Musicals

This specially selected programme of films features celebrates the musical genre, from classic to recent big-screen hits.

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns

This strand celebrates the history of the big-screen musical in all its toe-tapping fabulousness.

Musicals are some of the most celebrated and popular films of all time and have been around since the emergence of sound films in the late 1920s! Classic films such as Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver! and The Sound of Music have delighted audiences for generations, with their glorious song-and-dance routines, delightful characters and timeless stories. The success of The Greatest Showman and Mary Poppins Returns proves the musical is as popular as ever!

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Films that are part of Musicals

Annie

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration122 mins

Annie(1982)

Big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, including a few new songs to the heartwarming tale of little orphan Annie trying to find happiness.

This family musical deals with themes of friendships, theatre, child safety, and poverty, and links to subjects including History, PSHE Education and Performing Arts.

Annie

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration113 mins

Annie(2014)

Modern reboot of the classic '80s heart-warming musical about foster kid Annie who dreams of a happy family.

This family musical deals with themes of anti-bullying, community, and poverty, and links to subjects including Literacy, PSHE Education and Performing Arts.

Calamity Jane

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration99 mins

Calamity Jane(1953)

The musical story of a gun-toting tomboy Calamity Jane in the male-dominated Wild West and her romance with Wild Bill Hickock.

This Golden Age musical deals with themes of law and order, historical periods, gangs, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Law and PSHE Education.

Chante ton Bac d'abord (We Did It on a Song)

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration82 mins

Chante ton Bac d'abord (We Did It on a Song)(2014)

A hybrid of documentary, comedy and musical as five French teenagers sing and dance through their final year of school before they graduate.

This non-Hollywood musical deals with themes of dance, friendships, school, and growing up, and links to subjects including Film Studies, French and Performing Arts.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration146 mins

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang(1968)

An unsuccessful inventor rescues an old car which acquires magic properties.

This fantasy musical deals with themes of family, child safety, travel and exploration, and magic, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, History and Literacy.

Dreamgirls

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration127 mins

Dreamgirls(2006)

Musical set in the 1960s about a fictional girl group and their rise to fame and fortune.

This Broadway musical deals with themes of dance, friendships, fame and consumerism, and anti-bullying , and links to subjects including Media Studies, PSHE Education and Performing Arts.

Fiddler On The Roof

CertU

Age group7+

Duration176 mins

Fiddler On The Roof(1971)

Exuberant, Oscar-winning musical that focuses on a Jewish community in 19th century Russia.

This Broadway musical deals with themes of racism and prejudice, community, equality, and poverty, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History and Religious Education.

Grease

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration105 mins

Grease(1978)

1950s California is the setting for this joyous high school musical which follows a dizzy teen romance.

This star-driven musical deals with themes of friendships, love and relationships, growing up, and gender representation, and links to subjects including PSHE Education and Performing Arts.

The Greatest Showman

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration105 mins

The Greatest Showman(2017)

Extravagant musical about the putting together of a circus that became a worldwide sensation and helped create the modern culture of show business.

This contemporary musical deals with themes of racism and prejudice, disabilities and inclusion, fame and consumerism, and dance, and links to subjects including History and Performing Arts.

La La Land

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration128 mins

La La Land(2016)

A sentimental, dreamlike musical which sees two aspiring artists attempt to make it in Hollywood amidst a whirlwind romance.

This contemporary musical deals with themes of love and relationships, film history, fame and consumerism, and theatre, and links to subjects including Film Studies and Performing Arts.

Les Miserables

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration151 mins

Les Miserables(2012)

Tom Hooper's Oscar winning adaptation of the legendary stage musical about a reformed thief caught up in revolutionary Paris.

This Broadway musical deals with themes of law and order, historical periods, books and plays, and ethics, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Literacy.

Mamma Mia!

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration106 mins

Mamma Mia!(2008)

Musical about a young woman who's about to be married and is trying to find out which of the men her mother was briefly involved with is her father.

This contemporary musical deals with themes of family, love and relationships, festivals and celebrations, and community, and links to subjects including Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

Mary Poppins Returns

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration130 mins

Mary Poppins Returns(2018)

Decades after her first visit, magical nanny Mary Poppins returns to the Banks household to help them through a difficult time in their lives.

This family musical deals with themes of life and death, growing up, and storytelling, and links to subjects including Film Studies and PSHE Education.

Moulin Rouge!

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration122 mins

Moulin Rouge!(2001)

Spectacular modern musical with glittering costumes and amazing dance sequences, using contemporary pop hits.

This contemporary musical deals with themes of dance, fashion, love and relationships, and historical periods, and links to subjects including Art & Design, History and Performing Arts.

Oliver!

CertU

Age group5–14

Duration139 mins

Oliver!(1968)

Musical version of the famous Charles Dickens novel about the adventures of a Victorian orphan who falls in with a London street gang.

This family musical deals with themes of food and health, poverty, and growing up, and links to subjects including Literacy and PSHE Education.

Once

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration83 mins

Once(2006)

Contemporary musical set in Ireland featuring a Dublin busker and a Czech immigrant.

This non-Hollywood musical deals with themes of refugees and immigration, love and relationships, and family, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and PSHE Education.

Rocketman

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration121 mins

Rocketman(2019)

An epic biopic of the iconic British musician Elton John, exploring his rise to fame along with his turbulent personal life.

This star-driven musical deals with themes of family, friendships, addictions, LGBT issues, and mental health, and links to subjects including PSHE Education and Psychology.

Singin' in the Rain

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration98 mins

Singin' in the Rain(1952)

Widely considered the best musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.

This Golden Age musical deals with themes of love and relationships, fame and consumerism, and theatre, and links to subjects including Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration95 mins

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory(1971)

Visually brilliant 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation about a little boy who wins a tour of the maddest sweet factory in the world!

This fantasy musical deals with themes of dance, family, child safety, food and health, and poverty, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, Literacy and PSHE Education.

The Wizard of Oz

CertU

Age group7+

Duration98 mins

The Wizard of Oz(1939)

This timeless family musical, one of cinema's much loved productions, sees young Dorothy escape Kansas for the Technicolor land of Oz.

This fantasy musical deals with themes of law and order, friendships, community, magic, and growing up, and links to subjects including Literacy and Film Studies.

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