Top 10 Movie Musicals

By December 12, 2011Top 10 Lists

The Musical: it’s a very distinct genre, beloved by Hollywood and the world in general. Though the golden age of the Hollywood musical is considered from 1930 through the 1960s, the genre still lives and thrives today. Musicals, of course, use music and lyrics as a tool. Whether it is to advance the plot, set the mood, or develop character relationships, music serves as a poignant and purposeful instrument of storytelling in this genre. Films like Across the Universe, Enchanted, and Mamma Mia! prove that musicals have a allure that crosses time and generations.

Musical film is a natural outgrowth of stage theatre. With the development of sound technology in film, the screen took on the musical. While there are many similar elements between stage and film musicals, the movie musical has now become synonymous with elaborate background scenery, lavish costumes, and varying exotic locations that stage musicals simply could not accommodate.

Because musicals rely on specific talents (dancing, singing, physical humor, etc.), this genre is more likely than others to center around a single star. Think of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers… they are some of the most respected and celebrated movie stars of all time, and they made their names in musical films.

Below are the Top 10 Best Musicals. Whether they charmed us with romantic numbers, carried us away to mysterious worlds, or simply provided a little escape from reality, these films had a huge impact not only on the movie industry, but on contemporary culture as a whole.