Movies in the Musical/Drama genre

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What a year 2021 has been for Lin-Manuel Miranda. In addition to having one of his stage plays (In the Heights) transformed into a movie, he has also enjoyed major involvements in two animated films (Vivo for Netflix and Encanto for Disney) and ma...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2021-11-19
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, ...
Dear Evan Hansen

While watching Dear Evan Hansen, I was reminded of the 1994 film I’ll Do Anything. Originally designed as a musical (with eight songs by Prince), the decision was made in the editing room to release the Nick Nolte vehicle as a straight drama...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-12-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Suicide, Mental Illness)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, ...
Everybody's Talking about Jamie

Whether as a result of coincidence or intent, the COVID pandemic has issued in a new era of motion picture musicals. Not since mid-20th century, when Musicals were perennially the biggest earners, has the genre been this popular. Everybody’s...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Cast: Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Richard E. Grant, ...
Annette

A breath of fresh air? Or a pretentious mess? Perhaps a little of both. It’s easy to see why a mainstream viewer might quickly lose patience with Annette but I found the film’s embrace of unconventionality to be bracing and energizing…at...

Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Leos Carax
Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, ...
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, ...
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:
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, ...
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, ...
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, ...
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, ...