“Rocketman” from 2019 is an epic musical that chronicles the life of a legendary music sensation. It’s almost just as dazzling as Elton John himself, on whom it is based. This film is set in England, where Elton hails from, and it chronicles the story of his life, which starts out in his early days at the Royal Academy of Music.
It was already apparent from his early years that he had enormous musical prodigy potential. Taron Egerton, who played Elton, gave a stellar performance in this jukebox musical, and this film managed to claim an Oscar for its original track “I’m Gonna Love Me Again.”
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.
Les Misérables (2012)
This musical is based on the "Les Misérables" classic novel by Victor Hugo, as well as the Broadway stage production of the same name. "Les Misérables" is the tale of the prisoner Jean Valjean in the post-French Revolution. Valjean manages to get an early release and attempts to help a desperately poor factory worker, Fantine, and her daughter, Cosette.
The daughter is being kept as a captive slave by the innholders, and he plans to get her out. Everything changes, though, when the war turns into a gruesome event that no one saw coming. This musical is tragic and sad, and it's bound to cause tears for anyone who watches it. With the 8 Oscar nominations, this film bagged three wins!
Phantom of the Opera (2004)
This musical takes place at the famed opera house, Opera Populaire, in Paris. The opera house throws a massive gala to celebrate a new team of opera managers, but there's one problem. The leading diva refuses to do her performance due to a mysterious 'Opera Ghost,' which apparently urges the screaming diva to leave.
The new managers, Andre and Firmin, are determined to find a replacement, so they invoke the talents of the young Christene. She seems fit for the position as she has already been taking lessons from a tutor, but things get messy when the Phantom ends up kidnapping her due to his insane jealousy and obsession. This flick ended up with 3 Oscar and 3 Golden Globe nominations.