The 15 Best Recent Movie Musicals
Damien Chazelle’s breezy new throwback musical La La Land is earning rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and is already considered an Oscar front-runner. Before the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling film opens in limited release on December 9, we’ve decided to put La La Land in context by running down a list of The 15 Best Recent Movie Musicals of the last twenty years, which you can check out in the gallery below!
Like the western, musicals are often mentioned as a dying genre, but like westerns at least one prominent musical seems to pop up like clockwork every year or two. Granted there aren’t nearly as many being generated as there were during Hollywood’s Golden Age — when Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby ruled the roost — but there have been many attempts to keep the cheerful tone of those classic musicals alive. There’s also been a fair share of revisionist musicals that evoke a darker tone or a more contemporary/irreverent style, and you’ll find several of those on our list as well.
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