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Added by jaronemo on 23 Dec 2011 10:05
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25 Greatest Classic Musicals

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People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
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. /
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People who added this item 323 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
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.
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People who added this item 404 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
A long, yet entertaining film with catchy songs and good performances from the leads, Fiddler in the Roof is both enchanting and inspiring.
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People who added this item 3485 Average listal rating (2225 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Even though The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King all have better songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can truly be called a CLASSIC musical. "Someday, My Prince Will Come" is one of the greatest songs to ever grace cinema. /
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7
State Fair (1945)
An enjoyable, fun film that celebrates everything American and thrusts itself forward with youthful naive, State Fair is an unassuming, entertaining R and H film that deserves to be celebrated.
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People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Although one of the more mediocre film musical's, Kiss Me Kate displays MGM's ideal output during the 40's and 50's. Both the dancing and singing are truly wonderful.
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People who added this item 2254 Average listal rating (1387 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
One of the most overrated and cliche films in movie history clocks in at over three hours and overstays its reluctant welcome. Still, the R and H songs are undeniably brilliant. /
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
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.
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People who added this item 327 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
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!
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
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.
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People who added this item 3669 Average listal rating (2412 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
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.
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People who added this item 1349 Average listal rating (788 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
My Fair Lady (1964)
A reluctant choice given My Fair Lady's overrated-ness, this is still an essential of musical cinema and a classic, well-made film.
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People who added this item 322 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Top Hat (1935)
Not as fun as Swing Time (Fred Astaire is more annoying in this one) but still a wonderful Astaire/Rogers film, this is an essential film musical that hits many good notes.
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People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
James Cagney's unique style, alone, makes this a qualified choice for any list of great musicals; but along with great songs, superb acting, and top-notch directing, this is one of the very best.
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People who added this item 421 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
The first film on my list to not feature dancing. Meet Me in St. Louis carries itself on classic filmmaking at its finest, with beautiful songs, great acting, insightful direction, and classic American idealism and patriotism. Just a small slice of Americana, right?
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People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Pure classic, hilarious, innocent fun with a clever storyline and catchy musical score. By the way, the dancing is good, too.
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Judy Garland's performance in this film may go down in history as the greatest vocal achievement in the history of film musicals - oh, and her acting is pretty good, too. A really, REALLY good film.
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People who added this item 1206 Average listal rating (708 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
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!
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Music Man (1962)
The Music Man is one of the most energetic films ever made, yet it lacks a certain amount of maturity and cinematic intelligence. Still, the music in this film is very engaging, and Robert Preston steals the show in a stunning performance as Professor Harold Hill.
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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...
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People who added this item 266 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
On the Town (1949)
Superb energetic force; entertaining performances by Sinatra, Kelly, and Munshin - who make a wonderful musical team - and timeless songs by Leonard Bernstein make this the freshest Hollywood musical to date, next to SITR, of course.
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People who added this item 482 Average listal rating (290 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Great dancing, inspired set design, brilliant choreography, and memorable tunes by the Gershwin brothers - who could ask for anything more? to borrow the trite expression... And however great this film is as a musical, it is nonetheless that: trite.
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People who added this item 230 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Swing Time (1936)
The penultimate Astaire/Rogers musical - you know, the one where Fred Astaire isn't annoying? This is a very funny film with memorable songs, shining performances, and beautiful dancing. An overlooked Hollywood gem.
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People who added this item 2631 Average listal rating (1653 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
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?
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People who added this item 1897 Average listal rating (1180 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
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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This is a list of the greatest CLASSIC musicals. This means that anything pre-Fiddler on the Roof will not be mentioned. Also, my criteria for determining which films are greater MUSICALS includes the amount of dancing, singing, and the quality of the musical score. Other qualities are also considered, but that explains why Swing Time (which matches all three criteria) is ranked higher than My Fair Lady (which barely matches two). I hope you enjoy, please feel free to share your opinions!

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