10 Best Musical Movies

Who doesn’t love musicals? They’re one of the most fun genres to watch, and there are so many great ones that it’s hard to pick the best. But today we at BFS tried to do just that, as we talk about the 10 best musical movies.

  1. West Side Story

This is a musical about modern Romeo and Juliet with so many amazing musical numbers. A tragic story, but a visual masterpiece that is an amazing example of a Broadway musical translated into a movie.

2. The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is the most classic musical there is. Starring the beautiful Julie Andrews this is undoubtedly a timeless work of art with so many classic songs like “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.

3. Chicago

This movie stars some bad ass ladies, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, has so many unforgettable numbers it is almost impossible to pick your favorite song, and showcases some truly dazzling costume design. This movie is so good it even won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2003.

4. Gigi

With a beautiful romance and that Old Hollywood charm, this musical is hard not to love. Not only did this movie win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959, but it also broke the record at the time for most Oscar wins by taking home 9 awards that night.

5. La La Land

La La Land is the newest one on the list, yet the magic it brings to the screen makes it feel like a classic. Between the amazing music, stunning cinematography, and all of those nods to Old Hollywood, La La Land is one of the most beautiful musicals to date.

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie is the original cult classic. It has one of the biggest cultural influences of any of the movies on this list. And between the rocking music, the iconic costumes, and the entrancing story, this is the kind of movie that still has people dressing up and throwing stuff at the screen to this day.

7. An American in Paris

An American in Paris is one of those Old Hollywood classics that you just gotta love. It stars the Hollywood legend himself, Gene Kelly, and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1952.

8. Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is a timeless romantic comedy set in Old Hollywood. It brought us so many iconic scenes, including the titular song and rain sequence of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Its undeniable charm is what keeps us loving it over 60 years after it came out.

9. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one of those musicals that you just can’t help but dance to. With a star studded cast and its beautiful Greek scenery, this is one of those fun filled movies that you can watch over and over again. It also has a sequel coming out this year, and I don’t know about you, but we at BFS are counting down the days until that comes out!

10. The Wizard of Oz

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Wizard of OZ is a large part of movie history. It also features so many classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and has one of those unforgettable stories that everyone knows about.

 

Advertisements

Let’s do the Time Warp Again: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

The original cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is a sight to behold with kickass music, costumes, set design, and more. This film really rocked (pun intended) the film industry by becoming one of the first films to develop a cult following. For today’s literal Time Warp Tuesday it’s time to look at how this film became the cult classic it is today.

Just in case you haven’t seen Rocky Horror (which if that is the case, what have you been doing with your life up until now?) I will recap it for you. A young, newly engaged couple, Janet (Susan Sarandon) and Brad (Barry Bostwick), approach a castle on a dark stormy night in search of a telephone after one of the tires on their car blows out. They are welcomed inside by handyman Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien) where they meet mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry, who later played Pennywise in the original It). From this point forward all kinds of strange happenings occur.

This film started out as a stage play under the title The Rocky Horror Show. The “picture” portion of the title was added for the film adaption. It was written by Richard O’Brien in London in the 1970s where he was inspired by science fiction and B horror movies. After its large success on stage, it was turned into a film.

When the film first opened it did not draw large audiences. In fact, many early showings got cancelled. But once it was relaunched as a midnight film starting at the Waverly Theater in New York City that all began to change.

Not only did the film become a big hit, but a very large, committed fan base began to form. People started coming to the theater dressed as the characters, performing callbacks to what’s happening on the screen, and throwing objects such as toast and toilet paper. Another staple of Rocky Horror showings are shadow casts who act out the film.

Now, midnight showings of Rocky Horror are a regular occurrence in countless theaters across the country. There are even Rocky Horror conventions as the fan base has grown only larger and more committed as the years have gone by. Fans seem to really connect with this film in a way that you don’t see with many other films.

The massive cult following that this film has gained made way for other cult films such as The Room and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show really did change the film industry by creating this new participatory way to enjoy your favorite film. In a sense, it created its own genre of cult films with its signature showings and dedicated fan base that have become synonymous with the words The Rocky Horror Picture Show.