The Great Musicals on Film and TV

This list will take a while to create. I am a big fan of musicals. I believe musicals generally should be uplifting and cheerful about life. Generally that means they will not be about war and violence, though war may be taking place in the background, such as in Sound of Music and South Pacific. There are exceptions where violence & upset are very prominent, such as Evita and West Side Story, which are great musicals due to the effect they created.

Two musicals, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, have seen many more productions and longer runs on stage than any other stage musical. A current stage production of Phantom of the Opera holds the record for being the longest continuous stage production, as it has been running in New York continuously since 1988 (24 years through 2012). Les Miserables ran for 16 years into 2003. Compare that to the Broadway runs of South Pacific at six years, Sound of Music at four years and My Fair Lady at six years. This does not bode well for mankind's views about entertainment, in that he would favor the sad stories over much more cheerful ones. However I will retain my optimistic view of musicals, because it is the cheerful ones that I enjoy most.

A search of IMDb lists 23,096 musicals through 2012. Within that number are 138 films IMDb considers to be musicals prior to 1928 (introduction of sound to films). Some of those 138 films date back as early as 1900. It escapes me how one could call a film without singing (let alone speech) to be a musical. Simply having an organ or piano play music, during the showing of a film, does not constitute a musical. Clearly IMDb's idea of what a musical consists of needs some attention.

In the IMDb glossary, IMDb defines a musical as a work that "includes unrealistic episodes of musical performance". However, that is simply too vague, simplistic and incomplete a definition. Dictionary.com says a musical is a performance "in which the story line is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like". This is much closer to the real definition of a musical. A musical is a performance (either stage, cinema or TV) wherein at least a portion of the plot dialog is expressed in SPONTANEOUS song, rather than in prose. It is key in the definition to indicate that spontaneous song is part of the plot dialog. Simply having songs, sung to an audience within a film, does not constitute a musical. Spontaneous dancing is another important component of a musical, and should accompany much of the singing.

The film, Walk the Line (2005) with Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon, has a lot of music & song and is a great film. However, it is not a musical by definition, because there is no spontaneous singing in the plot dialog. All the singing in that film is done in performance for an audience within the plot of the film.

For me, a musical must be acted with real people to show how real people feel about real things. This eliminates animated films from consideration on this list. Some may be partly animated, such as Song of the South (1946), but the singing of plot dialog is done by actors in that film, not caricatures.

The following films are often credited as musicals, but in fact are not, as they do not have singing in the story line.
All That Jazz (1979)
(film about the production of a stage musical, but not a
musical unto itself)
Cabaret (1972)
(film about a singer, but not a musical unto itself)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
(For the life of me, I can't understand how you can
credit a silent film as a musical.)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
(Very fine story about a singer, but not a musical unto
itself)
Pal Joey (1957)
(Story about the building of a night club with singing,
but not a musical unto itself)
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
(a documentary about musicals)
Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
(a series of disjointed vaudeville acts done on film in a
tribute to Florenz Ziegfeld)

Great musicals should be in color. Color adds a great deal to the upbeat feeling in a film. Nowadays there is no reason to not make a musical in color. Therefore it is easy for me to say the great musical era started in the 1940s, as color took hold in the film industry. This great era of musicals started wanning in the late 1960s. There were a few great musicals in the 1970s, but by 1980 the great musical era had died. Since 1980 great musicals have been very few, Chicago (2002) being most prominent.

Personally I believe this was partly caused by music in our society becoming less harmonious and more and more just grating noise. Nobody sings heavy metal or acid rock music spontaneously in the shower or to friends on the spur of the moment, so it has no place in a musical. Keep in mind that the definition of a musical is spontaneous singing & dancing embedded in the plot.

Much of the verbiage in modern singing cannot be comprehended, as it is just noise. That factor excludes such music from musicals, since the plot is widely explained in song in musicals. One must be able to understand the verbiage in the dialog in a film to understand the plot. Modern music is making this increasingly difficult.

Rock of Ages (2012) with Tom Cruise, while technically a musical, the music has no harmony. The music is grating. It's just noise - no harmony. So the music in a great musical must be harmonious and pleasant.

A major factor, in the greatness of musicals, is the effect the film has had on the industry. One looks at how prominent it was in the film industry. One considers how the songs of the film are received socially. Do people have those songs running in their minds? Do they sing the songs to others, or even to themselves? This would show the film had a great effect on that individual.

A final consideration in the greatness of a film is the plot. One of my favorite musicals is Silk Stockings (1957) with Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse. In addition to being a musical, it is a comical satire on communist Russia. At that time Russian society was very suppressed and this film shows how silly that was. Other films such as Annie (1982/1999) & Oliver (1968) show the plight of children in poverty. Bugsy Malone (1976) is a satire on the violence in the prohibition era.

Most musicals (not all) tend to fall into two categories of plot - 1) Romance and 2) Musical Revue. The romance category is where the plot centers on a developing romance with all it's trials and tribulations, such as in Brigadoon (1954), Camelot (1967), Funny Face (1957) and My Fair Lady (1964).

I define a "musical revue" as a story about the development of a musical, a musical team, or the story of a musical personality. If it's about the development of a musical, it's usually a stage production within the film. That stage performance is almost never shown in the musical film, as the film is about its development, and film time being a consideration. So a musical revue is a musical within a musical of sorts. Examples include The Band Wagon (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), Anything Goes (1956), and A Chorus Line (1985). Chicago (2002) included musical revue as a subplot, but was majorly about murder & crime culture.

I can't say that I have seen all these films. I have seen a little more than half of them. In any case, I cannot attest that they all meet these definitions and standards. Some have been included because of the plot or the effect they had on the industry. I will find out how they fit in as I continue to see them. If anyone knows of a musical I have missed, that they feel should be included, I would certainly like to know about it.

Picking the top eleven (can't cut it to ten), I would select:

Bugsy Malone (1976)
(Included here, as it is great for children, being acted
entirely by children making a satire of violence in the
prohibition era.)

Camelot (1967)
(Included here because in addition to being a musical fan,
I am a big fan of the King Arthur legend.)

Chicago (2002)
(Included here because it is by far the greatest film
musical since the 1970s.)

Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
(Barbara Streisand's commanding voice and comedic
acting carried both of these films into greatness.)

My Fair Lady (1964)
(In addition to the great songs, I enjoy the comedic
cattiness between Eliza and Higgins, as well as his
comedic indifference to human feelings and emotion.)

Silk Stockings (1957)
(The most striking thing about this film is the satire on
socialism. There are very few musicals having social
commentary, and it is a pleasure to see one with satire
on socialism, coupled with great upbeat singing & dance.)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
(I include this film here because IMDb's rating is so high
and because Paramount thinks so highly of its creation.
(see That's Entertainment (1974) documentary)
To me romance and revue are themes that are too trite
to bring the film to the top. Nevertheless, Gene Kelly and
Donald O'Connor had to have some credit in this list.)

Song of the South (1946)
(Political correctness by Disney (producer) virtually
suppressed this film out of existence. Even today, the
DVD version is suppressed by IMDb, as the IMDb link to
Amazon doesn't work. This is done in the mistaken belief
the film is racist because it depicts a poor Black man,
Uncle Remus. In reality Uncle Remus helps a young white
boy resolve problems in life by telling him animal stories.
It's a great musical for children, as Uncle Remus' stories
are accompanied with cartoons depicting his stories.
There are too few great children's great musicals.)

Sound of Music (1965)
(This film has music that is widely sung and played, even
today. Flash mobs, singing Do Re Me, have been
performed around the world - Korea, Brussels and else
where. The plot is very uplifting, as it depicts a real life
escape from the Nazis as they took over Austria in 1938.
There are two romances and children do a great deal of
the singing. )

South Pacific (1958)
(I really like Mitzi Gaynor's singing and dancing. She is
about the most upbeat actress / singer I can think of.
It is that quality of her upbeat singing that has carried
this film into familiarity, even today.)

These are in no particular order except alphabetical. However, for me, My Fair Lady is #1, and Silk Stockings is #2.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSICALS AND OPERAS

People often confuse operas and musicals. They are different genres with different followings. A reference in the NY Times very clearly explains the difference:

New York Times
Opera? Musical? Please Respect the Difference; by Anthony Tommasini; 7 July 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them.html

"Both genres seek to combine words and music in dynamic, felicitous and, to invoke that all-purpose term, artistic ways. But in opera, music is the driving force; in musical theater, words come first. This explains why for centuries opera-goers have revered works written in languages they do not speak."

Thus people who listen to Mozart's Figaro generally prefer to hear it in Italian. However, a translation of My Fair Lady to Italian would miss all the English nuances in the original.
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1.
1776 (1972)
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A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. (141 mins.)
Director: Peter H. Hunt
 
2.
An American in Paris (1951)
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (114 mins.)
 
3.
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical. (140 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
4.
Annie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Annie is a great story of a girl coming out of an orphanage into the heart of a really rich man in New York. I don't like this version quite as much as the 1999 TV movie, but it's a close call. Again I don't understand why a child cannot get top billing, when such a film centers around that child's role. ” - Bill Goode
 
5.
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995 TV Series)
Episode: Annie (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A little orphan girl catches the attention of a kind man named Mr. Warbucks, who wants to adopt her, but the cruel, strict orphanage owner has a scheme to keep Annie - and her reward money. (120 mins.)
“ This is a great story of children in an orphanage and a very rich benefactor. It is surprising to me that children in a leading role, such as Annie in this film, do not get top billing. Alicia Morton did a fine job, and I believe should be more highly recognized for that. ” - Bill Goode
 
6.
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
7.
Annie Get Your Gun (1957 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(106 mins.)
 
8.
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
“ For me, Mitzi Gaynor made this film. I really like the beat of her singing. I confess I am a big Mitzi Gaynor fan. Would that she had done more musicals. Bing Crosby & Donald O'Connor do great, but their singing just doesn't carry the beat that Mitzi's does. ” - Bill Goode
 
9.
Babes in Arms (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business. (94 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
10.
The Band Wagon (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. (112 mins.)
“ Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse perform fabulously with their dancing. I do wish that Cyd own voice had been used. I think she does a fine job of singing in what I have heard of her. ” - Bill Goode
 
11.
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress. (109 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
12.
Brigadoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (108 mins.)
“ I don't really care for this film a great deal. The music just doesn't have the beat for me. I don't find myself holding the songs in my head as I do for other great musicals. However, the film does feature two of the greatest musical artists, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. The film does have general broad appeal. ” - Bill Goode
 
13.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast. (93 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ What makes this film so great is that it is a spoof on the violence of the Roaring Twenties, entirely depicted with child actors. Paint guns are used instead of Tommy guns. All the cars are peddle powered. Instead of bootlegging liquor, they're bootlegging sarsaparilla. Considering all the violence in movies today, it would be great to see some more spoofs on today's violence. That this film was done as a musical, makes it even greater. The kids carried it off as a great job. ” - Bill Goode
 
14.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. (112 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
15.
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
 
16.
Calamity Jane (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. (101 mins.)
Director: David Butler
“ Doris Day's singing carries a great beat. This is her greatest musical. Would that she had done more great musicals. I am surprised she was not employed more in musicals, because her career coincided with the great musical era. ” - Bill Goode
 
17.
Call Me Madam (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy. (114 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
18.
Camelot (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights. (179 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
“ I am surprised this musical does not have wider appeal than it does. I have particular interest in the Arthurian legend, on which this film is based. The music carries with me. ” - Bill Goode
 
19.
Camelot (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Part of the cable series "HBO Theatre", this is a videotaped presentation of the 1980 Broadway revival of the musical. (150 mins.)
Director: Marty Callner
“ I don't normally comment on performances I haven't seen, and this is one I haven't. However, Camelot is one of my favorite musicals, perhaps because I am such a fan of the King Arthur legend.

I went to see a stage performance of Camelot in the early 1980s. Richard Burton was supposed to perform as Arthur, but he developed some medical problems and could not appear. So Richard Harris took his place and did very well. ” - Bill Goode
 
20.
Can-Can (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless... (131 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
21.
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
“ This is not a good film. I don't know what happened that Otto Preminger would do such a poor job of directing. I have heard Marilyn Horne sing much better. Obviously a great number of people like this film. Dandridge is a great actress. Belafonte is not such a great actor, but had he been allowed to sing, he might have helped pull this film off the dump heap.

Much of the dialog is stilted, not in the pompous sense, but in the sense of being unnatural. Much of the singing is operatic, instead of straight song. A reviewer in IMDb said the reason Marilyn Horne & Hutcherson were substituted in singing was because neither Dandridge nor Belafonte could sing opera. Well, they goofed. This film would have been infinitely better off had Dandridge & Belafonte done the singing. It's not an operatic story, and the singing just doesn't fit the story. Being opera, it's occasionally difficult to understand. Since song tells part of the plot in a musical, the singing here detracts seriously from the film.

The story is mildly interesting and is the only saving grace for this film. Big mistake not to have Dandridge and Belafonte do their own singing. They are both great singers, when allowed to.

I include this film on this list in tribute to Dorothy Dandridge, as many people apparently consider this one of her finest musicals. But something happened in the production to make this a very stilted ” - Bill Goode
 
22.
Carousel (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
23.
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
“ This is undoubtedly the greatest film musical since the 1970s and no film musical has come close since. The music carries with me. It has a bit of satire on the violence in the Roaring Twenties. ” - Bill Goode
 
24.
A Chorus Line (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical. (113 mins.)
“ Don't be fooled with Michael Douglas's participation in this film. Michael Douglas knows beans about singing and dancing. This is a classic case of bringing on a well known actor and giving him top billing to promote the film. Believe me, Michael Douglas was not brought into this film for his musical talents. He does zero singing and dancing in the film, yet the character he portrays passes judgment on the dancing of others in this musical revue.

This film is what I call a "musical revue", a story told in song about the development of a musical stage production. All the singing and dancing is done by lesser known actors. The singing does carry with me. ” - Bill Goode
 
25.
Cinderella (1957 TV Special)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The first of three TV versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score. (90 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
26.
Cinderella (1965 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
1965 TV-version of the classic fairy tale, set to a Rodgers and Hammerstein score. (84 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
The Court Jester (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. (101 mins.)
 
29.
Cover Girl (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny. (107 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
30.
Damn Yankees! (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant. (111 mins.)
 
31.
Darling Lili (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend. (136 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
32.
Down Argentine Way (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner. (89 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
“ This film is just OK. Singing is not really great, except Carmen Miranda. I'm no big fan of Betty Grable or Don Ameche.

IMDb does not call it a musical, but to me it does meet the definition. There is not a great deal of spontaneous singing, but there is some. ” - Bill Goode
 
33.
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
 
34.
Easter Parade (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star. (107 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
35.
Evita (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ This film is generally a sad story, and so does not fall in with my general idea of what musicals should entail. There is much disagreement and animosity shown in the film. However, it is a musical and much of the music carries with me. The entire film dialog is done in song.

It's a biography of Eva Peron, a much revered and controversial individual in Argentine history. The film has had great appeal, possibly because Madonna starred as Eva Peron. Who better to narrate and tell about Eva's backbiting, aristocratic rise, than Che portrayed by Antonio Banderas. Lyricist Tim Rice did not intend for Che Guevara to be portrayed, but the character, Che, depicts him very, well cutting at Eva's rise in eyes of the people. ” - Bill Goode
 
36.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village. (181 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ This is a story of a poor Jewish family in pre-revolutionary Russia, around 1900 to 1910. It deals with the four daughters of a poor peasant and the rapidly changing social views about marriage. Through most of the film, it's a happy story with fine singing. However, the film leaves one with a very sad feeling, not the sort of feeling I look for in a musical. However, the film has had wide appeal and some of the singing does carry with me. ” - Bill Goode
 
37.
Funny Face (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn are both great in this musical romance. I am a huge admirer of Audrey Hepburn and do wish that she had been allowed to do more singing. Both Astaire & Hepburn are great in this film. ” - Bill Goode
 
38.
Funny Girl (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ This is a biographical film of Fanny Brice, a musical comedienne in the 1930s & 40s. Barbara Streisand, herself a great musical comedienne, does a superb job of singing and carrying off the comical image of Brice. Streisand's voice is so commanding in this film that much of the music carries with me. I can't say enough about Streisand's great singing in this film. Omar Sharif does a fine job of acting, portraying the object of Brice's romance. There is a sequel to this film, also starring Barbara Streisand, called Funny Lady (1975), also a musical. ” - Bill Goode
 
39.
Funny Lady (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose. (136 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ This is a sequel to Funny Girl (1968), depicting the later life of Fanny Brice. This film was not nearly as widely appreciated as the prequel, Funny Girl (1968). ” - Bill Goode
 
40.
The Gang's All Here (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific. (103 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
41.
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer. (107 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
42.
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
“ This film is undoubtedly the most famous film for both Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel. It is also undoubtedly the finest musical performance of either of those ladies. I am not a great fan of Marilyn Monroe's singing, but paired with Jane Russel, they do very well together. Their singing has a great beat and it carries with me very well. ” - Bill Goode
 
43.
Gigi (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (115 mins.)
“ I am not a big fan of Leslie Caron. Ms Caron is pretty drab in musicals. Musicals are supposed to be upbeat, and Caron only drags them down. Audrey Hepburn played Gigi in the stage version, and MGM would have done much better to give Hepburn the role instead of Caron.

Nevertheless this musical has long had wide appeal to others than myself. ” - Bill Goode
 
44.
Girl Crazy (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education... (99 mins.)
 
45.
Going My Way (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
46.
Good News (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe... (93 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
47.
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
“ Grease is a story of a high school romance. It plays on the aged adage of hiding one's feelings in order to appear "cool" to others. The music has good beat to it, but the plot is rather trite. The film did open up the field of musicals to the high school crowd, so had a large effect on the film industry in that respect.

Grease was followed up by the sequel Grease 2 (1982), starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Now I am definitely a big Pfeiffer fan, but this sequel is pretty poor by any standard, so is not included here. ” - Bill Goode
 
48.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. (150 mins.)
“ This is a musical of a double romance. The background of these romances is a dichotomy of gambling against the righteousness of a Christian charity organization. Frank Sinatra, while appearing in many musicals, just did not cut the grade for truly great musicals. This one is probably his greatest. I like this film more for it's plot than for the music, and also because I am a fan of Jean Simmons. Marlon Brando does star in the film and sing, but I'm not a great fan of his singing. ” - Bill Goode
 
49.
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
“ This film is biographical of Gypsy Rose Lee, a stripper with more pizazz than other strippers. Natalie Wood plays Gypsy in conflict with her mother, who is constantly trying to control her life. ” - Bill Goode
 
50.
The Harvey Girls (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling... (102 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
51.
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Barbara Streisand seems to have carried forward the great musical era in the late 1960s with Funny Girl (1968) and this film. Again Streisand's commanding voice carries this film. Walter Matthau greatly contributes, as he does a fine job with his singing as well. The comedy between Matthau and Streisand adds greatly. Much of the music carries with me. ” - Bill Goode
 
52.
High Society (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A spoiled heiress must choose between three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, a stuffy businessman, and an undercover tabloid reporter. (111 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
53.
Holiday Inn (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
54.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other.... (102 mins.)
 
55.
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now. (101 mins.)
 
56.
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
 
57.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
58.
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
“ The King and I has a very touching plot. It also has some very happy moments as the King dances with Anna, as well as at the banquet dinner.

However, the music & singing does not have a good beat to it. Yul Brynner won an Academy award for this film. I very much doubt it was for his singing. Deborah Kerr was nominated as best actress, and I doubt it was for her singing either. But fine acting by both. ” - Bill Goode
 
59.
Kismet (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph. (113 mins.)
 
60.
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
 
61.
Les Girls (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil... (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ I like this film mainly for Gene Kelly and Mitzi Gaynor. It's their singing, dancing and acting that carry the film for me. It has an interesting plot twist in the end. ” - Bill Goode
 
62.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ The title is very descriptive of the plot - generally depressing. The ending is upbeat, but you sit through 2 hours of depression and misery to get to the last 1/2 hour of cheer.

This film musical has been produced and re-produced more times than any other musical (or possibly any other film for that matter). I quit counting the list at IMDb after 30, and that didn't even include the ones from the silent era. So I won't be including all the various productions of this musical, just this one. I can do without the misery, but the film must be included on this list due to the vast number of productions.

To me, the misery of this tale defeats the purpose of a musical, but a musical it is. Ninety-five percent of the dialog is in song, but less than 5% of that song has any rhythm to it. Most of the plot dialog is not written for song, but is verbalized as if it is in song, but without rhythm. There are very few instances of song with rhythm. The singing is harmonious and the words can be understood, so one can follow the plot, but almost no rhythm.

It's a story of an escaped French convict, being chased thru his life by a single French lawman. In the course of running away from the law, he commits himself to raising the daughter of a former employee of his, and sees her to marriage with a man, whose life he saved. The story culminates in the unsuccessful Paris uprising in June 1832. But it does show one last scene, as if the uprising was successful. Perhaps that's just to cheer everyone at the end. ” - Bill Goode
 
63.
Li'l Abner (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race... (114 mins.)
Director: Melvin Frank
“ This is a film about a truly backwoods, Appalachian community imposed upon (fortunately unsuccessfully) by big government to relocate. It's a combination of romance and comedy. The music has a good beat and carries with me. ” - Bill Goode
 
64.
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 1970s group ABBA. (108 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
65.
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
“ This film depicts the high moral standards of one, Don Quixote, portrayed by Peter O'Toole (singing dubbed). Sophia Loren also stars and does sing in her own voice. I can't say much for the plot and the singing of this film. It's really not very entertaining. However, the film does include the song "The Impossible Dream". That is the film's one redeeming feature. This is a really terrific, uplifting song about holding one's honor and moving towards the goal of the betterment of mankind. It is for that song alone, written by Joe Darion, that I include this film on this list. ” - Bill Goode
 
66.
Mary Poppins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. (139 mins.)
 
67.
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Chuck Rodwell is a gambling cowboy who discovers that he's lucky at the roulette wheel if he holds hands with dancer Marie... (112 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
“ This is obviously not a well known film, as IMDb doesn't even show any images of the film. However, there are some great YouTube sequences of Cyd Charisse that draw my attention to this film. I am a big fan of Cyd Charisse. Dan Daily plays his usually bland, but agreeable self. ” - Bill Goode
 
68.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
 
69.
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school... (107 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
70.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
71.
The Music Man (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk. (151 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
72.
The Music Man (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and 1962 film, updated to reflect a few early... (150 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
73.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ This is my favorite musical. I would that Audrey Hepburn's singing voice had been allowed more use in the film. I think she did a fine job in the little singing she did that was allowed. I like the beat of Rex Harrison's voice as well as that of Stanley Holloway. I do feel that Jeremy Brett's singing is bland, but even his songs carry with me. The comedy of the plot adds a great deal to the interest of the film. The final scene is quite inquisitive and unexplained, but that's the way George Bernard Shaw wrote the original play, so there it lies. ” - Bill Goode
 
74.
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
 
75.
Oklahoma! (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies. (145 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
76.
Oklahoma! (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Cowboy Curly McClain tries to win the heart of a girl in a singing and dancing extravaganza. (180 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
 
77.
Oliver! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Young Oliver Twist runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
78.
On the Town (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. (98 mins.)
 
79.
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town. (158 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
“ One does not usually think of Lee Marvin or Clint Eastwood as singers, but they both sing in this film. It's a story of a perverted consensual romance between one woman and two men in a mining town in the late 1800s. For me, the greatest part of the film is Lee Marvin singing "Wand'rin Star". I must say that this film endears me more to Lee Marvin. It's not just his singing. It's his comedy as well, that carries this film for me. ” - Bill Goode
 
80.
The Pajama Game (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise. (101 mins.)
“ I like Doris Day's singing so much I decided to include this film here. I like the upbeat singing and that it ends happily.

I do object to the use of a musical to cheer for unionism. The union in this film encourages workers to not do their jobs, or do them poorly, even damaging company equipment, while still being paid to produce. I find nothing cheerful about that. But the romantic encounters are interesting.

Doris Day is great, despite her perverted political views in the film. ” - Bill Goode
 
81.
Peter Pan (1960 TV Special)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy... (100 mins.)
 
82.
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
“ This is a tragic story which has been told and retold many times in film musicals, at least 13 times on film & TV. I have included the most recent here for consideration. It has certainly had an effect on the industry. But the tragedy of the story precludes it from being a really great musical. However, due to the vast number of productions and its continuance on Broadway stage, it must be included on this list. ” - Bill Goode
 
83.
The Pirate (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate. (102 mins.)
“ Judy Garland & Gene Kelly star together in this film. It doesn't really hold with me. Both have done better. ” - Bill Goode
 
84.
Porgy and Bess (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina... (138 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ This film is called an opera. But to me, it seems a mixture of opera and musical. It starts off distinctly as opera, because I can't understand what's being sung. However, much of the singing is in the style of being a musical, as well as opera. ” - Bill Goode
 
85.
Royal Wedding (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books... (93 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
86.
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
 
87.
Shall We Dance (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
88.
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
 
89.
Silk Stockings (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris... (117 mins.)
“ This film is a combination of romance, comedy and satire with a bit of a musical revue in the background. It is one of my favorite musicals, probably #2 behind My Fair Lady (1964). I love it for its comedy & satire of socialism. I love it for Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse's dancing, both together and apart. I love it for the upbeat singing. The combination of upbeat singing and the satire on socialism make this a truly great musical. ” - Bill Goode
 
90.
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.)
“ Most film musicals in the 1940s, 50s and 60s were adaptations from stage musicals to film. "Singin' in the Rain" was the reverse. The song, Singin' in the Rain was used in various films from as early as 1929. But the plot of "Singin' in the Rain" was not done on stage until 1983, 30 years after the film.

Paramount Studios made this film and glorified it in their documentary, "That's Entertainment" (1974), as the greatest musical. IMDb ratings tend to bear that out, however I beg to disagree. It is a great musical, and well might be in the top ten. However, I feel the plot is just a bit trite to be considered at the very top. Other musicals have much more interesting plots with great music as well. But this musical does include several very famous song and dance sequences. Debbie Reynolds raises the tone of the film very well. It shows Donald O'Connor's famous dance sequence, where he runs up against a wall and flips over. He also does his famous tongue twisting Moses Supposes lyric. Anyone who could get through that has got to be great. I believe Donald O'Connor to be one of the most under-rated cinematic dancers on film. I put his dancing right up there with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. ” - Bill Goode
 
91.
Song of the South (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear. (94 mins.)
“ This is a great children's musical of a type that is sorely lacking today. It has been suppressed through the years, as it was wrongly thought to be racist. The idea that racism is portrayed in the film is pure nonsense. It shows a backwoods, down home black man, Uncle Remus, helping a young boy see the right way to deal with problems in his life. This is partly done by Uncle Remus telling stories of animals, with those stories animated. ” - Bill Goode
 
92.
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 a story, with some basis in fact, of romance that takes place in Austria, just as the Nazis are taking over Austria in 1938. The music has become so time honored that it has been lately performed in several very well done flash mob sequences that are visible on YouTube. It's the story of a couple of romances, one that doesn't work out, and another that does. It includes an interesting escape from the Nazis that adds interest to the plot. ” - Bill Goode
 
93.
South Pacific (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (157 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
“ I am a great fan of Mitzi Gaynor, and it must have been this film that led me to that. She performed well in several other musicals as well, but it's her singing and dancing in this one that is most remembered. Many of the songs run in people's minds still, over 50 years later.

There is a stage musical being planned within this film, giving it a quality of a musical revue. However, that's a minor plot compared to the two romances in the film set against the background of WW II with some degree of intrigue. The background of the war makes the musical more interesting than just simple romance. ” - Bill Goode
 
94.
South Pacific (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner... (129 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
“ This is a good story and the songs of course are great. However Glenn Close just doesn't cut it as Nellie Forbush. Close uses other dancers & singers to conceal her lack of talent in those areas, as opposed to Mitzi Gaynor, who did her dancing & singing out in the open, where she was the prominent dancer. Close does her dancing where she is not so prominent, and other dancers carry the scene for her.

Still, if the Mitzi Gaynor version is just not available or around, then this one might do. It's best if you have seen the Mitzi Gaynor version so you can imagine her in the role, as you watch Glenn Close. ” - Bill Goode
 
95.
Star! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage. (176 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
96.
State Fair (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
97.
Summer Stock (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister. (108 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
“ Interesting musical revue with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. It takes place on a farm and the local community is up in arms about having a musical play in their community. It was Garland's last musical with MGM, as she had so many personal problems that delayed production. The film features at the end one of Garland's greatest performances, "Get Happy". This piece does seem out of place with the rest of the musical being portrayed within the film. I understand it was placed in the film at the last minute. ” - Bill Goode
 
98.
Swing Time (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer. (103 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
99.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant. (93 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
“ This is the story of a couple of romances against the background of a baseball team trying for the pennant. There is a good mixture of comedy with the romance. ” - Bill Goode
 
100.
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
“ Perhaps they brought Marilyn Monroe into this film for publicity. She does play a semi-major role, but the film is not centered around her. It's centered around a fictional musical family. Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor do play lead roles. ” - Bill Goode