Musicals have a special place in the movie world. However, this genre of film isn’t right for everyone. Whether you are most interested in the theater adaptations or you enjoy a great musical in movie form, there are plenty of options from which you can choose. As you consider your options, think about these great musicals that have left their impression on the world of music and movies alike.

West Side Story

A slightly more modern version of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is the story of two individuals who are from different worlds but are in love with each other. However, this unlikely pair encounters various stumbling blocks along the way, including the girl’s family and the local street gangs. This story is an exciting one with plenty of twist and turns, as well as lots of action. Will this love story turn out with the same kind of tragic end as Romeo and Juliet or will love triumph?

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is a true classic in the world of musicals and stars the talented Julie Andrews. This movie has been enjoyed by generations who enjoy a combination of a great story and music. Andrews plays a nun who leaves the convent to take care of the children of a widower. Over the course of the story, the children go from despising their new governess to adoring her, as does their father, creating a great love story along the way. Recently on San Antonio channels, specifically NBC, Carrie Underwood tried her hand at a live performance of The Sound of Music. Critics were harsh and many people said that no one can live up to Andrews’ performance.


Grease is another of the great musical classics that many people enjoy. This musical, which takes place in the 1950s, is a classic good girl falls for bad boy style story that leads to plenty of singing and dancing over the matter. The couple originally launches in a summer romance that isn’t supposed to continue beyond until they find each other attending the same high school, giving them the chance to rekindle the romance they shared.


While many musicals are adaptations of Broadway musicals, there are other ways in which these musicals can become great movies individuals love to watch. For instance, Walt Disney was able to take music to a new level with his animated film, Fantasia. This film is a collection of cartoons that are set to different types of music. For instance, the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” shows what happens when Mickey Mouse tries to become a sorcerer. Other popular songs that are featured in this fun film include “The Rite of Spring,” “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Ave Maria.” This collection has been a fan favorite since it was released in 1940.

Musicals come in all types and styles. When you are looking for a great movie that will have you singing and dancing along, these musicals are great options. However, the list doesn’t stop here. There are so many musicals that have been created as films over the years that it can often be difficult to choose exactly which one you want to watch. If you are having trouble choosing one, start with this list. But if you want even more options, you will find plenty of movies that fit into this genre.

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