10 of the best music movies of the 21st century

Since cinema was born, the pioneers looked for a way to add music or sound to those stories that they filmed in black and white. It took several years to achieve this, but thanks to advances in technology, many directors had the chance to incorporate effects, songs and dialogue into the productions they were creating. However, the film industry took a huge step when the first musical films appeared.

Since then, we have seen a lot of staging of the biggest stages in the world, like Broadway and West End reaching the big screen. Although it should be noted that not all the adaptations have been wonderful, because just as we have had great films that honor the original stories, we also have others that just did not convince and did not reach what we all expected. you know whose Cats We speak.

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We have great music movies and here are 10 examples

But this time we don’t want to talk about those musical movies that didn’t turn out well, If not the opposite. Taking advantage of the premiere of In The Heights, the adaptation of the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and starring Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smith, we decided to put together a list with some productions of this same genre that took the palms of the whole world.

Many may not love to see the actors singing, dancing and playing a specific character for a long time, but we assure you that if you have not seen these 10 tapes that we are about to present to youThey will have a great time enjoying exciting storylines and epic musical passages. Or if you already threw them a few years ago, it is a good time to relive them again and remember how spectacular they are.

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‘Red Mill’

Let’s start with a spectacular musical movie, red Mill. Despite the fact that in 1952 the first film adaptation based on the homonymous novel by the French writer, Pierre La Mure, was released, in 2001 the director Baz Luhrmann managed to take it to the next level, as he reinvented this genre by combining this story with Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, The Traviata, as well as in the novel The Lady of the Camellias of the writer Alexander Dumas.

In this version we follow Christian (Ewan McGregor), a bohemian who falls in love with Moulin Rouge star Satine (Nicole Kidman) and one night, after a misunderstanding, their paths end up crossing. However, she realizes that this man is not what he seems and struggles between love and achieving his professional aspirations, all this accompanied by great songs by The Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, Madonna, Nirvana, The Police and more. .


Chicago It is one of the most legendary stagings on Broadway, not for nothing since its launch in 1996 it is in the second position on the list of shows with the longest run on the billboard with more than 8 thousand performances to date and it is the American musical He has been around the longest in London’s West End for 15 years. That is why when it was announced that a film adaptation would be released in 2002, it caused excitement.

The film featured a great cast, with big names like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly and Lucy Liu, where we follow the story of Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, two criminals arrested for crime passionate who are in prison awaiting their trial together in Chicago while both fight for fame accompanied by musical numbers that earned him a ton of Oscars.


Talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda is touching one of the biggest names we have today in the entertainment industry, because practically what you create turns to gold. It has already been verified with In The Heights, Bring It On and one of the most recent adaptations of West Side StorY. But nobody saw coming the success that he would achieve with what until now we could consider as his masterpiece: Hamilton.

In this staging we get to know the life of one of the founding fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. Although it might seem like a historical plot – which of course has many elements such as costumes – the truth is that it is an updated version because in the songs we find an epic combination between opera and rap, and fortunately for those who do not we have seen live, Disney turned it into a musical movie.

‘La La Land’

Around here we keep thinking that La La Land was the real winner of the Oscar in 2017 for Best Picture, because he had a lot of merits to take that statuette. Damien Chazelle had already shown with Whiplash that he understood very well the powerful connection between music and cinema, but with his second production he took things to another level, giving us one of the best musical films of recent times.

In this film we follow the story of Mia (Emma Stone), a bar employee who aspires to be a great actress and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), an unemployed jazz pianist with great ambitions whose paths end up joining them. In addition to being visually spectacular and having scenes that are now iconic, We can’t forget the huge songs they presented to us like “City of Stars” or “Another Day of Sun”.

‘The Greatest Showman’

For everyone it was a surprise when The Greatest Showman hit theaters, because to be honest almost no one believed in the musical film based on the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, founder of ‘Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’, also known as the greatest show on earth. However, It was a box office success that showed us that tapes of this genre could still be made that could show something new.

Beyond the great cast they put together, led by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michellle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, this film combined the charisma and talent of all these actors with a wonderful soundtrack packed with infectious pop songs anyone can remember, which earned them Oscar as well as Golden Globe nominations for a spectacular original track, “This Is Me.”

‘Mamma Mia!’

This is a true classic of classics. When Mamma Mia! by Catherine Johnson appeared in London in 1999, it managed that those who had the chance to see it live and in full color, ended up enchanted with the story, but also remembered the songs that ABBA gave us throughout his career. Finally, almost a decade after its premiere and from the hand of Phyllida Lloyd, it became a musical film that conquered the world.

In the film we meet Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried), who is about to get married but her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), has never told her who her father is. That’s when he discovers that there are three possible people who could be his father: Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan), Harry Bright (Colin Firth) and Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgård). In the end, the girl will have to discover the truth to the rhythm of songs that we all at least know.

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

There are musicals that have reached the great stages of the world to break in and show a world completely different from ours. And that happened when John Cameron Mitchell premiered Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 1998, which from its first stagings left the audience with a square eye and won the applause of the critics. That is why it was no surprise to anyone that Hollywood became interested in adapting this story into a movie.

Here we follow Hedwig, a transgender woman who leads a glam rock band and that brings us memories of great musicians of the time such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and even John Lennon. Without a doubt, one of its strengths are the songs, but we cannot ignore this plot, which is an intense and shocking portrait of those years of lack of control and of people who, overnight, led the rockstar life, with extravagances and excesses.


We were all used to the typical Disney princess formula, at least in animated movies. However, when Haunted came into our lives, the Mickey Mouse house showed us that these fantastic stories could be told from another point, relying once again on endearing characters but giving even more weight to the songs, an element that could not be missing in this formula.

In addition to putting Amy Adams in the spotlight along with other names like Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden, they mixed animation and live action in a spectacular way, without falling into excesses and proposing a new style where there were no shortage of super sweet songs and endearing characters. Over the years, it seems that this film has been abandoned by the company that created it, but we do not forget how great it is.


Years before leaving us with our mouths open – and not for the better – with the bizarre and horrible film adaptation of Cats, Tom Hooper showed that he could do great things when in 2012 he released his version of Wretched. This Victor Hugo story is no stranger to the big screen, as we have seen several films based on this classic novel, but this time they brought together a cast with a lot of talent and great songs.

To give you an idea, the cast included names like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway – who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing Fantine – Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Redmayne. And even though it wasn’t perfect, you forget the flaws when you hear imposing numbers like “I Dreamed a Dream”, “One Day More” o “Do You Hear the People Sing?”.

‘Across The Universe’

The Beatles have not been treated very well to say in the movies. Although there have been a lot of documentaries and the occasional film inspired by the life and work of the Fab Four, the reality is that very few have managed to honor what is perhaps the most important and media band in the history of music popular. However, Across The Universe It is a good tribute to the music that John, Paul, George and Ringo gave us.

Starring Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood, with guest appearances by Bono, Joe Cocker, and even Salma Hayek, this tape told us the story of Jude and Lucy, who despite coming from very different worlds, are united by the dreams and conflicts of the late 1960s such as the Vietnam War. That is why they try to find their way out of this world full of psychedelia and they find inspiration in the songs of the Liverpool band.