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Movies: Best Music Movies

The musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film's characters, but in some cases, they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate "production numbers." The musical film was a natural development of the stage musical after the emergence of sound film technology. Typically, the biggest difference between film and stage musicals is the use of lavish background scenery and locations that would be impractical in a theater. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theater; performers often treat their song and dance numbers as if a live audience were watching. In a sense, the viewer becomes the diegetic audience, as the performer looks directly into the camera and performs to it. ()

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Beauty and the Beast(1991)

3.9/5 (with 2,170 votes)

Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes from within.

Directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Sing(2016)

3.5/5 (with 1,644 votes)

A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Directed by Garth Jennings

Pitch Perfect(2012)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 1,608 votes)

College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions.

Directed by Jason Moore - With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Elizabeth Banks, ...

Pitch Perfect 2(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Comedy, Music
3.4/5 (with 1,410 votes)

The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name, and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an international competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks - With Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Skylar Astin, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins, ...

Alice in Wonderland(1951)

3.6/5 (with 1,154 votes)

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

School of Rock(2003)

PG-13
| 1h 49min | Comedy, Music
3.5/5 (with 1,079 votes)

Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.

Directed by Richard Linklater - With Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos Jr., ...

Dirty Dancing(1987)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 1,038 votes)

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer – and unexpectedly falling in love.

Directed by Emile Ardolino - With Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Kelly Bishop, Jane Brucker, ...

Peter Pan(1953)

3.6/5 (with 1,007 votes)

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood lasts forever. But while in Neverland, the kids must face Captain Hook and foil his attempts to get rid of Peter for good.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

The Princess and the Frog(2009)

3.5/5 (with 957 votes)

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker

Lady and the Tramp(1955)

G
| 1h 16min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
3.5/5 (with 929 votes)

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Alvin and the Chipmunks(2007)

2.8/5 (with 886 votes)

A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

Directed by Tim Hill - With Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, Beth Riesgraf, Erin Chambers, ...

Straight Outta Compton(2015)

R
| 2h 27min | Drama, Music
3.9/5 (with 867 votes)

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Directed by F. Gary Gray - With O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp, ...

High School Musical(2006)

3.2/5 (with 855 votes)

Troy (Zac Efron), the popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens), the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club, break all the rules of East High society when they secretly audition for the leads in the school's musical. As they reach for the stars and follow their dreams, everyone learns about acceptance, teamwork, and being yourself. And it's all set to fun tunes and very cool dance moves!

Directed by Kenny Ortega - With Corbin Bleu, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Alyson Reed, ...

Begin Again(2013)

R
| 1h 44min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 824 votes)

A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.

Directed by John Carney - With Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Mos Def, CeeLo Green, ...

Step Up(2006)

PG-13
| 1h 44min | Music, Drama, Romance / Love, Crime
3.4/5 (with 800 votes)

Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora is a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore's ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts

Directed by Anne Fletcher - With Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora

The Blues Brothers(1980)

R
| 2h 13min | Music, Comedy, Action, Crime
3.9/5 (with 744 votes)

Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

Directed by John Landis - With John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, ...

Trolls(2016)

3.4/5 (with 738 votes)

Lovable and friendly, the trolls love to play around. But one day, a mysterious giant shows up to end the party. Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

Directed by Mike Mitchell

High School Musical 2(2007)

G
| 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Music
3.2/5 (with 713 votes)

The East High Wildcats are ready to have the time of their lives. Troy (Zac Efron) is thrilled when he’s offered a job in a country club, but it’s all part of Sharpay’s (Ashley Tisdale) plot to lure him away from Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). How will it all turn out? All questions are answered on the night of the club’s Talent Show.

Directed by Kenny Ortega - With Corbin Bleu, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, ...

High School Musical 3: Senior Year(2008)

3.2/5 (with 679 votes)

It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor ― and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances, and friendships of East High's senior Wildcats?

Directed by Kenny Ortega - With Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, ...

The Prince of Egypt(1998)

3.5/5 (with 667 votes)

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth, and the other the chosen leader of his people! Their final confrontation will forever change their lives and the world.

Directed by Simon Wells, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner

Rio 2(2014)

3.2/5 (with 663 votes)

It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha

The Sound of Music(1965)

3.8/5 (with 629 votes)

Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.

Directed by Robert Wise - With Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Bill Lee, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Nicholas Hammond, ...

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory(1971)

G
| 1h 40min | Music, Kids & Family, Fantasy, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 601 votes)

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?

Directed by Mel Stuart - With Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Ed Peck, ...

Billy Elliot(2000)

PG-13
| 1h 50min | Drama, Comedy, Music
3.8/5 (with 580 votes)

Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!

Directed by Stephen Daldry - With Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Adam Cooper, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, ...

August Rush(2007)

PG
| 1h 54min | Kids & Family, Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 578 votes)

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Directed by Kirsten Sheridan - With Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, William Sadler, ...

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut(1999)

R
| 1h 21min | Animation, Comedy, Music
3.6/5 (with 577 votes)

When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Philip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.

Directed by Trey Parker - With Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, George Clooney, Mike Judge, ...

Pitch Perfect 3(2017)

1h 33min | Comedy, Music
3.2/5 (with 576 votes)

After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Directed by Trish Sie - With Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, ...

Fantasia(1940)

G
| 2h 4min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
3.7/5 (with 570 votes)

Walt Disney's timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound! See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Directed by James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norm Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, ... - With Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Paul Smith, Jimmy MacDonald

The Bélier Family(2014)

1h 45min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.5/5 (with 552 votes)

The whole Bélier family is deaf, except for sixteen year old Paula who is the important translator in her parents' day to day life especially when it comes to matters concerning the family farm. When her music teacher discovers she has a fantastic singing voice and she gets an opportunity to enter a big Radio France contest the whole family's future is set up for big changes.

Directed by Éric Lartigau - With Éric Elmosnino, François Damiens, Jérôme Kircher, Karin Viard, Roxane Duran, Stéphan Wojtowicz, ...

Sister Act(1992)

PG
| 1h 40min | Music, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 544 votes)

A Reno singer witnesses a mob murder and the cops stash her in a nunnery to protect her from the hitmen. The mother superior does not trust her, and takes steps to limit her influence on the other nuns. Eventually the singer rescues the failing choir and begins helping with community projects, which gets her an interview on TV.

Directed by Emile Ardolino - With Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Bill Nunn, ...