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List of 50 best movie musicals includes '80s gems like Annie, Purple Rain



Hollywood and film fans used to ADORE movie musicals. Except in the '80s, when the genre took its lumps after bombs like Can't Stop the Music and Grease 2., however, managed to find several worthy contenders in its new list of 50 essential movie musicals.

Here are their '80s selections, along with their praise for the movie.

ANNIE (1982): "Carol Burnett delivers her most entertaining performance as the fiendish Miss Hannigan in the rags-to-riches story of the precocious comic-strip orphan."

"The musical biopic about country star Loretta Lynn might be the perfect jukebox musical, with Sissy Spacek delivering both an effortless and an affecting portrayal of the singer-songwriter while performing her classic hits herself."

THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (1981): "Set in the world of London high fashion, this musical comedy mystery features Kermit the Frog as a daft newspaper reporter on the hunt for a jewel thief, while Miss Piggy finds herself framed for the theft (by Charles Grodin, no less)."

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986): "The off-Broadway musical based on the campy B-movie of the same name was seamlessly turned into a hilarious musical comedy film featuring the brilliant Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and a massive man-eating plant."

PURPLE RAIN (1984): "Prince basically plays himself (known in the film as “The Kid”) in this sexy rock ‘n’ roll film about a troubled, yet incredibly gifted, Minneapolis musician."

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (1984): "Kermit and the gang set out to achieve fame and success in the Big Apple. The usual obstacles — money woes, amnesia, etc — only complicate their path to Broadway stardom."

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 10:01am]


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