Best Musicalsby shaolin-master | created - 29 Jun 2011 | updated - 13 Aug 2013 | Public
A collection of the best movies I've seen so far, where people sing along, dance, or music just plays a very important part. Ordered by director.
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1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Votes: 114,408 | Gross: $139.88M
2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Votes: 28,008 | Gross: $3.03M
3. Forbidden Zone (1980)
R | 74 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.
4. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.
5. Purple Rain (1984)
R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
Votes: 16,358 | Gross: $68.39M
6. Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Two cousins from Miami are in the Mediterranean, enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women. One day, they read about a young woman set to inherit $50,000,000 from her father. At ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,588 | Gross: $10.09M
7. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
R | 118 min | Drama, Music
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.
Votes: 29,584 | Gross: $1.05M
8. Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972)
G | 92 min | Documentary, Music
Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »
9. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Votes: 65,480 | Gross: $22.24M
10. The Doors (1991)
R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
Votes: 73,340 | Gross: $35.18M
11. Hair (1979)
PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.
Votes: 29,597 | Gross: $15.28M
12. Yellow Submarine (1968)
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.
14. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical
Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.
Votes: 21,279 | Gross: $24.48M
16. Gimme Shelter (1970)
R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
Votes: 9,092 | Gross: $0.25M
17. Nico Icon (1995)
67 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item,... See full summary »
Votes: 585 | Gross: $0.21M
18. The Kids Are Alright (1979)
PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music
From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!
24. And the Ship Sails On (1983)
PG | 128 min | Drama, History, Music
In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.
25. The Magic Flute (1975 TV Movie)
G | 135 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music
The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »
26. The Music Teacher (1988)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Music
Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on ... See full summary »
Votes: 756 | Gross: $1.09M
27. Aria (1987)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »
Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple | Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt
Votes: 2,271 | Gross: $1.03M
28. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney
Votes: 77,393 | Gross: $76.41M
29. Perceval le Gallois (1978)
140 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table.
30. Flamenco (1995)
100 min | Documentary, Music
As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms, Mozarabic dirges, Castillian ballads, Jewish laments, Gregorian chants, African ... See full summary »
Votes: 628 | Gross: $0.38M
31. Lisbon Story (1994)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Music
The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks ... See full summary »
32. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Votes: 14,451 | Gross: $7.00M
34. La Vie en Rose (2007)
PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
Votes: 72,675 | Gross: $10.30M
35. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 245,748 | Gross: $45.51M
37. Stormy Monday (1988)
R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music
A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.
Votes: 3,019 | Gross: $1.79M
38. New York, New York (1977)
PG | 155 min | Drama, Music, Musical
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.
Votes: 15,028 | Gross: $13.80M
39. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Votes: 188,061 | Gross: $170.69M
40. All That Jazz (1979)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
Votes: 21,745 | Gross: $37.82M
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Votes: 305,637 | Gross: $52.90M
43. Corpse Bride (2005)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.
Votes: 209,247 | Gross: $53.36M
44. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.
Votes: 249,294 | Gross: $75.08M
46. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.
Votes: 173,689 | Gross: $52.01M
48. Zoot Suit (1981)
R | 103 min | Drama, Musical
A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »
Votes: 896 | Gross: $3.26M
51. Grease (1978)
PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Votes: 189,141 | Gross: $188.76M
52. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
R | 118 min | Drama, Music
A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.
Votes: 59,423 | Gross: $94.21M
54. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.
Votes: 7,898 | Gross: $0.33M
58. Sid and Nancy (1986)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 25,444 | Gross: $2.83M
61. Urgh! A Music War (1981)
R | 96 min | Documentary, Music
Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »
62. Control (2007)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
Votes: 55,023 | Gross: $0.87M
64. Depeche Mode: Touring the Angel - Live in Milan (2006 Video)
115 min | Documentary, Music
Depeche Mode's 'Touring The Angel' was one of the most successful, highly grossing and critically acclaimed tours of 2006. Hailed as the greatest live performances of their career, it can ... See full synopsis »
65. School of Rock (2003)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Music
After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.
Votes: 227,455 | Gross: $81.26M
66. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Votes: 308,069 | Gross: $31.49M
68. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Votes: 5,327 | Gross: $0.67M
70. The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (2003 Video)
83 min | Music
An 84 minute collection of commercials, music videos and other stuff by the influential English video artist and filmmaker Chris Cunningham.
71. Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh (2009)
106 min | Drama, Music
Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so.
Votes: 6,170 | Gross: $0.08M