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WEST SIDE STORY's starr-crossed lovers made the runner-up spot in the Chlotrudis Society's Top Movie Musicals!

Last updated: January 10, 2010
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
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Chlotrudis Society Picks:
50 Best Movie Musicals!

As has become an annual tradition, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has compiled its list of the top 50 Movie Musicals of all time. Members weighed in with their individual picks of their Top 20 musicals, then the lists were merged to create this list of song and dance.

At the head of the list is THE WIZARD OF OZ, starring Judy Garland.  The 1939 classic was also one of the oldest films included in the top 50, being one of 3 1930s era films to make the cut.  Almost half of the films listed were made in one of two decades; either during the 1950’s or the present decade.  Not only did the list skew between these two periods, it also reflected the wide range of opinion concerning the age old philosophical question ‘what makes a musical a musical’, prompting much conversation among members.  Rounding out the top five slots are WEST SIDE STORY, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and ONCE,

We hope you enjoy our list of the 50 Best Movie Musicals of all time!

01 The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming; King Vidor 1939
02 West Side Story Jerome Robbins; Robert Wise 1961
03 Singing' in the Rain Stanley Donen; Gene Kelly 1952
04 The Sound of Music Robert Wise 1965
05 Once John Carney 2006
06 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Jacques Demy 1964
07 Rocky Horror Picture Show Jim Sharman 1975
08 Hedwig & the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell 2001
09 My Fair Lady George Cukor 1964
10 Grease Randal Kleiser 1978
11 Mary Poppins Robert Stevenson 1964
12 South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Trey Parker 1999
13 An American in Paris Vincente Minnelli 1951
14 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart 1971
15 Chicago Rob Marshall 2002
16 Cabaret Bob Fosse 1972
17 Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier 2000
18 Oklahoma! Fred Zinnermann 1955
19 Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann 2001
20 The Blues Brothers John Landis 1980
21 The King and I Walter Lang 1956
22 The Muppet Movie James Frawley 1979
23 Beauty and the Beast Gary Trousdale; Kirk Wise 1991
24 Hairspray Adam Shankman 2007
25 Mamma Mia! Phyllida Lloyd 2008
26 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Howard Hawks 1953
27 Hair Milos Forman 1979
28 O Brother Where Art Thou? Joel Coen; Ethan Coen 2000
29 South Pacific Joshua Logan 1958
30 The Happiness of the Katakuris Takashi Miike 2002
31 Camelot Joshua Logan 1967
32 Funny Girl William Wyler 1968
33 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tim Burton 2007
34 Bye Bye Birdie George Sidney 1963
35 A Star is Born George Cukor 1954
36 A Hard Day's Night Richard Lester 1964
37 All That Jazz Bob Fosse 1979
38 42nd Street Lloyd Bacon 1933
39 Thoroughly Modern Millie George Roy Hill 1967
40 Tommy Ken Russell 1975
41 Victor Victoria Blake Edwards 1982
42 The Music Man Morton DaCosta 1962
43 Zero Patience John Greyson 1994
44 Rent Chris Columbus 2005
45 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Stanley Donen 1954
46 Brigadoon Vincente Minnelli 1954
47 Gold Diggers of 1933 Mervyn LeRoy 1933
48 On the Town Stanely Donen; Gene Kelly 1949
49 Phantom of the Paradise Brian De Palma 1974
50 Li'l Abner Melvin Frank 1959