Movie musicals let you experience the joy of a show from the comfort of your home. You can dance and sing along as loud as you want! Here, in no particular order, are the top 3 movie musicals from to 2000s to rock out with.

Movie musicals take the magic of the stage to the big screen.
Movie musicals take the magic of the stage to the big screen.
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Hairspray

When this movie musical hit theaters in 2007 I was ecstatic. Little 5th grader me was so excited to see Zac Efron singing in something other than ‘High School Musical.’ This movie has always lifted my spirits and made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

The movie focuses on Tracy Turnblad, a loveable girl who just wants to dance. The musical takes place in the 60s and is full of fun fashion and music. It always makes me dance or sing along with its infectious atmosphere.

Hairspray includes important social commentary that still resonates today. The pertinent message combined with ecstatic song and dance numbers makes for huge emotional impact that will get you on your feet and singing.

Hairspray movie trailer

Chicago

The musical numbers in Chicago are fun and catchy, and the costumes are beautiful. This movie musical stars Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, two “merry murderesses” with aspirations to sing and dance on the big stage. Only problem is they’re in the county jail awaiting trial.

The audience gets to see how the legal system affects each of these women. And Hart and Kelly learn there’s plenty of fame to be had in a trial.

My favorite song to sing along to is “They Both Reached for the Gun!” By the time the movie is over you’ll have added “Cell Block Tango” to your Spotify or Apple Music.

Movie trailer for Chicago

Mamma Mia!

This is another movie musical that’s dear to my heart. My grandma loves ABBA so I can’t watch this movie without thinking of her. When the sequel, ‘Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again’, came out in 2018 I flew to Connecticut to watch the movie with her. Plus, the only musical I’ve seen on Broadway (so far) was ‘Mamma Mia!’ so you could say I’m a dedicated fan.

The movie takes place in Greece as a young Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepares to wed her beloved fiance. Meryl Streep plays Donna Sheridan, Sophie’s mom and all-around independent spirit. Before her wedding, Sophie wants to know who her father is and invites all three possibilities to the island. A feel-good, hilarious time ensues as we all become “Dancing Queens”.

Movie trailer for Mamma Mia!

I hand-picked these three movie musicals because they are easy to watch and I always have a delightful time. The music from all three shows is catchy and fun and easy to sing to. These are just three of my favorite movie musicals to sing along with – what are yours?