There's no business like show business

Trouper trials, tribulations and triumphs: actors, singer, comics, musicians, and entertainers of all stripes - the show must go on. Break a leg, kid. Which is the one you never tire of watching?

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1.
Gypsy (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
2.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. (126 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
3.
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart. (117 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
4.
New York, New York (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
5.
Show Boat (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour. (108 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
6.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
7.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
8.
42nd Street (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star. (89 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
9.
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
10.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
11.
For the Boys (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II... (138 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
12.
The Rose (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. (125 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
13.
Babes on Broadway (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off... (118 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
14.
Footlight Parade (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses. (104 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
15.
Stage Door (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house. (92 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
 
16.
The Seven Little Foys (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road. (93 mins.)
 
17.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle. (152 mins.)
 
18.
The Entertainer (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff. (71 mins.)
 
22.
My Favorite Year (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. (92 mins.)
 
23.
The Stunt Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
24.
Man of La Mancha (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman. (132 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
25.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
26.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
27.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
 
28.
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them. (109 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
29.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
30.
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
 
31.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
32.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
33.
The Comic (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Story of a brilliant silent-film comic whose talent is overshadowed by his ego. (94 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
34.
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West. (100 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
35.
The West Point Story (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications. (107 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth