“Oliver!” from the late ’60s was a musical adaptation of a tale revolving around the orphan Oliver Twist. Set in 1830s Victorian London, it follows the life of the boy as he escapes his orphanage to join a group of young boys who make their living under the direction of the criminal Fagin.
For the first time ever, Oliver feels a sense of belonging and purpose, even though he and the boys are getting up to no good. He only comes to realize the wrongdoings later on. This movie was so good that it got a staggering 12 Oscar nominations and five wins. Now, that’s impressive.
Top Hat (1935)
A golden oldie coming out of the 1930s is the four-time Oscar-nominated "Top Hat." Starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, this movie exemplifies this power duo's on-screen chemistry, and it is considered the high point of their careers. While most of their flicks feature cosmic dancing, "Top Hat" gets extra credit for holding up as a genuinely outstanding comedy.
This story is about Jerry Travers, the song and dance icon, who is in London to open a show produced by his good pal Horace. Late one night, much to the annoyance of Dale Tremont, who was trying to sleep, Jerry whips out his dance moves in the hotel room. Dale decides to go downstairs to tell him off for the racket he is creating, but the two have an instant attraction. Things start to get messy when Dale confuses Jerry with the show's producer.
"Grease" wasn't the only remarkable musical that John Travolta got to be a part of. In 1977, he played the leading role in "Saturday Night Fever." Five years later, in 1983, he was cast in the leading role in "Staying Alive." And in 2007, Travolta gave us another taste of his talents in performing the musical "Hairspray." This movie was special for him as he actually played the role of a woman by the name of Edna Turnblad. Besides Travolta, other big names we could drop from this movie are Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, and Christopher Walken, to name a few.
The star-studded cast is probably one of the reasons that made this film succeed the way it did. The stage version of this movie won eight Tony awards in 2002, and thanks to that recognition, it got this iconic film in its honor five years later. It's fun, it's silly and delightfully energetic.
Funny Girl (1968)
This fabulous 1968 musical film is "Funny Girl." This movie was special because Barbra Streisand tied her Oscar for her role in this film with Katharine Hepburn, which has only happened six times in the history of the Oscars. Furthermore, this movie got seven additional Oscar nominations, and that's no mean feat, even for a film from the '60s.
Set in the early 20th century New York, it follows the life of Fanny Brice, played by Streisand, who is a famous entertainer and comedian. She rises to high places after managing to become one of the Ziegfeld Follies. Beyond the stage, Fanny also wants to have a happy personal life, particularly with the worldly Nicky Arnstein, but things get rocky when his time with her gets affected by how much money he wins or loses as a gambler.
This hit movie is based on the highly successful musical about the profound life story of Evita Duarte. Played by the iconic Madonna, Evita is a B-Picture actress in Argentina who ultimately climbed her way from the poor countryside to become the wife of the nation's president. The story chronicles her tale as she became the object of controversial invocation.
Evita has millions of devoted followers, and as she addresses the nation, she is dressed in the latest high fashion, which leads to her being accused of being a distraction rather than an aid. She continues to make public appearances, which bedazzle some of her supporters, all the while infuriating her enemies. In the end, she dies at the young age of 33 due to illness, which results in a frantic mourning wave that washes throughout the whole country. This flick won an Oscar for Best Original Song.