From the silent era to today, music has long been the best supporting actor in cinema. Adding an extra layer of emotion and solemnity, original music and film soundtracks often become the essence of a film’s impact on audiences . There are times, like in Chariots of Fire, Conan, the Barbarian or Requiem for a Dream that are even more remembered than the movies themselves, going from companions to protagonists of thousands of playlists. Is there anyone who hasn’t put on Rocky ‘s music to train on more than one occasion? Will there be someone from now on who does not confuse the real Elvis Presley with Austin Butler?

Although the music profoundly modifies each narrative, there are times when it is inevitably the protagonist, as in The Lord of the Rings or Psycho . Of course, we do not forget the musical cinema, where the leading role is direct. If the music is good, the rest has to suck for a musical not to hold up. And, as stage musicals have also shown, tapping into this powerful element can take storytelling to a whole new level of entertainment. And if not, tell everyone who has ever walked down a street called Broadway.

The musicals, in addition, are also a great excuse for the stars of the most brilliant song to take their first steps in the seventh art. Also, let’s not forget, they are the best choices for a biopic. In recent years we have verified that a biopic works better if we can revive the songs of its protagonist and feel them in the cinema like a concert. Tell Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury or Taron Egerton as Elton John. This is luck that a writer, a politician or an activist does not have.

If you are one of those who enjoys it when the actors sing and dance in the movies, than do not stop to think about how absurd it is that a murder or a declaration of love ends in dance and song, and you are feet go when you listen to music on the screen, we are going to give you a good handful of reasons for you to enjoy the best musical films in the history of cinema at home. Here are our picks of the top 20 movie musicals you must watch, dance to, and sing along to. There is no shortage of classics like Singing in the Rain , contemporary gems for Beyonce fans, Fred Astaire’s winged feet, brutal dramas like Dance in the Dark or Steven Spielberg’s great remake of West Side Story ..

And if the music runs out, remember that you can go to the best robbery and robbery movies, to the best gangster movies or to horror movies, which is like a musical where there are scares instead of climaxes. But first, let’s dance!

New version of the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet between street gangs to which Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim put music, this time directed by Steven Spielberg. After playing all the genres, it was time for me to do a musical!

Spielberg reverently repeats the 1961 classic but creates something entirely new. A tribute full of life, color and dance, spectacular and classic at the same time. A musical that will make you fall in love with the genre, and with the cinema.

Chicago is one of the most successful and popular musicals of the modern era, with plenty of Oscars in its bag. A curiosity: although Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Richard Gere lead the cast, the one who takes the cake and steals the show is Mama Morton, played by Queen Latifah.

Fiddler on the Roof

A Jewish father of five daughters finds himself fighting an internal culture war as his traditional religious beliefs are constantly challenged by his daughters’ desires to embrace a new era.

In the midst of the shift from silent to talkies, Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen star in this film as a successful film couple whose next film – a musical – proves quite difficult for Jean’s character, who is unable to sing.

A cinematic classic, both for its fantastic narrative and its brilliant use of technicolor technology. The Wizard of Oz stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a young farm girl who was dragged from her Kansas home to the faraway land of Oz.

The 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls was a box office success, starring the likes of Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and Eddie Murphy. The film also introduced less musical audiences to Jennifer Hudson, who made quite an impression, landing a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in the first nomination of her career.

Liza Minnelli stars in this celebrated film as an American expatriate and cabaret singer in 1931 Berlin who, amid the rise of Nazi Germany, finds herself in a complicated love triangle with two men.

With music and lyrics by musical giants Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story is a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, in which a New York gangster and a Puerto Rican immigrant fall in love in the forbidden way.

Co-writer John Cameron Mitchell stars as an East German rocker who, after trying to change his sex (which goes wrong), has his career turned upside down when he discovers that his ex-lover is plagiarizing his songs. .

Another iconic musical role from Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins is the fantastic story of an umbrella-mounted nanny who spreads her magic and charm to a dysfunctional London family through song, dance and a spoonful of sugar.

Written, directed and produced by Beyonce, Black Is King is a mix between a musical film and a visual album that shows us a live adaptation of The Lion King .

Before you ask… “Did the world really need a bunch of movie musicals where Julie Andrews saves a family from despair with song?” The answer is yes. Andrews plays Maria, a young novice who is assigned to be the governess to the children of an Austrian naval officer. In the midst of the Nazi invasion, Maria leads the family to music, joy and freedom.

A Star Is Born (1954)

One of the many precursors to the 2018 adaptation with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. A Star Is Born stars Judy Garland as an aspiring star who finds her way…and an unexpected romance in a renowned actor, played by James Mason. (Warning: “Shallow” does not appear in the original.)

“Nothing bad ever happens in musicals” is something that is repeated, ironically, in this dramatic film about an almost blind worker who is involved in a murder to protect her son. An incredible drama capable of traumatizing us all as Bjork exudes talent, both acting and musical, at every second.

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A French musical where the entire dialogue is songs might sound harsh if you’re not a big fan of the genre, but everything works and everything is perfect in this tragic and romantic love story with an iconic Catherine Deneuve.

Broadway Tunes 1955

Cyd Charisse’s legs made their brutal appearance in Singing in the Rain but never wowed more than against a Fred Astaire who looked too short for his partner . A story halfway between Broadway musicals and also musical reality, one dream pretending to be another, and two stars who fit in better than even they thought.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers starred in 10 films together in the 1930s. Theirs was the decade and both are musical movies with capital letters, the classic. Several of those movies could be on this list but perhaps the best is this story, in which the eternal song Cheek to cheek stands out .

We have to warn that this tape should be viewed with extreme caution because it is, and it is saying a lot, in which Audrey Hepburn appears most beautiful. Many of us have still not recovered from how this intellectual bookseller becomes the new fashion model in the hands of its discoverer and, logically, a photographer in love, a Fred Astaire who, despite being close to retirement, is still the king.

Gene Kelly couldn’t walk away from here with just one appearance and we have to remember that, in his time, this was his real success. 6 well-deserved Oscars adorn this romantic classic with a beautiful Hollywood studio Paris that has a huge musical number based on the paintings of the best French impressionists that has not yet been surpassed.

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra (well, and Jules Munshin) singing to New York dressed as sailors is an image that every fan of the musical should treasure close to their hearts. This is the typical and colorful romantic story, only in triplicate and in just one day. Nothing could go wrong and nothing does.

They say that the classic musical has four stages, the last one is that of Bob Fosse and the two in the middle are those of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. The first is titled by the name of Busby Berkeley, who was neither an actor, nor a director, nor a musician. He was responsible for inventing choreographies made by and for the images. His hypnotic group dances and his overhead camera shot, which composed kaleidoscopic images with the legs of his dancers, are pure movie history and shine like never before in this story about love between humble showgirls and millionaires after the Great Depression.