The recently released musical biopic Elvis and the announcement that a musical adaptation of Matilda will be released this year have revived interest in musicals. To allow musical enthusiasts to see Miss’s comeback, the stage adaptation of the modernised Roald Dahl classic is being brought to movie theatres. While Matilda‘s return is eagerly anticipated by fans, the following list of movie musicals has won the hearts of many viewers throughout the years. The most watchable movie musical, according to fans, is up for vote on Ranker.
1. Mary Poppins (1964)
Director- Robert Stevenson
Another nanny in Edwardian London resigns from watching over George Banks’ rowdy kids, Jane and Michael. A new one, the charming Mary Poppins, then appears on their doorstep as if by magic to take charge of the issue while exhilarating adventures with her Cockney actor buddy, Bert, pave the path for a magnificent makeover.
2. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Director(s)- Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Don Lockwood, a former stuntman, transforms into a successful actor in 1927 with the help of his closest friend Cosmo Brown, who also develops a romantic relationship with Lina Lamont. Don unexpectedly runs into aspiring actress Kathy Selden during the changeover from silent to talking-picture cinema and falls in love with her. Cosmo and Don decide to dub Lina using Kathy’s voice to salvage their movie because Lina struggles with the piercing tone of her voice. When envious Lina learns of the studio’s plan, she becomes resentful of Kathy’s claim to the credits and attempts to persuade the company to cast Kathy in supporting roles in future movies. However, the reality is revealed when Lina chooses to speak and sing to the audience.
3. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Director- Victor Fleming
The vivid and brilliant Land of Oz is where Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto end up after a tornado tears across Kansas. They have to set off on a voyage to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz lives, in order to figure out how to get back home. They are accompanied by a Scarecrow who seeks a brain, a Tin Man who seeks a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who seeks courage as they travel. The Wicked Witch of the West, who is out for vengeance on Dorothy since she unintentionally killed her sister, the Wicked Witch of the East, is following them and they are hoping that the Wizard will be able to grant their requests.
4. My Fair Lady (1964)
Director- George Cukor
Wonderfully clever rendition of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who accepts a wager from Colonel Hugh Pickering that he can make uncultured, filthy Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady and fool everyone into thinking she really is one. Young nobleman Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls hopelessly in love with her as a result of what he does. When Eliza resentfully rejects Higgins in favour of Freddy, however, since he refuses to give her credit for her work, Higgins realises that he has become accustomed to her face and that he really can’t live without it. Eliza later departs for Freddy.
5. The Lion King (1994)
Director(s)- Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Young lion cub Simba is equally eager to succeed his proud father Mufasa as king after being crowned the next ruler of the jungle. But this makes Simba’s evil uncle Scar envious of him. But after Mufasa is brutally killed by Scar in an instant, Simba feels responsible and flees his house. Simba adopts the “Hakuna Matata” principles after meeting Timon and Pumbaa, two outcasts. Years later, Simba must return home to put an end to Scar’s cruel rule and accept his fate as the future king after being contacted by his childhood friend Nala and the knowledgeable baboon Rafiki.
6. Moana (2016)
Director(s)- Ron Clements, John Musker
The sole child of a chief in a long tradition of navigators, Moana Waialiki is an avid sea traveller. When the crops fail and the island’s fishermen are unable to catch any fish, she discovers that the demigod Maui was to blame for the calamity by taking the goddess Te Fiti’s heart. Moana embarks on an arduous trip across the Pacific because she realises that convincing Maui to give Te Fiti’s heart back is the only way to restore harmony to the island. The myths of the Polynesians serve as the inspiration for the movie.
7. Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Director(s)- Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Young Prince Adam is cursed to look like a terrible beast by a mysterious enchantress for leading a life of greed. In order to save himself, his only chance is to learn to love a young woman and win her love in return. A young woman named Belle agrees to serve as his prisoner in place of her sick father Maurice ten years later, giving him the chance he’s been waiting for. Belle has an appreciation for her captor and falls in love with him right away with the aid of the magical staff of the castle. Unreliable hunter Gaston, on the other hand, has his own intentions for Belle back in the town.
8. Grease (1978)
Director- Randal Kleiser
As the summer of 1958 draws to a close, Danny, the gentle American boy, and Sandy, the prim Australian girl, exchange pledges of enduring love and say goodbye for good. Unbeknownst to them, a sudden change in plans will bring the young aspirants back together at thriving Rydell High for the new term, but something has changed this time. Rydell’s energetic all-girl band, The Pink Ladies, already have a big surprise in store for Danny, the boastful Romeo and rebellious leader of the greaser gang, T-Birds, as he feels pressure to uphold his hard-earned reputation in front of his buddies.
9. Chicago (2002)
Director- Rob Marshall
The seductive vaudeville performer Velma Kelly kills her sister and husband after discovering them in bed together. Wannabe vaudeville performer Roxie Hart kills her lover after realising he will never make her famous. Enter Billy Flynn, the sleazy attorney who wants to not only exonerate his clients but also immortalise them in the legal world. Billy, who reportedly prefers Roxie’s perspective to Velma’s. Both ladies compete for the title of Illinois’ most infamous murderess with assistance from Matron Mama Morton, but there is only place for one legend. Chicago is that.
10. The Greatest Showman (2017)
Director- Michael Gracey
The American comedian Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be regarded as the guy with the ability to blur the lines between truth and fiction. He was an orphan, impoverished, but ambitious man with a mind loaded with invention and new ideas. The son of a tailor, thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, succeeds in opening a wax museum. But quickly changes his attention to the unusual. The weird by bringing astounding, unheard-of live acts on the circus stage. Even though some people refer to Barnum’s extensive collection of freaks as a freak show. Phineas loses sight of the most important thing in his life: his family. That’s when he becomes fixated on approval and respectability and wagers everything on opera diva Jenny Lind.