Best Movie Musicals of the 1960s

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The 1960s were a magical time for Hollywood, especially in the popular realm of musicals. Indeed, that decade brought to the big screen a series of belt-worthy musical films that are still beloved today. That’s because there’s often something timeless about musicals (which is why Broadway shows can sometimes go on for decades). In many cases, the stories are still applicable to the modern era and the songs still ring true.



As audiences, we generally want to be completely immersed in a film. After all, some of us go to the movies to get away from the world for a few hours and forget our worries. There’s no better way to get lost in a movie than with a musical. What makes them so memorable? Perhaps it’s the great dance escapes, the heartfelt ballads, the swoon-worthy romances, or the flawed-yet-hopeful characters that are so close to us. Whatever the reason, modern audiences still love musicals, as evidenced by recent releases. West Side Story and Tick, tick, boom. While there have been a few notable musicals over the past decade, none are quite related to the timeless classics of the 1960s.

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8 goodbye birdie

“We love you Conrad. Oh yes, we do. We love you Conrad. And we will be faithful. When you are not near us. We are blue. Oh, Conrad, we love you. It’s a sad and tragic day for all teenage girls when rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the military and will have to put his music career on hold. To help give him a great start, a random girl is selected to be serenaded and kissed by him on live television during Birdie’s farewell concert. However, not everything goes as planned, but in the end, goodbye birdie turns out perfectly, as befits most musicals.


seven West Side Story

“I love being in America.” Here’s a musical that doesn’t end happily ever after. West Side Story is a musical inspired by the tragedy of William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. Set in America, specifically on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, two rival gangs clash for control of territory. However, things get complicated when members of the opposing gangs fall in love. Now, Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) will do anything to be together despite their families’ hatred for each other.

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6 my lovely lady

“All I want is a room somewhere. Far from the cold night air. With a huge chair. Oh, wouldn’t that be in love? » In my lovely lady, working-class street vendor Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) dreams of a better future, a life where she enjoys all the luxuries and comforts of a wealthy existence. She is selected by overconfident teacher Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), who believes he can completely transform her from a working-class Cockney girl into a classy, ​​high-society person. After working together for countless hours, the pair form an unlikely friendship that blossoms into something more.


5 The music man

“Seventy-six trombones led the grand parade. With one hundred and ten cones at hand. Traveling con artist Harold Hill (Robert Preston) has it all figured out when he arrives in River City. He plans to convince the locals to start a band by giving him money to buy instruments and uniforms. However, one thing Harold failed to consider was falling in love with the local librarian, Marian Paroo (Pert Kelton) who is the only person who questions his intentions. Will Harold take the town’s money and run away? Or will he stay and follow his heart? Discover in The music man.

4 Olivier !

“Where is love? Is it falling from the sky above? Is it under the willow? I dreamed of? Based on Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel Oliver Twistthe musical drama of the british period Olivier ! is about the titular young orphan yearning for a home amidst the hustle and bustle of the streets of London. Despite many difficulties along the way, Oliver finally finds a home with the benevolent Mr. Brownlow. This musical is bittersweet and has a story that will stick with you long after the credits roll. The 1968 film marked the end of a cinematic era, with Olivier ! being the last musical to win the Best Picture Oscar until 2002 Chicago.


3 The sound of music

“The hills come alive to the sound of music. With songs they’ve sung for a thousand years. What happens when tomboyish postulant Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent by her convent to be the Von Trapp family’s temporary governess? Naturally, she and submarine captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) fall in love.

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Although historically inaccurate, The sound of music was based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers, The sound of musicis a heartwarming classic from Rodgers and Hammerstein that includes memorable songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “So Long, Farewell.” Plus, it has swoon-worthy performances from the late Christopher Plummer and the legendary Julie Andrews.


2 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

“Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you.” What’s not to love about a flying car that never fails to amaze and save the day? Join eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), his children Jeremy (Adrian Hall) and Jemima (Heather Ripley) and the charming Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime . Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features a wonderful cast of fun and goofy characters, including Baron Bomburst, a man who loves toys but hates children, his wife, Baroness Bomburst, a woman who hates him, and the Child Catcher, a man with a nose for children but who does not have one. fashion sense whatsoever.

1 Mary Poppins

“Oh, it’s a happy holiday with Mary. Mary makes your “earth so light!” When the day is gray and ordinary, Mary makes the sun shine!” Just like Bert (Dick Van Dyke) sings, it’s always a good time to watch Mary Poppins, a film as enchanting and delicious as its main character. When Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) comes to town to be the new nanny for Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael Banks (Matthew Garber), the kids are pleasantly surprised when Mary takes them on all kinds of amazing adventures. Mary Poppins is filled with a collection of wonderful songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Step in Time”, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and the song with the longest word in history, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

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