Greatest Movie Musicals of All-Time

The 180 Nominees



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.


AFI's 25 Greatest Musicals

The 180 Nominees (alphabetical)

(Winners denoted with this icon and winning rank number)


  1. Aladdin (1992)
  2. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
  3. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  4. All That Jazz (1979) # 14
  5. An American in Paris (1951) # 9
  6. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  7. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  8. Babes in Arms (1939)
  9. Babes in Toyland (1934)
  10. Babes on Broadway (1941)
  11. The Band Wagon (1953) # 17
  12. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
  13. Bathing Beauty (1944)
  14. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
  15. Beauty and the Beast (1991) # 22
  16. Bells Are Ringing (1960)
  17. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
  18. Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
  19. Blue Skies (1946)
  20. Brigadoon (1954)
  21. The Broadway Melody (1929)
  22. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
  23. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  24. Cabaret (1972) # 5
  25. Cabin in the Sky (1943)
  26. Calamity Jane (1953)
  27. Call Me Madam (1953)
  28. Carmen Jones (1954)
  29. Carousel (1956)
  30. Chicago (2002) # 12
  31. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  32. Cinderella (1950)
  33. The Court Jester (1956)
  34. Cover Girl (1944)
  35. Daddy Long Legs (1955)
  36. Dames (1934)
  37. Damn Yankees! (1958)
  38. A Damsel in Distress (1937)
  39. Dick Tracy (1990)
  40. The Dolly Sisters (1945)
  41. Down Argentine Way (1940)
  42. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
  43. Dumbo (1941)
  44. Easter Parade (1948)
  45. Evita (1996)
  46. Fame (1980)
  47. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  48. Flying Down to Rio (1933)
  49. Follow the Fleet (1936)
  50. Footlight Parade (1933)
  51. For Me and My Gal (1942)
  52. 42nd Street (1933) # 13
  53. Funny Face (1957)
  54. Funny Girl (1968) # 16
  55. The Gang's All Here (1943)
  56. The Gay Divorcee (1934)
  57. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  58. Gigi (1958)
  59. The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
  60. Girl Crazy (1943)
  61. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
  62. Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
  63. The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
  64. Good News (1947)
  65. Grease (1978) # 20
  66. The Great Caruso (1951)
  67. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  68. Guys and Dolls (1955) # 23
  69. Gypsy (1962)
  70. Hair (1979)
  71. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)
  72. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
  73. The Harvey Girls (1946)
  74. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  75. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
  76. High Society (1956)
  77. Holiday Inn (1942)
  78. Hollywood Hotel (1937)
  79. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
  80. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  81. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
  82. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
  83. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  84. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  85. The Jolson Story (1946)
  86. The Jungle Book (1967)
  87. Kid Millions (1934)
  88. The King and I (1956) # 11
  89. King of Jazz (1930)
  90. Kismet (1955)
  91. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  92. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  93. Les Girls (1957)
  94. The Lion King (1994)
  95. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  96. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  97. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  98. Love Me Tonight (1932)
  99. The Love Parade (1929)
  100. Mary Poppins (1964) # 6
  101. Maytime (1937)
  102. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) # 10
  103. The Merry Widow (1934)
  104. Moon Over Miami (1941)
  105. Mother Wore Tights (1947)
  106. Moulin Rouge! (2001) # 25
  107. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  108. The Music Man (1962)
  109. My Fair Lady (1964) # 8
  110. Naughty Marietta (1935)
  111. Neptune's Daughter (1949)
  112. New York, New York (1977)
  113. A Night at the Opera (1935)
  114. Oklahoma! (1955)
  115. Oliver! (1968)
  116. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  117. On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  118. On the Avenue (1937)
  119. On the Town (1949) # 19
  120. One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)
  121. One Night of Love (1934)
  122. The Pajama Game (1957)
  123. Pal Joey (1957)
  124. Pennies From Heaven (1981)
  125. Peter Pan (1953)
  126. Pinocchio (1940)
  127. The Pirate (1948)
  128. Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
  129. Porgy and Bess (1959)
  130. Purple Rain (1984)
  131. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
  132. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  133. Romance on the High Seas (1948)
  134. Royal Wedding (1957)
  135. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) # 21
  136. 1776 (1972)
  137. Shall We Dance (1937)
  138. Show Boat (1936) # 24
  139. Show Boat (1951)
  140. Silk Stockings (1957)
  141. Singin in the Rain (1952) # 1
  142. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  143. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  144. Song of the South (1946)
  145. The Sound of Music (1965) # 4
  146. South Pacific (1958)
  147. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
  148. Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
  149. A Star is Born (1954) # 7
  150. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  151. State Fair (1945)
  152. Stormy Weather (1943)
  153. Strike Up the Band (1940)
  154. Summer Stock (1950)
  155. Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
  156. Sunny Side Up (1929)
  157. Swing Time (1936)
  158. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
  159. Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
  160. That Night in Rio (1941)
  161. There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
  162. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
  163. Three Little Words (1950)
  164. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
  165. Tin Pan Alley (1940)
  166. Top Hat (1935) # 15
  167. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
  168. Victor/Victoria (1982)
  169. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  170. West Side Story (1961) # 2
  171. White Christmas (1954)
  172. Whoopee! (1930)
  173. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  174. The Wizard of Oz (1939) # 3
  175. Words and Music (1948)
  176. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) # 18
  177. Yentl (1983)
  178. You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
  179. Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  180. Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

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