The 10 Best Musical Films In The Early 21st Century (Part 1)

“Moulin Rouge”, “Mamma Mia”, “La La Land” … are among the 10 musical films popular to the audiences.

  1. Moulin Rouge (2001)

Musical film line seemed to be ruined after the golden era in the 1960s suddenly revived thanks to the romantic love story in “Moulin Rouge”. This film nominated for 8 Oscar Awards were the colorful love song with many emotions of love.

Being a young writer from London to Paris in 1899, Christian (Ewan McGregor) fell  in love with the dancer Santine (Nicole Kidman) working at the Moulin Rouge bar. The tortuous love story was led with many attactive songs. The great improve about costumes also made the viewers enchanted, contributing to create a new trend for the musical film line in the 21st century.

Moulin Rouge won 2 Oscar Awards and was the first musical film since Beauty and the Beast (1991) nominated Oscar Award for “The Best Film”.


  1. Chicago (2002)

Released after Moulin Rouge 1 year but more successful in awards was the film “Chicago”. With the participation of the famous stars like Richard Gere, Catherine Zelta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, the film grossed over $300 millions in revenue and received 6 Oscar Awards, including “The best film”.

Chicago was set in the 1920s last century – the golden era of jazz music. The main characters were two beautiful women prisoners – Velma (Zelta-Jones) and Roxie (Zellweger). They met each other in the jail awaiting the trial on charges of murder. Through the story, the audiences knew more about the scandal of the elite and the corruption in Chicago.

Chicago made history when becoming the first musical film to win the Oscar Award for “The Best Film” since the film Oliver! in 1968.


  1. 8 Mile (2002)

8 Mile was the rare film about the rap music world and had the participation of the famous rapper – Eminem. The film told about the effort to confirm the name of the boy Jimmy Smith (Eminem). With the stage name “B-Rabbit”, he tried to make his own impression in the world dominated by non – white artists.

8 Mile succeeded beyond all expectations with the revenue up to $242 millions. Beside, the film received Oscar award for “the best film song” with “Lose Yourself” song. The soundtracks with the participation of many famous singers such as Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent… were appreciated by the audiences, because it was the first time rap music to be in such investment. Many prestigious newspapers such as Time, Rolling Stone… took 8 Mile to the list of the best movies in 2002. Moreover, Vibe magazine called it “a cinematic masterpiece about rap music”.


  1. Once (2007)

Once was the interesting film in 2007. The film of Ỉreland only had the budget of $115 thousands and did not have any big stars to join. However, the film grossed $23 millions as well as received both Oscar and Grammy nomination. At the USA Academy Awards in 2008, the sweet song Falling Slowly was honored as “the best song in the film.” The Weekly Entertainment magazine then put Once into the third place in the list of “the 25 best romantic movies in the last 25 years.”

The film was about a street artist (Glen Hansard) and a woman separated with her husband (Marketa Irglova) in Dublin. The two strangers got closer thanks to the similar taste in music and they decided to record together. The main characters had no names, making the audiences understand: a story like that could happen anywhere, and music is the perfect connection for the souls.


  1. Mamma Mia! (2008)

With the giant revenue of $609 millions and the casts including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia! deserved to be regarded as “the musical blockbuster film”. The film based on the hit opera Broadway and used popular songs such as I Have A Dream, Dancing Queen, Our Last Summer… of the legendary band ABBA. The story was about a girl tending to get married but she still did not know who her father was. So, she decided to send invitations to the three men her mother dated in the past.

The journey to find the main character’s father was led by the classic songs of ABBA. Mamma Mia! attracted the audiences with gentle storyline, charming acting and beautiful images filmed in the haven of rest Greece. The soundtrack album after that sold 5 millions of copies worldwide.



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