Rough Guide to Film Musicals

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From the book "The Rough Guide to Film Musicals" by David Parkinson, a survey of the history of the film musical around the world. The list is taken from the chapter "The Canon: 50 Essential Film Musicals."

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    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Annie Get Your Gun

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
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    Carousel

    1956, in 1 top list Check
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    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
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    Easter Parade

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Evita

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    Footlight Parade

    1933, in 5 top lists Check
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    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
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    Gigi

    1958, in 11 top lists Check
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    Gold Diggers of 1933

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
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    Guys and Dolls

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
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    Hallelujah

    1929, in 3 top lists Check
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    High Society

    1956, in 3 top lists Check
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    High, Wide, and Handsome

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Jazz Singer

    1927, in 6 top lists Check
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    The King and I

    1956, in 5 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Kate

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Lion King

    1994, in 22 top lists Check
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    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
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    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 13 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Merry Widow

    1934, in 3 top lists Check
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    My Fair Lady

    1964, in 17 top lists Check
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    Nashville

    1975, in 19 top lists Check
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    Oklahoma!

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
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    On the Town

    1949, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Pajama Game

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Pirate

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Shall We Dance

    1937, in 0 top lists Check
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    Show Boat

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
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    Silk Stockings

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 31 top lists Check
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 22 top lists Check
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    South Pacific

    1958, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
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    Summer Holiday

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Swing Time

    1936, in 12 top lists Check
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    Top Hat

    1935, in 13 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 32 top lists Check
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    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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    Yolanda and the Thief

    1945, in 0 top lists Check
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