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Before there was Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, there were tons of glorious movie musicals full of singing and dancing (and, OK, Gene Kelly). Here, 16 to stream—or rent on iTunes—now.

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Metro Goldwyn-Mayer

“Singin' in the Rain”

Cue the incredible tap routines: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds save the day in this 1952 musical about the transition from silent films to “talkies.”

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Century Fox

“Moulin Rouge”

This magical Baz Luhrmann film about a writer (Ewan McGregor) who falls in love with the most beautiful courtesan in all of Paris (Nicole Kidman) will have you humming Elton John love song medleys for days.

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20th Century Fox

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

This colorful 1964 musical—also set in Paris—stars a fresh-faced (and heartsick) Catherine Deneuve who falls hard for a dashing dude right before he goes off to war. (It’s subtitled, FYI.) 

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United Artists

“West Side Story”

The New York City take on Romeo and Juliet was released in 1961 and remains a classic to this day—with music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’s choreography, how could it not? 

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The cost of fame is steep—at least, that’s what Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and, ahem, Beyoncé had to learn the hard way in this music-filled film, a throwback to Motown and the Supremes.

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Universal Studios

“Mamma Mia!”

You’ve got the Greek islands, a plot built around ABBA tunes and Meryl Streep. What’s not to love?

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Metro Goldwyn-Mayer

“An American in Paris”

Gene Kelly is an American ex-pat looking to live that artist life in Paris. But it’s not until he meets his muse (Leslie Caron) and the two sing and dance all over town that his work starts to pick up.

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Paramount Pictures

“Funny Face”

A magazine photographer (Fred Astaire) is in desperate search of the next big face. Good thing he encounters brainy bookstore clerk Audrey Hepburn. (Did we mention this musical is also set in Paris?)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures


The title song of this Irish film—about a street performer who pairs up with another musician to write music—won an Oscar and all of our hearts.

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Walt Disney Pictures


Fairy tale meets reality in this musical about a princess (Amy Adams) whose evil and soon-to-be stepmother banishes her to the most un-enchanted place in the whole world: New York City.

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The Weinstein Company

“Sing Street”

This Golden Globe-nominated film follows a boy in Dublin who will do anything to impress a girl he really likes at school—including start a super-cool band.

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New Line Cinema


Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) starts a revolution when she gets cast on a local dance show in Baltimore and makes it her mission to end segregation on TV. 

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“The Last Five Years”

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in this breakup musical and deconstruct the struggles and pitfalls of their relationship entirely in song.

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“God Help the Girl”

Indie group Belle and Sebastian wrote all the music for this film about a girl dealing with depression who rekindles her self-confidence when she decides to start a band.

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Fine Line Features

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

A transgender punk rocker goes on a U.S. tour to tell her love story and track down the former bandmate (and ex-lover) who stole all her songs. 

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This Oscar-winning musical about two murderesses (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger) fighting for their freedom—and fame—can be described in two words: jazz hands.

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