Movies in the Musical/Drama genre

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Across the Universe

One could never argue that Across the Universe isn't ambitious. However, like many ambitious movies, this one fails spectacularly. Glenn Kenny of Premiere magazine called it "the perfect disaster" and, while I think that's a little harsh, I underst...

Run Time: 2:13
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, ...
De-Lovely

As a bio-pic, De-Lovely is pretty standard, run-of-the-mill stuff (albeit with an interesting framing device). However, as a "best hits" collection of Cole Porter's music, it is unparalleled. With approximately two-dozen of his tunes performed by...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2004-07-02
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: Irwin Winkler
Cast: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, ...
Greatest Showman, The

In style, if not substance, The Greatest Showman is reminiscent of the Disney film, Newsies. Like the 1992 live-action musical, The Greatest Showman comes to life when the characters are singing or dancing but struggles through the sequences i...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Michael Gracey
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, ...
Hamilton

From its early days at the Off-Broadway Public Theater in February 2015 through its highly-anticipated opening on August 6 at the Richard Rogers Theater, it was apparent that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton was going to be the big live theater...

Run Time: 2:40
U.S. Release Date: 2020-07-03
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, ...
Les Miserables (2012)

Les Miserables, believed by some to be the best novel ever penned in French, has been adapted in nearly every form imaginable, including dozens of movies, television mini-series in French and English, loose "thematic reworkings," and comic books. ...

Run Time: 2:37
U.S. Release Date: 2012-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, ...
Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost has always been regarded as one of the most enigmatic of Shakespeare's plays. In modern times, it is almost never performed, and, unlike the text of the Bard's major works, it fails to come alive on the printed page. In an in...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2000-06-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Emily Mortimer, ...
Oliver!

Oliver Twist has never been one of my favorite Dickens novels, so perhaps that’s part of the reason why I’m lukewarm about Oliver!, the stage musical-turned-Oscar-winning motion picture adaptation of the book. It’s an uneven film with a...

Run Time: 2:33
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "G" (Violence)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Carol Reed
Cast:
Once

The traditional movie musical may not be dead, but it's on life support, a victim of the changing taste of movie-goers. Once is an effort to provide a musical that works for a modern audience by grounding the situation in reality and cutting out th...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2007-05-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: John Carney
Cast: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova