You could not go wrong with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the top of their game, mix in some of the best Irving Berlin songs, splashy sets, and you have a movie that is going to stand the test of time.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Perhaps one of the most beloved musicals in cinema history, featuring a young Judy Garland. The innocence of this film is one that makes us feel all at home in Kansas or Oz. For anyone who has bad to say about this film has never fully listened to Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Perhaps one of the greatest MGM musicals ever produced by MGM. Directed with skill by Vincente Minnelli and featuring Judy Garland at her best. Complete with thrilling set-pieces, incredible songs, and a melancholy feel of missing loved ones. This is as close to perfect as a musical can come. This infographic showcases the film process very nicely.
Easter Parade (1948)
It really doesn’t get much better than a musical constructed around some of Irving Berlin’s most immortal songs. This is a musical you want to watch when you want to get lost in another era and time.
An American in Paris (1951)
It is hard to take your eyes off the screen as you watch the charm and finesse of Gene Kelly’s dancing skills or the charm of Leslie Caron. Featuring unforgettable Gershwin tunes like I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You. This is a musical feat that was well ahead of its time and an incredible achievement.
Calamity Jane (1953)
This is Doris Day at her absolute best upon the Deadwood stage in a musical comedy that everyone will love. Featuring Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickcock, however, it is Doris Day that you simply cannot take your eyes off, especially when she launches in the incredible Secret Love.
West Side Story (1961)
While this is a film that has some weak points it is the strengths that give it heart. The film’s weak point is the bland Tony played by Richard Beymer. However, it is brought up by the brilliant performances of Rita Moreno and George Chakiris The dancing is incredible and the songs will get stuck in your head for days.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Prior to the dawn of MTV, this was one of the only ways to see your favorite singers on screen. And director Richard Lester provided the perfect vehicle to show off the charm and wit of the Beatles. The film provides an opportunity for the Fab Four to showcase their humorous sides and allows for the opportunity of an incredible soundtrack by Lennon and McCartney.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
A unique operetta by Jacques Demy with Catherine Deneuve portraying a shopgirl who falls in love with a garage boy who then leaves her pregnant. The use of color in this musical is inspired and I Will Wait For You, will leave you mesmerized.
The core of this musical is the romance that is set up with a 1950’s high school backdrop. There is a magical partnership between Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta for this rollicking musical. This is one film where the songs will be etched in your memory for a very long time!