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Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
Internet Movie Database: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Metacritic: 99/100
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Runtime: 103 min
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. 8 wins & 9 nominations total
Writer: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Actors: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Singin’ in the Rain” is a 1952 musical film that tells the story of a silent film star who struggles to transition into the era of talkies, while navigating love and the challenges of the film industry. It is a lighthearted and joyful exploration of the transformative power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

West Side Story

West Side Story
West Side Story
Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 86/100
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Runtime: 153 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Awards: Won 10 Oscars. 31 wins & 11 nominations total
Writer: Ernest Lehman, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins
Actors: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
Language: English, Spanish
Country: United States
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“West Side Story” is a musical film that tells the modern-day Romeo and Juliet story of two star-crossed lovers from rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in 1950s New York City. The film explores themes of love, prejudice, and the consequences of violence, all set to a vibrant and iconic musical score.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman
Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Metacritic: 48/100
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Runtime: 105 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 17 wins & 32 nominations total
Writer: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Greatest Showman” is a musical biopic that tells the story of P.T. Barnum, a visionary showman who creates a circus and becomes a worldwide sensation. It explores his journey of overcoming adversity, embracing diversity, and celebrating the power of imagination.

Hairspray

Hairspray
Hairspray
Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 81/100
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Runtime: 117 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Awards: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award21 wins & 45 nominations total
Writer: Leslie Dixon, John Waters, Mark O'Donnell
Actors: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky
Language: English
Country: United States, United Kingdom, Canada
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“Hairspray” is a musical comedy film set in the 1960s, following a teenager named Tracy Turnblad as she pursues her dream of dancing on a popular TV show while challenging racial segregation in Baltimore. Through catchy songs and lively dance numbers, the film explores themes of acceptance, equality, and the power of unity.

Footloose

Footloose
Footloose
Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Metacritic: 42/100
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Runtime: 107 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. 2 wins & 6 nominations total
Writer: Dean Pitchford
Actors: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Footloose” is a 1984 musical drama film that follows a rebellious teenager named Ren McCormack who moves to a small town where dancing and rock music are banned. Determined to challenge the strict rules, Ren leads a group of young people in a fight to lift the ban and bring back the joy of dancing to the community.

Grease

Grease
Grease
Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Metacritic: 70/100
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Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 8 wins & 10 nominations total
Writer: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, Bronte Woodard
Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Language: English
Country: United States, United Kingdom
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The Grease movie is a musical set in the 1950s that follows the love story between greaser Danny and good girl Sandy as they navigate the challenges of high school and peer pressure.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 74/100
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Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Drama, Music
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. 55 wins & 71 nominations total
Writer: Lee Hall
Actors: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom, France
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The Billy Elliot movie is about a young boy named Billy who discovers his passion for ballet in a working-class mining town in Northern England, defying societal norms and his father’s expectations. Through perseverance and determination, Billy pursues his dreams, challenging stereotypes and inspiring those around him.

La La Land

La La Land
La La Land
Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic: 94/100
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Runtime: 128 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Awards: Won 6 Oscars. 241 wins & 307 nominations total
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Language: English, Cantonese
Country: United States, Hong Kong
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“La La Land” is a romantic musical that follows the journey of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a jazz pianist, as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. Their paths intertwine as they navigate the challenges of love, career aspirations, and the sacrifices required to achieve their goals.

Fame

Fame
Fame
Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Metacritic: 58/100
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Runtime: 134 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. 8 wins & 16 nominations total
Writer: Christopher Gore
Actors: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Language: English, Spanish, French, Russian
Country: United States
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The movie “Fame” follows a group of talented young artists as they navigate the challenges and triumphs of attending a prestigious performing arts high school in New York City, showcasing their dreams, ambitions, and the price of fame.

Chicago

Chicago
Chicago
Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 81/100
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Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Awards: Won 6 Oscars. 58 wins & 129 nominations total
Writer: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb
Actors: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Language: English, Hungarian
Country: United States, Germany
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The Chicago movie is a musical crime comedy set in the 1920s, following two rival female murderesses who use their trials to gain fame and fortune. It explores themes of corruption, celebrity culture, and the pursuit of the American Dream.

Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge!
Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Metacritic: 66/100
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Runtime: 127 min
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. 87 wins & 133 nominations total
Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Language: English, French, Spanish
Country: Australia, United States
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“Moulin Rouge!” is a musical film set in 1900s Paris, following a young writer who falls in love with a courtesan at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Their forbidden love story unfolds amidst a backdrop of extravagant performances, jealousy, and tragedy.

Step Up

Step Up
Step Up
Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 21%
Metacritic: 48/100
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Runtime: 104 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations
Writer: Duane Adler, Melissa Rosenberg
Actors: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff
Language: English
Country: United States
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The Step Up movie follows a rebellious street dancer who forms an unlikely partnership with a classically trained ballet dancer to compete in a prestigious dance competition, challenging societal norms and bridging the gap between their different worlds.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Metacritic: 65/100
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Runtime: 100 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 12 wins & 9 nominations total
Writer: Eleanor Bergstein
Actors: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Language: English
Country: United States
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Dirty Dancing is a coming-of-age film set in the 1960s, following a young woman named Baby who falls in love with a dance instructor named Johnny while spending the summer at a resort. The movie explores themes of love, self-discovery, and defying social norms through dance.

High School Musical

High School Musical
High School Musical
Internet Movie Database: 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
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Runtime: 98 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Awards: Won 2 Primetime Emmys. 10 wins & 19 nominations total
Writer: Peter Barsocchini
Actors: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale
Language: English, Spanish
Country: United States
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High School Musical is a musical film that follows the story of two high school students, Troy and Gabriella, who break free from their cliques to audition for the school musical, challenging the status quo and inspiring others to follow their passions.

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect
Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Metacritic: 66/100
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Runtime: 112 min
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Awards: 8 wins & 20 nominations
Writer: Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson
Language: English, Ukrainian
Country: United States
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Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy film about a college freshman who reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella group, and together they compete against rival groups in a national singing competition.

Center Stage

Center Stage
Center Stage
Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Metacritic: 52/100
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Runtime: 115 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Awards: 1 win
Writer: Carol Heikkinen
Actors: Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Center Stage” is a film about a group of young ballet dancers at the American Ballet Academy who struggle with competition, romance, and personal challenges while striving to achieve their dreams of becoming professional dancers. The movie explores their journey of self-discovery and the sacrifices they make to excel in the highly competitive world of ballet.

Flashdance

Flashdance
Flashdance
Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 37%
Metacritic: 39/100
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Runtime: 95 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 13 wins & 16 nominations total
Writer: Thomas Hedley Jr., Joe Eszterhas
Actors: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Flashdance” is a 1983 musical drama film about a young woman named Alex Owens who dreams of becoming a professional dancer while working as a welder during the day. She faces challenges and pursues her passion for dance, ultimately auditioning for a prestigious dance academy.

Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance
Save the Last Dance
Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
Metacritic: 53/100
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Runtime: 112 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Awards: 7 wins & 8 nominations
Writer: Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards
Actors: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Save the Last Dance” is a coming-of-age drama about a young aspiring dancer who moves to a new city and navigates racial tensions while pursuing her dreams. She forms a romantic connection with a classmate who helps her overcome obstacles and find her place in the dance world.

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever
Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Metacritic: 77/100
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Runtime: 118 min
Genre: Drama, Music
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 6 wins & 14 nominations total
Writer: Nik Cohn, Norman Wexler
Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
Language: English, Italian
Country: United States
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Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 film that follows the story of Tony Manero, a young Brooklyn man who finds escape from his mundane life through his passion for disco dancing, but struggles with personal relationships and the harsh realities of his working-class neighborhood.

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Metacritic: 46/100
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Runtime: 118 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. 8 nominations total
Writer: Arnold Schulman, Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood Jr.
Actors: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins
Language: English
Country: United States
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The A Chorus Line movie is a musical drama that follows the audition process of a group of dancers vying for spots in a Broadway show, delving into their personal stories, dreams, and struggles, ultimately exploring the universal themes of ambition, sacrifice, and the pursuit of artistic success.

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