AFI Lists Great Musicals

By Josh Tyler 2006-09-05 00:00:00discussion comments
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The American Film Institute has released a new list of the top 25 movie musicals of all time. If I've learned anything in the time I've been running Cinema Blend, it's that people love lists. It doesn't matter if they're stupid, it doesn't matter if they donít make any sense, it doesn't matter if they're completely obvious; the secret to success is listing things, and listing often.

This strange list obsession may seem rather banal, but it's no worse than say... joining a Johnny Knoxville fangroup or writing "Charmed" fan fiction. The onlines would dry up and die out without that crap, humanity's just not perfect.

The AFI lives for lists, and their latest says Singin' in the Rain is cinema's greatest movie musical ever. Ok, their winner isn't exactly a shock, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Wizard of Oz checking in at number 3, Mary Poppins at number 6, and Beauty and the Beast at number 2. Animated movies often don't get a lot of respect as musicals, and classic kids movies like Poppins are easily overlooked, so it's nice to see them getting their due.

Other entry's of note include 2002's Chicago at number 12, and 2001's Moulin Rouge at 25. To me that says they were more interested in traditional musical fare. Of the two, Moulin Rouge is the more creative, innovative film.

But the real fun of lists like this is in arguing over what you would have done if you were the one making it. I'm posting the full AFI Top 25 Musicals list below, tells us in the comments section how you would have ranked them.

1. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

2. WEST SIDE STORY - 1961 United Artists

3. WIZARD OF OZ, THE - 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

4. SOUND OF MUSIC, THE - 1965 Twentieth Century-Fox

5. CABARET - 1972 Allied Artists

6. MARY POPPINS - 1964 Disney

7. STAR IS BORN, A - 1954 Warner Bros.

8. MY FAIR LADY - 1964 Warner Bros.

9. AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN - 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

10. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - 1944 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

11. KING AND I, THE - 1956 Twentieth Century-Fox

12. CHICAGO - 2002 Miramax

13. 42ND STREET - 1933 Warner Bros.

14. ALL THAT JAZZ - 1979 Twentieth Century-Fox, Columbia

15. TOP HAT - 1935 RKO

16. FUNNY GIRL - 1968 Columbia

17. BAND WAGON, THE - 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

18. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY - 1942 Warner Bros.

19. ON THE TOWN - 1949 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

20. GREASE - 1978 Paramount

21. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS - 1954 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

22. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1991 Disney

23. GUYS AND DOLLS - 1955 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

24. SHOW BOAT - 1936 Universal

25 MOULIN ROUGE! 2001 Twentieth Century Fox
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