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27 Movies Every Musical Nerd Absolutely Has To See

Hint: Basically anything starring Julie Andrews.

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We recently asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community which movie musical everyone absolutely has to see in their lifetime. Here are some of their best and most popular responses.

1. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

20th Century Fox

"It’s a spectacular show within a show with an amazing medley of song and dance that can’t be rivalled. It's Baz Luhrmann's best film by far, and one you can watch over and over again."

Submitted by BounieJellyfish.

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

20th Century Fox

"If you are going to only watch ONE movie musical in your LIFETIME, it has to be this one. The songs are beautifully written, it is based on a true story, and it addresses some pretty historically significant stuff. Plus, The Baroness and Max Detweiler are the dynamic duo we don't deserve."

Submitted by Emily Wilmes, Facebook.


3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)


"It has this fantastic historical aspect because it tackles the transition from silent film to 'talkies', and it also has one of the most iconic title tracks of all time. The choreography and cinematography are beautiful, it’s a well-written story… Everyone just really needs to see it."

Submitted by dancemagicdance.

4. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Warner Bros.

"The Phantom of the Opera is a great entryway into musicals, in my opinion. The movie is not as good as the stage show (which is friggin' AMAZING) but it’s got some great songs and the story is enthralling."

Submitted by rianag2.

5. Cabaret (1972)

Allied Artists

"One of the most psychologically intense movie musicals I have ever seen. It's not for kids, and not for people who just want to see a happy-clappy no-troubles-here musical."

Submitted by queenlear.

6. West Side Story (1961)

United Artists

"It makes me laugh, cry and just generally feel! The music and choreography still blow me away, and the story is based on Romeo and Juliet so, of course, that's also amazing. In my eyes it's just perfect!"

Submitted by Elsie Duffy, Facebook.


7. Hairspray (2007)

New Line Cinema

"The music is just so feel-good and perks you up even on days when you're feeling pretty down. It also portrays such a strong message that it doesn't matter what size you are, what colour your skin is, or just who you are in general, you are unique in your own way and you should be proud of that fact every single goddamn day!"

Submitted by Adriana Tomei, Facebook.

8. Sweet Charity (1969)

Universal Pictures

"FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY, SWEET CHARITY. Way ahead of its time, amazing score, and it’s a really heartbreaking character study, something people don’t often associate with Broadway musicals. Also, Shirley Maclaine is absolute FIRE."

Submitted by thegreatbambi2.

9. Once (2007)

Summit Entertainment

"It may not be the most conventional 'musical' film out there, but the way the songs and the movie went together was superb. Plus, the story could be one of the most heartbreaking stories of all time. It’s like an example for the modern day musical."

Submitted by ch1re.


13. Rent (2005)

Columbia Pictures

"It touches on subjects that lots of people connect with and a majority of the characters are from the original Broadway cast, meaning the talent is actually there. Everything about it is inspiring and heartbreaking all at the same time."

Submitted by Olivia Olive Elzinga, Facebook.

14. Chicago (2002)

Miramax Films

"It’s funny, raunchy, and the songs are so catchy. You end up both loving and hating the world of showbiz and everyone in it. Plus, it’s one of the only musicals where the film was better than the stage show."

Submitted by alexandrao41968f2bc.


17. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Universal Pictures

"The ultimate definition of a guilty pleasure! It's cheesy and uplifting at the same time, it's the perfect pick me up film, and where else can you see Mr Darcy, Bootstrap Bill, and James Bond in platform heels and sequinned outfits singing 'Waterloo'?"

Submitted by Charlotte Badiali, Facebook.

18. Calamity Jane (1953)

Warner Bros.

"Doris Day as a beautiful rootin' tootin' shootin' tomboy who kicks ass, sings amazing songs, and finally discovers the love of her life. Also featuring Howard Keel being gorgeous, and loads of wonderful supporting actors."

Submitted by Anne de Rouffignac, Facebook.


21. Godspell (1973)

Columbia Pictures

"Maybe it's my Catholic school upbringing but I absolutely adore Godspell! The singing, hippy Jesus, his disciples who all just seem like they're on an amazing high, old NYC ... When I'm in a bad mood at work I listen to the soundtrack."

Submitted by Britany Jackson, Facebook.


23. Victor Victoria (1982)


"Julie Andrews at her damned finest! A woman playing a man playing a woman. Comical, heart-warming, ahead of its time, and brilliant music."

Submitted by Nadine Ayşe Dinç, Facebook.

24. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

United Artists

"It's long, but IT'S SO GOOD. I don't even remember how young I was when I saw it for the first time, but that only made it better as the older I got I came to understand the complex political and religious threads that the story was woven from. Everyone should see it all the way through at least once."

Submitted by Elizabeth Burdzy, Facebook.

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