Best Musicals

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)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
 
2.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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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. (95 mins.)
 
3.
Forbidden Zone (1980)
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The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement. (74 mins.)
Director: Richard Elfman
 
4.
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
5.
Purple Rain (1984)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
 
6.
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
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Two brothers from Miami are in the Mediterranean, enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women... (98 mins.)
Director: Prince
 
7.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
8.
Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972 Documentary)
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Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts)... (92 mins.)
Director: Adrian Maben
 
9.
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. (95 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
10.
The Doors (1991)
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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. (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
11.
Hair (1979)
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Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embrased 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. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
12.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. (90 mins.)
Director: George Dunning
 
13.
Head (1968)
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The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff. (86 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
14.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
15.
Performance (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... (105 mins.)
 
16.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
17.
Nico Icon (1995 Documentary)
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A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels... (70 mins.)
 
18.
The Kids Are Alright (1979 Documentary)
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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! (101 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stein
 
19.
Quadrophenia (1979)
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
 
20.
Tommy (1975)
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
21.
Mahler (1974)
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Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey. (115 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
22.
4 Minutes (2006)
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An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary. (112 mins.)
Director: Chris Kraus
 
23.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
24.
And the Ship Sails On (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
 
25.
The Magic Flute (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro... (135 mins.)
 
26.
The Music Teacher (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers... (100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Corbiau
 
27.
Aria (1987)
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Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman... (90 mins.)
 
28.
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
 
29.
Perceval (1978)
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The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table. (140 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
30.
Flamenco (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
31.
Lisbon Story (1994)
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The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend... (100 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
32.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
33.
Black Orpheus (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
34.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
35.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
36.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
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In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
37.
Stormy Monday (1988)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
38.
New York, New York (1977)
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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. (155 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
39.
Chicago (2002)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
40.
All That Jazz (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
41.
The Little Prince (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A pilot, stranded in the desert, meets a little boy who is a prince on a planet. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
42.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA 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. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
43.
Corpse Bride (2005)
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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. (77 mins.)
 
44.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
45.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
46.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start swearing and their parent's think that Canada is to blame. (81 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
 
47.
Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh. (95 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
 
48.
Zoot Suit (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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... (103 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
 
49.
Hairspray (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (92 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
50.
Cry-Baby (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. (85 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
51.
Grease (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
52.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
53.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
54.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
 
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56.
Goo (1991 Video)
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(53 mins.)
 
57.
Times Square (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears. (111 mins.)
Director: Alan Moyle
 
58.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
59.
Bauhaus: Gotham (1999 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A taping of the band's concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City during their 1998 reunion tour. (65 mins.)
Director: Edward Ryan
 
60.
The Cure in Orange (1987 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The Cure performs at a rock concert in France. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Pope
 
61.
Urgh! A Music War (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980... (96 mins.)
Director: Derek Burbidge
 
62.
Control (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
 
63.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
 
64.
Depeche Mode: Touring the Angel - Live in Milan (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Blue Leach
 
65.
School of Rock (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
 
66.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
67.
Streets of Fire (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
68.
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
69.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
70.
The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An 84 minute collection of commercials, music videos and other stuff by the influential English video artist and filmmaker Chris Cunningham. (83 mins.)
 
71.
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
72.
Begone Dull Care (1949 Short Film)
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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio. (8 mins.)
 
73.
Melody (1971 Short Film)
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(28 mins.)