Sing along to musicals

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Musicals used to be a large genre that gave rise to many unforgettable musical and film moments. We have selected the ten best for good times - new and old.

They sing, they dance, they warm the heart: actors in musicals have always had to be able to do more than just act. It used to be the genre of musical films in which someone suddenly starts to sing and dance pretty widespread. It also popularized talkies. Today you have to look much longer for musicals, but they still exist. Those who are in the mood for a little good mood are sure to be very happy with these films. Also included some real classics!

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Let's start right away with one of the most famous musicals in film history and one of the best at that: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is the film version of a musical from Great Britain. Janet (Susan Sarandon) and her fiancé Brad have a flat tire in a thunderstorm and are staying in a mysterious villa in the middle of nowhere. There they encounter it Transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), who picks them up in his house full of likeable creepy characters. Janet and Brad get separated and experience both a sexual awakening of a special kind.

Anything but scary, but rather rather funny and playful With sometimes more and sometimes less subtle eroticism, the Picture Show 1975 plunged into the emotional world of outsiders. Unforgettable songs like "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite" or "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" In unbelievable performances, especially by curry but also sarandon are rounded off by a beautiful story and a grandiose decor. If you want to convince yourself of this, you will find the Blu-Ray here.


Like a well-oiled bolt of lightning, the 1978 film "Grease" accelerated the career of John Travolta, who had just become famous at the time. Before he became a cult hero through Pulp Fiction in 1994, he met here as Danny, member of the "T-Birds" gang, the beautiful Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) on the beach. They fall in love, but cannot be together without a detour.

"Grease", translated as lubricating oil, deserves its name. The beautiful kitsch oozes from every corner, almost like the pomade from the hair of men who come across as youthful thugs. Songs like "Grease Lightning" or the wonderful "You're the one that I want" are catchy tunes and the dance scenes conjure up a big grin on the face. If you feel like it, you can get the film here.

Singin 'in the Rain

This musical was published in Germany in 1952 under the title "You should be my lucky star" the great classic of the genre. In terms of content, the film revolves around the actor duo Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Cosmo Brown, who became famous as jokers and dancers in Hollywood. Lockwood becomes a screen couple with diva Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) as her wave of success threatens to collapse: The sound film is here! All of a sudden, Lockwood and Lamont have to act properly. They want them to be the talented Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) who does the speaking and singing for Lamont.

Hollywood has always loved making films about itself. This one is one of the most famous. The silent film gets as well his funny homage like the airs of the stars who suddenly have to start speaking in the film. Kelly and O'Connor are such excellent dancers that it's hard to believe they ever did anything else. In the middle the film falls asleep a bit, but songs and choreographies as in "Singin‘ in the Rain " or "Good Morning" are absolute feast for the eyes, as can also be seen on the Blu-Ray.

West Side Story

In 1961 the film adaptation of the already successful musical "West Side Story" came into the cinemas. The film turns around two rival gangs: one from white Americans, the other from latinos. But the two members of the warring gangs Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) fall in love.

The classic "Romeo and Juliet" story shouldn't hide the fact that "West Side Story" is a truly successful musical. Great dances, cool choreographies and that beautifully absurd charm of the 1960s make the film something very special. Originally, a cinema version of Steven Spielberg was supposed to come out in 2020. If you don't want to wait until then, you can buy the soundtrack of the original here.

Moulin Rouge

Pop music fireworks hit this modern classic by Baz Luhrmann like a rocket: "Roxanne", "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "I was made for loving you" are just a few of the super hits that we get to hear on "Moulin Rouge".

writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) looks back on a special time in his life. In 1899 he was out and about in the Parisian entertainment district of Pigalle and met the scene star at the famous Moulin Rouge variety theater Satine (Nicole Kidman) know. The two fall in love, but Satine has another man who desperately wants her to himself.

Not only the excellent selection of music, but also almost that Obscenely opulent equipment of the dance scenes and the Moulin Rouge make the film a spectacle. Sung very straightforwardly by McGregor and Kidman, the film also deals with love and money that can be bought the red light scene but without ever getting really gloomy. If you want to see this beautiful masterpiece again, you can get the film here.


The rural USA in the late 1960s: Claude (John Savage) is supposed to be in the Vietnam War pull and meet a group of young New York hippies on the way to his drafting. Your lifestyle and attitude towards freedom catch fire on him immediately and he made some real friends in them. A little later he still goes to the army, where his friends, including Treat Williams as Georgeto visit secretly. As a soldier, Claude not only has his hair shorn, but he actually has to go to war.

Hardly any other film captures the mood of the anti-war movement in the USA as good as "Hair". Shot based on the musical model dominate above all 60s and 70s rock. The hippies also define themselves through their wild hairstyles and the film exudes a childlike charm with a serious undertone that you cannot escape from. A little warning: of all the musicals here, "Hair" is the most political - also because of its last act. If that doesn't put you off, you are welcome to buy the film.

Greatest Showman

The newest movie on this list: In the Circus Artist's Biopic P.T. Barnum from 2017 is not only sung, but also much and well acted. Barnum is perfectly cast for this with Hugh Jackman. The Australian actor not only brings musical talent with him, but also embodies the artist, who absolutely wants to surpass himself, with a lot of dignity and credibility.

Barnum was a showman and surrounded himself with a number of circus performers and artists whom the film considered "human curiosities" designated. In the 19th century this was still possible without any major problems, but not everyone approves of Barnum's show and brings him down. The idea of ​​a circus saves him and his ensemble.

The movie song "This Is Me" won an Oscar and so is the rest of "Greatest Showman" beautiful to hear and look at. Jackman is flanked by other superstars such as Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson. If you feel like being in a good mood, you can get the Blu-Ray here.

Mamma Mia!

Summer, sun, sunshine and Degradation! Who would have thought in 2008 that a musical with songs by the Swedish pop group would become such an incredible hit? The flick grossed more than 600 million dollars. Maybe it was not just the songs, but also the star ensemble:

Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.

The latter plays Sophiethat with her mother donna (Streep) lives on a Greek island and wants to celebrate her wedding. She invites you to this three men one that she believes could be her father. Her mother, however, does not know anything about this and is surprised by her amorous feelings when her three former lovers suddenly appear on the island.

The beautiful romantic comedy would even work quite well without the songs by Abba, but they would be worth it the funny dance interludes and thoughtful scenes neatly. The actors had to sing themselves and, above all, Streep and Seyfried do a fantastic job. All are tanned and look great in every setting. Anyone who fancy a little holiday feeling, even on the Blu-Ray shelf, is at "Mamma Mia!" precisely.

The Wizard of Oz

"Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" - a movie quote for the ages. The young Dorothy (Judy Garland) who lived a sad life in one on a farm in Kansas Black and white world leads, wishes to run away. Due to a magical hurricane, she and her dog Toto land in the magical land of oz, in which not only everything shines in bright colors, but there are also witches, wizards and dwarves. To get back to her world, she makes herself with one talking lions, pewter man and a scarecrow off to the Wizard of Oz.

Garland became world famous as Dorothy and also sang the incomparable "Somewhere over the Rainbow". The film tells Dorothy's journey through the magical land of Oz with a childlike play instinct that touches. Her comrades are all looking for a quality that they will acquire on their own in the course of their journey: Courage, heart and mind. "The Wizard of Oz" is listed as one of four feature films World documentary heritage and still looks good on Blu-Ray today due to its high image quality.

La La Land

Another modern classic. With the help of the actor duo Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle conjured up a true marvel on the screen in 2016: an old school musical.

actress Mia (Stone) is always looking for new roles, but not as successful as she would like. When she was the jazz musician Seb (Gosling) meets, the two fall in love with each other in a warm and funny way. The professional failures of the two make their love complicated.

You wish the two artists success so much that it almost breaks your heart if "La La Land" wasn't so funny. Songs like "City of Stars" immediately catch your eye and the film takes a lot of set pieces from well-known musicals. So you immediately feel at home. The film also became famous for being at the Oscars won various prizes, but was wrongly proclaimed for the "best film". "Moonlight" won it back then. If you don't know exactly whether you want to give "La La Land" a chance, you should only go once watch the dance scene in a traffic jam. Musicals have not been better in the last decade. Anyone who already knows and appreciates the film can get the Blu-Ray here.

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