Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget

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Spanning nine decades and showcasing the most memorable songs, dazzling dancing, and brightest stars ever to grace the silver screen, Must-See Musicals is the guide to the greatest musicals of all time from the most trusted authority on film: Turner Classic Movies (written by Richard Barrios).

Movie musicals have been a part of pop culture since films began to talk, over nine decades ago. From The Jazz Singer in 1927 all the way to La La Land in modern times, musicals have sung and danced over a vast amount of territory, thrilling audiences the entire time. More than any other type of entertainment, musicals transport us to marvelous places: a Technicolor land over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz; a romantic ballroom where, in Top Hat, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance cheek to cheek; a London theater where the Beatles perform before hysterical crowds in A Hard Day's Night; even to a seemingly alternate reality where eager throngs still throw rice as they watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show. These titles, and many more, show us that a great musical film is a timeless joy.

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    The Broadway Melody

    1929, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Love Parade

    1929, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sunnyside Up

    1929, in 0 top lists Check
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    King of Jazz

    1930, in 2 top lists Check
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    Le million

    1931 — a.k.a. The Million, in 7 top lists Check
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    Love Me Tonight

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 12 top lists Check
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    Top Hat

    1935, in 15 top lists Check
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    Show Boat

    1936, in 8 top lists Check
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    Swing Time

    1936, in 12 top lists Check
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
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    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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    Holiday Inn

    1942, in 1 top list Check
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    Cabin in the Sky

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cover Girl

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
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    On the Town

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
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    Annie Get Your Gun

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
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    Million Dollar Mermaid

    1952 — a.k.a. The One Piece Bathing Suit, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    Calamity Jane

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
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    Oklahoma!

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
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    The King and I

    1956, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Girl Can't Help It

    1956, in 6 top lists Check
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    Funny Face

    1957, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Pajama Game

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jailhouse Rock

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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    Gigi

    1958, in 11 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Music Man

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
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    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 17 top lists Check
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    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 19 top lists Check
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    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
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    My Fair Lady

    1964, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 21 top lists Check
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    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
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    Oliver!

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
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    Fiddler on the Roof

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
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    Grease

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
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    Beauty and the Beast

    1991, in 17 top lists Check
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    Chicago

    2002, in 7 top lists Check
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    La La Land

    2016, in 13 top lists Check
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Last updated on May 3, 2019; source