“I’m singin’ in the rain.” “Mami!” “We’re in the money.” These are only some of the famous lyrics of musicals that hit the silver screen over the past century.
Unfortunately for fans of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers, annual musicals produced on film came to a conclusion at the end of the 1960s. Since then, there have been only a handful of successful musicals, such as “Chicago,” “Everyone Says I Love You” and “The Jazz Singer” (remake).
Of course, none of the aforementioned could live up to the superb musical motion pictures of the classics produced since the invention of the talking picture. After all the movie musicals that filled the silver screen, what are the top five of all time? Here is a list for those who want to know what the best ones are.
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) – Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds
This film surrounds the time of the end of the silent picture. During this transition period, many actors either led a successful film career or dwindled into the pit of obscurity. The stars of this film transform their dull talking picture into a full blown musical – the two main characters fall in love in the process.
“An American in Paris” (1951) – Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant
Another successful musical starring Gene Kelly. This film is about three struggling artists, Kelly portrays a painter, who attempt to find work in Paris, but things become delightful when two of them fall in love with each other.
“Broadway Melody of 1940” (1940) – Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy
The story follows an unsuccessful dance duo in New York. A producer discovers a new partner for one of them. This film features many classic Cole Porter tunes, such as “Please Don’t Monkey with Broadway,” “I’ve Got My Eyes on You,” “Begin the Beguine” and many more Porter classics.
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) – James Cagney, Joan Leslie and Walter Huston
James Cagney dances and sings. That’s right. The man who portrayed a sociopathic gangster, a bootlegger on top of New York and head of the taxicabs in New York, James Cagney, portrays world renowned composer, playwright, dancer and actor, George M. Cohan.
“On the Town” (1949) – Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett
Maybe on the greatest musical of all time, but it does feature one of the best musical scenes in the history of cinema: “New York, New York.” It’s about three sailors, who get to spend 24 hours in New York City and have romance during their time.