AFI's 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN TOPS AFI's LIST OF 25 GREATEST MOVIE MUSICALS OF ALL TIME

OTHER HONOREES INCLUDE WELL-LOVED MUSICALS WEST SIDE STORY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, SOUND OF MUSIC AND CABARET

On September 3, 2006, AFI revealed the top 25 movie musicals of all time in The Big Picture — AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals, a one night only presentation produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI. A jury of over 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected the Gene Kelly song-and-dance classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN as the most memorable movie musical of all time.

Rounding off the top 10 were movie musicals from the 1930s to today, including: WEST SIDE STORY (#2); THE WIZARD OF OZ (#3); THE SOUND OF MUSIC (#4); CABARET (#5); MARY POPPINS (#6); A STAR IS BORN (#7); MY FAIR LADY (#8); AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (#9); and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (#10).

Spanning a century of film music and counting down from 25 to number one throughout the evening, Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, many of them accompanied by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens. While television broadcasts have announced the previous nine installments of AFI's 100 Years... series, following the success of last year's AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores, this is now the second time an AFI countdown was revealed before a live audience.

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FILM

YEAR

STUDIO

1

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

MGM

2

WEST SIDE STORY

1961

United Artists

3

WIZARD OF OZ, THE

1939

MGM

4

SOUND OF MUSIC, THE

1965

Twentieth Century-Fox

5

CABARET

1972

Allied Artists

6

MARY POPPINS

1964

Disney

7

STAR IS BORN, A

1954

Warner Bros.

8

MY FAIR LADY

1964

Warner Bros.

9

AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN

1951

MGM

10

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

1944

MGM

11

KING AND I, THE

1956

Twentieth Century-Fox

12

CHICAGO

2002

Miramax

13

42ND STREET

1933

Warner Bros.

14

ALL THAT JAZZ

1979

Twentieth Century-Fox

15

TOP HAT

1935

RKO

16

FUNNY GIRL

1968

Columbia

17

BAND WAGON, THE

1953

MGM

18

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

1942

Warner Bros.

19

ON THE TOWN

1949

MGM

20

GREASE

1978

Paramount

21

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

1954

MGM

22

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

1991

Disney

23

GUYS AND DOLLS

1955

MGM

24

SHOW BOAT

1936

Universal

25

MOULIN ROUGE!

2001

Twentieth Century Fox


AFI's 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS (2006)
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