If you love music, perhaps you love musical films too. This genre deals with films that use songs to express the various happenings in the story. In other words, musical films have songs in it that are sung by the characters of the film, just like dialogues in normal films. Here are some of the best musical classics of all time
The Sound of Music
I’m sure most of you would have heard of this 1965 American musical drama. In fact, The Sound of Music turned out to be the highest grossing film of that year. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, this 1965 musical film portrays the story of the Von Trapp family which consists of Captain Georg Von Trapp and his seven children. The story tells us of how Maria, a lively and high-spirited nun enters their lives and wins their hearts with love and music. The film is woven together with beautiful songs that explain the story.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
This 1968 musical adventure fantasy film is full of joyful music and imagination. Indeed, watching this musical film is like getting lost in a reverie. The movie depicts Caractus Potts, his children, and their peculiar car. In fact, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the name of their noisy car. Moreover, the story unravels another story within it which Caractus narrates to his children. The film is thrilling and filled with adventure, portraying various unique and comical characters throughout it.
The Lion King
The Lion King is an animated musical film released in 1994. Filled with original songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, the movie will capture every heart. The story tells of how Simba gets back his throne in the Pride Lands. Truly, Lion King is heartwarming and extremely beautiful that anyone watching it would feel that it’s all real. Moreover, the striking songs and their music make The Lion King an unforgettable journey through the jungle. Also, The Lion King also has a direct-to-video sequel.
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 jukebox musical romantic drama. Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, this jukebox musical portrays many hit songs by famous artists like Whitney Houston and Madonna. The story is about Christian, a writer who falls in love with a cabaret actress, Satine. The movie is highly dramatic and unique in its own way.
The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated musical comedy film. Also, the movie was released again in 2016 as a live-action animated film. Based on the collection of poems written by Rudyard Kipling, the movies have indeed done justice to the original book. In fact, the 1967 musical film became Disney’s second highest grossing film in the United States and Canada during that time. The movie featured 5 songs by the Sherman Brothers and 1 song, called ‘The Bare Necessities’ by Gilkyson.
Les Miserables is a 2012 sung-through musical drama film. In other words, this movie doesn’t have any spoken dialogues in it. It stars Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and others. The story takes place in France during the 19th century and begins by introducing Jean Valjean an ex-convict, released on parole who later becomes a respectable factory owner. It goes on to tell how Valjean adopts one of his workers’ daughter, due to certain circumstances. Indeed, this musical film is unique in every way.
High School Musical
High School Musical is a 2006 musical television film which depicts the everyday life of a bunch of High Schoolers. Starring Zac Efron and Vannessa Hudgens as Troy and Gabriella, the television film and its sequel become greatly successful. As a result, its producers released its second sequel theatrically. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the film and its sequels are filled with songs and choreography.
Beauty and the Beast
This 2017 musical romantic fantasy is a remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, this musical film became the highest grossing live-action musical film and the second highest grossing film of 2017. Moreover, the 2017 film features a remake of the song ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from the 1991 film. The pop music stars, Ariana Grande and John Legend sang the new version of this song which was originally sung by Celine Dion. In addition to this, Celion Dion rendered her voice for one of the new original songs, ‘How Does a Moment Last Forever’. Indeed, the film is magical to watch.
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