AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS – American Film Institute

AFI's 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS

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The American Film Institute proudly curates lists to celebrate excellence in the art form. We believe their greatest impact is to inspire personal, passionate discussions about what makes a great film and why and, also, to chart the evolution of the art form. Since its inception, American film has marginalized the diversity of voices that make our nation and its stories strong – and these lists reflect that intolerable truth. AFI acknowledges its responsibility in curating these lists that has reinforced this marginality and looks forward to releasing new lists that will embrace our modern day and drive culture forward.
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Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Directors: Gene Kelly|57646||Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Adolph Green|7584||Betty Comden|20352

Editor: Adrienne Fazan|7719

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106

Genre: Musical comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Lennie Hayton

West Side Story (1961)

Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Directors: Robert Wise|132871||Jerome Robbins|81687

Producer: Robert Wise|132871

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: Thomas Stanford|146614

Cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp|35525

Genre: Drama, Musical

Production Company: Beta Productions, The Mirisch Company, Inc., Seven Arts Productions, Inc., B & P Enterprises, Inc.

Composer: Leonard Bernstein

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Directors: Victor Fleming|150912||King Vidor|94180

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy|111088

Writer: Noel Langley|118020||Florence Ryerson|51700||Edgar Allan Woolf|43800||Noel Langley|118020

Editor: Blanche Sewell|22291

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106

Genre: Fantasy, Musical

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

The Sound of Music (1965)

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Directors: Robert Wise|132871

Producer: Robert Wise|132871

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: William Reynolds|156300||Larry Allen|95449

Cinematographer: Ted McCord|144800

Genre: Drama, Musical

Production Company: Argyle Enterprises, Inc., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Cabaret (1972)

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

Directors: Bob Fosse|22625

Producer: Martin Baum|214355||Cy Feuer|34518

Writer: Jay Allen|218210

Editor: David Bretherton|36200

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth|58045

Genre: Drama, Musical

Production Company: ABC Pictures Corp.

Mary Poppins (1964)

Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson

Directors: Robert Stevenson|132685

Writer: Bill Walsh|21668||Don Da Gradi|39501

Editor: Cotton Warburton|34202

Cinematographer: Edward Colman|44517

Genre: Children's works, Musical comedy

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

A Star Is Born (1954)

Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson

Directors: George Cukor|58446

Producer: Sidney Luft|189928

Writer: Moss Hart|114830

Editor: Folmer Blangsted|51886

Cinematographer: Sam Leavitt|137940||Winton Hoch|157847||Harry Stradling|67250

Genre: Melodrama, Musical

Production Company: Transcona Enterprises

Composer: Ray Heindorf

My Fair Lady (1964)

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

Directors: George Cukor|58446

Producer: Jack L. Warner|76481

Writer: Alan Jay Lerner|8980

Editor: William Ziegler|156662

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Genre: Musical comedy

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

An American in Paris (1951)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Alan Jay Lerner|8980

Editor: Adrienne Fazan|7719||William LeVanway|155964

Cinematographer: Alfred Gilks|10466

Genre: Musical, Romance

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Johnny Green

Meet Me in St. Louis (1945)

Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Irving Brecher|73259||Fred F. Finklehoffe|55547

Editor: Albert Akst|9030

Cinematographer: George Folsey|58601

Genre: Musical

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: George Stoll

The King and I (1956)

Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

Directors: Walter Lang|153485

Producer: Charles Brackett|29073

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: Robert Simpson|132623

Cinematographer: Leon Shamroy|97555

Genre: Drama

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Chicago (2002)

Cast: Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Directors: Rob Marshall|183389

Producer: Martin Richards|184378||Craig Zadan|184379||Neil Meron|184380||Sam Crothers|184381||Bob Weinstein|174487||Dan Gallagher|185450||Michael Milton|186579

Writer: Bill Condon|184377

Editor: Martin Walsh|184387

Cinematographer: Dion Beebe|184385||Peter Benison|123729||Michael Kohnhorst|186179||James Chressanthis|186309||Jens Sturup|186319

Genre: Musical comedy

Production Company: Producer Circle Co.

42nd Street (1933)

Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent

Directors: Lloyd Bacon|99867

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck|35873

Writer: Rian James|129416||James Seymour|78196

Editor: Frank Ware|54171||Thomas Pratt|146586

Cinematographer: Sol Polito|141255

Genre: Musical

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

All That Jazz (1979)

Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking

Directors: Bob Fosse|22625

Producer: Robert Alan Aurthur|132937||Daniel Melnick|226284

Writer: Robert Alan Aurthur|132937||Bob Fosse|22625

Editor: Alan Heim|8793

Cinematographer: Giuseppe Rotunno|62040||Dick DiBona|317445

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical comedy

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox , Columbia Pictures

Top Hat (1935)

Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

Directors: Mark Sandrich|107481

Writer: Dwight Taylor|41879||Allan Scott|11280||Dwight Taylor|41879||Karl Noti|92127

Editor: William Hamilton|155729

Cinematographer: David Abel|36118

Genre: Musical, Romantic comedy

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Max Steiner

Funny Girl (1968)

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

Directors: William Wyler|156648

Producer: Ray Stark|128003

Writer: Isobel Lennart|73656

Editor: Maury Winetrobe|110007||William Sands|156350

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Genre: Biography, Musical

Production Company: Rastar Productions, Inc.

The Band Wagon (1953)

Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Betty Comden|20352||Adolph Green|7584

Editor: Albert Akst|9030||George White|59633

Cinematographer: Harry Jackson|66842||George Folsey|58601

Genre: Musical comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Adolph Deutsch

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

Directors: Michael Curtiz|111394

Producer: Jack L. Warner|76481||Hal B. Wallis|65158

Writer: Robert Buckner|131392||Edmund Joseph|44084

Editor: George Amy|58127

Cinematographer: James Wong Howe|78830||Sol Polito|141255

Genre: Biography, Musical

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Composer: Leo F. Forbstein

On the Town (1949)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett

Directors: Gene Kelly|57646||Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Adolph Green|7584||Betty Comden|20352

Editor: Ralph E. Winters|127275

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106||Harry Stradling|67250

Genre: Musical comedy, Romance

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Lennie Hayton

Grease (1978)

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Directors: Randal Kleiser|234418

Producer: Robert Stigwood|235036||Allan Carr|11190

Writer: Bronté Woodard|378372||Allan Carr|11190

Editor: John F. Burnett|87481

Cinematographer: Bill Butler|20972

Genre: Musical comedy

Production Company: Stigwood Group, Ltd., Allan Carr Enterprises, Inc.

Composer: Charles Fox

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Directors: Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Jack Cummings|75340

Writer: Albert Hackett|9163||Frances Goodrich|52307||Dorothy Kingsley|40995

Editor: Ralph E. Winters|127275

Cinematographer: George Folsey|58601

Genre: Musical comedy, Romance

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

Composer: Gene de Paul

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

Directors: Gary Trousdale|234419||Kirk Wise|234420

Producer: Don Hahn|229828||Howard Ashman|223756

Editor: John Carnochan|237985

Genre: Musical

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures , Silver Screen Partners IV

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz|89920

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn|138284

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz|89920

Editor: Daniel Mandell|35426

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Genre: Musical, Romantic comedy

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp., Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.

Show Boat (1936)

Cast: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger

Directors: James Whale|78327

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.|26765

Writer: Billie Burke|21743

Editor: Ted J. Kent|144939||Bernard W. Burton|19557||Maurice Pivar|109846

Cinematographer: John Mescall|86460

Genre: Comedy-drama

Production Company: Universal Productions, Inc.

Composer: Victor Baravalle

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

Directors: Baz Luhrmann|173616

Producer: Martin Brown|107922||Baz Luhrmann|173616||Fred Baron|173986

Writer: Baz Luhrmann|173616||Craig Pearce|173994

Editor: Jill Bilcock|173991

Cinematographer: Donald M. McAlpine|173993||Steve Dobson|176903

Genre: Musical, Romance

Production Company: Bazmark Films

1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Directors: Gene Kelly|57646||Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Adolph Green|7584||Betty Comden|20352

Editor: Adrienne Fazan|7719

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106

Composer: Lennie Hayton

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

2. West Side Story (1961)

Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Directors: Robert Wise|132871||Jerome Robbins|81687

Producer: Robert Wise|132871

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: Thomas Stanford|146614

Cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp|35525

Composer: Leonard Bernstein

Production Company: Beta Productions, The Mirisch Company, Inc., Seven Arts Productions, Inc., B & P Enterprises, Inc.

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Directors: Victor Fleming|150912||King Vidor|94180

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy|111088

Writer: Noel Langley|118020||Florence Ryerson|51700||Edgar Allan Woolf|43800||Noel Langley|118020

Editor: Blanche Sewell|22291

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

4. The Sound of Music (1965)

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Directors: Robert Wise|132871

Producer: Robert Wise|132871

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: William Reynolds|156300||Larry Allen|95449

Cinematographer: Ted McCord|144800

Production Company: Argyle Enterprises, Inc., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

5. Cabaret (1972)

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

Directors: Bob Fosse|22625

Producer: Martin Baum|214355||Cy Feuer|34518

Writer: Jay Allen|218210

Editor: David Bretherton|36200

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth|58045

Production Company: ABC Pictures Corp.

6. Mary Poppins (1964)

Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson

Directors: Robert Stevenson|132685

Writer: Bill Walsh|21668||Don Da Gradi|39501

Editor: Cotton Warburton|34202

Cinematographer: Edward Colman|44517

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

7. A Star Is Born (1954)

Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson

Directors: George Cukor|58446

Producer: Sidney Luft|189928

Writer: Moss Hart|114830

Editor: Folmer Blangsted|51886

Cinematographer: Sam Leavitt|137940||Winton Hoch|157847||Harry Stradling|67250

Composer: Ray Heindorf

Production Company: Transcona Enterprises

8. My Fair Lady (1964)

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

Directors: George Cukor|58446

Producer: Jack L. Warner|76481

Writer: Alan Jay Lerner|8980

Editor: William Ziegler|156662

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

9. An American in Paris (1951)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Alan Jay Lerner|8980

Editor: Adrienne Fazan|7719||William LeVanway|155964

Cinematographer: Alfred Gilks|10466

Composer: Johnny Green

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1945)

Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Irving Brecher|73259||Fred F. Finklehoffe|55547

Editor: Albert Akst|9030

Cinematographer: George Folsey|58601

Composer: George Stoll

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

11. The King and I (1956)

Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

Directors: Walter Lang|153485

Producer: Charles Brackett|29073

Writer: Ernest Lehman|48610

Editor: Robert Simpson|132623

Cinematographer: Leon Shamroy|97555

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

12. Chicago (2002)

Cast: Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Directors: Rob Marshall|183389

Producer: Martin Richards|184378||Craig Zadan|184379||Neil Meron|184380||Sam Crothers|184381||Bob Weinstein|174487||Dan Gallagher|185450||Michael Milton|186579

Writer: Bill Condon|184377

Editor: Martin Walsh|184387

Cinematographer: Dion Beebe|184385||Peter Benison|123729||Michael Kohnhorst|186179||James Chressanthis|186309||Jens Sturup|186319

Production Company: Producer Circle Co.

13. 42nd Street (1933)

Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent

Directors: Lloyd Bacon|99867

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck|35873

Writer: Rian James|129416||James Seymour|78196

Editor: Frank Ware|54171||Thomas Pratt|146586

Cinematographer: Sol Polito|141255

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

14. All That Jazz (1979)

Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking

Directors: Bob Fosse|22625

Producer: Robert Alan Aurthur|132937||Daniel Melnick|226284

Writer: Robert Alan Aurthur|132937||Bob Fosse|22625

Editor: Alan Heim|8793

Cinematographer: Giuseppe Rotunno|62040||Dick DiBona|317445

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox , Columbia Pictures

15. Top Hat (1935)

Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

Directors: Mark Sandrich|107481

Writer: Dwight Taylor|41879||Allan Scott|11280||Dwight Taylor|41879||Karl Noti|92127

Editor: William Hamilton|155729

Cinematographer: David Abel|36118

Composer: Max Steiner

Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

16. Funny Girl (1968)

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

Directors: William Wyler|156648

Producer: Ray Stark|128003

Writer: Isobel Lennart|73656

Editor: Maury Winetrobe|110007||William Sands|156350

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Production Company: Rastar Productions, Inc.

17. The Band Wagon (1953)

Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant

Directors: Vincente Minnelli|151450

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Betty Comden|20352||Adolph Green|7584

Editor: Albert Akst|9030||George White|59633

Cinematographer: Harry Jackson|66842||George Folsey|58601

Composer: Adolph Deutsch

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

18. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

Directors: Michael Curtiz|111394

Producer: Jack L. Warner|76481||Hal B. Wallis|65158

Writer: Robert Buckner|131392||Edmund Joseph|44084

Editor: George Amy|58127

Cinematographer: James Wong Howe|78830||Sol Polito|141255

Composer: Leo F. Forbstein

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

19. On the Town (1949)

Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett

Directors: Gene Kelly|57646||Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Arthur Freed|15901

Writer: Adolph Green|7584||Betty Comden|20352

Editor: Ralph E. Winters|127275

Cinematographer: Harold Rosson|66106||Harry Stradling|67250

Composer: Lennie Hayton

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

20. Grease (1978)

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Directors: Randal Kleiser|234418

Producer: Robert Stigwood|235036||Allan Carr|11190

Writer: Bronté Woodard|378372||Allan Carr|11190

Editor: John F. Burnett|87481

Cinematographer: Bill Butler|20972

Composer: Charles Fox

Production Company: Stigwood Group, Ltd., Allan Carr Enterprises, Inc.

21. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Directors: Stanley Donen|141911

Producer: Jack Cummings|75340

Writer: Albert Hackett|9163||Frances Goodrich|52307||Dorothy Kingsley|40995

Editor: Ralph E. Winters|127275

Cinematographer: George Folsey|58601

Composer: Gene de Paul

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.

22. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

Directors: Gary Trousdale|234419||Kirk Wise|234420

Producer: Don Hahn|229828||Howard Ashman|223756

Editor: John Carnochan|237985

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures , Silver Screen Partners IV

23. Guys and Dolls (1955)

Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz|89920

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn|138284

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz|89920

Editor: Daniel Mandell|35426

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling|67250

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp., Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.

24. Show Boat (1936)

Cast: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger

Directors: James Whale|78327

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.|26765

Writer: Billie Burke|21743

Editor: Ted J. Kent|144939||Bernard W. Burton|19557||Maurice Pivar|109846

Cinematographer: John Mescall|86460

Composer: Victor Baravalle

Production Company: Universal Productions, Inc.

25. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

Directors: Baz Luhrmann|173616

Producer: Martin Brown|107922||Baz Luhrmann|173616||Fred Baron|173986

Writer: Baz Luhrmann|173616||Craig Pearce|173994

Editor: Jill Bilcock|173991

Cinematographer: Donald M. McAlpine|173993||Steve Dobson|176903

Production Company: Bazmark Films

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