Music, as they say, has its own language. When a story is told in musical interludes, it becomes a rich experience in itself. Here are some of the best musical movies you must watch if you enjoy that kind of storytelling:
La La Land
A struggling actress and aspiring jazz musician trying to make it big. Meanwhile, the crossroads with each other and get enchanted with the creative drive of one another. A romance told in musical interludes; La La Land is one of the most popular contemporary musicals that will have your heart melt. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shine their best as the young couple who do not know what fate has in store for them until they walk the path together.
Get your tissues out for this one! Set in the 19th century, this is a period musical film about the many struggles of the underprivileged people who are often the worst affected in the face of a crisis. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, the film is grand in its making, texture, and performances. Critics and film lovers over the world responded with great praise for the film which was also won many international awards.
Chicago is a musical black comedy film that is racy, thrilling, and absolutely engaging. It explores the scandal, corruption, and personal lives of people in Chicago in the Jazz Age. Following the lives of two murderesses who are in prison, the film takes you on a musical journey of crime, intrigue, and adventure. Wondering how such a story can be told in the format of a musical? Watch the film to be mesmerized!
This is yet another classic musical film that has attained iconic status for its rich storytelling, soulful music, and glamour. Set in 19th century bohemian Paris, the film is the story of a courtesan and a struggling writer who fall in love but must keep their relationship under the wraps to be safe. There are moments of tension between love and secrecy which add to the clandestine charm of the story. Watch this film if you love a bit of mystery told with music.
A classic of its own league, this is the story of a young struggling singer who works her way up to make it big on Broadway. The film has Barbara Streisand in her full element and this is regarded as one of her finest performances of all time. Energetic, witty, and stunningly musical, this is a film that will loosen you up and also leave you with a lot of hope and cheer.
My Fair Lady
Starring Audrey Hepburn, the icon herself, this is a re-telling of the timeless fairy tale classic Cinderella. A working-class girl tries to polish herself and try to pass off as a high society woman and what follows is how she lands herself in a soup. Audrey is unforgettable as a modern Cinderella and it is near to impossible to take your eyes off her!
The Sound of Music
A musical for all seasons, this is the story of how a governess looks after a widower’s seven children and restores their faith and cheer in the time of crisis. This is one of the most-watched and loved musicals of all the world. Set against the hills and the open skies of the countryside, this musical is a very hopeful take on how to navigate life even in the most depressing of times.
Singin’ In The Rain
When two actors of silent films join musicals as the film industry transforms from silent films to films with dialogues. Known for its dance scenes with umbrellas and grand sets, this film is one of the most acclaimed and praised films in this genre. The music blends in beautifully with the narrative and the performances are unforgettable.
Mary Poppins is an American musical fantasy film about a woman who visits a dysfunctional family in London and uses her unique powers to make them more functional. It was very well received and is one of the most top-grossing hits of all times. Stunning performances, a mesmerizing soundtrack, and some unforgettable dialogues make Mary Poppins a favorite even after so many years of its release.
A story of hope and determination told in musical intervals, this is the story of Annie, an orphan who is taken in by a millionaire during the time of the Great Depression. Through music, dialogues, and incredible performances, the film reminds us that we’re never truly rich until we really can smile from our hearts. A fine blend of fine execution and great messaging, this is a musical film that will make your heart sing.