While musicals may seem a cheesy thing to watch for many people, and may be considered a genre only for kids on Disney movies or for awful sagas like High School Musical, the reality is that some of the best and most iconic Hollywood movies are musicals with many accolades and inspiring entire generations. Some of the best musicals include:
- La La Land (2016): While being a romantic comedy musical, this film starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress was praised for its screenplay and direction, as well for its performance and musical score, winning all seven awards from its seven nominations at the Academy Awards for the first time ever!
- Les Miserables (2012): This epic historical musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo received eight Oscars (including Best Picture) and features Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, among other high profile actors. It portrays the story of Jean Valjean, who is being hunted for decades by policemen after breaking parole during the French Revolution.
- 8 Mile (2002): This iconic drama musical stars world-famous rapper Eminem and contains autobiographical elements from his life, as he attempts to launch his music career in a genre dominated by African Americans.
- Ray (2004): This iconic biographical film focuses on the 30-year career of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles which is portrayed by Jamie Foxx. This film earned Foxx the Oscar for Best Actor, as well as becoming the second actor to win all five major lead actor awards for this performance.
- Rocketman (2019): Another biographical musical based on the life of another music god is Rocketman, telling the story of how Sir Elton John came to be the man he is today. The film stars Taron Egerton as the main star, as well as acting by Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden.
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