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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"

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

Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies (1941)

Director: Stuart Heisler, Victor Schertzinger
Starring: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield

A double dose of crooner Bing Crosby begins with 'Birth of the Blues' (1941) in which he's a clarinet player who wants to break out of the traditional... Read more

Blue Hawaii (1961)

6.1/10
Director: Norman Taurog
Starring: Elvis Presley, Angela Lansbury, Joan Blackman

Tour guide Elvis sings 14 songs and still manages to drive sightseers around the islands in golf carts in this lush musical that features great locale... Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

8.3/10
Director: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom...

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes... Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-Ray) (2018)

8.3/10
Director: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom...

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes... Read more

Boy Town (2006)

Director: Kevin Carlin
Starring: Gary Eck, Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope, Mick Molloy, Sally Phillips, Glenn Robbins,...

'80s boy band 'Boy Town' are reforming! Twenty years later, they're older and, well...they're older. Co-written by and starring Mick Molloy ('Crackerj... Read more