Are you looking for a movie night full of entertainment with some dynamic music and dance? If yes, then the musical film genre is the best pick to sing along with. Songs add a special essence to the movies as these musicals develop the narrative further. However, the genre of classic musical films has advanced a lot. Firstly, stage musicals were naturally introduced into films making them more enjoyable. One such great example would be the 1995 musical film Oklahoma! Secondly, it is very amazing when the movie plot unfolds with delightful songs you can dance to.
Oklahoma! is a great movie with countryside characters giving aesthetic vibes. However, the count on such fantastic movies never ends. Here are some of the most amazing movies similar to Oklahoma that feature beautiful showstopping musicals.
1. The Sound of Music (1965)
The Sound Of Music was produced in the era when musical films were really hyped. Firstly, the film was an adaption of a stage musical, and the stage musical’s book inspired the screenplay. Secondly, Robert Wise directed it to perfection that made The Sound of Music a massive hit on the box office. Moreover, the plot opens up with a free-spirited young lady, Maria, who goes to Nonnberg Abbey to become a nun. Furthermore, she appears to be a little less disciplined, so mother Abbess sends her to a villa. The villa where Maria ends up belongs to a retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp. Besides, the Captain is a widower and father to seven kids whom he raised alone.
Maria becomes the governess of his seven children and gains their trust with her love and music. However, the uncanny events during the rules of Nazis pose difficulty for their survival. But Maria’s music brings a new life to this family. She later marries the navy Captain, and together, they find ways to survive the difficult times. The cultural and historical aspect of this musical drama film is well expressed through the series of songs.
2. The Wizard of Oz(1939)
Think about American Pop culture, and The Wizard of Oz will be the most iconic film you will come across. Furthermore, this musical fantasy film is considered to be the greatest film of all time. In addition to its commercial success, the movie is a flawless depiction of pop culture in America. Moreover, the fantasized plot, wonderful musicals, and fascinating characters have enhanced the storyline even more. The plot revolves around a girl named Dorothy Gale(played by Judy Garland) and her pet dog Toto. Dorothy lives in Kansas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, who aren’t very kind to her. Suddenly, a storm hits their home one day and sways it away. Moreover, Dorothy and her kins are still inside as the cyclone carries the house to a distant land.
Finally, when the house rests on the land, they find themselves in a beautiful place with weirdly small people, ‘Munchkins.’ Furthermore, Witch of the North tells her that she has killed the Witch of the East and the people of Munchkins are free now. Dorothy gets the silver shoes that belonged to the dead witch and is sent to the City of Emeralds. There she visits the Great Wizard of Oz, who will further help her in the adventure of returning to Kansas.
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3. La La Land(2016)
This is a beautiful story of two artists who bump into each other during their days of struggle. La La Land is a 2016 romantic musical movie featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Moreover, they have played the most amazing characters of Sebastian “Seb” Wilder and Mia Dolan. Seb is a jazz pianist who is struggling to make his breakthrough. Moreover, Mia is also a struggling actress who keeps giving auditions, but it’s all vain. However, it is during her hard times that she meets Sebastian at a party. They both appear to share chemistry, and thus begins the love.
Furthermore, as they both advance in life, they are happy at first with a stable lifestyle. However, things go south, and just before Seb’s live concert, they argue. The argument then turns into something big when Seb doesn’t show up at Mia’s play. Furthermore, Mia leaves Sebastian and then stays in Boulder City, her hometown, away from her acting life and Seb. Suddenly, Sebastian gets a call for an audition, and he convinces Mia to go for it. Mia sings her story in that audition, which turns her career into an uphill road. However, the story of Seb and Mia meets a wonderful yet bittersweet end.
4. The Greatest Showman(2017)
There is no doubt that this movie is one of the biggest hits. The Greatest Showman premiered in 2017 has a musical twist to a well-known story. It is about an ordinary boy, P.T. Barnum, who dreams of being something great one day. Firstly, Barnum fell in love with a girl named Charity and marries her. Raising his two daughters in New York City, he was living a normal life. However, Barnum was craving with desires and wanted to achieve more. Secondly, due to sudden issues, Barnum loses his job, but he gets a bank loan to open his venture, ‘Barnum’s American Museum.’ Moreover, the mere status didn’t attract many people, and hence he shifted the idea of the Museum to the circus.
Finally, Barnum gained fame but was equally criticized. However, he made great achievements and was considered the greatest showman of all time. Apparently, his fate wasn’t as graceful as that. Once, returning from a tour, Barnum found his circus on fire and saw his dreams shatter. He is disheartened, yet his family supported him to stand back again. The circus and its entertainment went on again, and Barnum spent more time with his family.
5. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Yet another fantasy drama musical that both young and adults cherish. Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory(1971) adapt the novel named Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. It is a fascinating journey through the chocolate factory of Willy Wonka. The storyline starts with Willy Wonka inviting few lucky kids to his factory to win a lifetime supply of sweets. Firstly, Wonka has been very secretive about his work. Moreover, he never let anyone know his chocolate recipe. Secondly, one unfortunate day, one of his workers tried to dell him out, and thus Willy Wonka lost the trust in humans. Nonetheless, the chocolates kept selling, but no one knew who prepared them.
Everyone in the neighborhood is surprised by this invite. Finally, 5 children, including Charlie, enter the factory. But the rules laid out by Willy Wonka aren’t simple. One after the other, kids fall prey to their temptation and fail. However, it is Charlie’s modesty and wise mind that helps him get through it. Moreover, the factory holds a secret, and as the story advances with musicals, it will increase your anticipation. A similar musical movie premiered in 2005 named Charlie and The Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
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6. Les Misérables(2012)
Based on the first-hand experience of the events occurring in 19th century France, Les Miserables is one of the best musical movies. The early 1980s French musicals, those enchanting dialogues, and the wonderful screening are Les Miserables’ bounty. Moreover, the movie is the adaption of Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Les Miserables’, which is proof of an excellent storyline. The plot begins with a prison break by a man named Jean Valjean. Firstly, Jean has been in prison for decades, but he somehow manages to escape this time. Secondly, the inspector at this parole, Javert, has been very cruel and ruthless to Valjean. Moreover, he is on his quest to hunt down Valjean and put him behind bars again.
On the other hand, Valjean tries to be a better person and turns himself into a local business person. Furthermore, he adopts a young lady named Cosette, daughter of Fantine. Fantine has been Valjean’s employee who became a prostitute and led to a horrible end in gutters after getting fired. However, Valjean takes care of Cosette but the period of revolution was upsurging in France. The story unravels as Cosette falls for a revolutionary, Marius, and Valjean is haunted by his past life. The powerplay of emotions in Les Miserables is quite breathtaking.
These are some of the most anticipated musical movies that share a resemblance with Oklahoma! (1995). Sing along and entertain yourself with the above masterpieces.