27 Movie Musicals Worth Streaming If You Need A Little Pick-Me-Up

27 Movie Musicals Worth Streaming If You Need A Little Pick-Me-Up

1.

Moulin Rouge!


20th Century Studios

What it’s basically about: An English poet named Christian (Ewan McGregor) falls madly in love with a courtesan named Satine (Nicole Kidman), who’s already promised to marry a Duke in return for his funding for an upcoming show.

Watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now.

2.

Mamma Mia


Universal

What it’s basically about: Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) secretly invites three men from her mother’s (Meryl Streep) past to her wedding, hoping that one of them could possibly be her father.

Watch it on STARZ or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

3.

Mary Poppins


Buena Vista

What it’s basically about: Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) is the new nanny for the Banks children and she takes them on musical and magical adventures.

Watch it on Disney+.

4.

Cats


Unviersal

What it’s basically about: A bunch of cats get ready for the Jellicle Ball, where one lucky cat will win Jellicle Choice and get a chance at a whole new life.

Rent it for $5.99 on Amazon Prime.

5.

Grease


Paramount

What it’s basically about: Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) have a whirlwind summer romance. When they realize they go to the same high school, they have to figure out how to be together without branching too far outside their respective cliques.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

6.

Dreamgirls


DreamWorks

What it’s basically about: Deena (Beyoncé), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a singing group called the Dreamettes. After a manager (Jamie Foxx) takes over and throws them into the spotlight, one singer becomes the star and the others are forced to learn the price of fame.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

7.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Warner Bros.

What it’s basically about: After 15 years of banishment, a barber named Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) returns to London seeking revenge on the judge who stole his wife. He gangs up with a pie maker named Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) to murder customers and bake their bodies into meat pies.

Watch it on Netflix.

8.

Burlesque


Screen Gems

What it’s basically about: Ali (Christina Aguilera) is a singer who moves to LA in hopes of achieving her dreams. After getting a job at a burlesque lounge, Ali performs there nightly and helps the lounge’s owner (Cher) restore the club to its original glory.

Watch it on Netflix.

9.

Across the Universe


Columbia

What it’s basically about: Strung together by the Beatles’ songs, the movie follows Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as they fall for each other, and Lucy’s brother Max (Joe Anderson), who’s drafted into the Vietnam War.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

10.

Yesterday


Universal Pictures

What it’s basically about: Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter who’s on the verge of giving up, until one day there’s a worldwide power outage and everyone, except Jack, forgets the Beatles ever existed. Once he starts playing their songs, he becomes a music sensation. Lily James, Ed Sheeran, and Kate McKinnon also star!

Watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now.

11.

Hairspray


New Line Cinema

What it’s basically about: Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for the Corny Collins Show and gets cast. After becoming an overnight sensation, Tracy uses her new platform to topple the TV studio hierarchy and bring racial integration to the Corny Collins Show.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

12.

Les Miserables


Universal Pictures

What it’s basically about: After 19 years in prison, John Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is freed and reinvents himself, but eventually breaks his parole. Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge of the prison, vows to catch Valjean one day. Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne also star!

Watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now.

13.

High School Musical


Disney Channel

What it’s basically about: Troy (Zac Efron) meets Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) during winter break and they both do the unimaginable: sing in front of a bunch of people. When they bump into each other at school, they decide to audition for the school musical and are forced to choose between singing and the ~status quo~.

Watch it on Disney+. (Heads up: HSM 2, HSM 3, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series are on there too.)

14.

Jersey Boys


Warner Bros.

What it’s basically about: This biographical musical tells the story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came to be.

Watch it on Netflix.

15.

The Greatest Showman


20th Century Fox

What it’s basically about: This movie musical tells the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his journey in creating the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams also star!

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

16.

La La Land


Lionsgate

What it’s basically about: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are brought together by their common desire to follow their dreams. As they start to see success in their respective fields, their relationship sees a strain and they’re forced to choose between doing what they love or each other.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

17.

West Side Story


United Artists

What it’s basically about: This 1960s Romeo and Juliet is told through the street gangs of New York City — The Sharks and The Jets. When Tony (Richard Beymer), a Jet, falls in love with Maria (Natalie Wood), a Shark, chaos ensues as the gangs fight for their turf and Tony and Maria fight for their love.

Watch it on STARZ or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

18.

Blinded by the Light


New Line Cinema

What it’s basically about: Set in 1987 in Luton, England, the movie follows a Pakistani teenager named Javed (Viveik Kalra) who has a newfound love and appreciation for Bruce Springsteen and his music.

Watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now.

19.

Newsies


Buena Vista

What it’s basically about: When bigwigs Hearst and Pulitzer raise newspaper distribution prices, a group of newsboys go on strike.

Watch it on Disney+. (Heads up: Disney+ has the taped Broadway performance too!)

20.

Rent


Sony Pictures Releasing

What it’s basically about: During the early ’90s, a group of friends struggle with finding money to pay their rent, their careers, love lives, and the lasting effects of the AIDS epidemic.

Watch it on STARZ or rent it (no pun intended) for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

21.

Sing Street


Lionsgate

What it’s basically about: As the recession hits in 1980s Dublin, Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is forced to leave his private school and transfer to an inner city public school. In order to impress a girl he meets at his new school, Conor decides to create a band.

Watch it for free with ads on Vudu or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

22.

The Wiz


Universal

What it’s basically about: When a Harlem schoolteacher named Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a snowstorm, she gets blown into the magical world of Oz — which is basically a dream version of New York City. This adaptation of The Wizard of Oz features an all-black cast starring Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, and Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion.

Watch it on STARZ or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

23.

A Star Is Born


Warner Bros.

What it’s basically about: Ally (Lady Gaga) dreams of being a famous singer. One night she meets music sensation Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) and the two fall madly in love. The film follows their whirlwind of a romance as Ally’s career booms and Jackson’s begins to falter.

Watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now.

24.

Funny Girl


Columbia Pictures

What it’s basically about: Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) starts out on the NYC vaudeville stage but eventually makes her way up to Broadway stardom. The semi-biographical movie follows Fanny’s rise to fame and her prickly relationship with her husband Nick Arnstein.

Watch it free on Crackle.

25.

Into the Woods


Walt Disney Pictures

What it’s basically about: Because of a witch’s (Meryl Streep) evil curse, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are unable to have children. In efforts to reverse the spell, they set out on a journey to find the ingredients they need and meet Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) — all trying to fulfill their wishes as well.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

26.

The Phantom of the Opera


Warner Bros.

What it’s basically about: A brooding “Phantom” (Gerard Butler) hides in a lair beneath a 19th century Parisian opera house. He falls in love with lead vocalist Christine Daaé (Emmy Rossum) and vows to keep her close. Instead, Christine falls for Raoul (Patrick Wilson), one of the opera house’s benefactors, and the Phantom plots a scheme to win Christine back.

Rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

27.

The Sound of Music


20th Century Studios

What it’s basically about: Based on the real-life Von Trapp Family singers, The Sound of Music follows Maria (Julie Andrews), a postulant who is hired as a governess in the Von Trapp family home. She teaches the seven children all about the importance music, love, and family.

Watch it on Disney+.

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