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Gotta dance, gotta dance

top 25 movie musicals



Oh, have I got a soft-spot for these....


Have Seen

(I am counting musical adaptations of broadway originals, here, not just original musical films)
<this is VERY incomplete>
42nd Street
All That Jazz
American in Paris
The Band Wagon
The Broadway Melody
Broadway Melody of 1940
Damn Yankees
Deep In My Heart - surprisingly dull, given the cast. Wooden script. good performances, but not even Donen’s direction could save this clunker.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog - short film (originally web-presented) by Joss Whedon
Easter Parade
Flying Down to Rio
Gold Diggers of 1933
Funny Girl - meh.
Gold Diggers of 1935 -- bleaugh
Gold Diggers of 1938
Guys and Dolls
Hollywood Canteen - WWII effort is songs held together by an oh-so-thin plot; “Don’t Fence me In” is sung twice, oddly.
Hollywood Hotel - tolerably directed by marching impresario Busby Berkeley , the fantastic opening number “Hooray for Hollywood” is the movie’s peak; Ted Healy was moderately annoying; sadly, he died just before the premiere
Holiday Inn
Kiss Me Kate (original film version)
Little Shop of Horrors
Moulin Rouge
Oklahoma (more than 25 years ago, so I don’t know if it should count)
Om Shanti Om
On the Town
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Singing in the Rain
Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sweeney Todd
The Gay Divorcee <this, and all other “The”- prefixed movies should be re-alphabetized>
The Pajama Game
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
Top Hat
White Christmas
The Wiz
Yankee Doodle Dandy



Marx Bros movies

  • I never thought of them as musicals before: more at “movies that have musical sequences in them.” hrm....

Animal Crackers
Monkey Business
Duck Soup
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
The Big Store
Funny Face


Disney Musicals

I always tend to discount animated films, but I suppose they should count

Mary Poppins
Aladdin (half-counts: I’ve only seen the dubbed-in-Hungarian version)
The Lion King
Sleeping Beauty
Robin Hood
Frozen - music cuts out half-way through. Annoying.



Want to See

New York, New York
Yolanda and the Thief
Royal Wedding (this is the one with the rotating room -- how come I haven’t seen it?!?!!!)
Silk Stockings (did I see this, or not? The description sounds familiar... half-asleep?)
Du Barry? Was a Lady


finish watching High Society (have seen first half)


Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?



See Also

Xrays Mona Lisa.Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe Dancing Novelty



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