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Musicals

As soon as sound was introduced to the movies, the movie musical was born. The musical was one of the most popular movie entertainments from the 1930s through to the 50s, before falling out of favour at the end of the 60s for audiences now being weened on Vietnam, race riots, political assassinations, flower power and psychedelia. The musical still continued onwards, albeit in a different form, with various efforts such as "Cabaret", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Grease", "Hair", "All That Jazz" and "The Blues Brothers" appearing over the next decade. More recently, "Moulin Rouge" and particularly "Chicago" hark back to the glory days of the musical. Right: Liza Minnelli does "Cabaret"

Baby Take A Bow (1934)

6.6/10
Director: Harry Lachman
Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart

Shirley Temple stars in this lighthearted musical comedy about an ex-con struggling to stay straight and the adorable daughter who keeps him away from... Read more

Beat Street (1984)

6.5/10
Director: Stan Lathan
Starring: Rae Dawn Chong

The Bronx is the hippest place in America, as breakdancers, graffiti artists, DJs and rap musicians converge for an exciting street scene. Grandmaster... Read more

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Emma Wat...

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as... Read more

Beauty And The Beast (1987)

7.1/10
Director: Eugene Marner
Starring: Rebecca De Mornay, John Savage

Rebecca De Mornay ('The Three Musketeers') stars in this live-action version of the classic fairy tale, about finding true love in the unlikeliest of... Read more

Beauty and the Beast ( Blu-ray ) (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Emma Wat...

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as... Read more

Bells of Rosarita (1945)

6.7/10
Director: Frank McDonald
Starring: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, George Gabby Hayes, Bob Nolan, Trigger The Horse

Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at t... Read more

Beloved (2011)

6.2/10
Director: Christophe Honore
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Paul Schneider, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman,...

In 1964 Paris, Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier), a shoe salesgirl and part-time prostitute, falls in love with Jaromil, a Czech doctor she has picked up.... Read more

Beyond the Sea (2004)

6.7/10
Director: Kevin Spacey
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Sc...

Kevin Spacey's unusual ode to crooner Bobby Darin is a stylised, though warts-and-all, portrayal of a man who simply wanted to be bigger than Sinatra.... Read more

Billy Elliot: The Musical - Live (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Trent Kowalik, Haydn Gwynne, Gregory Jbara

Stage musical based on the 2000 film of the same name which is set in County Durham during the 1984 miners' strike. Young Billy Elliot (Matteo Zecca/M... Read more

Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

6.3/10
Director: Charles Walters
Starring: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger

This Rodgers and Hart musical was nominated for an Oscar for its score, and stars Doris Day and Jimmy Durante as circus owners who are going down the... Read more