Sunday, May 28, 2023

List: Top 3 Musicals in Film

This week on Episode 345 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Judy and Judy Garland’s legacy within musicals, we thought it was appropriate enough to talk about our favorite musicals in film. Hollywood musicals have been around since the very beginning, so there’s no shortage of them to choose from for our lists this week. It’s not any easier that some of them are considered to be among the best of all-time. So, narrowing down the options to just three was quite the challenge. But man, did we have fun with this discussion. That said, what would be your Top 3?

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) The Nightmare Before Christmas
2) A Star is Born (’54)
3) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


1) The Wizard of Oz
2) West Side Story
3) The Muppet Movie

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge!, All That Jazz, Swing Time, Top Hat, La La Land, Singin’ in the Rain, Chicago, Funny Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, An American in Paris, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Enchanted, Hairspray, Chi-Raq, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncu, all the great Disney Musicals

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are many other great musicals in film to consider for this list that we skipped over for one reason or another. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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