Top 10 Classic Movie Musicals

Today I’m listing my top 10 Classic Movie Musicals in order. This is a hard one. I love every one of these, and there’s some of my favorites that didn’t make the list. But since I limited myself to ten, here they are.

10. Mary Poppins

Director: Robert Stevenson, Produced by Walt Disney

Music by Richard and Robert Sherman

Year: 1964

Favorite Song: A Spoon Full of Sugar

Stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

The second best children’s movie ever

9. Shall We Dance

Director: Mark Sandrich

Music by George and Ira Gershwin

Year: 1937

Favorite Song: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

This is the best Fred Astaire movie of them all, and it doesn’t hurt that Ginger Rogers is in it too. Besides the fabulous dancing and great music, it’s a very funny movie.

8. My Fair Lady

Director: George Cukor

Music by Loewe and Lerner

Year: 1964

Favorite Song: I Could Have Danced All Night

Stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison

A musical based on Pygmalion.

7. South Pacific

Director: Joshua Logan

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1958

Favorite Song: Tie between Some Enchanted Evening and I’m In Love With a Wonderful Guy

Stars Rosanno Brazzi, Mitzi Gainer

This movie confronted prejudice when it wasn’t politically correct to do so. When it came out, it was banned in many movie theaters in the South.

6. The Wizard of OZ

Director: Victor Fleming

Music by Arlan and Harburg

Year: 1939

Favorite Song: Over the Rainbow

Stars Judy Garland

Greatest children’s movie ever made.

5. The King and I

Director: Walter Lang

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1956

Favorite Song: Shall We Dance

Stars Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr

Deserves to be a classic.

4. Gigi

Director: Vincent Minnelli

Music by Frederick Loewe

Year: 1958

Favorite Song: I Remember It Well

Stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold

A wonderful love story with terrific music.

3. The Music Man

Director: Morgan DeCosta

Music by Meredith Wilson

Year: 1962

Favorite Song: Tie between 76 Trumbones and Til There Was You

Stars Robert Preston and Shirley Jones with a very young Ronnie Howard

Great story with love, redemption, and Americana.

2. West Side Story

Director: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise

Music by Bernstein and Sondheim

Year: 1961

Favorite Song: Tie between Somewhere, Tonight, and I Feel Pretty

Stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beemer

Romeo and Juliet love story set in the gangs of New York City.

1. The Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Year: 1965

Favorite Song: The Sound of Music

Stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

This is not only my favorite musical, it is my favorite movie of all time.

So what’s your favorite movie musical?

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Classic Movie Musicals

  1. Good choices. I haven’t seen all of them, but where’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’? Also, if it were my top 10, I’d probably have to have Phantom on there… and ‘Chicago’ wasn’t bad, either.

    • Singing in the Rain is a great, would be in my top 20, probably number 11. I didn’t like Chicago. Phantom is great, but I love the live play so much that the movie disappointed me. The play has been running in Toronto, Canada for years. I’m not sure if it still is.

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