Top 100 Greatest Musicalsby brownsapplianceservi-1 | created - 05 Dec 2010 | updated - 08 Dec 2010 | Public
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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
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
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
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
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
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
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid career of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
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
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
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
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
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.
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
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
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
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.
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
A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.
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
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
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.
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.
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
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.
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
Snobbish phonetics Professor Henry Higgins agrees to a wager that he can make flower girl Eliza Doolittle presentable in high society.
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
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: 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
An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
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
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: 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
A mysterious fair that comes to a small community in the countryside could make real the illusions of two teenagers.
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
After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.
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.
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
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
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
Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.
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
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: 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.
Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical
Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
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
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
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 »
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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 »
37. Babes in Toyland (1961)
Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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 »
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.
40. Sweet Charity (1969)
G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
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.
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
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.
Votes: 5,745 | Gross: $31.10M
45. Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical