Top 100 Musicals

Sittin' on top of rankings is Gene Kelly's Singin' In The Rain

Sittin’ on top of rankings is Gene Kelly’s Singin’ In The Rain

Want to know the best Top 100 Musicals movies?  How about the worst Top 100 Musicals movies?  Curious about Top 100 Musicals box office grosses or which Top 100 Musicals movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Top 100 Musicals movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information…and alot more.

Over the years we have received many requests to do UMR pages on genres.  Besides doing a Sports movie page we have pretty much ignored those requests.  We ignored those requests because we could not figure out a way to put together a page on a whole genre. Recently we stumbled across a book called Musicals by Daniel Cohen.  In that book Cohen looked at the best of the best musicals from the 1920s to the mid 1980s.  At the end of the book was a filmography of all the movies in his book.  That seemed like a great starting point for us to finally do a UMR page on musicals. Here are rules we used when putting together this page.

(1) If Cohen listed the movie in his book…the movie made the page. (2) Although we are not really huge musical movie fans….a few of the musicals we actually like….did not make his book.  So we added our favorite musicals like Paint Your Wagon (Clint singing…. how did that not make the book?) and The Rocky Horror Picture show.  (3) Then we included movie musicals made after Cohen’s book was published.  (4) We did not include Biopics.  Yes movies like The Buddy Holly Story, Coal Miner’s Daughter and La Bamba have lots of music but almost all of it occurs on a stage or in a studio.  (5) We also did not include album movies like Purple Rain and Pink Floyd’s The Wall or most of the Disney animated classics….with the exception of Beauty and The Beast which was on every Best Musical Movie list we saw(6) In the end we actually ended up with way more than 100 movies….279 to be precise.  So since we researched them….we figured we would include them.  (7) Can’t find a musical on the table?  If it was before 1984….it is not our fault….you have to blame Daniel Cohen.  If the movie is made after 1984….then we will take the blame.  BUT….leave a comment detailing the missing movie…..and we will include it.  Enjoy!

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire are well represented in this collection of Top 100 Musicals….13 Rogers movies made the list and 27 Astaire movies made the list.

Top 100 Musicals Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

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  • *** = Best Picture Oscar® nominee.  Link in star column takes you to that person’s UMR page.
RankMovie (Year)Stars of MoviesActual B.O. Domestic (mils.)Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Singin' in the Rain (1952)Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds$12.37$189.6089.5%02 / 0072.87
The Wizard of Oz (1939)Judy Garland$14.09$225.4086.5%06 / 0284.26
Top Hat (1935)Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire$5.09$178.9086.0%04 / 0078.75
Beauty and the Beast (1991)Robbie Benson$197.86$396.2085.5%06 / 0284.61
Swing Time (1936)Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers$5.41$182.5085.0%02 / 0169.64
West Side Story (1961)Natalie Wood$56.13$484.4084.5%11 / 1092.71
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)James Cagney$13.48$392.0084.5%08 / 0384.71
A Hard Day's Night (1964)The Beatles$16.16$144.9084.5%02 / 0062.97
A Star Is Born (1954)James Mason & Judy Garland$17.14$314.2084.0%06 / 0072.88
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)Marilyn Monroe$15.45$217.1083.7%00 / 0070.32
The Gay Divorcee (1934)Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers$3.08$112.8083.5%05 / 0162.32
My Fair Lady (1964)Audrey Hepburn$58.11$521.2083.0%12 / 0892.01
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)Judy Garland$16.18$426.3083.0%04 / 0071.61
The Band Wagon (1953)Fred Astaire$9.09$97.7083.0%03 / 0060.00
Funny Girl (1968)Barbra Streisand$75.21$484.0082.5%08 / 0176.46
Cabaret (1972)Liza Minnelli$61.36$304.3082.5%10 / 0885.40
Footlight Parade (1933)James Cagney$4.57$167.7082.5%00 / 0064.77
Enchanted (2007)Amy Adams & Susan Sarandon$127.81$156.6082.5%03 / 0064.47
The Sound of Music (1965)Julie Andrews$149.51$1235.6082.3%10 / 0591.70
Show Boat (1936)Irene Dunne$5.00$168.4082.0%00 / 0064.64
On the Town (1949)Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra$8.06$159.8082.0%01 / 0164.31
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)Topol$121.21$353.6081.5%08 / 0384.80
Holiday Inn (1942)Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire$10.86$315.7081.5%03 / 0171.10
Easter Parade (1948)Fred Astaire & Judy Garland$11.84$229.8081.5%01 / 0069.70
Hairspray (2007)John Travolta & Christopher Walken$118.87$145.7081.5%00 / 0061.10
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)Johnny Depp$52.90$64.8081.5%03 / 0151.27
42nd Street (1933)Ginger Rogers$4.11$150.6081.0%02 / 0065.21
Mary Poppins (1964)Julie Andrews$76.10$682.5081.0%13 / 0584.69
All That Jazz (1979)Roy Scheider$52.63$176.8080.5%09 / 0473.49
Throughly Modern Millie (1967)Julie Andrews$38.64$269.2080.5%07 / 0172.86
Whoopee (1930)Eddie Cantor & Betty Grable$8.31$350.2080.5%00 / 0068.84
Shall We Dance (1937)Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire$5.10$165.4080.5%01 / 0063.88
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth$4.00$132.9080.5%03 / 0057.07
Lili (1953)Leslie Caron$6.70$94.1080.5%06 / 0155.43
Hair (1979)Treat Williams & John Savage$15.28$51.3080.5%00 / 0047.66
Oliver! (1968)Oliver Reed & Ron Moody$48.00$308.9080.0%11 / 0590.60
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)Ginger Rogers$6.29$230.6080.0%01 / 0069.00
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)Gene Wilder$6.06$31.0080.0%01 / 0042.80
King Creole (1958)Elvis Presley & Walter Matthau$3.42$48.0079.5%00 / 0044.83
South Park - Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)Trey Parker & Matt Stone$52.03$86.7079.5%01 / 0051.20
The Music Man (1962)Robert Preston & Ron Howard$23.14$260.1079.5%06 / 0181.86
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)James Stewart$20.00$366.5079.0%03 / 0169.93
Yellow Submarine (1968)The Beatles$8.57$55.2079.0%00 / 0045.69
Help! (1965)The Beatles$16.21$134.6079.0%00 / 0057.90
The Love Parade (1929)Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette MacDonald$4.79$115.4079.0%06 / 0066.42
One Hour With You (1932)Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette MacDonald$3.29$125.9079.0%01 / 0066.04
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)Steve Martin & Bill Murray & John Candy$38.75$88.0079.0%02 / 0051.38
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)Jane Powell & Howard Keel$15.79$289.3078.5%05 / 0177.24
The Harvey Girls (1946)Judy Garland$11.17$269.1078.5%02 / 0169.29
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)Maurice Chevalier & Claudette Colbert$2.88$115.8078.5%01 / 0055.24
Funny Face (1957)Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire$7.14$107.5078.5%04 / 0055.15
On Moonlight Bay (1951)Doris Day$7.14$120.4078.0%00 / 0057.83
White Christmas (1954)Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye$34.29$628.3078.0%01 / 0068.06
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)Gene Kelly$5.71$63.9078.0%02 / 0047.36
The King of Jazz (1930)Bing Crosby$.65$27.4078.0%01 / 0141.91
An American in Paris (1951)Gene Kelly$12.04$202.9077.5%08 / 0688.62
Oklahoma! (1955)Directed by Fred Zinnemann$20.29$328.9077.5%04 / 0270.22
The King and I (1956)Yul Brynner$24.29$372.2077.0%09 / 0584.29
Guys and Dolls (1956)Marlon Brando & Frank Sinatra$19.64$301.1077.0%04 / 0069.41
Porgy and Bess (1959)Sidney Poitier$8.29$116.4077.0%04 / 0157.68
Royal Wedding (1951)Fred Astaire$7.43$122.0077.0%01 / 0056.00
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967)Robert Morse$7.25$50.5077.0%00 / 0044.02
Les Miserables (2012)Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jack$148.81$157.6076.5%08 / 0375.43
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)Susan Sarandon$115.89$476.6076.5%00 / 0066.96
Moulin Rouge! (2001)Nicole Kidman$57.39$85.6076.5%08 / 0264.13
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)Gene Kelly$1.87$13.1076.5%01 / 0038.39
Cabin In The Sky (1943)Ethel Waters & Lena Horne$4.91$138.0076.5%01 / 0057.75
Hairspray (1988)Ricki Lake$6.67$13.7076.5%00 / 0038.08
Chicago (2002)Richard Gere$170.69$248.1076.0%13 / 0687.84
Maytime (1937)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy & John Barrymore$8.73$283.1076.0%02 / 0067.52
Grease (1978)John Travolta$185.98$670.0076.0%01 / 0067.24
Carefree (1938)Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire$4.45$139.0076.0%03 / 0058.46
Kiss Me Kate (1953)Kathryn Grayson & Howard Keel$7.58$106.4076.0%01 / 0052.61
Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969)Peter O''Toole$2.86$17.0076.0%02 / 0039.16
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)Tyrone Power$12.00$374.7075.5%06 / 0172.48
The Jolson Story (1946)Larry Parks$20.54$494.7075.5%06 / 0270.08
Tommy (1975)Jack Nicholson$34.25$140.8075.5%02 / 0058.72
Stormy Weather (1943)Lena Horne & Bill Robinson$4.57$128.5075.5%00 / 0055.40
Summer Stock (1950)Judy Garland & Gene Kelly$7.29$125.3075.5%00 / 0054.90
Brigadoon (1954)Gene Kelly$6.43$103.8075.5%03 / 0052.77
Damn Yankees! (1958)Tab Hunter$7.43$104.4075.5%01 / 0052.68
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)Fred Astaire$2.82$84.9075.5%00 / 0048.64
1776 (1972)Ken Howard & William Daniels$8.48$42.1075.5%01 / 0044.28
Bugsy Malone (1976)Jodie Foster$2.78$11.0075.5%01 / 0038.20
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)Clifton Webb$8.33$127.7075.5%00 / 0019.79
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)Julia Roberts & Edward Norton & Goldie Haw$9.76$18.6075.3%00 / 0038.26
Cover Girl (1944)Gene Kelly & Rita Hayworth$7.56$199.0075.0%05 / 0168.69
Babes on Broadway (1941)Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney$7.62$229.5075.0%01 / 0066.65
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra$9.44$162.7075.0%00 / 0060.47
Roberta (1935)Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire & Irene Dunne<$4.19$147.2075.0%01 / 0058.47
The Pajama Game (1957)Doris Day$7.14$107.5075.0%00 / 0051.91
Scrooge (1970)Albert Finney & Alec Guinness$9.09$49.4075.0%04 / 0046.38
State Fair (1945)Jeanne Crain & Dana Andrews$11.16$276.7074.5%02 / 0167.42
The Gang's All Here (1943)Alice Faye & Carmen Miranda$7.14$200.7074.5%01 / 0066.42
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)Shirley Temple$4.85$163.5074.5%00 / 0060.36
Les Girls (1957)Gene Kelly$7.86$118.3074.5%03 / 0155.93
The Rose (1979)Bette Midler$29.17$98.0074.5%04 / 0053.68
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)Jack Nicholson & Barbra Streisand$16.21$88.2074.5%00 / 0048.69
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)Betty Hutton & Howard Keel$13.29$233.3074.0%04 / 0167.98
High Society (1956)Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly & Frank Sinatra$16.80$257.4074.0%02 / 0066.58
Babes in Arms (1939)Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland$9.24$278.3074.0%02 / 0066.58
For Me and My Gal (1942)Judy Garland & Gene Kelly$8.27$240.4074.0%01 / 0066.18
Rose Marie (1936)James Stewart & David Niven$5.65$190.5074.0%00 / 0064.31
Follow the Fleet (1936)Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers & Randolph $5.11$172.2074.0%00 / 0061.47
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)Buster Keaton$8.50$65.1074.0%01 / 0146.49
Pennies from Heaven (1981)Christopher Walken & Steve Martin$9.17$27.8073.5%03 / 0040.60
Oh, What A Lovely War (1969)John Lennon & Laurence Olivier$2.85$17.0073.5%00 / 0037.18
South Pacific (1958)Mitzi Gaynor & Ray Walston$50.00$702.5073.0%03 / 0168.98
The Rogue Song (1930)Lawrence Tibbett & Laurel & Hardy$2.53$106.9073.0%01 / 0051.28
Show Boat (1951)Ava Gardner$15.81$266.5073.0%02 / 0066.11
Carmen Jones (1954)Harry Belafonte & Dorothy Dandridge$7.14$130.9073.0%02 / 0059.15
Calamity Jane (1953)Doris Day$9.68$135.9073.0%03 / 0157.17
Three Little Words (1950)Fred Astaire & Debbie Reynolds$7.71$151.5073.0%01 / 0056.96
Bells Are Ringing (1960)Dean Martin$8.00$97.7073.0%01 / 0049.85
Strike Up The Band (1940)Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney$6.47$194.8072.5%03 / 0166.06
Viva Las Vegas (1964)Elvis Presley$14.72$132.0072.5%00 / 0054.53
Flower Drum Song (1961)Nancy Kwan & Jack Soo$15.71$179.0072.5%05 / 0065.68
Girl Crazy (1943)Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney$7.45$209.4072.5%00 / 0065.07
Flying Down to Rio (1933)Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers$2.64$96.7072.5%01 / 0049.46
Blue Skies (1946)Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire$15.41$347.0072.0%02 / 0065.64
Gypsy (1962)Natalie Wood$17.14$192.7072.0%03 / 0065.53
The Big Broadcast (1932)Bing Crosby$1.20$46.0072.0%00 / 0040.97
Cry Baby (1990)Johnny Depp$8.27$16.5072.0%00 / 0036.44
Music For Millions (1944)June Allyson & Jimmy Durante$7.55$198.9071.5%01 / 0064.83
Hollywood Canteen (1944)Bette Davis$12.37$325.9071.5%00 / 0064.60
The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)Danny Kaye$10.81$260.4071.5%00 / 0064.60
Jailhouse Rock (1957)Elvis Presley$11.14$167.7071.5%00 / 0059.59
Star! (1968)Julie Andrews$12.00$77.2071.5%07 / 0048.37
Dreamgirls (2006)Eddie Murphy$103.37$132.4071.5%08 / 0259.44
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire & Walter Br$4.48$134.9071.5%00 / 0055.93
Up In Arms (1944)Danny Kaye$10.79$284.2071.0%02 / 0065.17
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$6.39$199.4071.0%00 / 0064.28
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)Dick Van Dyke & Janet Leigh$17.14$168.0071.0%02 / 0062.08
With a Song in My Heart (1952)Susan Hayward$9.17$140.5071.0%05 / 0159.00
Into the Woods (2014)Meryl Streep & Johnny Depp & Anna Kendrick<$127.96$132.0071.0%03 / 0054.87
Moon Over Miami (1941)Betty Grable$3.06$92.3071.0%00 / 0047.68
Bathing Beauty (1944)Esther Williams & Red Skelton$10.59$279.1070.5%00 / 0064.14
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)Judy Garland & Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly $9.73$232.3070.5%00 / 0064.14
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)Judy Garland & Buster Keaton$8.33$163.4070.5%00 / 0058.47
The Pirate (1948)Judy Garland & Gene Kelly$5.79$103.9070.5%01 / 0049.64
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)James Stewart & Lana Turner & Judy Garland<$6.10$183.7070.3%00 / 0061.53
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)Doris Day$4.25$59.7070.3%00 / 0042.31
Carousel (1956)Shirley Jones & Gordon MacRae$10.71$164.2070.0%00 / 0058.35
Naughty Marietta (1935)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$3.02$106.2070.0%02 / 0153.76
Call Me Madame (1953)Ethel Merman & George Sanders$8.64$121.3070.0%02 / 0153.10
Yolanda and the Thief (1945)Fred Astaire$3.0884.1070.0%00 / 0044.76
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)James Cagney & Doris Day$11.87$192.4069.7%06 / 0165.56
Jolson Sings Again (1949)Larry Parks$15.28$299.5069.5%03 / 0064.86
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)Ted Neeley$30.30$144.3069.5%01 / 0057.30
Dames (1934)Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler$3.02$110.7069.5%00 / 0049.82
Pal Joey (1957)Frank Sinatra & Rita Hayworth$13.43$202.1069.0%04 / 0065.65
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)Debbie Reynolds$17.26$154.8069.0%06 / 0059.44
Fame (1980)Irene Cara$17.77$57.6069.0%06 / 0244.96
Sweet Charity (1969)Shirley MacLaine$3.14$18.7069.0%03 / 0036.53
Anchors Aweigh (1945)Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra$13.00$322.3068.5%05 / 0172.56
The Merry Widow (1934)Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette MacDonald$2.46$90.2068.5%01 / 0147.18
Gigi (1958)Leslie Caron$20.92$293.9068.0%09 / 0984.56
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1969)Dick Van Dyke$20.21$120.0068.0%01 / 0050.96
Sweethearts (1938)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$8.07$251.9068.0%02 / 0063.76
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)Judy Garland$12.87$310.0068.0%00 / 0062.96
Weekend in Havana (1941)Alice Faye & Carmen Miranda$5.65$170.0068.0%00 / 0058.31
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)Betty Grable$5.71$166.1068.0%00 / 0057.71
Silk Stockings (1957)Fred Astaire$6.43$74.8068.0%00 / 0047.58
Yentl (1983)Barbra Streisand$56.23$150.5067.5%05 / 0158.48
The Jazz Singer (1927)Al Jolson$6.85$180.6067.0%01 / 0059.88
Dancing Lady (1933)Clark Gable & Joan Crawford$4.25$156.0067.0%00 / 0055.67
Daddy Long Legs (1955)Fred Astaire$7.14$115.8067.0%03 / 0050.64
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)Marilyn Monroe$12.86$235.6066.7%03 / 0063.53
The Great Caruso (1951)Mario Lanza$12.95$218.3066.5%03 / 0164.06
On the Riviera (1951)Danny Kaye$7.14$120.4066.5%02 / 0050.72
The Merry Widow (1952)Lana Turner$6.39$97.9066.5%02 / 0047.23
The Singing Fool (1928)Al Jolson$12.74$315.8066.0%00 / 0062.02
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)Conway Tearle$8.12$195.5066.0%00 / 0061.32
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)Esther Williams & Walter Pidgeon$7.64$117.1066.0%00 / 0049.17
My Blue Heaven (1950)Betty Grable$6.50$114.2066.0%00 / 0048.72
Godspell (1973)Victor Garber$3.64$17.3066.0%00 / 0033.70
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)Betty Grable$9.71$273.0065.5%00 / 0061.78
Camelot (1967)Richard Harris & Vanessa Redgrave$16.50$115.0065.5%05 / 0354.27
Hit The Deck (1955)Debbie Reynolds$6.00$97.3065.5%00 / 0045.86
Rhythm on the Range (1936)Bing Crosby$2.64$89.0065.5%00 / 0044.58
G.I. Blues (1960)Elvis Presley$12.28$150.1065.5%00 / 0054.05
New York New York (1977)Robert DeNiro$16.40$62.0065.5%00 / 0041.01
Invitation to the Dance (1956)Gene Kelly$1.71$8.8065.5%00 / 0032.14
Tea for Two (1950)Doris Day$6.86$120.4065.3%00 / 0049.37
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)Doris Day$6.36$107.2065.3%00 / 0047.33
Absolute Beginners (1986)David Bowie$0.93$2.1065.0%00 / 0030.88
Neptune's Daughter (1949)Esther Williams & Red Skelton$9.58$187.9065.0%01 / 0160.67
Rose of Washington Square (1939)Tyrone Power$6.00$180.6065.0%00 / 0058.54
A Damsel in Distress (1937)Fred Astaire & Joan Fontaine$4.04$131.0065.0%02 / 0152.25
High Wide and Handsome (1937)Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott$4.20$136.2065.0%00 / 0051.66
My Sister Eileen (1955)Jack Lemmon$3.97$64.3065.0%00 / 0040.52
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)Myrna Loy & William Powell$10.00$337.2064.5%07 / 0380.92
Mother Wore Tights (1947)Betty Grable$11.08$252.5064.5%03 / 0163.12
Hello Frisco Hello (1943)Alice Faye & John Payne$9.71$273.0064.5%02 / 0162.72
That Night in Rio (1941)Alice Faye & Don Ameche$5.16$155.4064.5%00 / 0054.41
Darling Lili (1970)Julie Andrews$9.84$53.6064.5%03 / 0041.71
Bitter Sweet (1940)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$2.00$60.2064.5%02 / 0040.45
Blue Hawaii (1961)Elvis Presley$13.42$153.064.5%00 / 0053.33
We're Not Dressing (1934)Bing Crosby & Carole Lombard$1.22$44.5064.5%00 / 0037.22
Coney Island (1943)Betty Grable$10.00$281.0064.0%01 / 0061.48
The Sky's The Limit (1943)Fred Astaire$4.29$113.2064.0%02 / 0049.54
Going Hollywood (1933)Bing Crosby$1.77$64.9064.0%00 / 0040.14
Balalaika (1939)Nelson Eddy & Frank Morgan$2.03$61.1064.0%01 / 0039.95
Across the Universe (2007)Jim Sturges$24.34$29.8064.0%01 / 0035.10
The Dolly Sisters (1945)Betty Grable$10.98$272.2063.5%00 / 0060.84
Down Argentina Way (1940)Betty Grable$5.57$167.7063.5%03 / 0057.03
Let's Dance (1950)Fred Astaire$6.86$120.4063.5%00 / 0048.50
Where's Charley? (1952)Ray Bolger$4.17$63.9063.5%00 / 0039.74
Thousands Cheer (1943)Gene Kelly$10.36$291.0063.0%03 / 0061.81
Best Foot Forward (1943)Lucille Ball$5.86$164.7062.5%00 / 0054.91
Lillian Russell (1940)Henry Fonda$2.86$86.0062.5%01 / 0043.11
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers$8.89$162.7062.0%01 / 0056.56
Evita (1996)Madonna$50.05$95.5062.0%05 / 0146.54
The Last 5 Years (2015)Anna Kendrick$0.15$0.1562.0%00 / 0029.18
The Happiest Millionaire (1967)Fred MacMurray$12.50$87.1061.5%01 / 0042.80
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)David Niven$4.77$83.8061.5%01 / 0042.29
Hello Dolly! (1969)Barbra Streisand & Gene Kelly & Walter $43.43$257.8061.0%07 / 0368.40
Flirtation Walk (1934)Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler$3.03$111.2061.0%02 / 0055.71
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)Doris Day$6.40$71.9061.0%01 / 0040.21
Newsies (1992)Christian Bale & Robert Duvall$2.82$5.7060.7%00 / 0029.45
Love Me Tender (1956)Elvis Presley$12.00$183.9060.5%00 / 0056.94
This is the Army (1943)Ronald Reagan$24.29$682.4060.5%03 / 0161.24
One Night of Love (1934)Grace Moore & Lyle Talbot$3.43$125.7060.5%06 / 0159.92
Kismet (1955)Howard Keel$3.48$56.4060.5%00 / 0037.18
Jupiter's Darling (1955)Esther Williams & Howard Keel$4.57$74.1060.5%00 / 0039.22
Pennies from Heaven (1936)Bing Crosby$0.59$20.0060.5%01 / 0031.94
New Moon (1940)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$3.69$111.0060.0%00 / 0045.40
Dance Fools Dance (1931)Clark Gable & Joan Crawford$2.51$100.7060.0%00 / 0043.81
Easy To Love (1953)Esther Williams & Van Johnson$6.96$97.9059.5%00 / 0043.13
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)Joan Leslie & Alexis Smith$9.28$230.2059.5%02 / 0059.76
The Fleet's In (1942)William Holden$5.00$145.3059.5%00 / 0050.48
On an Island with You (1948)Esther Williams & Peter Lawford$8.16$171.9059.0%00 / 0054.37
Mamma Mia! (2008)Meryl Streep$144.13$169.2059.0%00 / 0054.23
Hollywood Revue (1929)Norma Shearer & Buster Keaton & Joan Cra$4.88$117.5059.0%01 / 0049.34
Pin Up Girl (1944)Betty Grable$6.45$170.0058.5%00 / 0053.84
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)Errol Flynn & John Garfield$7.15$201.0058.0%01 / 0058.66
Sunnyside Up (1929)Janet Gaynor$10.54$253.9058.0%00 / 0058.26
Deep in my Heart (1954)Gene Kelly$10.00$183.3058.0%00 / 0055.67
New Moon (1930)Lawrence Tibbett & Grace Moore$1.56$65.6058.0%00 / 0037.43
Man of La Mancha (1972)Sophia Loren & Peter O''Toole$11.52$57.1058.0%01 / 0036.51
Rent (2005)Taye Diggs$29.08$38.3058.0%00 / 0033.20
Good News (1947)June Allyson & Peter Lawford$5.82$132.7057.5%01 / 0047.99
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)Shirley Temple$2.04$74.9057.5%00 / 0038.63
The Producers (2005)Will Ferrell$19.40$25.6057.5%00 / 0032.81
Can-Can (1960)Frank Sinatra & Shirley MacLaine$12.00$146.6057.0%02 / 0052.19
My Gal Sal (1942)Rita Hayworth$4.93$143.3057.0%02 / 0150.40
Finian's Rainbow (1968)Fred Astaire$15.71$101.1057.0%02 / 0043.26
A Date With Judy (1948)Elizabeth Taylor$9.74$205.2056.5%00 / 0057.56
Hollywood Hotel (1937)Dick Powell & Benny Goodman$4.38$141.9056.5%00 / 0048.55
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)Burt Reynolds$69.70$199.9056.0%01 / 0057.70
Words and Music (1948)Gene Kelly & Mickey Rooney$9.21$191.5056.0%00 / 0056.00
Small Town Girl (1953)Jane Powell & Farley Granger$4.14$58.1056.0%01 / 0035.73
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)Gene Kelly$7.35$206.5055.5%00 / 0057.08
Honey (1930)Nancy Carroll$2.12$89.5055.5%00 / 0039.95
Annie (1982)Directed by John Huston$95.68$274.4055.0%02 / 0057.65
Lost Horizon (1973)Peter Finch & Liv Ullmann$11.52$54.8054.5%00 / 0034.11
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)Dick Powell & Joan Blondell$3.18$107.2054.0%01 / 0042.40
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)Zac Efron$90.56$106.3054.0%00 / 0041.86
Mame (1974)Lucille Ball & Robert Preston$18.18$82.0054.0%00 / 0038.09
A Star Is Born (1976)Barbra Streisand$112.42$444.9053.0%04 / 0158.73
Lady In The Dark (1944)Ginger Rogers$9.68$254.9053.0%03 / 0057.11
Popeye (1980)Robin Williams$49.82$161.5053.0%00 / 0049.94
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)Gerard Butler$51.27$69.6053.0%03 / 0038.77
Torch Song (1953)Joan Crawford$3.63$51.1052.5%02 / 0033.39
Rock of Ages (2012)Tom Cruise$38.52$40.8052.5%00 / 0031.12
Second Chorus (1940)Fred Astaire & Paulette Goddard$1.57$47.3052.0%00 / 0032.57
Panama Hattie (1942)Red Skelton$5.14$149.5051.0%00 / 0047.14
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)James Stewart & Joan Crawford$2.90$87.3051.0%00 / 0037.50
Paint Your Wagon (1969)Clint Eastwood & Lee Marvin$40.00$237.5050.7%01 / 0055.83
Varsity Show (1937)Dick Powell$4.99$162.0050.5%01 / 0049.25
The Wiz (1978)Diana Ross & Michael Jackson$21.05$75.8050.5%04 / 0037.09
I Married An Angel (1942)Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy$1.90$55.1050.5%00 / 0032.28
Night and Day (1946)Cary Grant$10.81$260.4049.7%00 / 0054.34
Pagan Love Song (1950)Esther Williams & Howard Keel$6.16$108.2049.5%00 / 0040.03
A Chorus Line (1985)Michael Douglas$14.20$33.7049.0%03 / 0030.03
Belle of the Yukon (1944)Randolph Scott$4.85$127.9048.5%02 / 0041.30
Nine (2009)Daniel Day-Lewis & Sophia Loren$19.68$22.1048.0%04 / 0028.22
Doctor Dolittle (1967)Rex Harrison$8.75$61.0047.0%09 / 0244.98
One in a Million (1936)Don Ameche & Sonja Henie$4.33$146.1047.0%00 / 0044.74
Xanadu (1980)Gene Kelly$22.76$73.8042.5%00 / 0031.41
Annie (2014)Cameron Diaz$85.91$88.6038.0%00 / 0031.48
The Jazz Singer (1980)Neil Diamond & Laurence Olivier$27.12$87.9036.0%00 / 0030.54
Here Come The Girls (1953)Bob Hope$6.06$85.2035.5%00 / 0029.89
At Long Last Love (1975)Burt Reynolds$4.55$18.7032.5%00 / 0018.17

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Top 100 Musicals Table

  1. 194 Top 100 Musicals movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 69.53% of his movies listed. The Sound of Music (1965) was the biggest box office hit.
  2. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  224 of Top 100 Musicals’s movies are rated as good movies…or 80.28% of his movies.  Singin’ in the Rain (1952) is the highest rated movie while At Long Last Love (1975) is lowest rated movie.
  3. 168 Top 100 Musicals movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 60.21% of his movies.
  4. 66 Top 100 Musicals movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 23.65% of his movies.
  5. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 235 Top 100 Musicals movie scored higher that average….or 84.22% of his movies. West Side Story (1961) got the the highest UMR Score while At Long Last Love (1975) got the lowest UMR Score.
Julie Andrews has 3 of the best reviewed musicals in the Top 30

Julie Andrews has 3 of the best reviewed musicals in the Top 30

Possibly Interesting Facts About Top 100 Musicals

1. The combined adjusted domestic box office gross for these 279 movies is $48.67 BILLION!

2. The 279 movies on this table received 573 Oscar® nominations.

3. The 279 movies on this table won 146 Oscars®.

4. 34 of these movies received Best Picture Oscar® nominations

5. 8 of these movies won the Best Picture Oscar®.

6.  The Great Ziegfeld (1936), An American in Paris (1951), Gigi (1958), West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Oliver! (1968) and Chicago (2002) are the 8 Best Picture Oscar® winners.

 

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66 thoughts on “Top 100 Musicals

  1. I was looking at the Natalie Wood page as well as the best picture and 100 musical pages and I noticed that each adjusted B.O. Gross differs which is correct ? Does this site has a built-in Adjusted inflation calculation according to domestic B.O. take?

    1. Hey Kevin…good catch….the gross on the Musical page was too high…..it has been adjusted back….currently West Side Story is the 71st biggest hit when looking at adjusted box office grosses. The UMR Score is diffent because West Side Story won the Oscar for Best Picture while Wood was only nominated for an Oscar. Our database does the calculation automatically… but sadly we have not made the site dynamic….so until I manually switch the number…it only shows up in the database and not the webstie. That is one of our goals…to get this to be a dynamic website….thanks the vist and the comment.

  2. TOP 100?

    According to WHOM

    Kind of a subjective topic, I’d say.

    And as put forth, there have been FAR more than 100 musicals made, and I doubt that too many here HAVE seen all of them, and as tastes do vary, agreement on the “top” 100 would be severely limited and hard to determine.

    1. Hey Sepiatone……According to WHOM? The whom would be anybody that has rated, reviewed or written about a musical. Most of the movies came from film historian author Daniel Cohen. Cohen has written some of the most respected books on movie musicals…not to mention over 80 other books on movies.

      The rating % shown in the page comes from…Video Hound reviews, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Roger Ebert, Metacritic, Leonard Maltin Classic Film Guide and assortment of Top Musical Lists. My program jams all the numbers into one place and spits out an overall score of 0-100. Based on all of those sources….Singin’ In The Rain, Mary Poppins, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz and Top Hat have the Top 5.

      The best part of my page is each movie listed has its actual box office gross, its adjusted box office gross and its Oscar nominations and Oscars wins. When looking at box office.. The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, South of The Pacific, This Is The Army and Grease are the Top 5. If you look at the Top 5 according to Oscar wins….you get West Side Story, My Fair Lady and tie for 3rd on with Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and The King And I.

      Ultimately the list means nothing…..but if you are a fan of musicals….I guarantee you will find lots of interesting stuff on the page.

  3. How about: LUCKY BOY 1929 – “Lucky Boy is a 1929 American musical drama film starring George Jessel. The film was mainly a Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects, as well as some talking sequences.” from Wikipedia
    Description is not unlike Jolson’s JAZZ SINGER or the 1929 adaptation of SHOWBOAT

    Other Lawrence Tibbett musicals that may or may not be on the list:

    ROGUE SONG 1930 –

    PARISIAN BELLE 1930 –

    THE CUBAN LOVE SONG 1930 –

    THE PRODIGAL 1931 –

    METROPOLITAN 1935 –

    UNDER YOUR SPELL 1936 –

    1. Hey infinite1…..I was only able to find all the required information on one of the movies you listed. The Rogue Song….just missed cracking the Top 100…..as it sits in 109th place. Sadly box office information for the 1920s and 1930s is very hard to find. But I have listed your other 6 in my database….and if my internet searches find any information on them…I will add them to the page.

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