy named Charlie (Ostrum) seeks one of the five golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, where he'll learn the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. Some of its famous tunes include "The Candy Man Can" and "Oompa Loompa." Wilder's acting during the boat ride sequence frightened some of the actors and actresses.


83 / 100
South Park Studios

#18. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Release year: 1999

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 176,694

Directors: Trey Parker

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Not for the prim and proper, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" holds the  2001 Guinness Book of World Records for Most Swearing in an Animated Movie, with 399 swear words, 128 offensive gestures, and 221 acts of violence. The foul-mouthed third graders of South Park watch a vulgar Canadian TV show, and their parents are horrified by the new language they've picked up—which leads to the U.S. declaring war on Canada. Music includes the Oscar-nominated "Blame Canada" as well as "Mountain Town Song."

84 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#17. Tangled

Release year: 2010

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 343,879

Directors: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy

In "Tangled," a runaway thief stumbles upon Rapunzel, who has spent her entire life in a tower, but is about to discover the world—and who she really is. Featuring the voices of Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider, and Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel, this was Disney's most expensive animated film, costing $260 million.

85 / 100
Dena Enterprises

#16. The Court Jester

Release year: 1955

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 10,114

Directors: Melvin Frank and Norman Panama

Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone

Danny Kaye stars as hapless carnival performer Hubert Hawkins, pretending to be the court jester in a plot against an evil ruler who has usurped the rightful king. "A Jester" and "Out Fox the Fox" lead the score; the opening credits tune, "Life Could Not Better Be," was used as the theme song of Kaye's TV variety show in 1963.

86 / 100
Warner Bros.

#15. My Fair Lady

Release year: 1964

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 76,245

Director: George Cukor

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

Arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Harrison) makes a bet with his colleague Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) that he can take a flower girl, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), and present her to high society. Doolittle undergoes speech training at the hands of Higgins, who wins the bet, but realizes he’s becoming fond of her. Hits from the musical include "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "The Rain in Spain." The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Harrison.

87 / 100
Universal Pictures

#14. The Blues Brothers

Release year: 1980

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 160,219

Director: John Landis

Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Fresh from prison, Jake Blues (Belushi) reassembles his old band, which tours to raise $5,000 to save the Catholic children’s home where he and brother Elwood (Aykroyd) were raised. While on the road, they wreak havoc on Chicago. "The Blues Brothers" cover many rock standards including "Gimme Some Lovin,” Aretha Franklin as Mrs. Murphy belts out "Think," and Ray Charles joins the brothers to perform "Shake a Tail Feather." A world record of 103 cars were wrecked during filming the movie’s infamous chase scenes.

88 / 100
Warner Bros.

#13. Gold Diggers of 1933

Release year: 1933

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 6,189

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Three chorus girls (Blondell, MacMahon, and Keeler) fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands. Warren William plays J. Lawrence Bradford, with Dick Powell as Brad Roberts. Music highlights of the film include "We're In the Money" and "Pettin' in the Park." The 6.4 magnitude Long Beach earthquake struck as Busby Berkeley was filming the "Shadow Waltz" dance scene—it caused a blackout and various damage, and Berkeley was almost thrown from a camera boom.

89 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#12. A Night at the Opera

Release year: 1935

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 27,587

Directors: Sam Wood and Edmund Goulding

Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx

The Marx Brothers help two opera singers achieve success while humiliating their snobbish enemies. The musical is more of a lavish MGM production, with more glamour, story development, and big musical numbers than previous Marx Brothers productions. Songs include "Alone," "All I Do is Dream of You," “Cosi-Cosa," and a tune in which Harpo plays the harp and piano.

90 / 100
The Mirisch Production Company

#11. Fiddler on the Roof

Release year: 1971

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 33,513

Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Topol plays Tevye, a Jewish peasant attempting to marry off his three daughters while anti-Semitism threatens his village in pre-revolution Russia. Unforgettable tunes include "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I were a Rich Man," "To Life," and many more. The musical won three Oscars and two Golden Globes, the latter including Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), and Best Actor for Topol.

91 / 100
Paramount Pictures

#10. Duck Soup

Release year: 1933

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 50,761

Director: Leo McCarey

Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

When he's named dictator of Freedonia, con artist Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) declares war on Sylvania over the love of Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont). "Duck Soup" is considered a classic of political satire; it was influenced by a political play that used satire regarding French and U.S. relations. Songs include "Hail, Hail Fredonia." Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him.

92 / 100
Zentropa Entertainments

#9. Dancer in the Dark

Release year: 2000

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 89,338

Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

With songs including "I've Seen it All" and "Cvalda," "Dancer in the Dark" is a dramatic musical following Selma (Björk), a Czech single mother working in rural America, whose passion for Hollywood musicals keeps her going through her mundane manufacturing job. She imagines that she and her co-workers are in a musical that’s punctuated by the humming and clanking of the factory’s machines. But a neighbor falsely accuses her of stealing and things take a tragic turn. Catherine Deneuve plays Selma's best friend, Kathy; Björk composed and sings the music in addition to her starring role.

93 / 100
Robert Wise Productions

#8. The Sound of Music

Release year: 1965

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 171,289

Director: Robert Wise

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

With five Oscars, including Best Picture, "The Sound of Music" was inspired by the historical escape of the von Trapp family from the Nazis in Austria. Maria (Andrews), a nun sent to care for the seven children of Captain von Trapp (Plummer), teaches the children to sing and brings music back into the family's home. Complications arise when the nun and the already engaged Captain fall in love. Enduring songs include "The Hills are Alive" and "My Favorite Things."

94 / 100
Touchstone Pictures

#7. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Release year: 1993

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 255,017

Director: Henry Selick

Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, discovers Christmas Town, but creates confusion trying to bring Christmas to his home. Elfman provides the singing voice for Jack and speaking parts for other characters, with Chris Sarandon doing Jack's talking. O'Hara voices Sally and Shock. Songs include "This is Halloween" and "What's This." The movie is based on a poem producer Tim Burton wrote and illustrated.

95 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#6. Aladdin

Release year: 1992

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 302,303

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker

Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin

In "Aladdin," the title character is a street kid who courts a beautiful princess after a genie grants his wish to be a prince. Its acclaimed soundtrack includes "A Whole New World" and the opening, "Arabian Nights;" the former won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song, and the film itself also won for Best Music, Original Score. The first verse of the latter tune was edited to remove the lyric, "where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face," due to its perpetuation of Arab stereotypes. Scott Weinger voices the title role; the late Robin Williams is the voice of the genie.

96 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#5. The Wizard of Oz

Release year: 1939

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 336,440

Directors: Victor Fleming and George Cukor

Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Dorothy (Garland) is swept up by a tornado to the magical land of Oz, where she—joined by the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion—must seek the Wizard (Morgan) to help her get home. But first, she must battle with the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). Memorable, enduring songs from "The Wizard of Oz" include "Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and "We're Off to See the Wizard." Many of the Wicked Witch’s scenes were deleted or trimmed because Hamilton's performance was thought to be too frightening.

97 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#4. Beauty and the Beast

Release year: 1991

IMDb rating: 8

IMDb votes: 370,980

Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti

In this animated version of "Beauty and the Beast," a selfish prince under a curse to become a monster for the rest of his life must fall in love with the beautiful woman he holds prisoner to break the spell. Featuring the voices of Benson as the Beast and O'Hara as Belle, the movie's music includes the title song, which won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song, as well as "Something There."

98 / 100
Summit Entertainment

#3. La La Land

Release year: 2016

IMDb rating: 8.1

IMDb votes: 384,096

Director: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Actress Mia (Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling), struggle to make it through their careers and their relationship while chasing their dreams in "La La Land" and "Another Day of Sun." Gosling took piano lessons and, by the time filming had begun, was able to play all the piano sequences in the film.

99 / 100
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#2. Singin' in the Rain

Release year: 1952

IMDb rating: 8.3                                                                                   

IMDb votes: 184,720

Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Director Gene Kelly stars as Don Lockwood, a silent-screen star who finds love while adjusting to the coming of the sound era of movies. Inimitable song and dance star Kelly performs the title tune to the happy and lighthearted  "Singin' in the Rain." Donald O'Connor, as best friend Cosmo Brown, performs the acrobatic "Make 'em Laugh." Debbie Reynolds is Kathy, who becomes Kelly's co-star in the fictional musical of the same name.

100 / 100
Walt Disney Pictures

#1. The Lion King

Release year: 1994

IMDb rating: 8.5

IMDb votes: 777,745

Directors: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones

"The Lion King" tells the story of Simba, a lion cub prince who is betrayed by his uncle Scar into believing he caused his father's death. Simba goes into exile, but grows up to learn the truth about his identity and his destiny to be king. Broderick voices Simba, Irons is the voice of Scar, and Jones is the voice of Mufasa. Favorite songs include "Hakuna Matata," "The Circle of Life," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight;" the latter won an Oscar for Best Original Song.


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