Ever since I was a little girl musicals have been a huge part of my life. I guess most Disney movies are classed as musicals but I’m not going to include them in my list today. We can save that for another post!
In no particular order, here are my top 10 movie musicals.
This was the first musical I was truly ever obsessed with. I watched it two or three times a day and I still love it. Not sure my mother does now though. It definitely romanticised my love for the 1950s culture.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
It’s a low budget movie, it’s bizarre and it has Tim Curry in it so what’s left to say about it? It took Paul a few goes to watch this but even he can agree the music is a-mazing.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
I love every song, the costumes, the actors, and the plotline. I love Old Hollywood movies that are set during the breakthrough of “talkies”. No real reason why I just do. I think it’s funny how people really thought talking in pictures would never take off. It’s a hilarious feel-good film that I could watch daily. The musical numbers and mind-blowing dance routines are out of this world.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Another childhood obsession. I have always loved the Alice in Wonderland-ness of this film… Ending up in a strange and magical world but realising that there truly is no place like home. It’s a sweet film and as a child, the transition of black and white to colour blew me away.
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
No favourite film list can NOT have this movie. Like most Marilyn Monroe films, Marilyn’s comedic timing is spot on. She’s funny, beautiful and was so convincing in this film, that many people believe (and still to this day) that she was a dumb blonde. But we know that isn’t true. Jane Russell is also incredible as Marilyn’s best friend and I love her number in the film just as much as Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.
LA LA LAND
I know many people didn’t rate this film but it’s a favourite of mine. It’s funny, sweet and has a different type of happy ending. One I certainly didn’t expect but it one that the characters deserved. A love story about passions and dreams in the city of Angels (one of my most loved cities).
I remember the first time I saw this and my mouth fell open. I hadn’t been interested in watching it AT ALL but when I did my life changed. Like most new discoveries of mine, I ended up obsessing over the film and soundtrack. Over 15 years since watching it, I have the Moulin Rouge windmill tattooed on my wrist, representing the theme of my engagement to my husband and our wedding reception.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
I think I saw this on three occasions in the cinema. Perhaps more, I can’t remember. I know Ava was kicking a lot when the songs played so she must’ve enjoyed it too. The opening scene had me sold on its own, I didn’t need to watch anymore to be honest. Of course, I did though and it always gives me goosebumps.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
I’m not actually a big Tim Burton (or Johnny Depp, despite liking many of this films) fan but I think they did a superb job with this movie adaptation of Sweeney Todd. Plenty of blood, music and pies…
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND
How do we go from Sweeney Todd to Muppets? Well, once again Tim Curry makes an appearance so there’s that. But Amy and I watch this so much just because it’s such a fun and nostalgic for us to sing along too. Plus, who doesn’t love the Muppets?!
Don’t judge me for not being a fan of West Side Story, Mama Mia!, Chicago or Les Mis. What are your favourite musicals?
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