Directed by Ryan Murphy, who is known for creating several successful television shows, ‘The Prom’ is a musical comedy film that follows four Broadway actors who help a teenage girl getting into the prom with her girlfriend. It is based on the musical of the same name by Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar and Bob Martin. Beguelin and Martin wrote the screenplay of the film and also served as producers. If you liked ‘The Prom’ and are into musicals, then we have a list for you. You can watch most of these films like ‘The Prom’ on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
8. Les Miserable (2012)
Based on the 1962 French novel of the same name, this multi-starrer Tom Hooper directorial, is a modern masterpiece in the musical genre. With a stellar cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe the movie follows Jean Valjean, a prisoner who violates parole and lays the foundation of a new life. Soon, circumstances lead him to become the caretaker of a young girl after her mother passes away. Valjean’s life takes a dangerous turn when he is forced to face his past. The actors in the film also lend their own voice to the songs. ‘Les Miserables’ won multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Awards.
7. Chicago (2002)
This musical crime film was the first film in the genre to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the 1968 ‘Oliver!’. Set in the 1920s, the film is based on the eponymous stage musical, stars Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones as two murderesses who are awaiting trial in Chicago. The role earned Zeta-Jones the Best Supporting Actress award at the Academy Awards and BAFTA. You cannot miss ‘Chicago’ and its glitz and glitter, if you a fan of the musicals.
6. The Greatest Showman (2017)
Based on the story of the creation of Barnum’s American Museum by showman P.T. Barnum, the film is a delight to watch. Especially Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Barnum, which is the major highlight of the film. Directed by debutant Michael Gracey, the film also has a strong supporting cast, including Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson. It became the fifth highest-grossing live-action musical and garnered several awards.
5. La La Land (2016)
No list of musical movies is complete without this gem. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film has a refreshing pair of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as people falling in love in Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams. A major critical and commercial success, ‘La La Land’ won a record-breaking seven awards at the Golden Globes and also received the Best Picture and Best Actress (Stone) at the Academy Awards.
4. Pitch Perfect (2012)
This 2012 musical film also has a heavy dose of comedy. Directed by Jason Moore and loosely based on Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book of the same name, ‘Pitch Perfect’ is exactly what the title says. It showcases the ups and downs in Barden University’s all-girl acappella group’s journey to win The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Filled with excellent performances by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Skylar Astin, among others, this light-hearted musical met with a positive critical response and proved to be a commercial success. Watch it you are looking for a fun ride with great musical numbers.
3. Mamma Mia! (2008)
This jukebox musical film is a delight for fans of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Based on the 1999 musical of the same name, the film stars Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, and Dominic Cooper, among others who sing the song themselves. The movie a young bride-to-be who embarks on a mission to find the perfect suitor for her mother by inviting three suitable men to her forthcoming wedding. It has all of ABBA’s popular hits like ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ as part of the soundtrack. You can watch this film for many reasons – ABBA’s songs, lovely soundtrack and great performances.
2. Rocketman (2019)
Based on the life of British musician Elton John, this film has all the ingredients for a delightful musical. Amazing soundtrack, impressive set-pieces, as well as dramatic moments, performed brilliantly by the actors, including Taron Egerton, who graciously portrays John in the film. It also has a strong supporting cast comprising Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden. It’s truly a treat for fans of the musical and John’s music.
1. A Star Is Born (2018)
Bradley Cooper, shines like a star in his directorial debut. A remake of the ‘A Star Is Born’ musical, the film also has Lady Gaga who acts and sings beautifully and effortlessly. It tells the story of an alcoholic musician who falls in love with a singer. The film has several live performance scenes that are complemented by the beautiful soundtrack. Owing to its story and emotional gravity, ‘A Star Is Born’ also works for those who are not into musicals.
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