Top 10 Musical Films Of All Times

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Musicals are not among the most popular genres of movies. They are not easy to make, they require long term staying power in order to make a mark in the movie world and most of them are movie versions of Broadway musicals. But they can still charm generations with their lilting scores and often long after we have forgotten the film, the music remains a part of our memories.


1. Singing In the Rain:

Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds were an amazing pair in this timeless classic. Gene Kelley’s dancing feet seemed to have a life of their own and many reviewers tagged him as being a genius and brilliant. The music, specially the title number, has our feet tapping and our bodies swaying. The plot was the conventional plot of boy meets loses and finds girl, but the music – just brilliant.


2. The Sound of Music:

Julie Andrews dancing on the Swiss mountains to the sounds of “The Hills are alive” is one of the immemorial scenes in movie history. The movie had simplicity to it which was enhanced by an extraordinary score from Rodgers & Hammerstein. It was one of the most popular musicals ever made and won five Academy Awards.


3. My Fair Lady:

Lerner and Loewe’s musical play was adapted into a fabulous film by George Cukor and performed with great elan by Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. Rex Harrison as a misogynist arrogant professor of phonetics was an absolute casting success. Somehow you could not imagine anyone else being able to sing “Why can’t the English” more wryly and with such dry sarcasm. This film also went on to win several awards and achieved great box office success.


4. Wizard of Oz:

A classic musical and above all a film which has charmed children of all ages, even though initially it was a box office failure. It was MGM’s most expensive film at that time, but as more and more re-releases came on the scene the film began to charm audiences and songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “There is no place like Home” became part of folklore.


5. Cabaret:

Set in the city of Berlin in the year 1930, Cabaret is the story of a young American cabaret dancer. There is exuberance to the musical numbers and a dancing feel to all of them. This is mainly due to the fact that most of them are a part of the stage performances of the cabaret. Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey starred in this film.


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