10 Classic Movie Musicals

Monday, January 24 by Houlihan Macaco

These 10 classic movie musicals are the best and usually the silliest. Sometimes they are not so silly, but move you in a powerful way. Whether you're in a silly mood or you want something of high caliber, you will find what you're looking for in this list of classic movie musicals. 

  1. "Hair." Hair is a classic movie musical that is based on the theater production, "Hair The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical." Both tales feature the hippie movement of the 1960's, drugs, sexuality, the draft and issues within the youth culture of the era. The hit song "Age of Aquarius" is the theme song of this movie. 
  2. "The Wizard of Oz." You've probably seen this movie before. Dorothy and her dog Toto ar taken away by a tornado to the land of Oz, where she meets a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart and other zany characters. They embark on a journey to find the wizard who can grant their wishes, or so they think. 
  3. "Mary Poppins." A magical nanny, played by Julie Andrews, enchants a family in this classic Disney movie musical.
  4. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Transvestites, mad scientists, tap dancers and you name it speckle the longest running film release in history. A newlywed couple with a flat tire stop by Dr. Frank-N-Furter's house to use the phone and discover an Annual Transylvanian Convention. 
  5. "Grease." John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John play Danny and Sandy, who fall in love during summer vacation in 1959. It's a great depiction of the greasers and bad boys of the late 1950's. 
  6. "West Side Story." Two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, enter a turf war to decide who rules the streets. Two interracial lovers fall in love despite an environment of tense ethnic allegiances in this classic movie musical that is based on Romeo and Juliet
  7. "Jesus Christ Superstar." Don' choke on your popcorn while watching this 1973 rock opera. Not to knock that Jesus guy or anything, but this classic movie musical is just as silly as its soundtrack. Join Jesus and friends in the last few weeks of life before the crucifixion. 
  8. "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Anything with Gene Wilder is certainly a hoot. Charlie Bucket wins a ticket to tour the super coolest chocolate factory in the world, which is owned by Willie Wonka. Roald Dahl wrote the prototype in his 1964 novel, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
  9. "The Blue Brothers." They're on a mission from God to save the Catholic home in which they were raised. Two brothers revive their rhythm and blues band to protect their childhood abode from foreclosure. This 1980 classic movie musical comedy stars Dan Akroyd and John Belushi, so it sure to be hilarious. 
  10. "Labyrinth." Do you like Muppets? Of course you do. Everyone loves Muppets and David Bowie. Why not enjoy both in one film? David Bowie plays the king of the goblins who hold's Sarah's little brother hostage after she wished for the brother to go away. To get her brother back, Sarah must walk a Muppet filled labyrinth. Just the Muppets alone make this one of the better classic movie musicals in existence.
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