200 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time

Musicals are movie-making at its most spectacular. They unify sight and sound, create performances of song, dance and story. They bring us back to films’ antecedents on stage and push the art form forward into the future. This list of 200 musicals is a guide for both a film neophyte wanting to see the best of the best and a film expert looking for a masterpiece she may have overlooked.

51 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) dir. Tim Burton
52 Phantom of the Paradise (1974) dir. Brian De Palma
53 On the Town (1949) dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
54 Sholay (1975) dir. Ramesh Sippy
55 The Music Man (1962) dir. Morton DaCosta
56 Once (2006) dir. John Carney
57 This Is Spinal Tap (1984) dir. Rob Reiner
58 The Jungle Book (1967) dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
59 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) dir. Jim Sharman
60 Hair (1979) dir. Miloš Forman
61 Labyrinth (1986) dir. Jim Henson
62 Oliver! (1968) dir. Carol Reed
63 French Cancan (1955) dir. Jean Renoir
64 Enchanted (2007) dir. Kevin Lima
65 A Star Is Born (2018) dir. Bradley Cooper
66 The Princess and the Frog (2009) dir. Ron Clements, John Musker
67 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) dir. Stanley Donen
68 Cabin in the Sky (1943) dir. Vincenti Minnelli
69 New York, New York (1977) dir. Martin Scorsese
70 Dreamgirls (2006) dir. Bill Condon
71 Gigi (1958) dir. Vincente Minnelli
72 Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) dir. Alan Parker
73 Moana (2016) dir. Ron Clements, Jon Musker
74 What’s Opera, Doc? (1957) dir. Chuck Jones
75 Black Orhpeus (1959) dir. Marcel Camus
76 Everyone Says I Love You (1996) dir. Woody Allen
77 Hairspray (2007) dir. Adam Shankman
78 Hercules (1997) dir. Ron Clements, John Musker
79 Beauty and the Beast (2017) dir. Bill Condon
80 3 Idiots (2009) dir. Rajkumar Hirani
81 Love Me Tonight (1932) dir. Rouben Mamoulian
82 Tender Mercies (1983) dir. Bruce Beresford
83 Tommy (1975) dir. Ken Russell
84 La Vie en Rose (2007) dir. Olivier Dahan
85 Pennies from Heaven (1981) dir. Herbert Ross
86 Yentl (1983) dir. Barbara Streisand
87 The Muppets (2011) dir. James Bobin
88 Into the Woods (2014) dir. Rob Marshall
89 School of Rock (2003) dir. Richard Linklater
90 That Thing You Do! (1996) dir. Tom Hanks
91 Topsy-Turvy (1999) dir. Mike Leigh
92 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India (2001) dir. Ashutosh Gowariker
93 High Society (1956) dir. Charles Walters
94 A Woman is a Woman (1961) dir. Jean-Luc Godard
95 The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) dir. Frank Oz
96 Mughal-e-Azam (1960) dir. K. Asif
97 Lemonade (2016) dir. Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles
98 Fantasia (1940) dir. Samuel Armstrong, more
99 Sita Sings the Blues (2008) dir. Nina Paley
100 The Blue Angel (1930) dir. Josef von Sternberg
101 8 Women (2002) dir. François Ozon
102 Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2010) dir. Damien Chazelle
103 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) dir. Kundun Shah
104 Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) dir. Allan Arkush
105 Teacher’s Pet (2004) dir. Timothy Björklund
106 U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha (2007) dir. Mark Dornford-May
107 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) dir. Aditya Chopra
108 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) dir. Colin Higgins
109 The Lure (2015) dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska
110 Pitch Perfect (2012) dir. Jason Moore
111 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) dir. Ken Hughes
112 Purple Rain (1984) dir. Albert Magnoli
113 Straight Outta Compton (2015) dir. F. Gary Gray
114 London Road (2015) dir. Rufus Norris
115 Rainbow Dance (1936) dir. Len Lye
116 Love Songs (2007) dir. Christophe Honoré
117 The Sapphires (2013) dir. Wayne Blair
118 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) dir. Jake Kasdan
119 Sunshine on Leith (2013) dir. Dexter Fletcher
120 The Greatest Showman (2017) dir. Michael Gracey
121 Black and Tan (1929) dir. Dudley Murphy
122 Stormy Weather (1943) dir. Andrew L. Stone
123 Mamma Mia! (2008) dir. Phyllida Lloyd
124 Fiddler on the Roof (1971) dir. Norman Jewison
125 Show Boat (1951) dir. George Sidney
126 Calamity Jane (1953) dir. David Butler
127 Walk the Line (2005) dir. James Mangold
128 Barfi! (2012) dir. Anurag Basu
129 Cry-Baby (1990) dir. John Waters
130 Going My Way (1944) dir. Leo McCarey
131 Show Boat (1936) dir. James Whale
132 Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) dir. Michael Apted
133 The Commitments (1991) dir. Alan Parker
134 The Wiz (1978) dir. Sidney Lumet
135 Song of the South (1946) dir. Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
136 Fame (1980) dir. Alan Parker
137 Les Misérables (2012) dir. Tom Hooper
138 Country Strong (2010) dir. Shana Feste
139 Holiday Inn (1942) dir. Mark Sandrich
140 Cinderella (1950) dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
141 Shall We Dance (1937) dir. Mark Sandrich
142 Lady and the Tramp (1955) dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
143 Victor/Victoria (1982) dir. Blake Edwards
144 Dil Se.. (1998) dir. Mani Ratnam
145 The Blues Brothers (1980) dir. John Landis
146 Blood Wedding (1981) dir. Carlos Saura
147 Circus (1936) dir. Grigoriy Aleksandrov
148 Le Million (1931) dir. René Clair
149 101 Dalmatians (1961) dir. Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi
150 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) dir. Karan Johar
151 A Star Is Born (1976) dir. Frank Pierson
152 Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1980) dir. Fernando Solanas
153 Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) dir. Terry Jones
154 Hustle & Flow (2005) dir. Craig Brewer
155 Rabbit of Seville (1950) dir. Chuck Jones
156 Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) dir. Norman Jewison
157 No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) dir. Bahman Ghobadi
158 1776 (1972) dir. Peter H. Hunt
159 Om Shanti Om (2007) dir. Farah Khan
160 White Christmas (1954) dir. Michael Curtiz
161 The Beloved (2011) dir. Christophe Honoré
162 Anchors Aweigh (1945) dir. George Sidney
163 Porgy and Bess (1959) dir. Otto Preminger
164 Sleeping Beauty (1959) dir. Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark
165 Tokyo Tribe (2014) dir. Sion Sono
166 The Gay Divorcee (1934) dir. Mark Sandrich
167 La France (2007) dir. Serge Bozon
168 Destiny (1997) dir. Youssef Chahine
169 Hipsters (2008) dir. Valery Todorovsky
170 The Court Jester (1955) dir. Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
171 South Pacific (1958) dir. Joshua Logan
172 Las Cosas del Querer (1989) dir. Jaime Chávarri
173 Footloose (1984) dir. Herbert Ross
174 My Voice (2002) dir. Flora Gomes
175 Alice in Wonderland (1951) dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson
176 Pyaasa (1957) dir. Guru Dutt
177 Robin Hood (1973) dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
178 Hello, Dolly! (1969) dir. Gene Kelly
179 Black Cat, White Cat (1998) dir. Emir Kusturica
180 Across the Universe (2007) dir. Julie Taymor
181 Help! (1965) dir. Richard Lester
182 Tarzan (1999) dir. Kevin Lima, Chris Buck
183 Victimas del Pecado (1951) dir. Emilio Fernandez
184 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) dir. Bryan Singer
185 The Congress Dances (1931) dir. Erik Charell
186 Opera Jawa (2006) dir. Garin Nugroho
187 Same Old Song (1997) dir. Alain Resnais
188 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008) dir. Joss Whedon
189 Karmen Gei (2001) dir. Joseph Gaï Ramaka
190 Funny Face (1957) dir. Stanley Donen
191 Days and Nights (1955) dir. Henry Barakat
192 Window Shopping (1986) dir. Chantal Akerman
193 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) dir. Chuck Jones
194 Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) dir. Mervyn LeRoy
195 A Good Lad (Men of Novgorod) (1943) dir. Boris Barnet
196 The Prince of Egypt (1998) dir. Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
197 Ay Carmela! (1990) dir. Carlos Saura
198 Jailhouse Rock (1957) dir. Richard Thorpe
199 Cat Ballou (1965) dir. Elliot Silverstein
200 Hong Kong Nocturne (1967) dir. Umetsugu Inoue