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The Best Movie Musicals for Girls Who Just Gotta Sing ...

By Neecey

I am a sucker for musicals. I just can’t get enough of them. Now if only they would make a musical version of Star Wars … my life would be complete! I know that most of you reading this probably love musicals too and are dying to see which I’ve picked. In no particular order really, here they come … tra la la 🎶...

Table of contents:

  1. Grease
  2. My fair lady
  3. Willy wonka and the chocolate factory
  4. Hairspray
  5. Chicago
  6. West side story
  7. The rocky horror picture show
  8. The wizard of oz
  9. The sound of music
  10. Pitch perfect
  11. Cabaret
  12. Mamma mia!
  13. Carmen jones
  14. Moulin rouge!
  15. Mary poppins
  16. Les miserables
  17. Dreamgirls
  18. Little shop of horrors
  19. The phantom of the opera
  20. Frozen
  21. Purple rain
  22. Oliver!
  23. Singin’ in the rain
  24. Disney’s the jungle book
  25. Meet me in st. louis

1 Grease

It makes sense to start with everybody’s favorite musical! It sometimes feels like all girls are born knowing all the words to every single song!

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2 My Fair Lady

If I had to choose my favorite – this one! No, Grease. No, My Fair Lady. Oh, please don’t make me choose. Audrey Hepburn is exquisitely perfect even if her singing was dubbed.

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3 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I would walk over hot coals to reach Johnny Depp, but the original version of Roald Dahl’s classic beats the Tim Burton when it comes to musicality.

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4 Hairspray

This musical remake of the original John Waters movie adds plenty of star quality and memorable songs to sing with your friends at the top of your voices.

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5 Chicago

Arguably the movie that kickstarted the modern movie musical movement. We all wanted to be Catherine Zeta Jones during the fantastic All that Jazz number!

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6 West Side Story

Musical drama at its finest here. West Side Story packs just as much of an emotional punch as it does a musical one.

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7 The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The king of all cult films and musicals, you haven’t lived until you have attended a live performance of the sensation Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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8 The Wizard of Oz

A favorite from everybody’s childhood, there is something super nostalgic about hearing the sweet, young voice of Judy Garland belting out Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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9 The Sound of Music

Sure, it may have been set in the era of the Nazis, but that didn’t stop us wanting to be a part of the singing Von Trapp family!

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10 Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect rode the wave of popularity that Glee created a few years ago to give us a hilarious, musically-brilliant musical about a college a cappella group.

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11 Cabaret

Cabaret was Liza Minnelli’s finest moment, giving an Oscar winning performance as jazz club performer Sally Bowles in wartime Germany.

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12 Mamma Mia!

The musical that took over the world! Meryl Streep stars in the big screen version of the irresistible ABBA musical. You won’t be able to refrain from singing!

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13 Carmen Jones

I adore Bizet’s opera so it was logical that I love this modern adaptation too.

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14 Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge made everybody fall in love with musicals again with its amazing cast and list of quirky pop song adaptations.

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15 Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews is everybody’s favorite at this point, and she delighted all of our childhoods as the nanny we all wished we had.

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16 Les Miserables

Les Mis isn’t the easiest of watches, but the heavy storyline is told through some of the best show tunes you will ever hear.

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17 Dreamgirls

The big screen version of this Broadway smash starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson is nothing short of sensational. Credit to you if you can match the vocals of the actresses!

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18 Little Shop of Horrors

On the outside, you wouldn’t think that a movie about a talking killer plant would be good, but it happens to be one of the best musicals of the last forty years!

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19 The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest work is brought to vivid life in this film adaptation of the story of the mysterious masked man who lives underneath the Paris opera house.

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20 Frozen

I bet Disney didn’t know what had hit them when Frozen became such a huge hit. Don’t lie to me; you know that Let It Go is your go to shower song!

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21 Purple Rain

What better way to commemorate the recent passing of the legend Prince by singing along to his awesome cult 80s musical Purple Rain?

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22 Oliver!

There’s nothing like a bit of traditional British musical theatre, and the jolly tunes and emotional moments of Oliver! will definitely satisfy your craving.

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23 Singin’ in the Rain

Nothing says classic Hollywood like Singin’ In The Rain. Not only is it a wonderful musical but it is something of a lesson in the golden age of movie making.

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24 Disney’s the Jungle Book

My favorite ever Disney movie. Such a completely unforgettable soundtrack and you just can’t help sing along.

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25 Meet Me in St. Louis

The Wizard of Oz shouldn’t be the only Judy Garland movie that you ever see. She is equally, if not more, sensational in the old classic Meet Me in St. Louis.

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I could have gone on forever especially with the older ones … Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane, Sweet Charity, The King and I, Buffy’s Once More with Feeling (yes, really!) … so, so many. Did your favorite make the list?

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