Music and musicals

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1. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.6
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 79,377 | Gross: $43.66M

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 163,846 | Gross: $163.21M

3. Purple Rain (1984)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.5
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos

Votes: 16,268 | Gross: $68.39M

4. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.8
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The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi

Votes: 13,395 | Gross: $2.78M

5. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 33,976

6. Evita (1996)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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45 Metascore

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 30,666 | Gross: $50.05M

7. Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

6.4
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51 Metascore

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 159,072 | Gross: $144.13M

8. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 238,816 | Gross: $57.39M

9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 113,919 | Gross: $139.88M

10. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 172,783 | Gross: $8.82M

11. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.5
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Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 28,178 | Gross: $16.80M

12. Gigi (1958)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 16,225

13. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.0
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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Votes: 32,278 | Gross: $80.50M

14. The King and I (1956)

Approved | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 20,640 | Gross: $21.30M

15. Madame Butterfly (1995)

134 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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The story of a young geisha who falls madly in love with an american captain that travels all around the world collecting hearts.

Director: Frédéric Mitterrand | Stars: Ying Huang, Richard Troxell, Ning Liang, Richard Cowan

Votes: 506

16. Help! (1965)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.3
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Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 14,704

17. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.9
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 73,376 | Gross: $72.00M

18. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 34,119 | Gross: $13.78M

19. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,477

20. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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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.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 20,406

21. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 25,958

22. Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006 Video)

110 min | Musical, Sci-Fi

8.9
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In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War ... See full summary »

Directors: David Mallet, Steve Nolan | Stars: Lewis Macleod, Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Alexis James

Votes: 589

23. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990 Video)

60 min | Music, Musical

8.5
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Definitive classic collection of 12 music videos from the Queen of Pop released along with her first greatest hits package. Her "Vogue" MTV Video Music Awards performance is an added bonus.

Directors: Michele Ferrone, David Fincher, James Foley, Bruce Gowers, Mary Lambert, Bruce Logan, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Arthur Pierson, Herb Ritts | Stars: Madonna, Danny Aiello, Cameron Alborzian, Deke Anderson

Votes: 988

24. ABBA: The Definitive Collection (2002 Video)

168 min | Music

8.9
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The band members of ABBA must travel through space and time to bring back the funk. They go through several trials including the hydra, Minotaur, and the Loch Ness monster. But they realize... See full summary »

Directors: Lasse Hallström, Kjell Sundvall | Stars: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog

Votes: 348

25. Björk: Volumen (1999 Video)

64 min | Animation, Music

8.7
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Features 14 stunning videos of Björk. The videos for Human Behaviour (from her first solo album Debut), Isobel (from her second album, Post) and Bachelorette (from her 3rd studio album, ... See full summary »

Directors: Danny Cannon, Chris Cunningham, Lynn Fox, Michel Gondry, Eiko Ishioka, Spike Jonze, Nick Knight, John Kricfalusi, Vinoodh Matadin, Alexander McQueen, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Sophie Muller, Stephane Sednaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde, Paul White | Star: Björk

Votes: 830

26. Rude Boy (1980)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

6.6
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A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

Directors: Jack Hazan, David Mingay | Stars: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry, Reg Bazell

Votes: 920

27. The Cure: Greatest Hits (2001 Video)

68 min | Music

8.2
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Add a Plot

Directors: Tim Pope, Richard Heslop, David G. Hillier | Stars: Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Jason Cooper, The Cure

Votes: 116

28. Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 (1999 Video)

67 min | Music

8.1
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A collection of Madonna's favorite videos from 1993-1999. Contains the 14 videos: Bad Girl, Fever, Rain, Secret, Take A Bow, Bedtime Story, Human Nature, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Cunningham, David Fincher, Michael Haussman, Melodie McDaniel, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Brett Ratner, Johan Renck, Matthew Rolston, Mark Romanek, Stephane Sednaoui, Walter A. Stern, Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Madonna, Tomas Arana, Rob Campbell, Matt Dillon

Votes: 934

29. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

6.2
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Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 7,827 | Gross: $15.01M

30. Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001 (2001 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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A video concert showing Madonna's Drowned World Tour in 2001.

Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Carol Dodds, Dago Gonzales | Stars: Madonna, Niki Harris, Donna DeLory, Mike McKnight

Votes: 1,034

31. Our Manics in Havana (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary, Music

8.3
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On February 17 2001, Welsh punk rock band the Manic Street Preachers played at the Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, becoming the first Western rock act to play in Communist Cuba. This film ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Thomas | Stars: James Dean Bradfield, Juan Camacho, Fidel Castro, Martin Hall

Votes: 35

32. Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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Recorded before a capacity crowd at New York City's most famous venue, Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden features the songs that made her a superstar, including "Fantasy," "... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Stars: Mariah Carey, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman

Votes: 174

33. Mariah #1's (1999 Video)

75 min | Music

7.0
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#1's is Mariah Carey's sixth VHS/DVD release. A collection of the music videos of her U.S. number-one singles (songs that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100) up to that time, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeb Brien, Mariah Carey, Paul Hunter, Lawrence Jordan, Diane Martel, Wayne Maser, Jeff Preiss, Brett Ratner, Herb Ritts | Stars: Mariah Carey, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Eddie Griffin

Votes: 273

34. Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997 Video)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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Collection of Michael Jackson's music videos from the period 1983-1997. Mainly focused post-1995 era, including videos such as, "Scream", "They Don't Care About Us", and more.

Directors: Nicholas Brandt, Colin Chilvers, Bob Giraldi, Wayne Isham, Michael Jackson, John Landis, Spike Lee, Don Mischer, Vincent Paterson, Mark Romanek, James Yukich | Stars: Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandon Quintin Adams, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 1,531

35. Queen Live at Wembley '86 (1986 TV Movie)

300 min | Documentary, Music

9.1
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One of the world's biggest bands return to the scene of their Live Aid (1985) triumph a year earlier to play all their greatest hits in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.

Director: Gavin Taylor | Stars: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor

Votes: 1,945

36. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 9,371 | Gross: $4.98M

37. Born to Boogie (1972)

Approved | 67 min | Music

7.2
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Documentary about T-Rex includes concert footage and staged sequences. Ringo's directorial work is mindful of touches used in "Magical Mystery Tour."

Director: Ringo Starr | Stars: Marc Bolan, Ringo Starr, Mickey Finn, Elton John

Votes: 329

38. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 186,868 | Gross: $170.69M

39. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 105,503 | Gross: $118.87M

40. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

6.4
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Sean Lynch, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards

Votes: 2,379

41. South Pacific (1958)

Unrated | 157 min | Musical, Romance, War

6.9
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On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston

Votes: 6,627

42. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

7.4
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 304,531 | Gross: $52.90M

43. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Cats (1998)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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"Jellicle" cats join for a Jellicle ball where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. One cat will be chosen to go to the "Heavyside Layer" and be reborn. The cats introduce themselves.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Elaine Paige, John Mills, Ken Page, Rosemarie Ford

Votes: 3,139