Great Movies: Musicals By Decade

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1930s

Alexander's Ragtime Band Alexander's Ragtime Band
2004-09 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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A classical musician goes ragtime and rivals a composer for a singer from 1915 to 1938. Features 28 Irving Berlin songs. …More

42nd Street 42nd Street
2000-09 - Warner Home Video
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A Broadway musical director has troubles during rehearsal, promotes the understudy and has a successful opening night. Chiefly memorable for the incredible musical numbers. …More

Love Me Tonight Love Me Tonight
2003-11 - Kino Video
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Mistaken for a baron, a singing Paris tailor woos a princess at her castle. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. …More

Maytime

Maytime
1937-Warner Bros. Digital Dist
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One of the top-grossing films of 1937, Maytime is the poignant, glorious musical that has long been acknowledged as a supreme masterpiece of its genre. See and hear Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy at the height of their vocal powers and popularity.

Lubitsch Musicals One Hour With You 
1932 - Image/Sphe
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Andre and Colette Bertier are happily married. When Colette introduces her husband to her flirtatious best friend, Mitzi, he does his best to resist her advances.

Top Hat Top Hat
2005-08 - Turner Home Entertainment
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A woman believes that an enamored dancer is her best friend's husband. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Irving Berlin songs. …More

1940s

Anchors Aweigh Anchors Aweigh
2000-05 - Warner Studios
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In this 1945 MGM musical classic, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly star as a pair of girl-chasing sailors on leave in Los Angeles. When Joseph Brady and Clarence Doolittle get caught in a love triangle with Hollywood bit actress Susan Abbott, hilarity ensues. …More

Cabin in the Sky Cabin in the Sky
2006-01 - Warner Home Video
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Agents of heaven and hell fight for Little Joe's soul after his wife gets him a pardon. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. …More

Cover Girl Cover Girl
2003-05 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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A Brooklyn chorus girl wins a contest, leaves her boyfriend and joins a Broadway show. …More

Down Argentine Way Down Argentine Way
2008-06 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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A rich, blond New York show jumper follows the son of a horse breeder back to Argentina. …More

Easter Parade Easter Parade
2011-02 - Warner Home Video
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Dumped by his partner, a New York dancer grooms a chorus girl to take her place. Music by Irving Berlin. …More

Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection Girl Crazy 
1943 - Warner Home Video
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Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to be a female for miles.

Holiday Inn Holiday Inn
2010-08 - Universal Home Video
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A singer and a dancer flirt with women at the singer's New England inn, open only on holidays. …More

Meet Me in St Louis Meet Me in St Louis
2004-04 - Warner Home Video
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Story of a family at the 1903 World's Fair. Originally released as a motion picture in 1944. Based on the book by Sally Benson. …More

Yankee Doodle Dandy Yankee Doodle Dandy
1943 - Warner Home Video
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Song-and-dance man George M. Cohan recalls his life from a youth in vaudeville to later success. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Best actor Oscar for Cagney. …More

1950s

Annie Get Your Gun Annie Get Your Gun
2005-03 - Warner Home Video
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The popular musical makes its eagerly-awaited video debut. It's the story of Annie Oakley, a backwoods girl who challenges Frank Butler's claim to being the best marksman around, and hits a bull's-eye to his heart, as well. This Special Edition features the original trailer; a new introduction by Howard Keel; and 3 rare outtake musical numbers, including two with original star Judy Garland. …More

The Band Wagon The Band Wagon
2011-11 - Warner Home Video
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Two playwrights bring a movie dancer to New York for a Broadway show with a ballerina. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. …More

Carmen Jones Carmen Jones
2007-01 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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A sultry plant worker drives a wartime soldier to murder in Jacksonville, Fla. Directed by Otto Preminger. …More

Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls
1955 - Tcfhe/MGM
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A Broadway gambler bets a Runyonesque high roller cannot take a sidewalk soul-saver on a date to Havana. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. …More

High Society High Society
2005-09 - Warner Home Video
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A socialite's ex-husband and a magazine writer show up for her wedding in this remake of The Philadelphia Story. …More

Jailhouse Rock Jailhouse Rock
2010-12 - Warner Home Video
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An inmate learns guitar from his cellmate, then gets an agent and turns rock 'n' roll star. …More

Gigi Gigi
2008-09 - Warner Home Video
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An heir wants to marry the waif groomed to be his mistress in Gay '90s Paris. …More

Oklahoma! Oklahoma!
1955 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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Cowboy Curly loves Laurey despite hired hand Jud Fry . Rodgers and Hammerstein songs include Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'. …More

On the Town On the Town
2005-03 - Warner Home Video
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Sailors Gabey, Chip and Ozzie have 24 hours to meet pretty women and see the sights of New York. …More

Singin' in the Rain Singin' in the Rain
2005-04 - Warner Home Video
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A silent-film star loves a chorus girl who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood talkie. …More

1960s

Bells Are Ringing Bells Are Ringing
2005-03 - Warner Home Video
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A busybody telephone operator falls for a writer in a creative slump. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. …More

Billy Rose's Jumbo Billy Rose's Jumbo
1962 - Warner Home Video
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A girl and her father unknowingly hire a rival's son to help them save their tiny circus. …More

Bye Bye Birdie Bye Bye Birdie
2008-04 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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This is the musical about a rock 'n roll star who agrees to sing his farewell song on television before being drafted. …More

Finian's Rainbow Finian's Rainbow
2005-03 - Warner Home Video
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An Irishman and his daughter steal a leprechaun's pot of gold. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. …More

Funny Girl Funny Girl
2007-11 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein. …More

Gypsy Gypsy
2006-02 - Warner Home Video
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One of a stage mother's daughters quits, and the other becomes stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. …More

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
2003-04 - Tcfhe/MGM
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A window washer bluffs his way past a secretary on his way to the top of a global conglomerate. …More

The Music Man The Music Man
1962 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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"Professor" Harold Hill is a con man who comes to River City, IA, in the weeks just prior to the 1912 Fourth of July celebration. Persuading the town that the youth of River City is in great danger of being corrupted, Hill convinces them that their need to organization a boy's band, with himself as a leader. Hill promises to teach the kids how to make music by utilizing his revolutionary "Think System." More

My Fair Lady My Fair Lady
2009-10 - Paramount Home Video
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Professor Henry Higgins bets he can refine cockney Eliza Doolittle. Oscars for best picture, director George Cukor, actor Harrison. …More

The Sound of Music The Sound of Music
1965 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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A student nun becomes governess to Capt. Von Trapp's seven children in pre-World War II Austria. Oscars for best picture, director Robert Wise. …More

Sweet Charity Sweet Charity
2003-03 - Universal Home Video
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Love's a dream to a hostess in a seedy New York dance hall. Directed by Bob Fosse. From the Neil Simon play. …More

West Side Story West Side Story
2013-04 - Tcfhe/MGM
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Rival New York City gangs affect the love of a young man and woman from each side. Oscars for best picture, directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins; supporting Oscars for George Chakiris and Rita Moreno. …More

1970s and Beyond

The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers
2009-01 - Universal Home Video
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The story of Jake and Elwood Blues, two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, who set out to locate and re-enlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in order to earn some honest money. …More

Cabaret Cabaret
2006-02 - Warner Home Video
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Singer Sally Bowles lives on the fringe in decadent 1931 Berlin. Oscars for director Bob Fosse, actress Minnelli, supporting actor Grey. …More

Dreamgirls Dreamgirls
2013-03 - Warner Home Video
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The official companion book featuring essays exploring the production of the film, Michael Bennett's legendary Broadway musical, and the historic Motown revolution that inspired both. Illustrated with more than 200 color stills, concept paintings, costume designs, album art, and archival photographs.  …More

Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof
1998-06 - MGM
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Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof. …More

Chicago Chicago
2012-03 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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Based on the Broadway musical, two women convicted of murder in the 1920s become celebrities by manipulating the media. …More

Grease Grease
2011-05 - Paramount Home Video
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It's a wildly popular, widely appealing, energetically upbeat musical about high school romance. …More

Hairspray Hairspray
2010-01 - New Line Cinema Corporation
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It's 1962 and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams, has only one passion in life - to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." When her chance arrives, she grooves her way into instant stardom and the eyes of teen-dream Link Larkin (Zac Efron).  …More

Les Miserables Les Miserables
2013-03 - Universal Home Video
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In early 19th century France the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past. …More

Moulin Rouge Moulin Rouge
2003-01 - Fox Home Entertainment
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An idealistic and poor young writer who is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec which leads him into a love triangle involving the unobtainable Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections. …More

Rent Rent
2011-03 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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IN NEW YORK'S EAST VILLAGE, A GROUP OF BOHEMIANS STRUGGLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH THEIR ART & STRIVE FOR SUCCESS & ACCEPTANCE WHILE ENDURING THE OBSTACLES OF POVERTY, ILLNESS & THE AIDS EPIDEMIC. …More