La La Land is the latest musical movie to steal our hearts and move our feet. Director Damien Chazelle’s fantastical film is the winner of seven #GoldenGlobes and is on track to dance its way into #Hollywood history at the upcoming #Oscars as well.
If you're one of the millions of people who were captivated by #LaLaLand and felt like you hadn't seen a film quite like it in a long time (or ever), you're in luck. Because there are several sensational movie musicals out there that are also high notes for the musical genre and here are ten such films that are sure to leave you on a major key.
10. Sing Street
- Directed by: John Carney
- Released: 2016
La La Land was not the only musical movie that released in 2016. Way before Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone turned a busy #LosAngeles highway into beautiful choreography, the kids of #SingStreet were turning the streets of Dublin, Ireland into concerts.
Taking place in the ‘80s, Sing Street is about a group of kids who love music, but one in particular among the group is falling in love with the girl of his dreams.
- Directed by: Alan Parker
- Released: 1996
Evita depicts the life of former Argentinian First Lady, Eva “Evita” Peron. The film stars Madonna as #Evita with Antonio Banderas as Ché, the famous guerrilla warfare strategist. The movie is based on the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- Directed by: Randal Kleiser
- Released: 1978
Summer may be gone, but summer lovin' is still around. Considered a classic by many, Grease stars John Travolta as the bad boy Danny, who falls in love with Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John.
This original high school musical made the genre cool again for a generation at a time when sci-fi films were the popular kids on the block.
Plus, who doesn’t love classic Travolta?
- Directed by: Herbert Ross
- Released: 1984
Not the 2011 remake, we are talking about the original, baby!
Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack got loose in 1984 when dancing and Rock #music was prohibited in his town. A story of love, rebellion and spirit, Footloose will no doubt put you in the mood to kick of your Sunday shoes.
6. Dirty Dancing
- Directed by: Emile Ardolino
- Released: 1987
Believe me when I tell you, you’ll have the time of your life watching Dirty Dancing.
This timeless film perfectly captures the theme of love and passion while also giving us classic popular hits such as “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze, who also stars in the movie.
5. Moulin Rouge!
- Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
- Released: 2001
You may know him as Obi Wan Kenobi in the #StarWars prequels, but Ewan McGregor delivered one of his best performances in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! Did you know the Jedi could sing?
Also starring Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a struggling writer who falls in love with the star of the cabaret, Moulin Rouge.
A beautiful film with fantastic music, this one is one you sure need to see.
4. Purple Rain
- Directed by: Albert Magnoli
- Released: 1984
Purple Rain was Prince’s big screen debut, and what a debut it was! The musical movie was a massive hit and paved the way for many other rock movies that followed. It even won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
If you love the album, the movie is a must-see.
- Directed by: Rob Marshall
- Released: 2002
Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, Chicago tells the story of the 1920s Jazz era in Chicago, Illinois. La La Land incorporated Jazz into a modern setting, now experience Jazz in its original atmosphere with 2002’s Chicago.
If that’s not enough convincing, the film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. #Chicago is a modern classic. (Just check out the clip above for a taste of "All That Jazz.")
2. Singing In The Rain
- Directed by: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
- Released: 1952
Speaking of classics, there's no substitute for Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s Singing in the Rain. Starring the great, late #DebbieReynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, Singing in the Rain tells the story of #Hollywood actors transitioning from the silent screen era to the “talkies.”
If you haven’t seen Singing in the Rain then hurry up and do yourself a favor. Watch it today.
1. West Side Story
- Directed by: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins
- Released: 1961
Winner of 10 Academy Awards, West Side Story is based on the #Broadway musical of the same name.
The Best Picture winner tells the story of two street gangs, the Jets and Sharks, and the love that a Jet member, Tony (Richard Beymer) has for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks' boss.
#WestSideStory is a staple of the musical genre, and it's influence continues to impact pop culture today.
What are your favorite musical movies? Let me know in the comments.
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