Top 100 Greatest Musicals

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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

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 to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 364,967 | Gross: $2.08M

Probably the greatest fantasy/ musical/ and film ever made, with some of the most memorable songs, including, "Over the Rainbow," which is considered cinemas greatest song.

2. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 153,279 | Gross: $102.27M

Producer Sam Goldwyn called it, " A perfect musical." Beautiful and catchy songs, stunning choreography, and some of the best acting in cinema.

3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 211,351 | Gross: $8.82M

Gene Kelly's," Singin' in the Rain," is to be one of the best scenes in cinema. Cute songs, and wonderful acting.

4. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

72 Metascore

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid career of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer

Votes: 26,861 | Gross: $37.82M

One of the greatest and most beautiful films. The movie itself is film perfection.

5. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical

67 Metascore

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Votes: 37,847 | Gross: $80.50M

A terrific interpretation of the stage play. Topol gives an amazing and memorable performance as Tevye. Its authenticity makes the film all the worth watching.

6. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 93,896 | Gross: $43.66M

Personally not my favorite film or musical, but seems to be fairly popular amongst the younger crowd. A musical version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in the New York West Side.

7. 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.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace

Votes: 5,369 | Gross: $13.01M

One of my favorite musical films. Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood give two truly amazing performances, as well as Karl Malden. A must see.

8. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 197,271 | Gross: $163.21M

Again not my favorite film or musical, but has one of the most memorable songs, performed by Julie Andrews, "The Sound of Music."

9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 172,602 | Gross: $4.00M

A sheer delightful. Gene Wilder is the only Willy Wonka. Amazing settings, magical music, and spot on casting.

10. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 38,753 | Gross: $57.06M

Very far from the Broadway musical, but never the less it is a great interpretation. Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, and Tim Curry give excellent performances, and the adapted and original music in the film will make you want to listen to them over and over.

11. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 46,821 | Gross: $42.77M

A delightful musical with wonderful music and excellent acting by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey

12. 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.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 7,308 | Gross: $13.13M

A true "Hollywood" interpretation of the Broadway musical, but never the less still as addicting. The film features both Dick van Dyke and Paul Lynde, who also appeared in the roles on Broadway, and who give wonderful performances. As a bonus you also get Ann Margaret, Vivian Leigh (Psycho) and Maureen Stapleton.

13. The Music Man (1962)

G | 151 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 15,527 | Gross: $14.95M

Robert Preston reprises his role in the film version of the Broadway play, in this upbeat musical. Plus a wonderful performance by Buddy Hackett.

14. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

72 Metascore

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 23,240 | Gross: $21.30M

Beautiful music, amazing settings, and sheer brilliant performances, especially by Yul Brenner who reprises his roles as The King of Siam, from the Broadway show.

15. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

95 Metascore

Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 84,221 | Gross: $72.00M

Catchy songs, amazing costumes, and three outstanding performances, by Audrey Hepburn, and two of the Broadway and West End originals Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway.

16. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 33,563 | Gross: $16.80M

One of the greatest musicals in my opinion, with beautiful/catchy songs, and the most outstanding and brilliant performances by Mark Lester, Oliver Reed, Shani Wallace, Harry Secombe, and the original West End Fagin, Ron Moody who is the only Fagin in many opinions.

17. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 13,410 | Gross: $21.05M

This musical is a thrill! A wonderful and different interpretation from the Broadway musical but still it is amazing. The sets are phenomenal, the costume are amazing, and the performances by Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne, and the Broadway originals Mabel King and Ted Ross, are to die for.

18. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 63,079 | Gross: $38.75M

Not my favorite musical, but a goofy, silly film about a human eating plant. I must say the best part of the film is Steve Martin, this is him at his best!

19. The Fantasticks (2000)

PG | 86 min | Musical, Romance

48 Metascore

A mysterious fair that comes to a small community in the countryside could make real the illusions of two teenagers.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre

Votes: 1,093 | Gross: $0.04M

A sweet, simple, but beautiful musical. Great cast, and wonderful music makes this movie simply wonderful.

20. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

Director: Wilford Leach | Stars: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $0.69M

Considered, "THE" Gilbert and Sullivan musical, it is pure perfection. A MUST see for anyone who takes an interest in musical theater or entertainment history. In this version, Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and George Rose, give wonderful and colorful performances.

21. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 19,742 | Gross: $7.57M

A sweet, colorful, and magical musical. Judy Garland gives (in many an opinion) her first mature role. Delightful music, and a beautiful cast.

22. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 15,238 | Gross: $14.93M

Another Judy Garland classic, Judy gives the best performance of Esther Blodgett/ Vicki Lester, and appears next to the remarkable James Mason.

23. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

81 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 211,363 | Gross: $170.69M

One of the all time greats, with terrific performances by Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Renee Zellweger. With some great, delightful, catchy songs.

24. The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Susan Stroman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

Votes: 39,937 | Gross: $19.38M

Mel Brooks hit new musical, "The Producers" which is a witty, hilarious, and outstanding musical indeed. Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roger Bart, and Gary Beach reprise their roles from Broadway, along side actors, Will Ferrell and Uma Thurman.

25. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical

Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony 'Scooter' Teague

Votes: 4,086 | Gross: $6.32M

The quintessential 60s musical. Robert Morse reprises his Broadway role of J. Pierrepont Finch beside a terrific cast including Michelle Lee and Rudy Vallee. A must see if your a fan of musicals or life in the 60s.

26. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

84 Metascore

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 18,937 | Gross: $21.93M

Julie Andrews and second husband Blake Edwards team up on one of the most charming musicals. Andrew plus Robert Preston and Leslie Ann Warren and James Garner equals wonderful. Andrews would later go on to reprise her role as Victor/ Victoria in the musical of the same title.

27. A Little Night Music (1977)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Prince | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down

Votes: 664

Considered to be Sondhiem's masterpiece, with one of the most memorable songs in theater history, "Send in the Clowns". Len Cariou and Liz Taylor are both very impressive in this most difficult musical.

28. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 18,681 | Gross: $58.50M

Streisand reprises her role as Fanny Brice from the hit Broadway show. Her performance is touching and witty. The movie is a sheer delight to watch. Streisand went on the reprise her role as Fanny again in the sequel Funny Lady opposite James Caan.

29. 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.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen | Stars: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Russ Brown

Votes: 2,410

30. 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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 14,984 | Gross: $13.00M

Sinatra gives a terrific performance as Nathan Detroit, in one of the most loved musicals. Brando also gives a great performance in his only musical, but has a difficult time with the singing.

31. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 4,266 | Gross: $8.00M

A terrific and fun musical. The movie seems to do a poor job of producing this, but still the same it is fun to watch. Hutton gives a lot of energy, and character in her performance, and Howard Keel gives another great performance, this time as Frank Butler.

32. Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew

Votes: 13,084 | Gross: $7.24M

Another Streisand musical. This one is not the greatest I've seen, but not the worst. Seems as though this Gene Kelly directed film was miscast a bit with putting Babs in the lead. But all the same it is a watchable film, and lots of fun.

33. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

G | 138 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Millie Dillmount comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality, and white slavers.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing

Votes: 5,783 | Gross: $34.34M

34. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a "Harvey House" restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,474

A wonderful and corny Judy Garland film that is a great romantic comedy. I enjoyed this film. You also get to see a young Angela Lansbury! And as a more villainous character. Another treat in the film is Ray Bolger! Who dances with Judy Garland in one scene. A good watch.

35. Porgy and Bess (1959)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,469

36. Anything Goes (1956)

106 min | Musical

Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lewis | Stars: Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Zizi Jeanmaire, Mitzi Gaynor

Votes: 832

37. Babes in Toyland (1961)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

55 Metascore

Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 3,296 | Gross: $10.22M

One of the corniest, but cutest musicals I've ever seen! I really liked this film. The cast is sensational. Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, and Ed Wynn, can't go wrong with this cast. Great songs, cute sets and costumes. A fun watch.

38. 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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart

Votes: 7,340

39. Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | 164 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

50 Metascore

Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell

Votes: 11,944 | Gross: $31.68M

40. Sweet Charity (1969)

G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 4,832 | Gross: $3.43M

41. Mame (1974)

PG | 132 min | Musical

Following the death of his father, an orphan is sent to live with his free-spirited aunt.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Lucille Ball, Robert Preston, Bea Arthur, Bruce Davison

Votes: 2,649

A fun, but flawed film. Lucy has a hard time in this musical, but this is not her first musical! She was in Too Many Girls for MGM (opposite her ex-husband Desi Arnaz), and in Wildcats on Broadway in 1960. Never the less, we love Lucy. Her co-stars help the film progress, and make it a fun watch. Bea Arthur reprises her role as Vera Charles, while her husband Gene Saks reprises his role as the director of this film, as he directed the Broadway show. Robert Preston is also delightful in this film.

42. Camelot (1967)

G | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Musical

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings

Votes: 5,745 | Gross: $31.10M

43. A Chorus Line (1985)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Music, Musical

46 Metascore

Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins, Yamil Borges

Votes: 8,927 | Gross: $14.20M

44. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

58 Metascore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 19,539 | Gross: $0.00M

45. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical