March 15th, 2017 | Updated on February 27th, 2024
This list answers a simple question: what are the 25 most popular musical movies of all time:
1. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. Check out here.
2. Moana (2016)
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific.
3. La La Land (2016)
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Visit here.
4. Trolls (2016)
5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
6. Chicago (2002)
A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Click here.
7. Frozen (2013)
Anna sets out on a journey with an iceman, Kristoff, and his reindeer, Sven, in order to find her sister, Elsa, who with the help of her powers mistakenly converts everything into ice. When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
8. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
9. Les Misérables (2012)
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. Visit here.
10. The Lion King (1994)
Arvind is an honest guy who gets a job in the city. When he’s falsely accused of bribing a cop and punished by the court, he comes up with a systematic plan to avenge himself against a corrupt system. Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.
11. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protege whom he trains and is in love with. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House.
12. Grease (1978)
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance. They part ways believing they will not see each other again but fate has other plans. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance.
13. Mary Poppins (1964)
A magical nanny helps bring the two children she’s in charge of closer to their father through songs and magical adventures. The film was released to great critical praise. It was famously nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, making it as the Oscar most-nominated Disney-film. Although it was favored highly to win the Best Picture award in 1965, it lost the award to My Fair Lady, another musical film. Get one here.
14. Tangled (2010)
An innocent, young girl, is locked up by her overly protective mother. Her wish to escape into the world outside finally comes true when she meets the good-hearted thief, Flynn. The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
15. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
16. Into the Woods (2014)
A baker and his wife want to have a child but cannot do so as they are cursed by a witch. The witch offers to lift the curse if the couple can get her four objects she desperately needs. A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
17. Hairspray (2007)
Tracy emerges from being an overweight teenager to a television superstar. Her journey is however interrupted when she becomes a victim of racial discrimination and decides to fight back. Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
18. London Road (2015)
London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. Visit here.
19. Anastasia (1997)
This is the story of Anastasia, a Russian princess who lives at the time of the revolution. Many fears exist at this time. Anastasia is the youngest of her family and after an unfortunate accident, she must escape and save her life.The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death. Click here.
20. The Sound of Music (1965)
In the early 20th century, Maria, an aspiring nun, is sent as a governess to take care of seven motherless children. Soon her jovial, loving nature tames their hearts, including their father’s. A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
21. Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin, an urchin, falls in love with Princess Jasmine. He cannot marry her as she can only marry a prince. He finds a magic lamp that turns him into a prince, but first he must face the evil Jafar. When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.
22. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Check out.
23. The Little Mermaid (1989)
Ursula, the sea witch, makes a devious deal with princess Ariel for her to meet Eric, the human prince she loves. Unaware of her intentions and carried away in love, Ariel lands up in major trouble. A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
24. Enchanted (2007)
Princess Giselle is banished from her kingdom by her lover’s evil stepmother. She is then transported to the real world where she meets a lawyer and finds herself falling for him. A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.
25. Annie (1982)
Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. Get one.