Top 10 Best Musical Movies Ever Made
Music is an integral part of our lives. Can you imagine your day without songs or music? Do you know someone who totally dislikes music? Their life must be so dry. No excitement, nothing. Music is indeed a bliss. If you want to introduce someone to good music or you yourself want to watch some wonderful musicals, then do check out this list of the greatest musical movies ever made.
1. The Wizard Of Oz
This iconic film was most known for its music. What's more, it won the Academy Award for the Best Music and for the Best Original Score. After watching this beautiful movie and listening to its wonderful background score, you'd surely hum the lines 'Over the Rainbow'. The weird world of wizardry, the wicked witches, the munchkins and the surreal characters all add to the thrill of the movie. Perfect for a relaxing weekend amid music!
2. The Sound Of Music
A young governess, Maria, is sent to Captain Von Trapp's house as a governess to his seven children. Maria is a free-spirited woman who is kind, understanding and is very passionate about music. Although initially disliked by the kids, she wins over them with her fun ways and also instills in them, the love for music. This movie comprises some of the best compositions by Rodgers & Hammerstein, with 'Do-Re-Mi' and 'Edelweiss' being the most famous.
3. My Fair Lady
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady portrays the arrogance, egotism and misogyny of a linguistics professor. This professor accepts a bet from another linguistics expert that he can teach a Cockney flower girl to speak in such a refined accent that she could pass as a princess of royal blood. Teamed up with marvelous performances by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, this movie is worth a watch for its classic aura and its beautiful tunes.
4. Meet Me In St. Louis
Set in the early 20th century with the World's Fair in the backdrop, Meet Me In St. Louis is a wonderful story of a well-knit family who cancel their plans to go to New York just for the sake of their daughters. The movie also reveals the meaning of love and romance while including some of the classic songs of its times. Held as one of the greatest musicals of all time, Meet Me In St. Louis is known for 'Have Yourself A Merry Christmas' and 'The Boy Next Door'.
Chicago is a hard-hitting flick that shows to what extent people can go in order to gain fame. Filled with brilliant performances by both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, this movie is known for its stupendous music and the stark reality that it portrays. This glitzy film won several awards including 6 Oscars, 2 BAFTAs and 3 Golden Globes! If music and dance are your interests, then this movie is the perfect pick for you.
Revolving around the lives of Bohemians residing in the East Village of NYC, Rent traces the characters' struggle with love, life, drugs, AIDS and the upheavals that come along as they try to find a place for themselves in the city. If the portrayal of the hard-hitting themes is marvelous, then the music that intertwines these themes is phenomenal. A must watch for music lovers.
7. Moulin Rouge!
Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, who have delivered their best performances, Moulin Rouge revolves around the love story of a star courtesan and a writer. The movie's astounding music and background score gave it a nomination for the Best Picture at the Oscars. This was a feat in itself since it was the first musical that got nominated for the best film after 22 years!
This movie revolves around the lives of homeless children who make a living by selling newspapers. When the purchase price of newspapers for the newsboys increases by one-tenth of a cent, all of the newsies go on a strike. This flick leaves a strong message that everyone must have a right to make a living and voice his/her concern. The other strength of the movie is its musical score. Definitely, a worth watch.
9. Singin' in the Rain
Regarded as one of the best musicals ever made, Singin' in the Rain is a comedy that centers around Don Lockwood, a famous silent movie star, Lina Lamont, an actress who just can't sing and Kathy Selden, a fan of Don who sings so well that she playbacks for Lina. The movie has some of the best moments of choreography and of course, music. If you wish to go back to the 50's, you must watch this one.
10. West Side Story
West Side Story is a wonderful movie that has been adapted from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The contemporary setting, top class performances by lead actors Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer and without a doubt, the music of the film is solely responsible for its success. The film won 10 out of the 11 categories it was nominated for at the Academy Awards. It also won that year's Best Picture.
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