DISCLAIMER: These are my personal favorites, I don’t mean to exclude other Musicals because they’re bad! All musical movies are magical, and that’s a fact!
La La Land (2016)
I think this wholesome movie can make every Millennial feel empathy for the lead character. The romantic story between Mia and Sebastian, two struggling artists who try to make it in L.A. and fulfill their dreams, it’s just so relative to our lives. Usually, in musicals we watch two people fall in love and have some silly fights because of a misunderstanding but in this movie, you can spot that their fights have reasonable issues behind them. I will not spoil the end, but if you watch it for the first time, grab some tissues because you will cry for some time after watching it.
Mamma Mia (2008)
My guilty pleasure! Or, not so guilty… I dare every one of you to watch it without singing every ABBA song! You can’t possibly do it! And don’t make me talk about the goddess herself- Meryl Streep… This Musical- needless to say- will make you sing, dance, laugh, even cry for a bit but it leaves you with this nice feeling you have after every happy ending. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go see that movie now, because there are no excuses!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This horror/drama musical has all you need if you are a Tim Burton fan and you also love musicals! The chilling songs coming from Johny Depp’s mouth combined with the tragic story of Sweeney Todd are exquisite. Helena Bonham Carter makes quite an impression with her acting, she’s an icon so we expect that from her, and her chemistry with Johny Depp is awesome! And since we’re dropping names here: Alan Rickman. No need to say anything else.
This one needs no introduction. It’s the king of Musicals. The classic one that next-generation movies and TV-Shows tried to copy, the songs we all have sung and danced to (if you say you haven’t, you’re lying), the secondary roles that were not secondary at all, what else can I say? It’s a classic! The love story between Sandy and Danny made my mother say “aww” and me too! It’s a little cheesy nowadays but everyone knows how many young girls would go crazy for John Travolta in the ’70s. So watch it again if you want to sing at the top of your lungs!
And all that “jazz”. The musical based on female leads, corruption, female prison and their crimes, justice, and most of all, fame and publicity, came to life in 2002. With Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger taking the leads, Richard Gere looks like just a secondary role. The story of Roxie, a young girl who wants to be in showbusiness and would do anything to claim it, and Velma who is already a superstar but starts to fade, is one-of-a-kind script writing. The songs are also legendary, “all that jazz” and the cell block tango describes the whole story.
Phantom of the Opera (2004)
God, this musical! I remember me as a child watching it-may be the first movie I watched ever- and screaming with fear when the Phantom took off his mask! Of course, as many times as I watched it, I’m still a little rattled when that scene approaches. But now I know all the songs and I sing along with the actors. I can go on and on about the mesmerizing performances, the costumes, the opera music, the chills… I will stop now, I just want to say that every human being on this planet should watch this musical movie because it’s phenomenal and they don’t make such movies now! Fun fact: Emmy Rossum, the lead actress who played Kristin Daae, was only 17 during the filming of the movie. Talk about a skilled singer, huh?
I am a lifetime movie addict and cinema is my passion. I’ve been a movie writer for 8 years. My goal is to teach people how to watch movies and how to appreciate them instead of hating them. Some gems are hidden out there but I’m here to show you them all!