31 Days of Music: Top Ten Favorite Movie Musicals

favoritemusicalsGrowing up, before I’d even heard of live theatre or Broadway shows, my favorite genre of movie was the movie musical.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched these movies, but I assure you, it’s been over and over and over again.  Here are my top ten favorite movie musicals of all time:

1.  Annie – This was the first musical I remember watching.  It came out around the same time as I was in the first grade.  At the time, I had a perm, and my hair was red… so needless to say, I was called “Little Orphan Annie” by my peers.  Before I saw the movie, it hurt my feelings a bit, but once I saw it, I didn’t mind so much, because I loved the movie.

2.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Despite the context that the men go and kidnap a bunch of women… this is the best!  The songs are fantastic and the barn dance scene may be one of my favorites of all time!  And *whew* those boys were handsome once Millie made them shave off all their scruff!

3.  1776 – I remember watching this in a history class in high school.  Loved it.

4.  Sound of Music – How could this not be on any top ten list?  It’s so full of wonderful songs and characters.  I love everything about it!

5.  Fiddler on the Roof – Right?  Of course, right!  This story of a Jewish family whose three eldest daughters push the envelope of tradition is one of my favorites.  In fact, as I mentioned the other day, we used one of the songs from this movie in our wedding.

6.  West Side Story – The Romeo and Juliet story set to fabulous music by Leonard Bernstein and thrown into the New York City gang scene in the 1960s.

7.  My Fair Lady – In college, we convinced our Phonetics professor to let us spend a week watching this show.  It was awesome.  What’s not to love about Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn?  Swoon.

8.  Thoroughly Modern Millie – Another flick starring Julie Andrews.  This quirky story set in the 20s is so much fun.  I love the “Tapioca” song!

9.  Oklahoma!  – My husband went to college at the University of Oklahoma.  Once when I went to visit him, he was shocked that I knew the words to their fight song… which he was unaware was taken from the title song from this musical.

10.  White Christmas – Even though these movies are not listed in any specific order, I did save the best for last.  White Christmas is my all time favorite movie.  I love, love, love everything about it.  Every song, every character, just everything.  It’s pretty perfect in my book.

Honorable Mention – I couldn’t not mention the following movies, which I have also spent plenty of hours watching, but there just weren’t enough slots in the top ten spots:

Mary Poppins
South Pacific
The Music Man
The Wizard of Oz


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2 Responses to 31 Days of Music: Top Ten Favorite Movie Musicals

  1. dawnomite October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Fun post! I also love Oklahoma! and West Side Story. Another fun one is State Fair.

    • Laura October 9, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      I’ve actually never seen State Fair. I need to!

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