16 greatest film musicals like Hamilton on Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max

16 best movie musicals like Hamilton on Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max

When Hamilton dropped onto Disney Plus over July 4 weekend, it was revolutionary for the connection between Broadway and Hollywood. But that relationship has a protracted historical past that features filmed stage productions, musical variations, authentic film musicals, and even films primarily based on musicals primarily based on films.

Hamilton is a real fashionable basic, however should you’ve already binged the Disney Plus model sufficient to sing alongside completely to “Guns and Ships” there are many different film musicals value your time. Some of our favorites are beneath, from iconic Golden Age film musicals like Guys and Dolls and Singin’ within the Rain, fashionable classics like Chicago and Newsies, and goofy, ridiculous, or simply plain bizarre choices like Bugsy Malone, Teen Beach Movie, or Shrek the Musical.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) seated in a huge chair, with her young wards and an anthropomorphic bird around her.

Photo: Walt Disney Productions

Besides the truth that it’s a greater Mary Poppins than Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a plain outdated nice time. Angela Lansbury stars as Eglantine Price, a witch-in-training whose pursuit of the final web page of a guide of witchcraft leads her to the charlatan Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson). To make issues extra sophisticated, she has a trio of kids positioned in her care as London is evacuated in the course of the Blitz. Equal components a belated coming-of-age story (Eglantine is struggling together with her powers as a witch, and with the period’s gender expectations), an animated journey (her quest for the web page takes her and the youngsters to the animated world of Naboombu), and a historical-fantasy epic (sure, Eglantine finally battles Nazis), Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a enjoyment of each respect. —Karen Han

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is streaming on Disney Plus.

Bugsy Malone

Fat Sam (John Cassisi) covered in whipped cream

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Bugsy Malone is a singular oddity. Alan Parker (Fame, Midnight Express) wrote and directed this musical comedy loosely primarily based on Prohibition-era gang wars. The twist? A solid of kids play the gangsters and showgirls, together with a younger Scott Baio because the titular Bugsy Malone and Jodie Foster as his former flame. The antics are all G-rated — machine weapons spray whipped cream as a substitute of bullets and flirtations finish with brow kisses. It’s foolish and ridiculous even earlier than the youngsters begin singing about how Bugsy Malone is “a candy-coated sinner.”

Bugsy Malone is streaming on CBS All Access.


Stanley Tucci and Cher sort through glittery costumes

Photo: Sony Pictures

Sure, the plot is cliché and the performing leaves somewhat to be desired, however with two pop divas like Christina Aguilera and Cher on the helm, it’s all simply ignored. Burlesque is pure campy enjoyable. Aguilera performs a small city singer named Ali who strikes to L.A. to observe her goals of performing, and finally ends up working as a cocktail waitress after which a backup dancer at a burlesque membership owned by Cher (I imply, her character’s identify is Tess, however she’s all the time Cher.) The musical numbers are, in fact, unimaginable, particularly as Ali tries to persuade Tess to let her sing dwell as a substitute of lip syncing. Plus, the supporting solid consists of Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, and a splendidly catty Kristen Bell.

Burlesque is streaming on Netflix.


Roxie (Renée Zellweger) and Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) put their heads together and sing

Photo: Miramax Films

Rob Marshall’s 2002 adaptation of the 1975 musical Chicago (which boasts the second-longest run in Broadway historical past) was the primary film musical to win a Best Picture Oscar in over 30 years. It stars Reneé Zellweger as Roxie Hart and Catherine Zeta Jones as Velma Kelly, two ladies awaiting trial for homicide in 1920s Chicago. Richard Gere co-stars as their sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. Roxie and Velma vie for press protection, hoping that public sympathy will save them from a loss of life sentence. Marshall tailored Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography for the movie, sustaining its vaudeville spirit and making Chicago probably the greatest variations of a stage musical ever made.

Chicago is streaming on HBO Max

Grease Live

Recent dwell TV musicals have been extra miss than hit (and a few have been hit with injuries that prevented the from reaching their full potential,) however Fox’s dwell manufacturing of Grease raised the bar for all of them. Directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, Grease Live is a hybrid of the stage musical and the 1978 movie, with the addition of recent songs for the dwell manufacturing. Plus, the solid is spectacular, with Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, Vanessa Hudgens who appears born to play Rizzo (and in addition knocked it out of the park as Maureen in Rent Live,) Julianne Hough as Sandy, and Carly Rae Jepsen, Keke Palmer, and You’re The Worst’s criminally underrated Kether Donohue because the Pink Ladies. Joe Jonas’ band DNCE even makes a cameo because the band taking part in the varsity dance, performing a ’50s fashion model of their hit music “Cake by the Ocean.” With Grease (1978) unavailable for streaming wherever, Grease Live is a greater than worthy various.

Grease Live is streaming on CBS All Access.

Guava Island

Donald Glover as Deni in Guava Island.

Photo: Amazon

Starring Donald Glover as a musician planning a music pageant on the titular locale, Guava Island is dreamy and luxurious. As a musical, Guava Island leaves somewhat to be desired (why solid Rihanna if she doesn’t even get to sing?) however as a visible album and an try at self-mythologizing, it’s fascinating. From our overview:

Donald Glover might not have written or directed Guava Island, however his fingerprints are everywhere in the movie. It’s a self-portrait painted with assistance from frequent collaborators and shut buddies (Guava Island is directed by Hiro Murai and written by Glover’s youthful brother Stephen), an act of self-mythologization casting Glover because the hero of a fable, enacting change via his music.

Guava Island is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Guys and Dolls

Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine holds hands walking down the street

Photo: MGM

Guys and Dolls is a musical theater basic, with iconic songs like “Luck Be A Lady,” “A Bushel and A Peck,” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.” The 1955 film adaptation stars Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, an organizer of unlawful playing rings. Marlon Brando performs excessive curler Sky Masterson. Nathan bets Sky $1,000 that may’t take the uptight missionary Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) on a date — however he succeeds by promising Sarah “one dozen genuine sinners” at her subsequent assembly. Brando and Sinatra are titans, in fact, and whereas Brando’s not a lot of a singer, he can maintain a tune simply high quality.

Guys and Dolls is streaming on Amazon Prime.

High School Musical

ryan and sharpay in high school musical

Photo: Disney Channel

The first DCOM musical, High School Musical modified the sport, bringing made-for-TV children films exterior their small viewers and galvanizing two sequels and a recent new Disney Plus meta spinoff. The setup is easy: shy new lady Gabriella and basketball captain Troy shake issues up at their college after they audition for the varsity’s musical. In an period the place catty cliques dominated high-school tv, High School Musical performs with all its tropes with campy delight. —Petrana Radulovic

High School Musical is streaming on Disney Plus.

Little Shop of Horrors

A giant plant holds a woman.

Image: Warner Bros.

A careless nerd, his candy crush, her sadistic boyfriend, and a carnivorous plant with a style for human blood: what’s to not love? With a brand new remake on the way in which (psst, we now have some casting options) now’s the proper time to revisit Frank Oz’s good adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop of Horrors is streaming on HBO Max.

Moulin Rouge

The cast of Moulin Rouge poses in the middle of a dance number

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Baz Luhrmann’s trippy musical a couple of poet, Christian (Ewan McGregor,) who falls in love with cabaret singer Satine (Nicole Kidman,) was nominated for eight Academy Awards, together with Best Picture and a Best Actress nod for Kidman. Luhrmann tailored pop music from “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to “Like A Virgin” for the 1890s-set story, with a single authentic music, “Come What May.” While Moulin Rouge originated as a film, a Broadway adaptation opened in 2019, starring Broadway superstars Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo, and changing a few of the musical numbers with extra fashionable pop songs like “Chandelier” and “Firework” in addition to new authentic songs.

Moulin Rouge is streaming on HBO Max.


Newsboys point during a dance number

Photo: Buena Vista Pictures

The musical concerning the Newsboys Strike of 1899 was the directorial debut of High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega. Starring Christian Bale because the fictional strike chief, Newsies was a field workplace flop that discovered a cult residence video following. Nearly 20 years after its launch, Newsies acquired a Broadway adaptation that was finally filmed and launched in theaters. Both the unique 1992 movie and the 2017 recording of the Broadway musical are streaming on Disney Plus.

Newsies is streaming on Disney Plus.

Shrek the Musical

Shrek (Brian d’Arcy James) and Donkey (Daniel Breaker) stand in front of the moon

Photo: RadicalMedia

If you haven’t seen Shrek the Musical but, I don’t know what I can say to persuade you to observe it aside from “it’s Shrek as a Broadway musical.” But it’s best to actually watch Shrek the Musical. (Brian d’Arcy James is below that make-up, by the way in which.)

Shrek the Musical is streaming on Netflix.

Teen Beach Movie

The cast of Teen Beach Movie in the middle of a dance number

Photo: Disney Channel

Fans of High School Musical who aged out of Disney Channel earlier than Teen Beach Movie hit the scene shouldn’t sleep on this underrated gem. When surfers Brady and Mack are worn out in an enormous wave, they’re transported into Brady’s favourite teen seaside film, the fictional “Wet Side Story.” Brady makes use of his data of the film to attempt to get them again residence, however alongside the way in which they get sucked into the narrative and begin singing and dancing in opposition to their will. It’s simply as enjoyable and campy as High School Musical, with a goofy sci-fi subplot thrown in for good measure.

The sequel Teen Beach 2 can be a whole lot of enjoyable, with the Wet Side Story characters infiltrating the true world.

Teen Beach Movie is streaming on Disney Plus.

Singin’ within the Rain

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor dance with raincoats

Singin’ within the Rain
Photo: MGM

Name a extra iconic trio than Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Singin’ within the Rain is among the basic MGM musicals that coincided with musical theater’s golden age (see additionally: On the Town, Easter Parade, the aforementioned Guys and Dolls.) Set within the transition from silent movies to talkies, it’s a basic Hollywood story, with a candy romance, and dreamy musical numbers. The American Film Institute positioned Singin’ within the Rain at quantity 5 in its 2007 replace to the 100 Greatest American Films list.

Singin’ within the Rain is streaming on HBO Max.

The Sound of Music

Maria (Julie Andrews) confronts Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer)

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein are the godfathers of recent musical theater, composing such classics as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, and Carousel. But their most iconic creation is The Sound of Music, thanks largely to the film adaptation starring Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp and Dame Julie Andrews because the “flibbertijibbet…will-o’-the wisp…clown” Maria.

The Sound of Music is streaming on Disney Plus.

The Wiz

Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russel in costume for The Wiz

Photo: Getty Images

Way earlier than Wicked reimagined The Wizard of Oz, there was The Wiz, with a Dorothy whose “No Place Like Home” refers to Harlem reasonably than Kansas and an Oz that resembles a fantastical New York City. The film adaptation of the Broadway present stars Diana Ross as Dorothy, a pre-”Thriller” Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as Tin Man, and Richard Pryor because the mysterious and elusive Wiz. While the theatrical launch was a business failure, The Wiz discovered a cult following and finally acquired a dwell TV manufacturing on NBC.

The Wiz is streaming on Starz.

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