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AFI Makes Another List - The 25 Top Movie Musicals

Marcia Gay HardenThe American Film Institute has been busy making more lists. Previously, the AFI has handed us such picks as "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes," "100 Years...100 Songs," and "100 Years... 100 Stars." This time, we have "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals," the 25 greatest movie musicals of all time. (Why not the top 100?)

On Sunday, during a one-night-only presentation at the Hollywood Bowl the AFI named "Singin' in the Rain" as the most memorable movie musical of all time.

Rounding off the top 10 of its list of 25 top movie musicals, MGM's 1952 song-and-dance classic starring Gene Kelly was followed by "West Side Story" (1961), "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), "The Sound of Music" (1965) and "Cabaret" (1972), "Mary Poppins" (1964), "A Star is Born" (1954), "My Fair Lady" (1964), "An American In Paris" (1951), and "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).

Just so it wouldn't seem like they ignored films from the last thirty-five years, also included were 2002's "Chicago," (#10), 1978's "Grease" (#20) and 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" (#25).

The list included three of the most memorable songs from each film.

A jury of more than 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians judged films on the following criteria; musical, historical significance, creative impact and legacy. Jurors also were allowed to write in votes for musicals that did not appear on the ballot of 250 nominated films.

To see the complete list, check out AFI's website.

Ok. Where the heck was "Rocky Horror Picture Show" I ask you?!?!? Frank-N-Furter was robbed. They also forgot "Cry Baby" with Johnny Depp and "Hairspray" with Ricki Lake. Geesh! Sure, "Grease" made it, but what about "Grease 2"? Snubbing Michelle Pfeiffer singing "Cool Rider" is unforgivable. "Team America"? What about that?? Guh.

Ah well. I guess you can tell what kind of "musicals" I prefer. Maybe I'll make my own list. "25 Best Musical Parodies." That's more my speed. You think "Airplane" would fit into that category? There's a musical number in there. -- Shannon Nolley


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Outrage! How could the "South Park" movie not make this list?

-- Posted by: mac at September 5, 2006 9:48 PM

The reason it was only 25 was because it was part of a show at the Hollywood Bowl. There were 114 or so movies listed on the official ballot...

-- Posted by: BeTheBuddha at September 13, 2006 1:55 AM

South Park was on the ballot!

-- Posted by: BeTheBuddha at September 13, 2006 1:57 AM

-- Posted by: Nbkvqrs at June 3, 2007 12:31 AM

-- Posted by: Nbkvqrs at June 3, 2007 12:31 AM

"The Music Man," a perennial stage favorite that will outlive so much of what you have rated higher, (Moulin Rouge? are you all on cocaine?) deserves a spot in the top ten.

Joseph Ciolino

-- Posted by: Joseph Ciolino at October 29, 2007 2:01 PM

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