Although rom-coms are easy entertainment to chase away the Sunday Scaries, there's nothing more warm and fuzzy than a solid musical movie, complete with sing-a-longs and dance numbers. Here, 25 iconic musicals that are not to miss, featuring the most epic duets, dance sequences, and hand jives of all time.
Created as a "modern musical" by director Damien Chazelle, this L.A.-based musical follows an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a traditionalist jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) as they struggle to hit the big time, but adorably hit it off instead.
Keep the Kleenex close at hand during this weepy French musical set in the 19th century. In it, an ex-convict named Jean Valjean takes in an orphan named Cosette after her mother dies. Valjean's former jailer, the police inspector Javert, continues to pursue him as France begins to split before the Paris Uprising of 1832.
This feel-good comedy stars John Travolta and Nikki Blonski in a story about a teen who loves to dance and wins a spot on a local TV show. The new role catapults her to teen stardom, and she tries to use her spotlight for good to encourage more diverse casting in TV.
Tim Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter rejoin forces in this barbershop musical set in old London. A barber goes on a rampage after being convicted for a crime he didn't commit. His victims? Several unlucky customers who fall victim to his blade.
A street musician and a Czech immigrant make an unlikely pair in this indie-film-that-could which nabbed several Oscars and launched a Broadway musical run. You won't find any overproduction or jazz hands in this sparse film, but the musical arrangements from Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are gorgeous, and worth hearing on the big screen.
Chicago's Velma and Roxie Hart are two of the most badass roles for women in Broadway history. Here, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger play the jailhouse rivals in this larger-than-life musical about crime, fame, and revenge.
This "love it or hate it" modern musical from director Baz Luhrmann reimagines popular songs from modern artists like Elton John and The Police, but centers the story in early 19th century bohemian Paris. The most beautiful courtesan at Moulin Rouge (played by Nicole Kidman) and a poor writer (Ewan McGregor) fall in love but have to keep their romance a secret or risk shutting down the cabaret.
There's never a dull moment in this rock musical about a transgender punk-rock performer. Trouble ensues when, on a tour of the U.S., Hedwig runs into a former flame who stole all of her songs.
This classical musical recently reappeared in the news following some eerie conspiracy theories, but we know and love Grease because of the finger-jivin' melodies, the outstanding cast, and the iconic outfit changes: "tell me about it, stud."
The cult musical of all musicals Rocky Horror Picture Show still inspires live renditions in local theaters that recreate the eerie happenings of Dr. Frankenfurter's mansion. In it, a wayward couple, Brad and Janet, get stranded there for one freaky night.
Liza Minnelli takes center stage in this musical film that put her on the map and made her an international star (it swept up eight Oscars in its day). She plays a young American cabaret singer performing at the Kit Kat Klub in pre-Nazi Berlin who gets caught up in a love triangle with a young British academic and a German playboy.
Adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, here's an iconic story about a father who tries to keep his five daughters in line with Jewish cultural traditions. He meets resistance when he realizes how much his eldest daughters want to marry husbands outside the customs of their faith.
Ah, Babs. Known for its big hit "Don't Rain on My Parade," this comedic musical sees Barbara Streisand in her element as a budding vaudeville singer who works her way up to the big time on Broadway.
Prepare yourself to be completely charmed by Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle in this modern-day Cinderella story of a working class Cockney girl who learns how to speak like a polished aristocrat and pass as a member of high society.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know what the hills are alive with (music, duh). The Von Trapp family singers and their idyllic life in the Austrian countryside with their winsome governess (clothes made out of curtains! whiskers on kittens!) captured our hearts, and this film remains one of the most iconic musicals to date.
Yet another umbrella-heavy song-and-dance musical, this bittersweet French film follows a young Catherine Deneuve who works at a boutique selling umbrellas. She falls in love with a young mechanic and gets pregnant, but has to move on without him when he gets drafted into the Algerian War.
The movie where we first learned the practical advice that "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down" follows Julie Andrews as a nanny with *magical* powers (umbrellas play another guest role here, too).
This love story for the ages tells a modern Romeo and Juliet tale of a couple caught between to rival gangs: the Jets and the Sharks. A gang member falls in love with his rival's sister—played by It-girl of the day Natalie Wood—and trouble brews in the form of many elaborate dance scenes.
This winning Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire combination sees a young librarian in Paris caught up in the throes of the colorful American fashion world when she's scouted by a top magazine editor and a famous fashion photographer.
An outstanding cast of Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Jean Simmons all star in this film about a gambler played by Sinatra who needs to make some money. He places a bet he thinks is foolproof that his old acquaintance Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) won't be able to get the saintly Sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) to go on a date with him.
You may already know the musical from the famous song "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning"—composed by legendary duo Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers—that sees a country girl caught in a love triangle between a farm hand and a cowboy. The musical draws inspiration from the play Green Grow the Lilacs and there's nothing quite like the movie adaptation.
Yul Brynner reprised his Broadway role as the King of Siam in the movie remake of The King and I, a movie for music, fashion, and design lovers that's full of sumptuous fabrics and ballroom dance scenes. The musical follows the budding romance between the King and his children's governess, Anna.
Known for its iconic dance scenes with umbrellas, this Gene Kelly film captures the upheaval in the entertainment industry over the transition from silent films to "talkies" when two silent movie stars join the cast of a musical.
This Gene Kelly classic tells the story of a former American soldier who remains in Paris after the war to become a painter (how romantic, right?) and falls for a local French girl. Two becomes a love triangle of three though when a rich heiress starts to show interest in the painter on more than a professional level.
The musical that reminded us "we're not in Kansas anymore," transported us to the land of Oz filled with flying monkeys and witches and a wizard. Judy Garland plays a wayward girl who's just trying to find her way back home, accompanied by a medley of characters like the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man.