On the floor, film musicals are love-em-or-hate-em fare; for each devotee, you will discover a self-avowed enemy of all the musical style. However we imagine — and we all know you Fosse-haters are already bristling — that everybody loves one thing musical. Perhaps “Jesus Christ Celebrity” is not your bag, however absolutely you are on board with “The Muppet Film?” No?

For individuals who do love the previous song-and-dance (or not less than admit it), we requested our writers Scott Harris, Sandie Angulo Chen and Elizabeth Rappe to place collectively a listing of the 50 best, ranked by committee… and right here it’s:

50. “Bye Bye Birdie”

One of the crucial charmingly meta musicals of all time, 1963’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie” relies on the stage musical of the identical identify, which in flip relies on the true story of Elvis being drafted into the Military. Within the film, a rock star named Birdie (Jesse Pearson) holds a contest to see which lady he’ll give his final kiss to earlier than getting into the navy. Ann-Margret grew to become a famous person for her function as that fortunate lady, whereas the tune “Placed on a Blissful Face” grew to become a brand new commonplace. — S.H.

49. “Tommy”

Man, why do not extra bands attempt to create rock operas? The reply might be as a result of there are few rock teams in historical past which have had each the ability and the imaginative and prescient to tug off a challenge as formidable as The Who’s “Tommy,” which was changed into a significant movement image again in 1975. That includes each musicians (like Elton John, Eric Clapton and The Who’s Roger Daltry amongst others) and famous person actors (Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret), “Tommy’s” story of a deaf, dumb and blind child who turns into a pinball wizard remains to be the gold commonplace for prime idea rock n’ roll. Play on, Tommy. — S.H.

48. “A Refrain Line”

“Line” is concerning the dedication of dance, and lengths a performer will go to (and endure) to have their one shining second on stage.  It positively performs as stiff and claustrophobic in comparison with the exuberance of different traditional musicals (is anybody having as a lot enjoyable as Fred and Ginger?), and Zach and Cassie aren’t the roles anybody goals of taking part in. However you possibly can’t beat the closing quantity for sheer pizzazz, or the peek right into a world most of us are too clumsy to affix. – E.R.

47. “The Wiz”

Comic Keegan-Michael Key has claimed there are 5 seminal films each black particular person should see: “Wiz,” “Shaft,” “Juice,” “Friday,” and “Roots.” We predict everybody ought to see them, beginning with director Sidney Lumet’s city reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz.” Set in Harlem as a substitute of Kansas, the all-black adaptation stars the incomparable Diana Ross within the Dorothy function and fellow African-American icons Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor because the Scarecrow, Glenda, and the Wiz. Everybody is aware of “Ease on Down the Highway,” however the musical’s stuffed with jazzy, R&B numbers that confirmed off the expertise of all of the triple-threat stars.

46. “Hire”

If you happen to’re a part of the “‘Hire’ is simply too rattling excessive on this checklist occasion,” permit us to present you 525,600 the explanation why you are fallacious. One of many greatest stage hits of the ’90s, “Hire” was delivered to the large display screen in 2005 in an adaptation so devoted that it starred nearly all the authentic Broadway forged, together with Taye Diggs and Rosario Dawson, who received the Satellite tv for pc Award for Finest Supporting Actress. On movie or on stage, “Hire” is among the seminal musicals of the previous quarter century. — S.H.

45. “Oliver!”

“Oliver!” is like the perfect and worst of musical variations abruptly.  The songs have gone down into popular culture legend (“Meals, Wonderful Meals” has been trilled over commercials) but it surely’s limitless dance numbers, it is angelic lead, and it is syrupy songs contrasted with Dickensian brutality would not precisely make a cohesive, pleasant complete. But there’s an plain attraction to stuff like “Who Will Purchase,” and you must admire they sprinkle in a lot bloodshed whereas chirping “Take into account Your self.” — E.R.

44. “Yentl”

We admit it takes appreciable suspension of disbelief to see 40-year-old Babs as an orphaned Jewish maiden disguising herself as a yeshiva boy. Streisand directed the movie, primarily based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer brief story, with herself within the starring function, naturally. Nepotistic as which may be, there is no one else who may have finished it – no matter age. That includes great supporting performances from Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving, “Yentl” is a celebration of household and religion, and “Papa Can You Hear Me?” stays one of many Nice One’s strongest songs ever. — S.A.C.

43. “Les Misérables”

The songs have been weepy cowl staples for greater than a decade (see: Susan Boyle) but it surely took practically thirty years for somebody to lastly dream the dream, and adapt it with all its barricades and ballads intact.   Whereas it is disappointingly claustrophobic at occasions, it is nonetheless a throwback to the glory days when stars may sing and act with equal depth.  Sure, it is manipulative stuff, but it surely’s unimaginable to not get caught up and teary within the plight of Jean Valjean, who imperils everybody he comes throughout. – E.R.

42. “Jesus Christ Celebrity”

If you happen to ever doubt the ’70s had been the time wherein movie may do something, look no additional than “Jesus Christ Celebrity,” the place Judas sports activities fringe and bellbottoms, and challenges Jesus on the very nature of his ministry. That is rock opera at its finest – difficult, bombastic, anachronistic and irreverent, but honest within the questions it asks about faith and the prophets who encourage it. – E.R.

41. “Purple Rain”

Idea albums have been round for a very long time, however idea album movies? Certain, there have been a couple of earlier than “Purple Rain” (see: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”), however none of them ever reached the extent of Prince’s 1984 hit “Purple Rain,” which works each as an album and as a cool film in its personal proper. “When Doves Cry” is simply the perfect recognized of the songs that comprise the legendary soundtrack to “Purple Rain’ – a soundtrack that has offered over 20 million copies worldwide. — S.H.

40. “Annie”

The 2 most memorable numbers from “Annie” encompass its anthem to optimism, “Tomorrow,” and its declaration of pessimism, “It is a Onerous Knock Life.” Amazingly, the lament of the poverty-stricken orphan women is delivered with no much less enthusiasm than the signature tune of its fortunate star. John Huston, well-known for writing and directing “The Maltese Falcon,” and “African Queen,” helmed his solely musical, directing Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett because the venal Miss Hannigan (who snagged a showstopper with “Simple Avenue”). — S.A.C.

39. “All That Jazz”

If you happen to want one movie to sum up the gritty ’70s musical motion, it might in all probability be Bob Fosse’s darkish, dense, and cigarette fueled autobiopic.  It is a bizarre fusion of glittery, showstopping numbers, humor, hallucinations, and grim egotism, by no means flinching from the nastiness (there’s an unflinching sequence of open-heart surgical procedure) or decay, and indulging every time it needs to.  It is a testomony to Roy Schneider that he retains all of it going, realizing when to place a wink and a smile to maintain us hooked.  – E.R.

38. “Throughout the Universe”

Everyone loves The Beatles, proper? So making a musical primarily based round their legendary pop songs looks like a no brainer, assuming, that’s, you possibly can really safe the rights to the music. Director Julie Taymor had the cred to just do that, with the end result being the 2007 hit “Throughout the Universe.” Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wooden and a soundtrack that may rightly be known as the preferred of the century? What’s to not love? — S.H.

37. “Prime Hat”

Nobody ever did it in addition to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and “Prime Hat” is arguably the perfect of a chic and seemingly easy partnership.  What’s hanging about “Prime Hat” as we speak is how easy and enjoyable it’s. There isn’t any elaborate units, no forged of 1000’s, and  no particular results setting off an epic story. It is simply dance, superbly framed, and set to 2 of essentially the most iconic songs in cinema. (“Prime Hat” and “Cheek to Cheek,” which have each been parodied and imitated to the intense, however by no means misplaced their attraction.)  Who would not dream of being this gentle on their toes, wrapped across the particular person they love?  — E. R.

36. “Present Boat”

Numerous stars have been accused of showboating earlier than, however Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner and Howard Keel are among the many few who may proudly admit to it. That is as a result of the 1951 musical “Present Boat” is a traditional of the style, incomes two Oscars and offering a unbelievable full-on extravaganza model of the hit 1927 stage musical by Oscar Hammerstein. With a songbook that launched requirements like “Ol’ Man River” and “Cannot Assist Lovin’ That Man,” this one is difficult to prime for any fan of musicals.

35. “Hairspray”

The 2007 model of “Hairspray” has an attention-grabbing historical past, because it’s primarily based on the stage musical that was tailored from the unique 1988 movie “Hairspray” by auteur John Waters. So why is the musical model so nice? Properly, it is partially as a result of director Adam Shankman does such a pleasant job of constructing the fabric accessible to everybody. And it is partially due to Queen Latifah being superior and the mad spectacle of John Travolta in a cross-gender fats swimsuit. But it surely’s primarily due to the highest notch efficiency by Nikki  Blonsky. You go, lady. — S.H.

34. “Hair”

The movie could also be extra conservative in its narrative and stylings than the stage model (there’s little nudity, and the lengthy, politically charged drug journeys are lacking) but it surely’s nonetheless an ideal slice of time, filmed when the Summer season of Love was nonetheless contemporary in individuals’s minds. Even with an arc that is a bit mawkish in comparison with the commune love of the unique, the shock worth of the music stays, and the message about peace and love sticks. Even “Rock of Ages” could not boast a tune like “Sodomy,” and we’re supposedly post-sexual revolution now. – E.R.

33. “Grease”

What can we are saying about stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John that hasn’t already been mentioned? Tapping right into a wave of ’50s nostalgia that was sweeping the nation within the 1970’s, “grease” took issues to a brand new degree because of the plain on-screen chemistry between Travolta and Newton-John. But it surely wasn’t simply all concerning the stars; it is a testomony to the ability of the music that sing-along screenings of “Grease” are nonetheless being proven across the nation nearly 35 years after it was first launched. Go, greased lightning! — S.H.

32. “Dreamgirls”

The outstanding story of a trio of R&B singers’ (with a outstanding resemblance to The Supremes) rise to prominence, “Dreamgirls” launched us to the depths of “American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson’s expertise, confirmed Beyonce’s severe appearing skills and reminded audiences that Eddie Murphy was greater than only a humorous face (we’re nonetheless a bit of heartbroken that he did not win an Academy Award). A poignant tackle the price of fame and fortune, the musical boils down to at least one epic torch tune, Hudson’s Effie letting unfastened “And I Am Telling You” from her soul. — S.A.C.

31. “Chicago”

There was an brisk musical renaissance within the early 2000s, and one of many outcomes was the horny, snappy “Chicago.”   It is pure lady energy (who on the market cannot determine a bit of with “Cell Block Tango”?) set within the 1920s all of us want existed, and combined with a heady dose of movie star cynicism that also bites as we speak.  It may in all probability have finished with out a few of these in-your-face crotch closeups, although. – E.R.

30. “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

Properly, put a feather in our cap and name it macaroni, as a result of darned if “Yankee Doodle Dandy” is not simply as cool now because it was when it hit theaters 70 years in the past. James Cagney, who beforehand was recognized largely as a Hollywood robust man, received the Oscar for Finest Actor for his portrayal of legendary tune and dance man George M. Cohan. And the emphasis right here s on the dance half, as a result of significantly, these individuals may actually hoof it. At a time when America sorely wanted an quaint patriotic choose me up, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was precisely what the physician ordered. — S.H.

29. “The Muppets”

Ask your self this query: Are you a person or are you a muppet? Abandoning the tedious self-importance some musicals appear to have, “The Muppets’ embraces the enjoyment of music in a method solely iconic felt puppets can. Amy Adams and Jason Segel be part of their non-human co-stars in rousing and hilarious numbers that remember, nicely, simply being alive. And Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords!) received final yr’s Oscar for Finest Unique Music for “Man or Muppet.” Hey, if you happen to can win over these stuffed shirts, you should be doing one thing proper. — S.H.

28. “Excessive Society”

“Excessive Society” cannot actually maintain a candle to “The Philadelphia Story,” and if it wasn’t for Cole Porter, making an attempt to set its madcap plot to music would have in all probability been disastrous.  It is actually  not the best film musical on the market, but it surely’s luxurious to have a look at (it is the closest you will ever get to a “Mad Males” musical), and you’ll’t beat a love triangle of Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra.  If you happen to assume you want loud ballads for a love scene, simply watch “You are Sensational” and notice how scorching it might probably recover from a minibar. – E.R.

27. “Easter Parade”

Irving Berlin could dominate Christmas, however he may make a song-and-dance out of any vacation, as evidenced by “Easter Parade.”  (Warning – this movie will make  you crave the return of Easter parades and huge, luscious hats.)   It is “My Truthful Woman” with an much more spirited heroine, and with out the sprinkling of misogyny.  Fred Astaire could  have been older, however he nonetheless had it, and it is unimaginable to not fall in love with him as completely as Hannah does.  – E.R.

26. “Rattling Yankees”

Solely in a musical may promoting your soul for a sports activities workforce be so full of caprice! “Yankees” lacks the sheer star energy of its contemporaries, but it surely boasts the unique Broadway forged (except for fairly boy Tab Hunter within the lead) and a dogged faithfulness to the Broadway authentic. A remake may actually spice it up (and restore the Lola’s banned hip thrusts), however it might be onerous to beat the retro heat and attraction, and the odd evil of Ray Walston’s Applegate.  –E.R.

25. “An American in Paris”

Calling it certainly one of solely two good movies in existence is perhaps overdoing it, however there is no doubt “Paris” is a wonderful musical. The units are lavish, the ballet sequence (impressed and illustrated by French Impressionist work) is legend, and the romance is swoonworthy.  However none of it might work with out Kelly, who was by no means higher than when his pet canine eyes had been lovesick, or when he was dancing with a gaggle of moppets. – E.R.

24. “Humorous Lady”

The film the place Barbra Streisand simply grew to become, as soon as and without end, Barbra. With eight Oscar nominations, together with a Finest Actress win for Streisand, 1968’s “Humorous Lady” is an undisputed traditional of the style. It was additionally a well timed take a look at altering gender roles, telling the true story of pioneering feminine comic and singer Fanny Brice, a girl who straight paved the best way for Streisand and those that adopted. The proper function for the proper star. — S.H.

23. “Blues Brothers”

Certain, it might not be a conventional musical, however alternatively, it has the phrase “blues” proper within the title. And John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd aren’t simply taking part in round, they’re taking part in the blues for actual on this cult traditional 1980 comedy. It is true that the sequels had been principally abominations, however this movie additionally has a novel musical legacy: Aykroyd went on to launch the Home of Blues chain of musical venues to advertise new expertise. — S.H.

22. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Avenue”

It is official, you guys: Johnny Depp can do something. Regardless of having principally no coaching or expertise as a singer, Depp stepped into the lead function of Tim Burton’s 2007 adaptation of the favored Stephen Sondheim Broadway manufacturing and proceed to, nicely, kill it. Past the singing, although, “Sweeney Todd” is among the most cinematic musicals ever made because of Burton’s distinctive visible fashion, which saturates each throat slicing and meat-pie making. Face it: This ain’t precisely “The Sound of Music.” — S.H.

21. “Little Store of Horrors”

Like “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” 1986’s “Little Store of Horrors” relies on a musical adaptation of a earlier movement image, on this case the creepy 1960 cult traditional “Little Store of Horrors” that launched the world to Jack Nicholson. As cool as that model is, although, we favor our large, sentient, man-eating vegetation to interact in some full-throated warbling alongside a surprisingly superior Rick Moranis. As a clever plant as soon as mentioned, “Feed me, Seymour!” Feed us superior musicals, that’s. — S.H.

20. “The King and I”

One other traditional primarily based on a Rodgers and Hammerstein present, “The King and I” tells the (largely) true story of a schoolteacher who turns into the non-public tutor to the King of Siam’s youngsters. Like many Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, it additionally incorporates a powerful anti-racism subtext; and like a lot of their musicals it is also completely superior. Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr knock it out of the park with renditions of traditional tunes like “Attending to Know You,” and their dance quantity is among the finest liked in cinema. Hey, it is good to be the king. — S.H.

19. “South Pacific”

World Struggle II would not sound like the obvious setting for a musical, however generally the least apparent concepts make for the perfect films. Created by the legendary workforce of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “South Pacific” hit the large display screen in 1958 and instantly joined the pantheon of nice musicals because of songs like “I am Gonna Wash That Man Proper Outa My Hair” and ‘Some Enchanted Night,” which have change into American requirements. — S.H.

18. “Oklahoma!”

Primarily based on the Broadway smash of the 1940s, the film stars Gordon MacRae as Curly, the good-looking cowboy who can not help however flirt with the beautiful farm lady Laurey (Shirley Jones). Rodgers and Hammerstein certain knew craft the catchiest of songs about love and land. Whether or not it is the sunny “Oh What a Lovely Mornin’,” the suggestively candy “I am Only a Lady Who Cannot Say No,” or the theme’s epic refrain, there is no method you will get to the credit with out desirous to sq. dance. Yee-haw! — S.A.C.

17. “The Muppet Film”

Different Muppet films really feel like comedies or adventures with some entertaining musical numbers thrown in, however “The Muppet Film” is a real musical – the songs additional the plot, develop the characters, and within the case of “Rainbow Connection,” make grownup audiences misty eyed with nostalgia. Kermit and Fozzie and mates’ cross-country roadtrip to Hollywood (in that traditional Studebaker) remains to be a household favourite, as a result of what may very well be higher than a “frog and a bear seeing America”? — S.A.C.

16. “Fiddler on the Roof”

By the point Tevye (Topol) has seen his three daughters married (to more and more extra objectionable males), the Jewish shtetl of Anatevka, set in Tsarist Russia, appears as actual as no matter “Custom”-filled city you name your private home. Although the Previous Nation musical clocks in at slightly below three hours, the movie hums alongside, pushed by jubilant dancing and the all-embracing love that animates tune after tune — “Matchmaker,” “If I Had been A Wealthy Man,” and the wedding-singer favourite, “Dawn Sundown.” — S.A.C.

15. “My Truthful Woman”

The rain in Spain could fall primarily on the plain, however what’s much more plain is the truth that Audrey Hepburn completely kills it on this 1964 adaptation of the traditional Broadway musical. Not that Hepburn is somebody you often affiliate with the phrase “plain,” however that is sort of the purpose to the story, as Rex Harrison’s egotistical professor embarks on a musical mission to show a decrease class lady into an higher class woman. A pleasant romance and a must-see for any Hepburn devotee. — S.H.

14. “Guys and Dolls”

No, Marlon Brando wasn’t a lot of a singer, however does it matter? This is among the most strapping and horny musicals on the market because of the snappy dialogue, the catchy songs, the fits, the humor, the dangerous boys, and the Sinatra.   “Guys” is a kind of musicals that is good regardless of who performs its wiseguys, however if you happen to needed to cement one manufacturing in cinema historical past,  thank goodness it was this one. – E.R.

13. “The Rocky Horror Image Present”

Practically 40 years after it hit theaters, “Rocky Horror” is the longest-running theatrical launch in film historical past. It wasn’t an enormous hit when it got here out, however two years later the horror musical drew a following as a sing-along “midnight film.” The campy romp follows a newly engaged couple (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) that is misplaced and winds up within the fortress of the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry in his first function). Though it has a catchy setlist of songs, like “Time Warp” and “Contact-a Contact-a Contact-a Contact Me,” nothing beats the expertise of taking part as you watch. — S.A.C.

12. “Anchors Aweigh”

Joe and Clarence are two of the cleanest, cutest sailors that ever washed ashore, and began to faucet dance. This film is pure boyish attraction, whether or not it is coming from the younger, Navy obsessed Donald, Joe tap-dancing with Jerry the Mouse, or Clarence’s awkward makes an attempt at love.  The songs aren’t as memorable as they might have been, however seeing Sinatra this younger and nerdy (however nonetheless crooning like a king) is price a couple of forgettable numbers. – E.R.

11. “Meet Me in St. Louis”

Many musicals take care of younger love and misunderstandings, however “Meet Me in St. Louis” is uncommon, devoting way more display screen and tune time to household dynamics, and the sturdy pull of our hometown.   The Smith household lives in that magical Disney/Downton Abbey Victorian setting, the place nobody is poor or unequal, and women can pursue younger males with out being known as horrible names, or go trick or treating alone with out hazard.  It is moderately unlucky “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas” outstripped the celebrity of the opposite numbers, as a result of “St. Louis” is a lot greater than a single Christmas lament. – E.R.

10. “Moulin Rouge”

The primary musical in 10 years to be nominated for a finest image Oscar, this pastiche of campy jukebox remakes and romantic extra satisfied Hollywood to begin producing musicals once more. The splendid costumes and units reworked fin de siecle Paris into a spot of otherworldly magnificence, and received Oscars for artwork route and costume design. Highlights embrace a tuxedoed firm remaking Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor belting out their love for one another in “Come What Could.” — S.A.C.

9. “Cabaret”

Bob Fosse tailored the envelope-pushing 1966 musical right into a multiple-Oscar-winning movie that broached delicate subjects (sexuality, abortion, hedonistic extra) and proved that Liza Minnelli had as a lot (or, okay, practically as a lot) expertise as her late mom Judy Garland. Minnelli will without end be thought of certainly one of musical theater’s grand dames for her inimitable efficiency as Sally Bowles (she of the garter belts and bowler hat), the flamboyant American cabaret lady residing it up in Weimar Berlin. Costarring Joel Gray because the voyeuristic (and creepy) emcee and Michael York as a reserved Englishman, “Cabaret” is as substantive as it’s entertaining. — S.A.C.

8. “The Sound of Music”

Even 5 many years later, the hills (and the suburbs, and the cities, and positively the preschool lecture rooms) are nonetheless full of the sounds of this timeless musical. Julie Andrews’ Maria is the final word ingénue, and her story of affection and childrearing amidst the ugly (and infrequently fast-forwarded) backdrop of Nazi-controlled Austria is among the best testaments to the enjoyment of going again to the fundamentals (“Do-Re-Mi”), searching for consolation in a storm (“My Favourite Issues”), falling in love (“Sixteen Happening Seventeen”) and staying true to your homeland (“Edelweiss”). — S.A.C.

7. “Porgy and Bess”

It is uncommon for a musical to be such a controversial and business catastrophe that it has been all however destroyed, however such is the case with “Porgy and Bess.”  It is a disgrace.  The storyline is explosive, tackling the distress of poverty, medication, and abuse in a method had been not often seen on stage or display screen. It may be racially problematic (although that opinion appears to be slowly altering), however the heartbreaking performances of Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandrige must be extra extensively recognized and liked.  – E.R.

6. “As soon as”

Proving that musicals needn’t be massive technicolor productions to succeed, “As soon as” explored love and longing on a $160,000 finances. Anchored by the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” the indie musical additionally stands out as a musical whose songs are solely diagetic — every tune begins solely when the story requires the characters to sing. Due to that, that is the proper alternative for moviegoers who in any other case cannot stand musicals. The songs, as stunning and shifting as they’re, merely assist the story of an Irish busker (Glen Hansard) falling for his surprising bandmate, a younger Czech flower vendor (Marketa Irglova). — S.A.C.

5. “Hedwig and the Offended Inch”

“Hedwig” is a loopy, colourful, rock concoction of droll wit, emotional poignancy, gentle philosophy, romance, and the seek for self (and sexual) identification.  That is loads to cram right into a musical, and the mix ought to tip all the manufacturing over.  The truth that it retains tripping alongside in its platforms, by no means stopping in its quest to make you chortle, rock out, and sniffle together with all of Hedwig’s emotional highs and love life lows. – E.R.

4. “West Aspect Story”

The rolled denims, slicked hair and finger-snapping choreography have been oft-parodied (we swear, the gang’s balletic strikes are much less comical on stage than on-screen). However when Tony serenades “Maria” (the gorgeous however lip-syncing Natalie Wooden) or when she convinces Anita (the superb Rita Moreno) to just accept love moderately than hate with “I Have a Love,” the genius of composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim can’t be denied. Fifty years later, there are few showstoppers that give chills just like the climax’s “Tonight.” The hovering “Romeo and Juliet” remake received 10 Oscars, together with finest image, essentially the most of any musical. — S.A.C.

3. “Singin’ within the Rain”

An ideal mixture of Gene Kelley’s athletic dance strikes, Debbie Reynold’s irrepressible attraction, and Donald O’Connor’s slapstick (his “Make ‘Em Snigger” is sort of nearly as good on mute as it’s with him singing). And there’s additionally the quantity with the person and his umbrella — maybe the perfect filmed depiction of the happiness that comes from having simply fallen in love. An antidepressant in four-four time, and regarded by some to be among the best musicals ever filmed. Nobody finishes this film with out buzzing a tune or feeling higher concerning the world. — S.A.C.

2. “Mary Poppins”

The primary of Julie Andrews’ back-to-back musicals is that this British homage to the nanny who could make all issues higher. When Mary magically descends on her umbrella to the upper-crust (and extremely dysfunctional) Banks clan, she’s capable of do all the things from get the youngsters to tidy their rooms and swallow medication to concentrate to these much less lucky and bond with their busy mother and father (dad’s a banker, mother’s a Suffragette). From the sugary candy “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” to the heartbreaking “Feed the Birds,” every single day’s a “jolly vacation with Mary.” — S.A.C.

1. “Wizard of Oz”

The Library of Congress has named “The Wizard of Oz” the most-watched movie in historical past, and the story of a younger lady in a gingham costume (plus her little canine too!) stands as one of many pillars of American in style tradition. Not like different musicals, with preparations or costumes that place them in a really explicit time or setting, Dorothy’s fantastical journey and its common themes render the musical timeless, guaranteeing its enchantment to every new era of audiences. From little ones fixated with ruby slippers to grown-up Judy Garland followers, everybody can respect Dorothy’s journey to Oz. — S.A.C.

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