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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"

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

8/10
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

One of Broadway's greatest musicals comes to the screen with rousing dance numbers, emotionally charged performances, and such beloved tunes as "Sunri... Read more

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

6.9/10
Director: Charles Vidor
Starring: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Jeanmarie

Danny Kaye stars as the Danish cobbler-turned-storyteller extraordinaire in a fanciful family favorite, loosely based on Andersen's life. Lavish sets... Read more

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

7.5/10
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Levon Helm, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly D'Angelo

The film biography of country-western superstar Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek won an Academy Award for her performance as the lass from Butcher's Hollow.... Read more

Carousel (1956)

6.9/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell

An excellent filmization of Rodgers and Hammerstein's memorable adaptation of Ferenc Molnar's 'Liliom', songs include 'Soliloquy' and 'You'll Never Wa... Read more

The Young Ones / Wonderful Life / Summer Holiday (1961)

Director: Peter Yates, Sidney J Furie
Starring: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Robert Morley, Carole Gray, Susan Hampshire, Derek B...

A Cliff Richard triple feature! 'The Young Ones' (1961) - Nicky and his friends find their youth club threatened by a property tycoon who intends to b... Read more

Across the Universe (2007)

7.4/10
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T...

A revolutionary rock musical, performed by the cast and inspired by the songs of The Beatles, that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a... Read more

Vitus (2006)

7.7/10
Director: Fredi M Murer
Starring: Teo Gheorghiu, Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Borsani, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jucker

A compelling domestic drama showing the family dynamics and ambititions surrounding child prodigy Vitus. A piano master by age six, Vitus' future seem... Read more

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

7.4/10
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis, Cleo Laine, Joan Sims, Bill...

Recent widow, Elizabeth (Judi Dench), begins playing her tenor sax again, remembering back to when she was in an all-girl (almost) swing band back in... Read more

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

6.2/10
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough, Peter Bull

Rex Harrison is the man who can talk to the animals in this epic musical entertainment for children of all ages, based on the stories of Hugh Lofting.... Read more

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

6.8/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly, Kevin Kline, Garrison...

The late Robert Altman's swansong is this whimsical tribute to radio shows of days gone by. Scripted by Garrison Keillor (who plays himself in the fi... Read more