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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"

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

8/10
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, Mar...

Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, for fun and adven... Read more

Once (2007)

7.9/10
Director: John Carney
Starring: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Hugh Walsh

This stunning musical chronicles the relationship that develops between a struggling Dublin street busker/vacuum cleaner repairman and a poor Czech im... Read more

A Star is Born (2018)

8.4/10
Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lady G...

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big... Read more

Hello Dolly (1969)

7.2/10
Director: Gene Kelly
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford

Barbara Streisand was born to play fast-talking New York match-maker, Dolly Levi; Walter Matthau is the grumpy target of her craft; and Michael Crawfo... Read more

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

7.8/10
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, Alberta Watson

Stepping back into the high-heeled shoes of his acclaimed off-Broadway play's title character, director/co-writer John Cameron Mitchell stars as the b... Read more

Funny Face (1956)

7.1/10
Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thomas

Fred Astaire is a fashion photographer, Audrey Hepburn the shy young girl he makes over into a top model in this lavish musical with a winning Gershwi... Read more

Cats (1998)

7.4/10
Director: David Mallet
Starring: Elaine Paige, John Mills

The longest running musical in Broadway and West End history and a worldwide phenomenon. Andrew Lloyd Webber has personally overseen and executively p... Read more

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

4.4/10
Director: Mel Stuart
Starring: Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole

One of the most memorably strange children's films ever made, equally influenced by the dark underpinnings of Roald Dahl's original book ("Charlie and... Read more

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

7.8/10
Director: Jacques Demy
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

A beautifully restored version of Jacques Demy's classic, bittersweet musical of two young lovers (a luminous Catherine Deneuve and handsome Nino Cast... Read more

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)

7.4/10
Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Jeff Richards, Marc Platt

When outdoorsman Howard Keel decides to get married, his 6 younger brothers also get the urge. The musical movie inspiration for the TV series contain... Read more