The Best Broadway Musicals on Filmby smith-d-c | created - 19 Oct 2010 | updated - 19 Oct 2010 | Public
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1. The Music Man (1962)
G | 151 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.
Votes: 14,543 | Gross: $14.95M
This is what a musical should be: joyous, hilarious, romantic, touching, and filled with wonderful quotable characters. Every song is meaningful and classic. Robert Preston, there are no words for his performance, incredible and Shirley Jones is beautiful in voice, looks, and class.
2. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Votes: 34,417 | Gross: $80.50M
Can a shiktza love this movie? You bet. A timeless funny and sad story of holding on to your beliefs in spite of the changing times. A beautiful story with phenomenal dancing and songs. Topol is wonderful as Tevye.
3. Oliver! (1968)
G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Votes: 30,718 | Gross: $16.80M
The biggest most fantastic musical ever filmed. But more than that every song is wonderful, the characters are terrific, and though the movie is kid-friendly, this is not a children's movie. A perfect blend of light and dark elements.
4. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Votes: 78,158 | Gross: $72.00M
The film that made me an Anglophile. The greatest most beautiful looking musical of all time. The story is witty and timeless and both Audrey Hepburn, dubbed or not, and Rex Harrison are wonderful.
5. On the Town (1949)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are wonderful. The movie took some liberties with the score but it paid off. The dancing, story, and characters, are spectacular. The first musical filmed on location.
6. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.
Votes: 197,629 | Gross: $170.69M
The oscar winning musical is filled with energetic and spectacularly staged with each number directly corresponding to the mindset of Roxie. Rene Zellwegger should have won her oscar for her work but Catherine Zeta Jones is also wonderful.
7. The King and I (1956)
G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.
Votes: 21,743 | Gross: $21.30M
The look, acting, and songs are the stars of this classic. The story is beautifully told and romantic. Yul Brenner is terrific.
8. The Sound of Music (1965)
G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 177,858 | Gross: $163.21M
"Do Rei Me" is the greatest musical number ever!! Julie Andrews is phenomenal and the songs are so memorable. I do find that the movie can be cloying and odd because of the Nazis placed in this family movie.
9. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
Votes: 57,432 | Gross: $38.75M
Steve Martin should have won an oscar as the Elvis-like dentist. Rick Moranis is also very good and the music is terrific.
10. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
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.
Votes: 13,843 | Gross: $13.00M
I love this musical but I do think Marlon Brando was miscast, it should have gone to Sinatra and they should have got the broadway actor to do his part. But the music is wonderful, the staging is great, and the acting is good.
12. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
G | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.
Votes: 2,900 | Gross: $0.69M
I know that the sets are so stagey but man, the energy of all the performances and the timeless style and wonderful songs, dialogue, and performances by Kevin Kline, Tony Azito, Angela Lansbury, George Rose, Rex Smith, and Linda Rondstat are phenomenal. I loved this movie when I saw it in an empty theater and I love it still.
Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
15. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 85,412 | Gross: $43.66M
How can I place this so low? I never liked the story, the songs, or the acting, but it is spectacularly filmed in New York and the dancing and artistry that went into the film is special. I hated both the sappiness of Tony and Maria and found that the actors had no chemistry. The writing is pretty dated.
16. Brigadoon (1954)
Passed | 108 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance
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.
17. Gypsy (1962)
Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.
Votes: 4,934 | Gross: $13.01M
18. South Pacific (1958)
Unrated | 157 min | Musical, Romance, War
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.
19. Damn Yankees (1958)
Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.
20. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 119,887 | Gross: $139.88M
21. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical
Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.
Votes: 22,619 | Gross: $24.48M
22. Show Boat (1951)
Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.
23. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
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.
24. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Musical
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.
Votes: 6,591 | Gross: $13.13M
26. Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Brooklyn answering service operator becomes involved in the lives of her clients, including a struggling playwright with whom she begins to fall in love.
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.
Votes: 317,485 | Gross: $52.90M
31. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 11,791 | Gross: $33.14M
33. Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical
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.
Votes: 63,475 | Gross: $103.37M
34. The Producers (2005)
PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical
After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.
Votes: 38,145 | Gross: $19.38M
35. Evita (1996)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 31,818 | Gross: $50.05M
37. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
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.
Votes: 108,285 | Gross: $51.27M