We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 movie musicals from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Burlesque (2010) 37% at Rotten Tomatoes
The story of a small-town girl making it in the L.A. burlesque scene feels like Coyote Ugly and Moulin Rouge had a baby that came out singing. Cher and Aguilera have chops, and it’s hard not to love everything about this movie.
Director: Steve Antin
Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming
9. High School Musical (2006) 56% at Rotten Tomatoes
Anyone who tells you they didn’t like High School Musical is lying. They at least watched it, and the continued popularity of its stars proves it. I happen to love the catchy music from it (and its sequels) and am glad Disney Channel made several installments.
Director: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale
8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
7. Dreamgirls (2006) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
The film that proved Hudson could hold her own with Beyonce better than Destiny’s Child, Dreamgirls is a must-watch musical. Everyone involved delivers killer performances, and the subject matter of the music industry itself is served up well.
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson
6. Eight Crazy Nights (2002) 12% at Rotten Tomatoes
Sandler creates a Christmas musical cartoon for Jews with his signature humor. Underrated by critics (like Little Nicky), this Sandler classic is still watchable today. Let’s thank whatever deity Jews believe in that Sandler has such a childlike imagination.
Director: Seth Kearsley
Starring: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon
5. Moulin Rouge! (2001) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
Borrowing from love songs across the ages, a penniless writer seduces a beautiful courtesan while competing with a rich, powerful duke. Watch it with a little absinthe for maximum effect as the green fairy ushers in the colorful world of Baz Luhrmann
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Lequizamo
4. Enchanted (2007) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Adams shines in this Disney fairy tale brought to life a much different way than they do with the darker movies of the 2010s. You know that horrible world witches ban princesses to in fairy tales? It’s modern day New York. Enjoy.
Director: Bill Kelly
Starring: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon
3. August Rush (2007) 37% at Rotten Tomatoes
Some people just feel the music, and the way this Oliver Twist-inspired tale shows an orphan feeling his musical parents to bring them together is a work of art. You’ll want to learn to play the guitar like him, or at a bare minimum reminisce about Robin Williams.
Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Terrence Howard
2. Across the Universe (2007) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes
The music of The Beatles is the soundtrack for this Vietnam-era tale of war, activism, and coming of age in the 1960s. A poor artist from Liverpool and an upper-class American girl with a taste for activism fall in and out of love to the most beautiful music ever written.
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson
1. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) 54% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two slacker wannabes steal a legendary guitar pick on their quest to become the greatest band in the world. It’s a stupid idea from a stupid band, but, like everything Tenacious D, it’s entertaining and actually works even today.
Director: Liam Lynch
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Glass, JR Reed