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Take Our Poll: Best Live-Action Movie Musical of the Last 75 Years

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 24, 2012 at 2:20PM

In celebration of "Les Miserables," HitFix has listed the 20 best movie musicals of the last 50 years. Their top five? "The Sound of Music," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Mary Poppins," "Cabaret," and "Little Shop of Horrors" in first place.
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"Moulin Rouge!"
"Moulin Rouge!"

In celebration of "Les Miserables," HitFix has listed the 20 best movie musicals of the last 50 years. Their top five? "The Sound of Music," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Mary Poppins," "Cabaret," and "Little Shop of Horrors" in first place.

Julie Andrews as 'Mary Poppins'
Julie Andrews as 'Mary Poppins'

Our poll is of the Top 30 live-action musicals in the last 75 years, which means no Disney animated musicals or "South Park," And "Shall We Dance" (1937) makes the cut but "Swing Time" (1936) does not. Vote! Protest which of your favorites we left off! (I pulled back on more Fosse, Astaire and Garland, or they would have taken up the whole list.)

I weigh in on movie musicals here. Now and Then looks at the long slow death of the movie musical.

What is the best live-action musical in the last 75 years?
  
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.