Greatest Movie Musicals of All-Time
The 25 Greatest

by American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, California conducted its 2006 polling on the Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time, to highlight the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time.

See also this site's informative sections on Greatest Musical Song/Dance Movie Moments and Scenes (illustrated) and the genre of Film Musicals with a listing of the Top Film Musicals of All Time.

A ballot was distributed in 2006 with 180 nominated musicals to a jury of over 500 leaders from the creative community, including composers, musicians, film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors and cinematographers), critics and historians. Due to the extensive number of memorable movie musicals in American film, jurors were also allowed to write in votes for musicals that did not already appear on the ballot. Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films

Judging Criteria for Selecting 25 Greatest Movie Musicals:

  • MUSICAL - A feature-length American film* in which music and lyrics significantly advance the plot, develop character or are otherwise integral to the film narrative.
    *AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.
  • HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE - Musicals that have left an indelible mark on the history of the moving image - through innovation in song and dance, visionary narrative devices or other groundbreakingachievements.
  • CREATIVE IMPACT - Musicals with songs that evoke the memory of its film source, thus ensuring and enlivening both the music and the movie's historical legacy.
  • LEGACY - Musicals that continue to inspire artists and audiences alike.

AFI's 25 Greatest Musicals
  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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