Following the success of 2016's hit La La Land, as well as Disney’s return to form with Moana and the live-action Beauty and the Beast, it’s safe to say movie musicals are making a big comeback. If you liked these movies and want to check out some other really great musicals, here are some classics that you can watch right from your couch.
1. Hello Dolly (Netflix)
Can't recommend this movie enough. It was directed by Singing in the Rain’s Gene Kelly and features some of the most entertaining dance numbers ever filmed. You might recognize some of the songs from the Pixar classic Wall-E.
2. Sweeney Todd (Netflix)
One of Tim Burton’s last good movies, this gothic musical features Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. It's famous for its visual style and its graphic gore and violence.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Netflix)
It's considered one of Tim Burton’s best films, though most people may not know, Burton didn’t actually direct it. Nevertheless, this animated musical put stop motion back on the map, and it turned composer Danny Elfman into a household name.
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hulu)
This is one of the most underrated Disney movies of all time, probably because of its adult and dark themes. This film has some of the best songs to ever be put in a children’s film.
5. Chicago (Netflix)
The last musical to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. That’s reason alone to check it out.
6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Amazon Prime)
I feel like people forget this is a musical. I’m sure you’ve all seen this as kids, but give it another chance as an adult. It’s got some great songs, solid cinematography, and really good humor. Not to mention the late great Gene Wilder at his best.
7. The Phantom of the Opera (Hulu)
My all-time guilty pleasure is the stage version of Phantom. This movie isn’t very good. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who directed the infamous Batman and Robin with George Clooney. That should tell you everything. Regardless, this movie is still worth watching for the music alone.
8. Grease (Netflix)
I’m sure most of you have already seen Grease. It’s usually the first musical anyone ever watches. So if you hate musicals and have never seen this, check it out. It’s a good gateway into the world of musicals.
9. South Park: Bigger, Badder, and Uncut (Hulu, Amazon Prime)
Talk about underrated. This movie actually saved South Park from being cancelled after an abysmal Season 2. Thanks to this movie, and its hilarious soundtrack (which was nominated for Best Song at the Oscars), South Park continues to be one of America's leading sources for cultural satire.
10. Across The Universe (Hulu, Amazon Prime)
I’m not a big fan of jukebox musicals (ones that feature already known pop songs), but this one is just so cool with its really weird and stylized visuals. And who can say no to a movie with nothing but Beatles' songs?