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9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Musicals are a special genre for fans of interesting storytelling with good music. Not everyone likes this specificity, but musical movies remain consistently popular throughout the history of world cinema.

We offer you a small list of the best musicals of 2023, where music of different styles sounds and exciting stories of amazing people unfold under it.

Maestro

Maestro
  • Genre: Biography, Music, Drama, Melodrama
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Director: Bradley Cooper
  • Starring: Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Maya Hawke, Matt Bomer, Sarah Silverman, Michael Jury, Miriam Shore, Josh Hamilton, Alexa Swinton, Brian Clugman

Bradley Cooper’s musical biography “The Maestro” comes out on Netflix on December 20 and is one of the top spots on the list of most anticipated films of 2023. It’s the story of a genius’ love for music and for a woman, and the two are inseparable.

The real-life story of famous composer Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre is hardly different from how the movie is told. Attraction at first sight, boundless support. They are always there for each other, even if they are physically far apart….

Paramount Pictures was the first distributor of the movie, but then Netflix bought the distribution rights.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Greatest Days

Greatest Days
  • IMDB Rating – 5.8
  • Genre: Musical, Drama, Comedy, Music
  • Production: UK / 2023
  • Worldwide Box Office: $1,969,078
  • Director: Cokie Giedroyc
  • Starring: Ashlyn Bee, Amaka Okafor, Alice Lowe, Jade Adams, Lara McDonnell, Nandi Hudson, Eliza Dobson, Carragon Gest, Matthew McNulty, Emma Amos

British musical road movie to the hits of the pop group Take That. The plot centers on Rachel O’Flynn, a nurse from London. She has been friends with Zoe, Claire, Debbie and Heather since childhood. The events move between the 90s and the present day.

In their youth, all the girls were fond of the songs of the then popular team “The boys”. In modern times, Rachel takes part in a TV quiz and wins tickets to a reunion of her favorite band in Athens. At first she considers going there with her boyfriend, but then realizes she has to call her girlfriends. The 40-year-old women end up going on a nostalgic trip to the favorite music of their youth, getting into some fun adventures.

English musicians Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen make cameos as street singers.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Spinning Gold

Spinning Gold
  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Biography, Music, Drama
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Worldwide Box Office: $66,284
  • Director: Timothy Scott Bogart
  • Starring: Jeremy Jordan, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Isaacs, Jason Derulo, Michelle Monaghan, Jay Fero, Lindsay Fonseca, Dan Fogler, Peyton List, James Wolk

Set to the music of Kiss, Donna Summer and other stage celebrities of the era, this biopic tells the story of Neil Bogart, who founded the record company Casablanca Records.

Starting his career as a circus worker, Neil had a dream that seemed unattainable at the time. But in his short life, he was able to rapidly progress from a simple laborer to the founder of America’s most influential music company of the 70s.

The film’s writer and director, Timothy Scott Bogart, is the son of the movie’s main character.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
  • IMDB Rating – 7.2
  • Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Musical
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Budget: $250,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $569,626,289
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Starring: Holly Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, David Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Aquafina, Jessica Alexander

Disney’s film adaptation of the famous fairy tale and equally famous classic animated film, a stunningly beautiful story filled with the studio’s traditional heart-wrenching songs.

The Little Mermaid, creative, who loves to sing and laugh, falls in love with a prince she rescues at sea. Ariel, longing for a closer look at human life and to see her lover once more, exchanges her voice for human legs from a witch. She goes on land to fight for her love – straight from the vast ocean to the cruel, wounded land.

The film’s soundtrack was composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in collaboration with the composer of the original animated film, Alan Menken.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Flora and Son

Flora and Son
  • IMDB Rating – 7.4
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Production: USA, Ireland / 2023
  • Worldwide Box Office: $69,956
  • Director: John Carney
  • Starring: Eve Hewson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Oren Quinlan, Jack Reynor, Amy Huberman, Keith McErlean, Ashlyn McGuckin, Marguerite Murphy, Marcella Plunkett, Paul Reid

A wonderful family story set to guitar chords. Flora is a single mother from Dublin who is going through a difficult period because of her son Max. The boy is growing up unruly, hooliganizing, stealing and constantly getting into trouble with the police.

One day Flora, heeding the good advice of a policeman, and finding an old guitar in the backyard, decides to take Max into some hobby. She seeks out a guitar teacher in Los Angeles, Jeff, a nice man who soon becomes a close family friend, and draws her son into a life-changing music class.

All the tunes for the movie were written by director John Carney himself and his friend, blues guitarist Gary Clark.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Chuck Chuck Baby

Chuck Chuck Baby
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Production: UK / 2023
  • Director: Janice Pag
  • Starring: Louise Brealey, Anabel Sholay, Sorcha Cusack, Emily Fearn, Edita Budnik, Celine Jones, Kat Simmons, Anthony Gray Hawley, Gemma Lowman, Michal Novak

The musical British movie “Chuck Chuck Baby” is a cheerful love story to the world hits of the 60s and 70s. Helen, the protagonist of the story, lives in a small village and works at a poultry farm surrounded by an all-female band that loves to sing and dance. Helen takes care of her sick mother Gwen and sometimes feels sad about her bygone youth.

But one day Joan, whom Helen knew at school, comes to the village. True, in those years Joan did not pay attention to our heroine, but now they become best friends and return each other’s joy of life.

The movie was filmed in Flint and Mostyn, villages in Flintshire, Wales.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Dicks: The Musical

Dicks: The Musical
  • IMDB Rating – 7.2
  • Genre: Musical, Comedy
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Director: Larry Charles
  • Starring: Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Bowen Young, Carlena Britsch, Yolimar Lara, Joshua Sharp, Aaron Jackson, Desiree Alexandra Estrada, Evean Shafran.

An extreme family tragicomedy, “Dicks: The Musical” is about two rival businessmen Craig and Trevor, who one day find out quite by accident that they are siblings separated as children by their parents’ divorce.

Stunned by their discovery, they decide to switch places and live the other’s life in order to get to know their brother’s family and try to get their parents back together. And, of course, this provokes a series of hilarious mishaps and amusing adventures.

The movie is based on the popular Broadway musical, and airs in October on the US channel A24.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

Praise This

Praise This
  • IMDB Rating – 5.9
  • Genre: Musical, Melodrama
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Director: Tina Gordon Chism
  • Starring: Chloe Bailey, Angelique Washington, Quavo, Drew “Druski” Desbordes, Jaclyn Carr, Ciara Iman, Hilario Grant, Birgundi Baker, Corinne Hawthorne, Lauren Lott.

An energetic movie filled with a modern soundtrack, extolling music as a force that unites all kinds of people. At the center of the plot is a young charming Sam, a true rebel and singer who dreams of becoming a superstar. After a daring prank and arrest in Los Angeles, she moves in with her uncle in Atlanta.

Here she is forced to join the church choir, which seems like a cool place to Cousin Jess, but a real nightmare for Sam. Still looking for chances to be noticed, Sam rebels here as well, breaking into parties. But gradually, Jess’s music and her choir open new horizons in Sam’s soul.

The main role in the movie was played by singer and songwriter Chloe Bailey, the native sister of the same Holly Bailey, who embodied the image of Ariel in the film adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023

World’s Best

World’s Best
  • IMDB Rating – 5.4
  • Genre: Musical, Comedy, Family, Music
  • Production: USA / 2023
  • Director: Roshan Sethi
  • Starring: Manny Magnus, Poonam Patel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Max Malas, Jake Choi, Piper Wallace, Kayla Meng, Dorian Giordano, Chris Rivera, Kathryn Greenwood

The American musical comedy World’s Best is a story of growing up to the sounds of hip-hop. 12-year-old Prem Patel is a gifted mathematician and outsider who one day, while doing a homework assignment in which he must describe his family, asks his mother Priya about his father. Priya tells her that her husband Suresh was a rapper who adored the family and was a very talented musician. Unfortunately, he died of cancer.

After this story, Prem looks at the world and his father’s remaining belongings with different eyes. He then imagines that Suresh is alive and tells his son about his music career. The boy signs up for a school talent contest, using his father’s poetry recordings for inspiration, and slowly changes, gaining confidence and new friends.

The role of Suresh was played by rapper with Indian roots Utkarsh Ambudkar and the movie was directed by Roshan Sethi, an American who immigrated from India.

9 Best Musical Movies of 2023
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