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The Top Musical & Performing Arts Movies

We have taken a look at www.rottentomatoes.com to see what they are recommending as the best performing arts movies. On first looking at the list (which if you wish to take a look is a Top 100) it’s fair to say that they are not modern day CGI blockbusters but rather traditional feel good movies that bring us back to what seemed like a simpler time, a time when you would genuinely think that people DID actually dance down the road with a whistle and a skip or even decide to break into song whenever their emotions got the better of them.

Let’s have a quick look at the Top 3, which currently have a combined age of 186 years young. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view them from a purely entertainment point of view or perhaps a more purposeful and educational motive, there is really nothing better to do on a wet Saturday afternoon in winter then to familiarise yourself with the following…

The Wizard of Oz

Back in 1998, the following witty synopses of The Wizard of Oz appear in a TV listing:

“Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets, then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again.”

Technically, this is what happened, but there’s a bit more to it then that… The songs are epic and pretty much known the world over. The dances are mimicked by groups of happy friends doing the Yellow Brick Road dance and the lines such as “We’re not in Kansas any more” and “There no place like home” are part of everyday parlance.

Hey, and the fact that it spawned The Wiz, makes us eternally grateful to it writer L. Frank Baum.

Hard Day’s Night

This is a not a performing arts movies of a high quality is all areas, except for one… the songs. The Beatles first movie was not motivated by the desire to sell more merchandise and albums, rather, it came about as a result of the Beatles saying, “Hey, can we be in a movie”, to which someone replied, “OK”. The result is a day in the life of the Beatles and and their manic fans, fans that put One Directioners to shame.

The music is folksy and as with early Beatles, they a slow and about having crushes on girls. The stand-out tunes for any singer-guitarist would be “If I Fell” and “And I Love Her”, with the most famous song being the title track and “Can’t Buy Me Love”.

The real merits for this film featuring so high is because it gives an insight into how dedicated and also playful the Beatles were as a group. If you want to know why these four guys went on to be the biggest band ever, watch “Hard Day’s Night”.

Singing In The Rain

Much like the The Wizard of Oz, the song are epic big songs and dances the dance are repeated by professional and amateurs. Gene Kelly is outstanding and owned this movies and watching him perform his dances is THE reason to watch this movie.

For people interest in performing arts, this behind the scene bit of information will give you an idea (if you didn’t already know) of what performers will endure for art. Gene Kelly had the flu when the scene of him dancing in the rain was filmed, yet he pulls it off perfectly.


PS: We must mention Once in at #13. Pretty amazing when you consider the company it is keeping!

Rank Title
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
3. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
4. The Red Shoes (1948)
5. Pinocchio (1940)
6. An American in Paris (1951)
7. Mary Poppins (1964)
8. Fantasia (1940)
9. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
10. Some Like It Hot (1959)
11. Amadeus (1984)
12. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
13. Once (2007)
14. West Side Story (1961)
15. Waste Land (2010)
16. Afghan Star (2009)
17. We Are the Best! (2014)
18. Sound City (2013)
19. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011)
20. Yellow Submarine (1968)
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