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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

AFI's Movie Musicals


It's amazing that the American Film Institute, with their penchant for making lists, didn't get around to this already: the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time. We could quibble with placements (Grease, All That Jazz and Moulin Rouge too low; A Star Is Born and Yankee Doodle Dandy too high), but we think the top five is just about as solid as it could be...and the #1 and #2 are unquestionably the right choices for their spots. In fact, there are no obvious mistakes on the list -- had Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar or Can't Stop The Music been on this list, however, we would have had to throw down. With somebody.

1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
2. West Side Story (1961)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
4. The Sound of Music (1965)
5. Cabaret (1972)
6. Mary Poppins (1964)
7. A Star Is Born (1954)
8. My Fair Lady (1964)
9. An American in Paris (1951)
10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
11. The King and I (1956)
12. Chicago (2002)
13. 42nd Street (1933)
14. All That Jazz (1979)
15. Top Hat (1935)
16. Funny Girl (1968)
17. The Band Wagon (1953)
18. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
19. On the Town (1949)
20. Grease (1978)
21. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
22. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
23. Guys and Dolls (1955)
24. Show Boat (1936)
25. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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