The 50 Essential Movie Musicals

The movie musical was once a Hollywood staple; now it’s a divisive genre that gets a somber and borderline-disastrous revival every few years. But for every failed movie musical (The Phantom of the Opera, Nine, Rent, to name a few), there are a few substantial submissions to the movie musical canon. Here are the ones most worth watching.


All That Jazz (1979)

Bob Fosse’s autobiographical anti-musical is a dark, cynical take on the famed director and choreographer’s life, work, and mortality.