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Hand-picked Watch List of Best Musical Films

Hand-picked Watch List of Best Musical Films

Here goes a hand-picked watch list of the best musical films which had the characters weave music into the narrative with such elegance that it took entertainment to an all new level. Don't wander in search of musical flicks that set the mood for your Sunday noon - the best ones are enlisted right here.
Veethi Telang
It's when you realize that you don't always need 3D glasses to enjoy a movie that musicals come forth victorious with their substance. Every character has something to say, every incident has something to depict, every scene has something to offer - there's one thing that's common; music. Musicals have songs and dance to represent and move the plot further, and develop the characters as the film progresses.
Today, if you find yourself lost in the universe of musicals, this Entertainism write-up helps you narrow down your search for the best musical films, categorized under Classics and Modern.

Just a read through this article, and you know how to spend your holiday at home, snuggling inside the quilt. Switch off your phone, raise the volume of the speakers, and Play.

Best Classic Musical Films: The Antique Treasures

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy: Weren't you frightened?
Wizard of Oz: Frightened? Child, you're talking to a man who's laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe... I was petrified.


It's much, much more than just a musical. The moment you begin watching this one, you want to be a 7-year old kid who is longing to enter the magical world painted by Victor Fleming. When Dorothy Gale, the protagonist, is embroiled in a magical land as a result of a tornado, her quest to find the wizard who can help her return to her home begins. It is the musical selections of the movie that have made this flick one of the best musicals you could enjoy with your family. Have a go at this the coming weekend.

The Sound of Music (1965)
Max: Friedrich, Gretl, why don't you sing?
Gretl: I can't, I've got a sore finger.


For more than a decade, this movie enjoyed the status of being the most successful musical of its time, having surpassed Gone With the Wind. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this movie has risen above all, with its slogan crooning 'The Happiest Sound in the World'. Soundtracks such as 'Do-Re-Mi', 'Alleluia', and 'Sixteen, Going on Seventeen' embellish this tale of an aspiring nun, Maria.

West Side Story (1961)
Anybodys, Tomboy: I ain't never gonna get married. Too noisy.
A-Rab: You ain't never gonna get married. Too ugly.


A classic adaptation of the epic tale Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story introduces you to the life of two youngsters in New York City, who eventually fall in love. While the 60s marked the presence of fierce competition with the television, West Side Story rose to become the finest musical of the decade with sweeping away 10 Academy Awards. Piece of suggestion: Do not miss The Jets Song at any cost.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
R.F. Simpson: Lina, you were gorgeous!
Cosmo Brown: Yeah, Lina, you looked pretty good for a girl.


This MGM's technicolor treasure is a celebrated musical with a spell-binding story about two silent film stars who are required to pretend to fall in love on-screen. Well, can you guess what happens next? I shall leave that to you. If there's one flick that portrays silent cinema with elegance, it is this one. Even though Singin' in the Rain wasn't much of a commercial success, its music is something that stays with you for a long, long time.

Cabaret (1972)
Sally: I'm going to be a great film star! That is, if booze and sex don't get me first.

Breathtakingly stylish, this movie has a rather mature theme, where Sally Bowles, the protagonist, works as a female girlie club entertainer at the Kit-Kat club. If cabaret numbers interest you, this movie acts as a fresh breeze after a series of not-so-impressive musicals of its time. Musical numbers such as Mein Herr, Tomorrow Belongs to Me, and If You Could See Her secure the movie's status as an evocative musical masterpiece.

Best Modern Musical Films: Masterpieces of Today

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Sharpay Evans: Hey, Troy, when's the big game?
Troy Bolton: Yesterday.
Sharpay Evans: Well, good luck. Toodles!


One word - Zac Efron. If you are a young girl reading this article, there is no way you must miss this movie. Watching this flick makes me want to go back to high school and live all those moments of hope, romance, and fun again. Full of musical numbers, this film is a must watch on a fun Sunday noon.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Phantom: You will curse the day you did not do / all that the Phantom asked of you!

Passionate about the Opera? This musical will sweep you off your feet with its poetic narrative. It tells a story of a musical genius who terrorizes the Paris Opera House for the love of a woman protegee who he trains. While the performance of Gerard Butler as the Phantom is mind-blowing, it's the musical substance of the movie that makes it a must watch for an audience that is drawn towards musicals. Watch it to witness the sheer brillian---ce of the Phantom of the Opera.

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Rosie: [to Tanya] Typical isn't it? You wait 20 years for a dad and then three come along at once.

Your parents must love ABBA. It's time for you to love it too. Songs from this '70s band have been efficiently used in narrating the theme of the movie in which, a young girl Sophie embarks upon a journey to find her real father before she gets married. It's the ultimate feel-good musical, where friendship, laughter, and love have been depicted enchantingly. And then, you have the timeless ABBA to set the mood.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Mrs. Lovett: Barker, his name was. Benjamin Barker.
Sweeney Todd: What was his crime?
Mrs. Lovett: Foolishness.


There's Alan Rickman, the classic performer, Helena Bonham Carter, a crazily talented actress, and above all, there's Johnny Depp, playing Sweeney Todd in this horror Broadway musical. Need anymore reasons to watch the movie? When its chilly outside, stock up on popcorn, snuggle inside your blanket, and hit the 'Play' button - the infamous Benjamin Barker will take you on a journey to vengeance. Pick this one if you love the horror genre.

Chicago (2002)
Roxie: They LOVE me.
Billy Flynn: They'd love you a lot more if you were hanged. You know why? Because it would sell more papers!


A proud winner of six Academy Awards, Chicago tells a tale of two murderesses Velma Kelly, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Roxie Hart, played by Renée Zellweger, who await their murder trials in the city of Chicago, while fighting for fame. It's a scintillating story that depicts easy-going entertainment. With the integration of sexy tunes, this one makes for a must-watch musical movie in today's times.

10 different picks for viewers of all kind, each movie is different from the other. These famous musicals take you to a different high, where it's music and only music that you hear and feel. If you're ready to lend an ear, the above-instanced musicals give you all the reasons for a perfect adventure full of music.