What do we want in a movie musical? We want high-note entertainment, large-scale audacity and glorious, sweeping singing. Musicals over the years, whether original, or adapted from their stage counterparts, have attempted to redefine what a musical means and in the process delivered both game-changing and middling cinema. A lot of the current generation doesn’t seem have the patience and the zeal required to thoroughly relish a musical. They say they don’t see the point of singing when you can talk.
And some films do reaffirm their beliefs (I’m looking at you, Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’), there are films that work so effectively and with such effortless charm, you find yourself humming their unforgettable tunes and reminiscing their optimistic, surreal view of the world. They prove, beyond doubt, why talk, when you can sing. With that said, here is the list of top classic musical movies, ranked in order of how well they work, not only as a part of the genre they belong to, but as works of cinema as well. You can many of these movie best musicals on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
10. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The first animated film ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ might just be Disney’s best film. With impeccable casting, gorgeous animation and sound design and a musical score by Alan Menken that will stay with you for days after watching the film, reminding you of its heartbreaking sincerity, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, like most musicals, is not one for the cynics, but the hopeless romantics won’t be able to shake off it’s magic.
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9. Chicago (2002)