My Favorite Musicals

This is my list of my personal favorite musicals, that i've seen. There are still a lot that I haven't seen and I plan on seeing. As usual, they're not in order because it's just too hard to put them in order because I love each and every one of them a lot. I might have cheated a little bit by actually putting the ones that i just can't get enough of more towards the top. So enjoy, and get ready for a lot of cheesy one-liners/hooks in every description!
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1.
Chicago (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ I could watch this movie over and over again. It's probably the musical i've watched the most, Grease is in that category too though. Catherine Zeta Jones gives a stellar performance, the introduction to the movie with Velma singing "All That Jazz" still gives me chills to this day. Why do i love it so much? because it gives you enough room to breathe between each song, and each song is unique in it's own self, and you get a new look in each performance. And just the story is amazing, i love it all! ” - nmortola
 
2.
Grease (1978)
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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
“ GREASE! oh man! This movie and I go waay back. I started watching this movie at age 6 or so..every time i watch it I get a giant, smile on my face. Every song reminds me of when I used to play "Summer Nights" on repeat on my CD player (I'm so cool). Speaking of "Summer Nights", that entire scene goes into my top 5 musical moments. It's just so beautifully put together and it's just so cute I can't take it. I get into the cheesiness of the movie each time, sure the plot is a little stereotypical/sexist but wasn't every movie in the 70s like that? Plus, it takes place in the 50s, so it was even worse in that time. Whatever, I'm trying to say that when i watch Grease I fill with joy, and it's one of my favorites of all time. ” - nmortola
 
3.
West Side Story (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
“ For some reason a lot of people don't list West Side Story like anywhere when a "top musical" conversation is brought up. I don't know why because it's a great one. Especially when you think of Natalie Wood as Maria and the music. It's not perfect, but then again is any musical really "perfect"? ” - nmortola
 
4.
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
“ It's probably the edgiest of the musicals, and one of the most energizing. Rocky Horror is known for it's crowd shouting and object throwing, that's where the picture show part comes in. It's a crazy ride if you ever go to see it in theaters or on stage, it's one of the loudest. Obviously, the best part of the movie is Tim Curry's "Frankenfurter", he's just a really fun and crazy transvestite from Trans-sexual Translyvania. ” - nmortola
 
5.
Funny Girl (1968)
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The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. (151 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ If you don't like Barbra Streisand then you won't like Funny Girl. Funny Girl centers around Fanny Brice, played by Miss Streisand herself. It's really hard to just say why this one is so good, if you haven't heard "Don't Rain On My Parade" by now then you were probably living under a rock. She's just so good at this part, and i'm not just saying that because she played Fanny on broadway too, but simply because she has so much energy on stage and she looks like she's having so much fun. ” - nmortola
 
6.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
7.
Gypsy (1962)
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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. (143 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
8.
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
“ Sound of Music is another musical that I grew up with, yes I grew up with the music of "Greased Lightning" and "My Favorite Things". Julie Andrews is one of my people i look up to/icons, she glows in this movie like she did in Mary Poppins or any other movie she did. Another musical that I love the story of, this is definitely one of my favorite things. ” - nmortola
 
9.
Annie (1982)
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A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
10.
Cabaret (1972)
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A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
11.
My Fair Lady (1964)
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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. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
12.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The Wizard of Oz is one of those movies that you just know, it's so popular for scaring the sh*t out of kids and those god damn ruby slippers. The wonderful land of Oz was introduced to me probably at around age 4 or 5. I was obsessed, of course..at that age who wasn't? My favorite part of the movie was never Dorothy, Toto, or any of the "good guys", mine were the witches. It was probably a little strange to see a 5 year old cheering when the Wicked Witch Of The West appeared. Still to this day, my favorite part of the whole movie is the chunk where they have to get the broomstick, it's just so dark and beautiful. Plus I can never get enough of those flying monkeys!
(I didn't decide to mention the new "Oz, The Great and Powerful" because I didn't think it was worth mentioning, it's a prequel, and it's just not as good compared to this one). ” - nmortola
 
13.
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
“ Oh, The Wiz. I hate to say it, but when I saw this film for the first time I hated it. I just didn't agree with any of it. I like to think it was due to the fact that I was a weird little 5th grader when I saw it and I still loved Wizard of Oz. But watching it again, I realized what they were going for..of course when i saw it again I actually knew what broadway was, and I was in love with MJ. I remember people always referencing The Wiz to "the black oz" or "the mo-town version of oz" it was sorta racist but I just ignored it. It's definitely a more artsy and different take and I love it pretty much as equally as I love the '39 Oz. ” - nmortola
 
14.
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
 
15.
A Star Is Born (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
16.
A Star Is Born (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. (139 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
17.
Victor Victoria (1982)
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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life. (132 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
18.
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
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Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way. (146 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
“ I don't know why I always forget about Hello, Dolly! but i do. It's kind of nice because every time I see it brought up I get a sudden joy of remembering it exists. Hello, Dolly! is yet another Barbra Streisand musical with basically her just singing the whole time. I'm not complaining though, Babs is about as good as it gets when it comes to performing. And hey! she actually ends up getting married in the end of the movie..for once (finally! she's happy). The movie brings more joy than logic to me, and I think that's what it does. It's a fun ride! ” - nmortola
 
19.
Anything Goes (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers'... (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Lewis
 
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
“ I always think of Dreamgirls..or at least wonder if this is like a fictionalized version of how Destiny's Child happened. Probably not, but hey I can think it! Dreamgirls in a nutshell is the story of three women who are really good singers and want the spotlight and finally after someone hears them doing backup one day they give them their own act! (Yaay!) And eventually one of the three (Beyonce) becomes a fame hungry biatch and I don't want to give away the whole movie now. Dreamgirls is another musical with so much energy and drama in it, that you just wanna dance and cry at the same time. Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce are obviously very good, and Jamie Foxx again, as usual is amazing..as is Eddie Murphy. I would credit the third dreamgirl but she's honestly in it for like two seconds and some sh*t goes down for her later on and we never see her after that. ” - nmortola
 
21.
Hairspray (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (117 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ I would love to say I have seen the John Waters version of Hairspray..but unfortunately I haven't. This was the first Hairspray I ever saw, and naturally I loved it. It's packed with stars and Nicki Blonski who is amazing, and you get none other than Zac Efron as some really hot dude, pretty much like always. So i suggest you don't "stop the beat" and watch Hairspray! ” - nmortola
 
22.
Hair (1979)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Hair is another all time favorite of mine..i mean that classic nude scene..it's priceless! But i hate the movie. Sorry i'm not sorry. I'm like the people that hated Les Miserables when it came out it just didn't stick with me like the stage play did. It's not as effective, they kill off some characters that didn't originally die. For me none of it fit. It's so focused on this hippy life that it forgets to get inside the characters. Hair the original broadway is amazing..movie not! So you should go on youtube and search for it or something, I don't know. ” - nmortola
 
23.
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995 TV Series)
Episode: Cinderella (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Updated version of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the classic fairy-tale, with an all-star, multi-racial cast. (120 mins.)
“ Guilty Pleasure Musical#1. This is a HUUUGE guilty pleasure movie for me. I watched it when I got sick when I was little..and in middle school I called it "black Cinderella". It makes it even better that it was a tv movie and it starred Brandy, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters. What a great cast, oh my god everyone's going to go see this because of Whitney Houston (sorry Brandy, not this time)..but no. Like no one saw this movie..it didn't help that it was on tv..and it kind of sucked. You would think with Bernadette Peters you would get top notch. But nope, even she's pretty meeeh. Whitney Houston..does what she does, she sings and makes magic stuff come out of her fingers, and that hair, oh yeeah. It's kind of a sh*t hole of a movie..but it brings me back to lying on the couch, barfing and wondering why the stepsisters looked like they were in their late 30s. ” - nmortola
 
24.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Phantom of the Opera is one of the best stage musicals around, it's beautifully told and put together. Now the movie? I don't know, could have been better. But the songs are still really good. I just think the male leads were really miscast..i mean Gerard fu*king Butler, are you joking me right now? But Emmy Rossum shines, as usual. Her voice, oh sh*t her voice, it's beautiful, I can't take it. It's still worth a watch but i would go see it in New York first if i were you. ” - nmortola
 
25.
Rent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. (135 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Again not the greatest example of stage to screen, but it works. There are a lot of problems with it, but there are also a lot of good things..so just get over it. ” - nmortola
 
26.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
27.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
28.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. (108 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ Guilty Pleasure Musical#2. Mamma Mia! The Movie is just wow, I don't know. It was pretty mediocre. Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Julie Walters are the highlights of the movie, and the music of course. You can't go wrong with singing Dancing Queen on a dock and jumping in the nice overly blue water. I love the original play, but the movie missed some of the spark..it's still fun and forgettable though. ” - nmortola
 
29.
Yentl (1983)
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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training. (133 mins.)
 
30.
Les Misérables (2012)
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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Another movie that I didn't love but play I did. It's really hard to live up to everyone's expectations to make a movie out of Les Miserables because it's complicated. Some of the casting is amazing, some suck. For example, Amanda Seyfried, really good. Russell Crowe, really bad. Anne Hathaway, pretty good. Hugh Jackman, eeeh. It's really long too, which doesn't help if you don't wanna watch a 2 h 45 m movie where there are two spoken words the whole film. It was an okay film, better play. ” - nmortola
 
31.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Hate the ending, love the story. The music was kind of sh*t from the beginning, but i think maybe it was supposed to be? I have no idea. It's a fun, bloody ride with Johnny Depp as Sweeney and Helena Bonham Carter as his lover! If you couldn't tell by me just telling you who's in it, it's a Tim Burton film. If you know me, then you know that i have mixed feelings about Tim Burton. His style of telling a story isn't my favorite, but I do like how he constructs things. It's all very confusing. But the movies great! Except the ending. Sorry, I just can't help but stress on how much I hated the ending..it was depressing and gave me no sense of relief. Just watch the damn movie. ” - nmortola
 
32.
Nine (2009)
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Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
33.
Wicked (2019)
The story of how a green-skinned woman framed by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West; feature film based on the Broadway musical.
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
34.
Into the Woods (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (125 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
35.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
36.
Walk the Line (2005)
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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold