10 Best Movie Musicals of the 2010s, According to IMDb
Musicals have been a staple genre of Hollywood movies since the early days of cinema. Some are adapted from scene to screen, while others are made in the original format. While musicals aren’t for everyone and often met with mixed reviews overall, the 2010s saw a wide array of highly acclaimed musical films.
Of all the movie musicals released in the past decade, which are considered the best of the best? IMDb users have made it clear which ones they prefer. Some rankings may be obvious, but others may surprise fans of musicals.
ten The Muppets (2011) – 7.1
The ever-memorable Muppets gang has been a part of many film adaptations over the years, but the 2011 film, The Muppets, was one of the most acclaimed of all. The film follows a new but not yet Muppet puppet named Walter as he assembles the original Muppets team to save their old studio from being demolished by an oil tycoon.
Directed by Jason Segel and Amy Adams, who both shine in their human roles, the two beautifully show off their musical talents in the hilarious and upbeat soundtrack that accompanies the film. The Muppets won the Oscar for Best Original Song that year with “Man or Muppet”.
9 The Book of Life (2014) – 7.3
The book of life is a lively and colorful adventure that revolves around child-friendly themes of death and family as seen in Mexican culture. The film is packed with recognizable voices such as Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ice Cube, and more.
Interestingly, the soundtrack of The book of life offers both original sheet music and covers of pop songs. Although it wasn’t nominated for any major awards, the film still received a lot of praise from audiences and critics alike, making its high ranking on IMDb ultimately unsurprising.
8 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) – 7.3
Renowned filmmakers, the Coen brothers, have lent a hand to the musical film genre with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a Netflix anthology film that follows six different characters through journeys through the Old West.
The film is rich in the Coen brothers ‘signature comedy style, but only has a mid-range IMDb score compared to the filmmakers’ other projects. Still, the film received a lot of praise and was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Original Song.
7 Rocketman (2019) – 7.3
Elton John was the executive producer of his own biopic, Rocket man. A jukebox musical of Elton John’s greatest hits, the film is just as fabulous and flamboyant as the singer himself. Taron Egerton stars in a dedicated and highly engaging performance.
The film presents John’s childhood years, as well as his rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. And of course, Rocket man showcases some of Elton John’s best outfits. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song, which earned Elton John his second Oscar.
6 Frozen (2013) – 7.4
It is safe to say that Frozen is one of the most iconic Disney movies in recent history, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best musicals of the past decade. IMDb users even ranked Frozen and its subsequent shorts and sequels as one of the best animated film franchises of all time.
Adored by young and old alike, Frozen was a cultural craze at the time of its release. The film won two Oscars, one for Best Animated Feature and another for Best Original Song, making songwriter Robert Lopez the twelfth person to hold EGOT (Emmy recipient, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.)
5 The Greatest Showman (2017) – 7.6
The greatest showman is a dazzling musical film that tells the fictional yet fantastic story of PT Barnum, the creator of the world’s most famous circus company. The film features an inspiring soundtrack performed by an incredible ensemble led by stars like Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Efron.
The film received a lot of praise from audiences, earning it a particularly high IMDb rating. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
4 Les Miserables (2012) – 7.6
An epic story that follows many lives of fictional characters who lived through the French Revolution, Wretched is one of the most famous musicals based on historical events. The story has seen many stage and screen adaptations over the years, but Tom Hooper’s 2011 film is notably one of the most critically acclaimed versions.
Wretched has an incredibly star-studded cast, with names like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and Russell Crow, to name a few. He was nominated for eight Oscars and won three, including Best Supporting Actress (Hathaway), Best Makeup and Hairstyle, and Best Sound Mix.
3 Moana (2016) – 7.6
from disney Moana follows the eponymous girl from ancient Polynesia as she ventures out into the ocean on a magical musical adventure accompanied by stunning graphics. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a wise but disturbing demigod and the music is by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With such an impressive and memorable soundtrack, Moana features some of the best songs from any Disney movie. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the Oscars, and although it didn’t win, IMDb ranks the film as one of the top rated of the decade.
2 Tangled (2010) – 7.7
One of the first movie musicals of the decade remains one of the best. from disney Tangled is a retelling of the classic story of Rapunzel, the long-haired princess trapped in a high tower. Actress and singer Mandy Moore lends her voice to Rapunzel for the film, alongside Zachari Levi as Flynn Rider, the handsome thief who saves her from captivity.
Tangled is full of fun action and touching emotions, as well as a haunting musical soundtrack. The romantic duo “I See The Light” earned the film an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
1 La La Land (2016) – 8.0
Seeing how the film has met with an abundance of critical success and praise, it perhaps comes as no surprise that La La Land is considered the best musical of the decade 2010, according to IMDb. Filmmaker Damien Chazelle led stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone through the dramatic story of a young couple with big dreams in Los Angeles.
While rated highly overall, the film actually drew some criticism regarding the soundtrack, with many reviewers citing poor vocal performances and a problematic approach to jazz music, as reported. The Guardian. Always, La La Land swept the Oscars that year with six wins in total, but notoriously it didn’t win the Best Picture award, although it was falsely announced as the winner.
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