Musicals I've Always Loved (in no particular order, of course!)

Making these lists are fun (I know I'm a nerd)! Anyway, I've always loved to watch musicals growing up, and now I'm going to list the ones I've loved best, whether or not they were traditional or non-traditional. Enjoy!
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1.
Purple Rain (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
“ The best movie Prince ever made, without a doubt. Groundbreaking songs, and in my opinion, cool storyline. The title song is one of my all time favorites. I know the movie itself isn't popular amongst some folks, but I love it. ” - Notzi81
 
2.
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
“ I've loved "Grease" ever since I was a little girl. My friends and I watched the movie one summer on TBS (I think it was the first time they saw it, but it was the 1,000,000th time for me), and we went outside afterward and sang all the songs from the movie. I grew up hoping high school would be just like how it was in the film. :) ” - Notzi81
 
3.
Krush Groove (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
“ This movie is the embodiment of the Golden Age of Hip Hop. Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, Russell Simmons made a cameo, and even LL Cool J's cute little teenaged face kept popping up in random scenes. I even liked Sheila E's role. ” - Notzi81
 
4.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
“ Hands down, "Jailhouse Rock" was one of Elvis' best movies, if not the best. ” - Notzi81
 
5.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ Some folks call this film the Hip Hop equivalent to "Purple Rain," and in a way, it pretty much was (don't kill me). Both movies were semi-autobiographical, and told the stories of young entertainers trying to make their mark in the music industry. Despite the fact that "Purple Rain" is one of my favorite movies as well as favorite musicals, the acting and overall script of "8 Mile" far surpassed it, and the epic rap battles throughout the film cemented my love for Hip Hop music." ” - Notzi81
 
6.
Rhinestone (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Really and truly, this movie also should've been included in my "Movies I Love That Most Folks Hate" list, but I forgot all about it. This movie is hilarious, and the scenes where Sly had to sing for Dolly Parton's hometown were gold! ” - Notzi81
 
7.
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ "Bride & Prejudice" was my introduction to Bollywood, and I throughouly enjoyed the movie. I can still remember the words to most of the songs they sang in the film! ” - Notzi81
 
8.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ This one is another childhood favorite. Steve Martin cracked me up as the dentist. If you watch closely, you'll see a young Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold (aka Gina and Pam from "Martin") playing two of the chorus singers. ” - Notzi81
 
9.
Oklahoma! (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch... (145 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ The title song and "Oh! What a Beautiful Morning" are so legendary. ” - Notzi81
 
10.
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool. (100 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
“ Yep, this movie is a musical! Aside from the movie being extremely funny (it features a young Jim Carrey as well as young Damon Wayans), but the songs were pretty doggone good! My favorite one was Julie Brown's "Cuz I'm a Blonde." ” - Notzi81
 
11.
Carmen Jones (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ After watching the biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," I was really interested in seeing this film. When I finally did, I was floored. You'd never know the song numbers were dubbed by opera singers; the actors are that convincing. Actually, I'm still suprised they used opera singers. Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte were great vocalists. Let's not forget how gripping the plot was! Great movie! ” - Notzi81
 
12.
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
“ I LOVE the original "Hairspray." I haven't even bothered to watch the remake yet. The original is too flawless. ” - Notzi81
 
13.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ This is one of those movies that you never get tired of watching. I fell in love with this film when I was in 5th grade, and I still adore it to this day. ” - Notzi81
 
14.
Across the Universe (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
“ Love story, check. Beatles songs, check. Beautiful cinematography, check. What else could you ask for? ” - Notzi81
 
15.
The King and I (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ I watched this one the same time I watched "The Sound of Music," and once again, I fell in love with it. I so wanted Anna and the King to get together! ” - Notzi81
 
16.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ This movie is the bomb. First off, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is playing the lead role. I love JRM. Secondly, the lead character is based off David Bowie's life between 1966-1973, and they filmmakers got the hairstyles and costumes down pat (as we southerners say)! Third, all the music is beautiful. Jonny even sang three of the songs himself (and that guy can really sing)! Great f'n movie. ” - Notzi81
 
17.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. (102 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Back when I was 7, my elementary school played this as the Friday afternoon "good movie." Now, when I was 7, my attention span lasted all of five minutes, so if a movie held my interest back then, it had to be damn good. This movie close to two hours long, and I was glued to the screen the entire time. I got the pleasure of watching this movie again for my college Music of the Western World class, and I had almost forgotten how timeless it was. I recommend this movie to anyone that likes musicals. ” - Notzi81
 
18.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance & Phillip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada. (81 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
“ He'd make a plan and follow through, 'cause that's what Brian Boitano would do. LOL. Ah, the good 'ol days when "South Park" was actually funny. ” - Notzi81
 
19.
Stormy Weather (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s. (78 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stone
“ Lena Horne in her prime, The Nicholas Brothers put on a show, and all the other musical numbers are classics. ” - Notzi81
 
20.
Dreamgirls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ This movie was phenomenal. The sets, the costume designs, the plot, the acting, the songs...everything was top notch. Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy deserved their Golden Globe and Oscar wins. ” - Notzi81
 
21.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ This movie scared the holy hell out of me when I was 14 (mind you, my early teens were my "stupid years," and I got freaked out when Tim Curry hacked up Meat Loaf...the singer, not the food :D ), but I gave it another chance in my late 20's, and I found myself crackin' up at it! My favorite song has to be "Sweet Transvesite." ” - Notzi81
 
22.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Y'all know this had to be on the list. There's only one person I know that hates this movie, and he can barely follow an episode of "Yo Gabba Gabba" (he's pushing 50, by the way). ” - Notzi81
 
23.
The Wiz (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience. (134 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Growing up as a young African-American girl, I had to watch "The Wiz," and I loved it. It's basically "The Wizard of Oz" with soul. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson's performance of "Ease on Down the Road" was great, and when Mike sang "You Can't Win," his vocal talent gives you goose bumps. ” - Notzi81
 
24.
August Rush (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
“ Most folks think this movie is corny, but I thought it was a really beautiful story. I loved just about all the music in it, and Jonny was so cute and sweet in it. Plus, it has one of my favorite things...a love story. ” - Notzi81