We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 movie musicals from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Beauty and the Beast (1991) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
A selfish prince gets his entire castle cursed and becomes a hideous beast. If he can find someone to love him before an enchanted rose dies, he’ll be restored, but all he’s interested in is solitude. He kidnaps Belle, and she learns to fall in love with him in arguably Disney’s best animated musical ever.
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers
9. CB4 (1993) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes
MC Gusto’s gangsta rap group CB4 are successfully signed to a major label after stealing the criminal background of a local crime kingpin. The pressure of being famous for a lie strains the group’s relationship, especially when that kingpin is released from prison and looking for revenge. Based on NWA, it more closely predicts Rick Ross’s future rap career.
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Charlie Murphy
8. Mambo Kings (1992) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
Brothers Cesar and Nestor leave 1950s Havana, Cuba in hopes of finding fame in America’s Latin music scene. One is a womanizer, while the other continually broods over his lost love. They eventually become successful after catching the eye of Desi Arnaz until tragedy strikes.
Director: Arne Glimcher
Starring: Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Pablo Calogero
7. Joe’s Apartment (1996) 19% at Rotten Tomatoes
Joe moves from Iowa to New York and rents the only slum he can afford. It’s infested with over 50,000 cockroaches, which would be a horrible thing if they didn’t talk and sing. They become friends and work together to make life better for everyone.
Director: John Payson
Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Megan Ward, Billy West
6. Sister Act (1992) 73% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a Reno lounge singer witnesses her boyfriend Vince killing a man, she tells the police and ends up on the run. A hit is put on her, and Lt. Eddie Souther disguises her as a nun in a a poor Catholic parish until the trial. She joins the choir and attempts to help the nuns at the expense of her anonymity.
Director: Emile Ardolino
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Pumpkin King Jack Skellington is weary of constantly celebrating Halloween. Dreaming of something different, he happens upon Christmas Town and convinces the town to start celebrating that instead. It doesn’t work out well, and he must soon fight Mr. Oogie Boogie to save the life of Santa Claus.
Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
4. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Kyle, Cartman, Stan, and Kenny watch the latest Terrence and Phillip movie and end up enraging Kyle’s mom. The big fat bitch ends up starting a crusade against Canadians, and it’s not long before all-out war breaks out and Hell is poised to rise up to the earth.
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
3. Mulan (1998) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Mongols are at the gates of China, the emperor enacts conscription. Mulan takes her father’s place by dressing as a boy, and trains to become one of China’s greatest warriors. She can’t do it without the help of her family dragon Mushu and a lucky cricket bestowed upon her by her grandmother.
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Starring: Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Eddie Murphy
2. That Thing You Do (1996) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
Based on an untrue story, drummer Guy Patterson joins the Oneders and picks up the pace of a slow ballad in their first gig. It becomes an instant pop sensation, and they’re soon signed to Playtone records, touring the country with American bands trying to recapture rock and roll from the British invasion.
Director: Tom Hanks
Starring: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Tom Everett Scott
1. Newsies (1992) 39% at Rotten Tomatoes
Newspaper delivery boys in 1899 have their margins squeezed by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raising the price of each issue. They decide to form a union and strike, finding the strength in numbers to rise up against the corporate machine.
Director: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall