Musical movies can be a pretty love-hate genre when it comes to movies, but (if you’re a fan) sometimes there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned sung session.
Classic musical films like The sound of music, to more recent versions like In the heights and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, musicals have been a fan favorite for decades. Plus, a slew of reboots means we’ve recently been treated to refreshed versions of older titles, including West Side Story and A star is born.
So if you’re looking for your next wellness musical flick to watch, look no further, because we’ve rounded up some of our favorites here. Enjoy …
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Mom Mia! and mom Mia! Here we go again
IMDb says: The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told through hit songs by popular 1970s band ABBA.
We say: Bangers on bangers. Watch the trailer here.
The greatest showman
IMDb says: Celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who went out of nothing to create a show that became a worldwide sensation.
We say: Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron. What more could we ask for? To see the trailer here.
West Side Story
IMDb says: An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of teenagers of different ethnic backgrounds.
We say: New from 2021, the song and dance are just as amazing as in the original. Watch the trailer here.
In the heights
IMDb says: A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings a better life.
We say: Writer Lin-Manuel Miranda is back and better than ever. Watch the trailer.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
La La Land
IMDb says: As they navigate their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love as they try to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
We say: Ryan Gosling + Emma Stone dancing = heaven. Watch the trailer here.
Not perfect 1, 2 & 3
IMDb says: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is encouraged to join The Bellas, her school’s all-female vocal group. Injecting much-needed energy into their repertoire, the Bellas face off against their male rivals in a campus competition.
We say: This film alone gave way to the biggest cultural change of 2012: the song “Cups”. Watch the trailer.
IMDb says: The real life of one of America’s greatest founding fathers and first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
We say: This one has yet to be made into theaters, but a recording of the musical is available on Disney Plus. Please. Here is the trailer.
IMDb says: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who has been hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking his parole, agrees to care for the daughter of a factory worker. The decision changes their lives forever.
We say: While the subject matter is far from happy, the soundtrack is surprisingly addicting. Watch the trailer.
A star is born
IMDb says: Musician helps young singer gain exposure as age and alcoholism take his own career on a downward spiral.
We say: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper make a perfect couple, and the songs aren’t bad either. Take a look at the trailer.
The sound of music
IMDb says: A young novitiate is sent by her convent to Austria in the 1930s to become governess of the seven children of a widowed naval officer.
We say: An old one (it first came out in 1965!) But forever a classic. Watch the trailer here.
Musical High School
IMDb says: A popular high school athlete and an academically gifted girl land roles in the school musical and develop a friendship that threatens the social order of East High.
We say: We watched it about 5,000 times in 2006 and are still obsessed with it today. Watch the trailer.
IMDb says: A musical fantasy about the fantastic human history of the decisive years of Elton John.
We say: Full of Elton John’s greatest hits, if you’re not already a fan you will be after watching this. Here is the trailer.
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