The movie musical is back! Though the golden age of the movie musical is said to have been sometime between 1930 and 1960, musicals have always been a relevant genre and, today, it thrives.
With the recent release of “Les Miserables” and the announcement that this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on February 24, will celebrate the musical films of the last ten years, including “Chicago”, “Dreamgirls”, and, of course, “Les Miserables”, we thought we’d put together a list of the Top Ten Movie Musicals. The films on our list started out as Broadway hits before transferring to the big screen. They boast a list of accolades unmatched and feature some of the most iconic scenes Hollywood has ever presented.
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10. “The Band Wagon” (1953)
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. We can stop there, right? The Band Wagon is subtle and sophisticated, written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and directed by Vincente Minnelli. Star chemistry is at its peak when Astaire and Charisse glide through Central Park to the tune of “Dancing in the Dark.” Though the film earned no Oscars, it’s a certified classic.
9. “Dreamgirls” (2006)
“Dreamgirls” has been hailed as one of few movie musicals to live up to its stage predecessor while capitalizing on its cinematic potential, thanks in large part to Bill Condon, the film’s writer and director. There was no way someone could replicate Jennifer Holiday’s on stage performance of “And I Am Telling You” as Effie White. And then Jennifer Hudson came along, setting her own standard of the now classic song. Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose and Beyonce round out the cast. “Dreamgirls” was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, including the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, which went to Jennifer Hudson.
8. “The Sound of Music” (1965)
The movie was so popular that the initial run played in theaters for several years. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s penetrable score features classic songs, including “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, and the title song. The opening hillside shots have been long borrowed for films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Enchanted”, among others. The film won five Academy Awards, and is recognized as the film that saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. Additionally, the film’s soundtrack has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
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