The Best Musicals Of All Time

You either love it or hate it: there is no moderation when it comes to the musical, one of the longest standing and most prolific film genres of all time. We took a short trip through its milestones

  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time
  • The Best Musicals Of All Time

There are musicals revolving around music and others where songs and dance choreographies are just a way to tell a story of love, life, death and more. For those who love them, it is absolutely impossible to make a ranked list - there are just too many gems that would risk being left out. But if you are not a fan or a follower of the musical cult, maybe these ten little masterpieces might help you familiarize with the genre.
Singin' in the Rain (USA, 1953)
Gene Kelly and Debby Reynolds star in a meta-film that happily celebrates music and the human voice. Set in 1920s Hollywood and revolving around the transition from silent to sound film, it tells of the love affair between an actor and the girl dubbing his capricious co-star, whom everyone has mistakenly taken for his life partner. For those who love happy endings and, at least once in their life, have danced in the rain Gene Kelly-style, fiddling with an umbrella.
West Side Story (USA, 1961)
Romeo and Juliet takes Manhattan, becomes a box office hit for dozens of weeks, wins 10 Oscars and, in 1997, finally enters the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Because thwarted love is the most universal plot ever, because Leonard Bernstein's soundtrack is unforgettable, and because Nathalie Wood is the perfect Upper West Side Juliet.
My Fair Lady (USA, 1964)
Can grace and a beautiful voice become a tool for social ascent? Flower seller Eliza Dolittle learns good manners (and elocution) from glottologist Professor Higgins, and she teaches him about love in return. As "the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain", The Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, on which the George Cukor film is based, brings Prince Charming into the competitive modern world.
Mary Poppins (USA, 1964)
Walt Disney is the home of musicals and Mary Poppins is one of its best musical films ever. Thanks to a glowing Julie Andrews and a perfect screenplay, Robert Stevenson's cinematic version of Pamela Lyndon Travers' books has gained five Oscars and a special place in the imagination of many generations of children.

Cabaret (USA, 1972)
The energy of the music and Liza Minnelli's unique voice stand out on the conflicting background of Weimar Republic Berlin, serving as the setting for this tale of love and history that wraps its characters in a whirlwind of events from rampant hedonism to Hitlerian rhetoric. The choreography, the costumes, and the hairstyles are simply incredible.

Grease (USA, 1978)
Welcome to a world where music is a way of talking (even from a distance), getting to know each other, and size each other up: friends or enemies? Welcome to Rydell High, where Sandy Olsson and Denny Zuko, although they are meant to be together, will have to adjust to each other for the whole school year, before finally becoming a couple. Song after song, through unforgettable choreographies and tunes you jest can't help singing along to.
Flashdance (USA, 1983)
Just like in the equally famous Alan Parker film Fame, in the world of Flashdance music is life, and dance is the only way to an otherwise unattainable redemption. The American Dream turned musical, with sacrifice and talent leading to love and success. Cliché? Maybe, but that doesn't mean you won't be watching it again and again, trying to learn the steps of the final dance scene.
Dirty Dancing (USA, 1987)
The producers had no idea that this low-budget movie with no famous stars in it would end up turning into one of the most resounding hit films in the history of cinema - and a classic among musical film lovers, although technically not a musical. Thwarted love, a beautiful, Oscar-awarded soundtrack, and scattered references to the change of mentality that paved the way to the 1960s are its successful ingredients, along with memorable lines such as, well: nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Moulin Rouge (USA+Australia, 2001)
Who, other than Baz Luhrmann could have revived the musical at the beginning of the third millennium by setting the plot of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata in 1899 Pigalle? Who else could have made the songs of Elton John, David Bowie, Nirvana and T-Rex resonate on the roofs of 19th century Paris, going so far as to mix fictional lovers Christian and Satine with historical figures of the bohemian movement such as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec? Freedom, beauty, truth, and love for everyone!

La La Land (USA, 2016)
Hollywood pays homage to its own world with a highly acclaimed and award-winning musical where the two young individuals, Mia and Sebastian, choose to make their dreams come true by devoting their whole life to art, giving up on love. If talent and sacrifice equal success, then the musical applauds itself as a genre with one of its most beautiful productions ever, dense with good music, beautiful images, and sophisticated references. Directed by the great Damien Chazelle, and starring the talented Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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