Need a movie to watch? Maybe it is time you don’t choose a movie to make you cry or pee your pants. It’s about time you choose a different movie. A movie that can get you smiling and be watched by your whole family!
Do you love singing and dancing? Have you ever wished you could just burst into spontaneous song and dance every day? If yes, then you’re probably a fan of musicals. From the ultimate classics to the Disney classics and Broadway hits, nothing makes you feel quite good as a musical. They are cheerful and upbeat with catchy tunes and memorable characters. Movie musicals should be on your to-watch list. Here are 9 of the best musicals that will get you singing along to start off the list.
1. Mamma Mia! (2008)
A movie with gorgeous Greek scenery, the legendary Meryl Streep, the best ABBA songs and an all-star cast – what more would you want? Mamma Mia! is a feel-good movie centered around a young bride’s quest to find out who her father is. The only issue with this quest, there are three potential candidates. Throughout the movie, you will see her trying to figure out who her father is with some ABBA songs in between! After you finish watching this movie, you will have the second movie waiting for you. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
Sequel: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! (2018)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan
2. Jersey Boys (2014)
A movie musical following the success of the Broadway hit. Jersey Boys is a musical biography detailing the creation and rise of the iconic boy band Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. Follow the journey of the four men from a life in New Jersey full of debt, threats and failed relationships to the success that is, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. Jersey Boys is a delightful and fascinating ride with wonderful music and an engaging narrative. It will have you singing along to their incredible music.
Starring: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza
3. Grease (1978)
Arguably one of the most iconic and greatest teen musicals of all time, still relevant and watched by young individuals today. Grease follows the relationship between good girl Sandy and bad boy Danny. They can’t seem to make their relationship work – she is innocent and pure, he is rebellious. If you’re a fan of Grease, Fox brought Grease to live TV with Grease Live! in 2016 and it was a huge success.
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta
4. The Sound Of Music (1965)
One of the most beloved and iconic movie musicals ever, The Sound Of Music is a heartwarming movie following the Von Trapp family after the Second World War. This movie will have you instantly joining all the possible sing-alongs. It’s about time to see what all the fuss for many years has been about. “Do-Re-Mi” “I am sixteen going on seventeen.” “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” See where these iconic sayings have come from.
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
5. Hairspray (2007)
Zac Efron singing and dancing – should I say more? Hairspray is the ultimate delight. It has everything you would want in a musical. Follow curvaceous and confident Tracy Turnblad as she hits back at prejudice and earns her spot on the Corny Collins Show. It is also extremely relevant tackling racism and breaking down barriers. Ultimately, this movie musical is bubbly and fun. You will be singing along to the music in no time.
Starring: Zac Efron, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Jams Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes
6. Mary Poppins (1964)
One of the best children’s movies of all time and a Disney classic. Mary Poppins is a magical movie musical with brilliant music accompanying it. It will not only delight children but adults as well. Mary Poppins was the nanny everyone wanted to have! Who could ever forget “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”? An added bonus – Disney remade this film in 2018 starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda!
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
7. Dreamgirls (2006)
Before Beyonce dominated pop culture and wouldn’t be cast in the lead role was Dreamgirls. A musical that has been around since 1981 was finally made into a movie with an all-star cast. Based loosely upon the story of the Supremes and in the world of 1960s and 1970s Motown, Dreamgirls follows a group called the Dreamettes, the members of the group and their rise to stardom.
Starring: Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx
8. La La Land (2016)
A modern movie musical, perfect for every music lover. Struggling to make it in Los Angeles, La La Land follows jazz musician Sebastian and actress Mia fall in love, have their career take off and struggle with their relationship. There is the ultimate sense of magic and euphoria in the movie through bold colors and captivating music. La La Land won the Academy Award for best actress, best original music score, best original song, best director and more – will that get you watching this movie?
Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend (yes John Legend!)
9. High School Musical (2006)
One of the most well-known movies perhaps for anyone under the age of 25. High School Musical follows Troy and Gabriella, from their first meeting to falling in love. It also follows the adventures of them with their friends in high school. The music is youthful, captivating and will make you smile. If you watched this movie, two more movies are waiting for you – High School 2 and High School 3! Follow their journey and have a sing-along too.
Sequel: High School 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3 (2008)
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale