10 Great Movie Musicals You Should See

10 Great Movie Musicals You Should See

In today's film era, the musical genre can be very diverse. We get a cult musical kind of film full of catchy tunes and great moments, or we get a film replete with suffocating dullness and heightening vocal cords within every speech-simply boring us to death. Musicals have descended all the way from the 1970s. So here is a list of musicals that generally stood out from the random singing crowd and made a name in the history of musical movies.

Hairspray

Release Date 2007-07-13
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: New Line Cinema / Ingenious Film Partners / Director: John Waters / John Waters / Stars: John Travolta  /  Michelle Pfeiffer  /  Christopher Walken

Summary: Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.

Mamma Mia!

Release Date 2008-07-03
Rating : 6.6 Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Internationale Filmproduktion Richter / Director: Phyllida Lloyd / Phyllida Lloyd / Stars: Meryl Streep  /  Pierce Brosnan  /  Amanda Seyfried

Summary: Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited young daughter she's raised alone. But Sophie has secretly invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her father.

Chicago

Release Date 2002-12-26
Rating : 7.1 Production Companies: Miramax Films / Producers Circle / Director: Rob Marshall / Rob Marshall / Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones  /  Renée Zellweger  /  Queen Latifah

Summary: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

My Fair Lady

Release Date 1964-10-21
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Director: George Cukor / George Cukor / Stars: Audrey Hepburn  /  Rex Harrison  /  Stanley Holloway

Summary: A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Moulin Rouge!

Release Date 2001-03-09
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Bazmark Films / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Director: Richard Roxburgh / Richard Roxburgh / Stars: Nicole Kidman  /  Ewan McGregor  /  John Leguizamo

Summary: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.

Grease

Release Date 1978-07-07
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO) / Director: Joyce King / Joyce King / Stars: John Travolta  /  Olivia Newton-John  /  Stockard Channing

Summary: Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

The Sound of Music

Release Date 1965-03-02
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Robert Wise Productions / Argyle Enterprises / Director: Ridgeway Callow / Ridgeway Callow / Stars: Julie Andrews  /  Christopher Plummer  /  Eleanor Parker

Summary: Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.

West Side Story

Release Date 1961-10-18
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: United Artists / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Director: Gus Trikonis / Gus Trikonis / Stars: Natalie Wood  /  Richard Beymer  /  Russ Tamblyn

Summary: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

Singin' in the Rain

Release Date 1952-04-10
Rating : 8 Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Director: Stanley Donen / Stanley Donen / Stars: Gene Kelly  /  Donald O'Connor  /  Debbie Reynolds

Summary: In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

The Wizard of Oz

Release Date 1939-08-15
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Sesfonstein Productions / Sesfonstein Productions / Director: Victor Fleming / Victor Fleming / Stars: Judy Garland  /  Frank Morgan  /  Bert Lahr

Summary: Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.