Top 10 Best Musical Movies

Alternative poster for Oklahoma
Alternative poster for Oklahoma

Musical Movies

Don't you just love a good musical?

The combination of words, music and on screen action is enough to keep you in your seat for at least 90 minutes and whether your tastes run to the golden age of cinema or to more recent movies, I am sure you will find something on this Top 10 Musical Movies list to keep you happy.

If not, put your favourite in your comment and it will get an honourable mention. The movies on the list are the ten musical movies that I consider the best - just my opinion. I look forward to seeing which other ones you prefer.

I also make apologies for the lack of Bollywood movies here - I have only seen one and that was a pastiche of one called 'Bride and Prejudice' (it didn't make the list). I cannot include one because I have never seen the real thing!

10. Oklahoma

Oklahoma was Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical together and came to the screen after being a smash hit on Broadway with over 2,000 performances.

Oklahoma, like Show Boat before it was best known for its book - the back story and the songs all knit together tightly, allowing audiences to not just enjoy some amazing songs but also enjoy some good storylines and dialogues. This was still a new approach to a musical and lent itself well to the cinema where there could be a lighter approach to the 'Acts' of a play with scenes merging and some freedom with the script allowing for a more entertaining cinema experience.

Oklahoma still looks amazing in cinemascope - the scenery and colours are gorgeous, a real feast for the eyes and the musical has some wonderful performances from its leads, Gordon McRae, Rod Steiger, Shirley Jones and Gloria Graham.

The storyline is very simple - girl has to pick from 2 guys to take her to a town function - enter Gordon MacRae and Rod Steiger as Curley and Jud.

The audence get to find out about both through the girl talk and we get to see both Jud and Curley is action trying to get the gal.

It is its simplicity which makes Oklahoma such a pleasure to watch.

Its best songs include 'Oh, What A Beautiful Morning', 'The Surry with the Fringe On Top' and 'I Cain't Say No'.

9. Carousel

Carousel is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on their Broadway play but originally from a French play by Molnar called Liliom.

It was Rodgers and Hammerstein's second stage musical as a writing partnership and is unusual in that the love story is at the beginning of the play and then the 'hero' (anti-hero in this musical), Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) makes a mistake and spends the rest of this musical trying to make up for it.

Shirley Jones is mill worker, Julie Jordan. Billy Bigelow, the carousel barker falls for the factory girl in spite of being from the wrong side of the tracks and not really looking for love. They both lose their jobs and with Julie expecting their first baby, Billy is desperate to make up for failing his girl. He gets involved in a robbery and .....this is where the movie gets really interesting. A man trying to make up for lost time with the help of a higher power.

Carousel is unlike anything else ever seen in a musical before because the storyline, based on Liliom was so different. At its core is regret and sadness in Billy and Julie's story but Rodgers and Hammerstein cleverly had a parallel love story between Carrie and Mr Snow running alongside the other story and this keeps Carousel a musical movie which had a delightful flow, taking audiences through a maelstrom of emotions. It was a very brave musical but it worked and had 890 performances on the stage. At the movies, it did well and was one of the most successful movies in 1956.

Songs from the movie include 'June Is Bustin' Out All Over', 'You'll Never Walk Alone', 'If I Loved You' and 'When The Children Are Asleep'.

Later in his life when asked which of his musicals was his favourite, Richard Rodgers chose Carousel.

It was probably because of its offbeat subject matter and storyline and its amazing songs.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellwegger - women with guns (only fake ones here)
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellwegger - women with guns (only fake ones here)

8. Chicago

Two of the best female musical roles go to Renee Zellwegger and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Roxie Hart and Vema Kelly, two gals on the wrong side of the law.

Roxie is married to a sweet, simple guy, Amos (played brilliantly by John C Reilly) but is also having an elicit affair with smooth talking Fred Casley (Dominic West). When she finds out there's another woman on the scene, she murders him and is locked in the women's prison awaiting trial.

There she meets Velma (Zeta-Jones) who is all over the papers, gaining lots of notoriety but also lots of free publicity thanks to her lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere).

Also in the prison is the head guard, Mama Morton (Queen Latifa) also out to make a buck thanks to Billy's wheeling and dealing with the top newspapers.

Roxie soon gets wise to Velma's logic in getting good publicity out of a bad situation and tries to get Flynn in her corner.

Chicago is a real spectacle for the eyes, full of colour and amazing song and dance routines. It was written and staged originally by Bob Fosse, also famous for Cabaret and it has that same seedy quality to it with a rich undercurrent of black humour.

Zeta-Jones is astounding as Velma Kelly and is both an amazing singer and dancer. She also acts her socks off and is well matched by Zellwegger as Roxie.

A movie about two 'anti-heroines' skips along at a fast pace and is entertaining from start ot finish. It won the Best Movie Oscar in 2002, the first musical to win that honour since Oliver in 1969.

Some songs from the movie include 'All That Jazz', 'When You're Good To Mama' the amazing 'Cellblock Tango' and John C Reilly's wonderful 'Mister Cellophane'.

7. Grease

This could have been higher up the chart because I have seen it so many times but I have placed it at #7 which is still a respectable slot for a movie starring actors who were far too old for the characters they played.

That said, this simple story of Danny and Sandy and Rizzo and Kenickie in the search for love is one of the best movies to watch again and again, preferably with friends because it has amazing songs and some fun storylines.

Great performances from Stockard Channing as Rizzo, John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy carry this movie along and it sparkles with summertime magic.

It is set during high school recess in summer and has fairgrounds, friends, fast car building and racing cars galore. It has gangs and gals and funny school principals.

You have to just go to see Grease and let yourself become part of the fun - it still enjoys theatre success around the world now, with audiences dressing up for the fun - that's the joy of Grease. It doesn't take itself too seriously but the songs are great anyway.

Songs include, 'Summer Nights', 'You're The One That I Want', 'Beauty School Drop Out', 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do' and of course, 'Greased Lightning' and 'Hopelessly Devoted To You'.

6. Oliver

The movie is, of course, based on Charles Dickens 'Oliver Twist and was created after Lionel Bart's success with it on the West End stage.

It is a movie so full of wonderful songs that even owning the soundtrack album is a treat, not a bad song on it.

Performances from Ron Moody as Fagin and Mark Lester as the golden boy, Oliver were wonderful and complemented by great performances by Jack Wild, Oliver Reed and Shani Wallace.

Add to that an enormous cast of young boys who sang and danced up a storm and this really was a movie that could not fail.

Bart stayed true to Dicken's novel and also made the most of the movie's Victorian London setting. The direction by Carol Reed is perfect; it could not have been an easy job given the number of children performing but it is carried off very well.

The movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1969.

Songs include 'Food, Glorious Food', 'Who Will Buy' and the wonderful 'As Long As He Needs Me' (much covered later by the likes of Shirley Bassey).

5. Singin' In The Rain

A movie with a history lesson included, all delivered with song and dance by its amazing leads, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Jean Hagan.

Singin' in the Rain is set in 1927 during the transition from silent movies to talking and has Gene Kelly and his usual leading lady getting ready to be in their first talking film; fine for him, not so fine for her - she just doesn't have the voice for talkies!

Enter Debbie Reynolds as a wannabe actress. Gene Kelly wants to trade up and get rid of the scary voiced Hagan in favour of his new find, Reynolds.

As a musical, it has everything - great songs, amazing dance routines and star performances from its leads. The plot is like a farce with music and dancing and it has some amazing set pieces including Kelly's 'Singin' in The Rain' umbrella in hand. The direction by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly is exciting and well paced. It is a richly colourful movie too.

Liza Minnelli - the perfect Sally Bowles
Liza Minnelli - the perfect Sally Bowles

4. Cabaret

Cabaret is another feast for the eyes and the movie is seeing for Liza Minnelli's amazing performance as Sally Bowles, jazz club chanteuse and dancer.

Cabaret marked a distinct change in thematic musicals because it was overtly political but with a strong emphasis on the struggles of human beings caught up in circumstances not of their own making.

The setting of Cabaret is the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret club with a rather weird master of ceremonies, played brilliantly by Joel Grey. Onto its stage move the underbelly of German entertainment - Sally Bowles is the starring act, all skimpy outfits, stockings and of course, bowler hat.

The movie is based on the stage play of the same name written by Bob Fosse but that in turn was based on Christopher Isherwood's play 'I Am A Camera', basically the story of Berlin's transformation from decadent international hot spot to centre for Nazism.

Brian Roberts (Michael York) has come to Berlin to teach but is experiencing the wild and wonderful Berlin social scene as well.

The movie is a dark world the songs and dances are 'bright' flashes of light into its seedier recesses.

Apart from Oliver in 1969, set in London's dark Victorian alleyways, Cabaret went where other musicals had never dared to go. Even Oliver had its fair share of happy tunes and smiling dance numbers.

Cabaret did not give you the sunny side of pre-war Berlin. What you see is what you got - Hitler exerting his influence over Germany, leather boots, leather coats, weapons, uniforms, out and out nationalism and this counter-culture of sexual ambiguity, song and dance.

An amazing musical which was rewarded at the Oscars but lost out in the Best Picture category to The Godfather.

3. West Side Story

I have already discussed the wonders of West Side Story in another hub so I will keep this description short and sweet.

West Side Story melds classical music with choreography and is based on William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Ambitious? Yes, in a way never seen before because it was a project that could have failed completely but does the opposite - its success is still talked about today and it has enjoyed stage success even in recent years.

Bringing West Side Story to the cinema screen was perhaps the most difficult step; it is a movie of musical set pieces but it still works on the big screen because the sets are so good and the whole gang dynamic works perfectly.

Songs include 'America' and 'Maria'

Sound of Music Cast
Sound of Music Cast

2. Sound of Music

Based on a true story, The Sound of Music is one of the most entertaining musicals ever made.

It has a love story involving a nun (yes, really!), a Captain, his many children, beautiful mountain scenery in Austria and amazing songs.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein do it again with the Sound of Music in writing a selection of songs which are flawless.

The two lead actors, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer play their roles well. Andrews had already shown her flair for comedy and her comedic talents are used extensively at the start of this movie as she tames the rather unruly Von Trapp children.

The interweaving of the love stories between Maria and the Captain, his daughter, Leisl and Rolf, the delivery boy and the impending ascent of Nazi Germany in the region is done really well

The start of the movie concentrates on the rather goofy character of Maria, who is quite the hoot at the convent but spends far too much time singing out on the mountainside!

The Captain is a bit of an old stiff at the beginning of the movie but in time, Maria wins his heart and he softens with his children too.

You have to just sit down and let it work its magic. It is a movie to be enjoyed over and over again, perferably in good company and maybe in fancy dress!

Songs include 'Eidelweis', 'Maria', 'The Sound of Music', 'Do Re Mi' and 'My Favourite Things'.

It was Rodgers and Hammerstein's last musical together, Oscar Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the movie's premiere.

1. Wizard of Oz

Still shown in the UK every Christmas, this musical movie stands above all others in its ability to resonate with all age groups and audiences generations apart.

Directed by Victor Fleming who also directed Gone With The Wind, the movie begins in black and white and then converts to glorious Technicolor when Dorothy wakes up in Oz.

It begins in Kansas during a tornado with Dorothy saving the life of her dog, Toto from Miss Gulch. Dorothy is returning home during the tornado and does not get into the shelter in time.

What ensues is her journey to find the Wizard of Oz along the Yellow Brick Road to enable her to return home to Kansas.

It is of course your typical hero's journey with Dorothy being aided along the way by the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion- all shapeshifters!

The baddies are provided by Gulch's alter-ego in Oz, The Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys.

In 1939 when it was made, it was the MGM's most expensive movie costing $2,000,000. It was only a moderate box office success. However, it was re-released regularly thanks to popular demand and has of course made a lot of money over the intervening period.

It was nominated for Oscars but lost out to Gone With The Wind.

It has engaging characters, great scenery, a fantasy fiction storyline and features one of the best singers of all time, Judy Garland.

Songs include 'If I Only Had A Brain', 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' and of course the wonderful, timeless 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'.

I make no apologies for placing it first, I have seen it about thirty times and I still look forward to watching it. It was made during Hollywood's Golden Age and was created to entertain, pure and simple - job done!

Honourable Mentions

I watched a lot of movies when I was a kid and I could have happily made this a Top 50 Musicals but people would have stopped reading after the first ten or eleven so I need to mention some in this section which did not make my list mainly because my own tastes have changed.

'Top Hat' starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, also 'The Gay Divorcee', loved 'em both. You can't really NOT enjoy a Fred and Ginger movie, they're great.

Anything with a Ziegfield's Follies storyline, so 'Ziegfield's Follies' starring William Powell and Judy Garland gets a nod here.

I quite liked 'My Fair Lady' starring Audrey Hepburn and also 'Funny Girl' starring Barbra Streisand. 'On The Town' and 'An American In Paris' both got consideration.

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' nearly made this list as did 'Calamity Jane'. Of more recent musicals, Mama Mia' gets a nod but as it does not include 'original songs' I did not include it...and of course, it is too cheesy for this list :o)

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Sebastian 2 years ago

I'm definitely in favor of ditaigl movies/TV shows. I'm mostly streaming/downloading all my shows/movies now, just because its easier to watch on multiple devices and its convenient. However, I'm still an avid collector at heart, and continue to buy the special collector sets of my favorite TV series (such as Friends, LOST, etc.) and movies (all of George Lucas' versions of Star Wars (I know this contradicts what it means to be a Star Wars fan, but can't help to collect the multiple versions, despite how bad they are) hopefully Disney releases the TRUE unaltered Blu-ray editions soon and put us all out of our misery!). Drew scored points with me this week (High School Musical!), though I agree with Dan that musicals in general, are not a very tolerable genre. Definitely would love to watch movies through my brain, that would be awesome. At the rate things are changing, do you think the studios will eventually seize to be distributors of their own content, since there are so many options and strictly focus on producing/marketing/new media? I'm interested in what steps they will (can?) take to gain control. Loved the Radar Love music at the end. Lastly, any quick predictions on the Emmy nominations? Pretty interesting contenders this year, especially for TV Drama series. As always, a great listen.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Deb, all boyfriends need to sacrifice themselves to our personal causes - even the Sound of Music :o) well done on getting him to that! I visited Salzburg in 1992, had a lovely time there with my now husband - we spent one of our worst evenings ever at a 'Mozart' tribute night. We left halfway through and went to McDonalds! (I know, I'm a philistine!) but the milk shake was nice and he married me eventually, in spite of Amadeus ...:o)

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I haven't seen all of these, but was holding my breath to see if Sound of Music made the list. And of course it did! One of my all-time favorites. When I visited Salzburg several years ago, I drug my poor boyfriend (at the time) along on a Sound of Music tour. It was great, but not sure he appreciated it like I did. : )

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mike, thanks for your comment. I have not seen Cry Baby but I loved the original version of Hairspray with Rikki Lake in the lead role and Divine as her mother - Waters is a one-off!

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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

thanks Jools, another fascinating & really entertaining hub from you :) Totally agree with your list, I love all of them and my favorites are Grease and Cabaret .. I would have add John Waters' "Cry-Babe" as well

Thanks again, voted up & shared!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Jordan, thanks for your comment. Grease has certainly stood the test of time. My daughter also had a strange addiction to Sound of Music when she was about 5 or 6 but has moved on to the likes of Anchorman and Step Brothers now!

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Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

Great hub. I gotta say Grease is my favorite musical. My little sister had some sick fascination with The Sound of Music I assume because she watched it about 10 times a day. So I am not a big fan. haha.

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Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

Just gotta make another comment here. While this isn't necessarily a musical, it is. My high school son just grabbed the lead in Bye Bye Birdie! He's playing Birdie himself, and while that may not be the lead lead, the fact that the musical is about him is cause for our celebration. Now we have to watch the film version to get ready for the live version.

Two years ago he was cast as Jack in Disco Inferno. I think this one should be made into a film! Check it out at youtube, there are a lot of versions. Basically, it is a 70's take on Faust and his deal with the Devil. Great music!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have watched Singing in the Rain and Wizard of Oz. I will consider watching other musicals.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

girishpuri, many thanks for your comments.

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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Great share, i am a great fan of music, but i knew little about English movies, definitely an addition to my knowledge, thank a lot, useful hub.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

thelyricwriter, many thanks for your comment - I like Hairspray too and I also quite enjoyed the original Hairspray movie, though that was not a musical.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Jools, interesting top ten. I always enjoyed Grease, more then any of the others. I am only 29 though, may be the reason. I see it on tw here in America all the time. Wizard of Oz, classic music and a classic hit forever. I like that new one though, the one with John Travolta playing a girl's mother, possibly "Hairspray." My 4 year old daughter watches it almost everyday. The only dvd I regret buying. Cool lisy Jools, take care.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Marcy, it nearly made my list too. Many thanks for your comment :o)

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This is a nice trip down memory lane! I just have to have Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on my list, though - it's still a joy to watch.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Daisy, many thanks for the comment and share - you must find the time to see the two missing from your list :o)

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


What a great list! Thanks for compiling it. I've seen 80% of the movie musicals that you discussed. I'm missing Chicago and Oliver.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle, many thanks for your comment, vote, share etc I really appreciate it. I remember queueing around the block to get into the cinema to see Grease with my friends...happy days!

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Oh my, Jools......I am sharing this! I love all of them. Chicago of course, became a chorister because of Sound, taught my students to dance to Summer Nights from Grease.....those were memories. Thanks for the entertaining and wonderful review...this is voted up and away!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Rich - my dad also told me I should have included Phantom..., he's a massive fan of it on stage and screen. Honourable mention to it :o) I don't think I have seen Bye Bye Birdie, I will have to go to You Tube now and satisfy my curiosity. I could have made it a Top 20 but I'm terrible; I keep wanting to include all of 'em.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Julie -

I definitely agree with most. However, I'm a tremendous fan of The Phantom Of the Opera, both stage and screen versions, as well as, the cheesiest one of all, the early 60's version of Bye Bye Birdie. Great Hub! Thoroughly enjoyed it, as I always do when I visit your articles!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bill, many thanks for your comment - don't worry about it slipping by, we all miss the odd one or two :o) And yes, Wizard of Oz is a universal movie isn't it? All kinds going on in that story but the music is great too.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Ruchira, many thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment - good to see we have the same tastes in musicals :o)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

How did I miss this one Julie? Well, great as always. It's funny, but I don't think most people think of Oz as a musical...I love every single one of these and love musicals in general. Great hub!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Music is my life, jools99.

I am glad you put wizard of oz and sound of music as your top 10. Thanks for this wonderful yet entertaining hub.

voted up as a useful hub.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mr Archer - The King and I would definitely get in the top 20 if I had taken this list further. I agree about Yul Bryner, he was a real surprise in this movie.

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Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

I am ashamed to say I forgot one of my favorites earlier: The King and I. Another extravaganza of color and music and the wonderful Yul Brynner. Shall we dance? is one of the most incredible scenes ever, and the moment when they look at one another after having twirled about the floor in evident joy, and stop for a second and their eyes meet; Brynner has an intensity in his eyes that is beyond description. Thank you for the memories of such wonderful movies.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

vibesites - many thanks for your comment - there's nobody like Gene!

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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

The Sound of Music and Singing In The Rain for me!

I wish there's a modern-day version of Gene Kelly.

Great hub all around! :)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

My Fair Lady gets a mention near the end of my hub as an honourable mention - another excellent musical even if Audrey didn't sing the songs herself :o)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mr Archer, Thanks so much for your comment. Show Boat nearly made it....number 11 or 12 I reckon. Make Em Laugh is an amazing song and Donald O'Connor is amazing in that scene isn't he? All his own stunts too! I have heard the Hawaiin version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' (I learnt it myself on uke) and I really like it, that guy has such a sweet voice.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bruce, I loved John C Reilly in Chicago - Mister Cellophane is a brilliant song and he nailed it but I love the gals in that movie, I think Catherine Zeta-Jones is brilliant in it and I love all of the songs. You should see Oklahoma and Carousel if you get a chance, both great 'old' movies.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Daisydayz, isn't it hard to narrow them down? I took ages but I'm happy with my selections though people have me wondering now...I need to start an honourable mentions section. Many thanks for commenting.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Writer's Dog, many thanks for your comment. Idon't mind Rocky Horror Picture Show so it get's an honourable mention :o), love Charlie and The Chocolate Factory too.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Roly, Oliver is actually on in Newcastle near where I live (stage version) so I am going totreat myself to a ticket! I have seen it a lot of times becuase my daughter played the Artful Dodger in her school play many years ago and she was singing along with Jack Wild every night.

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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Fabulous picks. The only one that would add is My Fair Lady.

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Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

My 8 year old just loves to sit with me and watch "Singing in the Rain". especially Donald O'Conner's "Make 'Em Laugh." He will laugh and laugh and watch it over and over again. "Show Boat", the 1951 version featuring Ava Gardner, Kathyrn Grayson and Howard Keel, is one of my favorites. When William Warfield let's go on "Ol' Man River" with that superb voice of his, I cannot help but completely submerge myself in his song. This genre is a now lost art in film, and I know many miss it, without quite knowing they miss it. I will agree with your #1, as Judy singing "Over The Rainbow" is my absolute favorite song. Check out IZ's singing it Hawaiian style. Pretty good job. Over all, I say thumbs up, voted up.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

My achilles heel when it comes to my movie knowledge is musicals....not my favorite type of movie at when I saw your hub title I was like I will not be able to comment on that hub....but after checking out your Top Ten....I see I have actually seen 80% of the movies you have listed....with only Oklahoma and Carousel being the missing ones. Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver are classics. Chicago surprised me....seems that I think of John C. Reilly's character a lot....not sure why but his performance was memorable to me.

Lots of great information on these 10 movies....another fine addition in your Top Ten series. Voted up and awesome.

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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Im a massive musicals fan! So think I love them all! Sound of music is at the top but so is Mary poppins! Julie andrews fan! But I love some of the less thought of musicals too - sister act, best little whore house in texas, little shop of horrors, mamma mia! Rocky horror would be at the top some where too - oh its just to hard, lol! Great hub!

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The Writers Dog 4 years ago

Hi Jools! Great Hub. My top 5 film musicals are:

1. Wizard of Oz

2. Oliver!

3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

4. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

5. The Sound of Music

Is it just me, or is that a little scary? :)

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RolyRetro 4 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

Definately Oliver! for me, and I really dont like musicals. I could watch this all day with the kids. Another couple for non-musical lovers would be "Paint Your Wagon" with Lee Marvin, and "Fiddler on the Roof". Maybe I should write a hub on these?



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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mhatter99 - thanks for your comment - could be altered to 'My Top 10'...... :o)

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iconmedicalbillin 4 years ago from Sacramento CA

Lovely hub! Thank you for sharing them all in one good read. Voting all the way up.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

"Top 10"? Great selection and I like all of them, thank you. But top 10? There you go, I've just given you an opening for another report. :))

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Carly, thanks for your comment. Yes, isn't it great that there is a real revival in music going on at the moment. We watched Glee when it first came on TV but hubby gave up the ghost after series 1 so I only see it when my daughter is watching it now. I did not see High School Musical though we did see the show at Disney's MGM Studio when on vacation on 2009 and I quite enjoyed it :o)

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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Musicals are so important. I like your list and I am happy that musicals are making a comeback in this generation. Disney has brought musicals back with High School Musical and Camp Rock. TV shows like Glee also brings music into acting. I think it is important to keep the arts alive, with music, dance, performance and fine arts.

Great job.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, many thanks for your comment, vote and share :o) Wizard of Oz - it's crazy isn't it? We all know what's going to happen, story never changes but you can't beat the satisfaction of seeing her on that journey and then finally, getting back home to Kansas - wonderful movie and I stick by it!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Alecia, thanks for stopping by and commenting :o) Yes, a modern day Rodgers and Hammerstein would be amazing wouldn't it? We will ait in anticipation but you never know - it might happen some day.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, Many thanks for your comment. When I started this hub about a week ago, I kept having to write and then rewrite as I got back into most of the musicals I've seen over the last forty-some years. it was very difficult to select them. I am a huge Rodgers and Hammerstein fan and would love to see Oklahoma, Show Boat or Carousel at the theatre sometime.

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

As a big Broadway Musical Fan, I loved this list and had to agree bout the Wizard of Oz, because I too have seen that more times that I can count from the time as was a small child. I loved Grease too, but could see and understand why you ranked it #7 and have to agree about the actors being a bit too old to play the roles, but still did enjoy this movie too. Have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love alot of these musicals on your list- Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story among the tops. I like Grease a good bit too- especially as a kid but I agree the actors were way too old to play the characters.

I sometimes wish there were a modern day equivalent to Rogers and Hammerstein just so we get some great musicals back in the movie theaters. Awesome hub!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I DO love musical movies and all that you have featured are fabulous!! Love the stories, and the music. Can watch them over and over. That's the best part about musical can watch them repeatedly because they are entertaining in numerous ways......considering the music/singing/dancing/story line......I have the scores to all of them as well......3 of my all time favorites are Oklahoma, Carousel and definitely WEST SIDE STORY!!

Very enjoyable read, Jools...............I'm a big Broadway fan!

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