1. Les Miserables-Directed by Tom Hooper, this films sparked the revolution of France and is amazing in scope and dramatic effect. The acting is perfect and the set design is flawless. This is also the first musical film adaptation where the actors sang the film live while shooting. It’s an amazing achievement and is all the same-powerful.
2. The Phantom of the Opera-Directed by Joel Schumacher, this great film version of every one’s favorite musical comes to life! The visuals are stunning, the actors at their finest. The singing is well done and in my opinion it really shows why “Phantom” is such a beloved musical. Gerard Butler turns in a wonderful performance as the Phantom as well as newbie Emmy Rossum who played Christine. This film turned me on to musicals.
3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street-This Tim Burton directed musical by Stephen Sondheim is amazing. From the score to the dark pallet that Tim Burton delivers so well, comes to life around turn of the century London. Johnny Depp gives one of his greatest performances here as well as Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett. Alan Rickman who plays Judge Turpin is another standout. This film oozes darkness with amazing songs and set designs.
4. Beauty and the Beast-The first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, “Beauty and the Beast” has become timeless. The animation is breathtaking and the music is stunning. It’s one of those rare Disney films that still has the spirit and the magic that we have all come to love. It’s arguably one of Disney’s greatest films and it easily makes it in the top five.
5. Mary Poppins-This was Disney’s first gamble film. A lot of people didn’t think it was worth making except for Walt Disney himself and it’s one of the greatest Disney films of all time. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are brilliant in this film and the magic and the wonder of live action with animation sets this film decades later in being a timeless classic. The singing and wonderful talent of Julie Andrews makes this film what it is.
6. The Sound of Music-I get that most people would probably have this as their number one, but for me it doesn’t sit as well as some previous films on my list. In saying that, this movie is great. Julie Andrews yet again shines here and the music and chemistry between all of the actors is perfect. This is one of those untouchable films where people have attempted to recapture the spirit of the original but haven’t even come close.
7. Chicago-Aside from the wonderful set design and the talent, the scores and songs from Chicago make this film what it is. The cast is electrifying especially Catherine Zeta Jones in every song that sings. There’s a reason why this won Best Picture of the year. This is an amazing film and for musical lovers, this film hands down earns a right to be on a top ten list.
8. Moulin Rouge-The zany whackiness of Baz Luhrmann’s tragic tale glitters with color and outstanding musical compilation numbers between Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. This Romeo and Juliet centered story of star crossed lovers and the Parisian theater is spectacular and tragic all at once.
9. The Wizard of Oz-It would be a crime to not have the “Wizard of Oz” on the list. This film is gorgeous to look at and the amazing talent of Judy Garland really shines through with this film. This is one of those movies, like “Sound of Music” that is timeless. It is such a staple in film history and it echoes that old “Hollywood feel.” This is an outstanding picture and is nearly flawless.
10. West Side Story-Another film based on Sondheim’s classic musical, this is essentially Romeo and Juliet in the 1950’s, where the rivalry between a Spanish Gang and an American Gang clash as one boy and girl from both sides fall in love. The musical is magic and the chemistry between the characters is spot on, even if the film comes off a little bit cheesy. I think it’s a great film and for being really old it holds up pretty well.
Across the Universe
Singing in the Rain
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Into the Woods
So there’s my top 10 list! But I’m curious to hear what you guys think. Tell me my list is wrong! What is your top 10 favorite musical films of all time? I’m curious to here from you. Let me know in the comments section below.