25 Greatest Classic Musicals
173 7 725. High Society (1956)
A highly entertaining remake of one of the greatest films ever made, The Philadelphia Story. And while High Society is not worthy to be mentioned in the same paragraph, it does have some triumphs of its own. The team of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra (both in their prime) is stunning and the colorful screenplay is endearing. /
253 6.9 6.924. Gigi (1958)
Gigi is a unique film achievement, a youthful yet enigmatic movie with mediocre performances and spectacular songs. The film shows some startling potential but never blossoms into anything spectacular. Maurice Chevalier is merely annoying (although celebrated by most critics) and Louis Jourdan's acting and singing fall flat. Still, Gigi is an MGM classic.
314 7.7 823. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
2901 7.2 7.722. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
44 7.7 7.221. State Fair (1945)
59 6.6 7.320. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
1996 7.5 819. The Sound of Music (1965)
59 6.2 718. Carousel (1956)
Carousel has some of the most beautiful music ever scored: "Siloquy(My Boy Bill)," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "When the Children Are Asleep," and especially "If I Loved You." It truly is a shame that it is too overwrought and big-headed to be the spectacular film it is capable of being. Still, this great adaption leaves little to squabble about.
267 7.4 7.517. Oliver! (1968)
Oliver! is such a fun film, such an enjoyable experience, and has so many lovable, unique qualities - to name a few, the Brilliant performance of Ron Moody as Fagin, Carol Reed's inspired turn as a director of a film musical, and the catchy songs by Lionel Bart. Please, Hollywood, we want more!
292 7.3 7.516. The King and I (1956)
Rogers and Hammerstein's greatest achievement is an unassuming, nicely-made story about the healing power of western culture feminism (sorta). Yul Brynner is spectacular as the King of Siam, and slightly more believable than Rex Harrison, who undertook the same role in the original Hollywood film adaption of the story.
3271 7.6 8.115. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz has one great song, just ONE - the rest are merely mediocre. There is no spectacular dancing, but still this well-established classic carries itself well and has earned a (slightly undeserved) reputation as a great musical film - but everyone knows that its true triumphs lie in other areas.
1178 7.5 7.914. My Fair Lady (1964)
265 7.7 7.913. Top Hat (1935)
162 7.5 7.812. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
323 7.7 7.711. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
302 7.1 7.410. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
245 7.8 7.89. A Star Is Born (1954)
1030 7.1 7.68. West Side Story (1961)
The honest reason that this film is not higher on my list: it's not as good as people think it is. The songs are extraordinary as well as the dancing, but the acting, directing, scripting, singing - especially the lip-syncing - all set new bars for disappointing musical cinema. It is such a shame that so much potential was trashed by mediocre filmmaking. However, you can still get a delicious taste of Leonard Bernstein's original intentions - and it is something to behold!
119 7.3 7.77. The Music Man (1962)
149 7.7 7.66. The Band Wagon (1953)
The film that is almost Singin' in the Rain but not quite. To be honest, the actors are annoying - all of them. The songs are nice, the choreography better, and, in the midst of hammy comedy, the dramatic content is pretty fluid. However, no one can deny that something about this film WORKS, I don't know what it is, but I know it's there...
203 7.4 7.75. On the Town (1949)
396 7.2 7.34. An American in Paris (1951)
188 7.4 7.73. Swing Time (1936)
2280 7.3 7.82. Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins might be the most underrated film in movie history. People seem to hate it for various reasons, while in fact the movie is the most cheerful, uplifting, and carefree thing to ever hit cinemy. As a musical, this film has it all, great choreography, inspired songs, and career-defining performances by the two leads. Seriously, what young boy didn't want to have Bert as their best friend?
1577 8.1 8.41. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
What can be said about this film that isn't self-evident. Everything about it is flawless... except that, the acting is a bit dated - but in the midst of fantastic dance numbers and songs as well as high-energy entertainment and comedy, nobody really cares! And as great as Gene Kelly is in every aspect of the film, Donald O'Connor truly steals the show as his sidekick, Cosmo Brown.
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