This list wouldn’t be valid if we didn’t mention “The Sound of Music” as one of the best musicals ever made. In 1964, Julie Andrews made waves with her performance in the musical “Mary Poppins,” and in 1965, she did it again with this classic. Thanks to this flick, almost everyone has come to know the tunes “do-re-mi” and “The Hills Are Alive!” since they were little kids.
It’s set in the 1930s in Austria and follows the tales of a young novice who is sent to a naval officer’s household to be a governess to his seven naughty children. At first, the children are unhappy and resentful toward their new governess, but her kindness and jovial nature soon turn that around. Over five Oscars and more than half a century later, this movie is still as great as it once was. We don’t think it’s going anywhere.
My Fair Lady (1964)
1964's "My Fair Lady" is an almost perfect musical thanks to Audrey Hepburn's fearlessly fabulous performance. Set in 1910s London, the pompous professor Henry Higgins, who Sir Rex Harrison portrayed, is so sure of himself that he attempts to transform a crude Cockney girl into someone who is fit to be introduced into high society.
The working-class girl, Eliza Doolittle, is played by Hepburn, and she is pretty much sparkling like a diamond for nearly the entire duration of the movie. This movie won a mighty 8 Oscars, so if you haven't seen it, then maybe it's time to change that and give this movie a chance!
"Once" is so underrated that we'd expect that most people reading this list probably haven't even heard of it. Upon its release in 2007, it wasn't yet labeled a musical, and sure, there's no dancing and not that much music, but since airing, most have come around to accepting it as a musical. It follows the lives of an unnamed girl and a guy in Dublin as they write music together, fall in love, and perform in pubs.
All the songs are reflections of what's happening on screen. It's touching, and it's lovely, and we wouldn't recommend this if we didn't think it was worth your time. It even earned itself an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures.
All That Jazz (1979)
A musical classic by the legendary Bob Fosse is 1979's "All That Jazz." Fosse's record-setting eight Tony Awards for his work in choreography is what sets him apart from everyone in the world of dance, and this applies to the time he was alive up until today. This semi-autobiographical movie is as exhilarating as it is stressful.
It's based on a great chunk of Fosse's career as a womanizing Broadway choreographer, director, and filmmaker. His character, whose professional and private life are deeply intertwined, is played by Roy Scheider. This movie got a staggering nine Oscar nominations, of which it took four home.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
A musical classic that everyone should have at least heard of is "The Wizard of Oz." According to the Library of Congress, this is the most-watched movie ever, and if that isn't true today, then it was definitely the case at some point. It's also possible that this could be the best fantasy family flick to ever air. Those who have watched this iconic film will know of the epic transformation that happens as things shift from monochrome to bedazzling technicolor.
We can only imagine how this feat stunned audiences when it came out in 1939. "The Wizard of Oz" pretty much has it all, from a lovable team of misfit creatures to the terrifying witch. It has an endearing ability to make us see that sometimes what we seek is, more often than not, found inside, and perhaps a trip to Oz is all it takes to tease it out.