American Musical Feature Films

by bderoes-12985 | created - 05 Jan 2018 | updated - 05 Sep 2019 | Public

Includes Music films, but not singing Westerns. Starting with 1998, added requirement for 500+ votes and 4+ rating. Expanded to include TV movies and specials.

The search (excludes what's already on my lists): [,&genres=musical&title_type=feature&runtime=45,&countries=us&sort=release_date,asc&count=100&view=simple&user_rating=4.0,&num_votes=500,&lists=!ls021062047,!ls021564702] and again for genre Music, and for title_types Video, tv_movie, tv_special (8 searches total).

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1. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,897 | Gross: $7.63M

2. The Singing Fool (1927)

105 min | Drama, Musical

A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy."

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Arthur Housman

Votes: 207 | Gross: $10.90M

3. Show Folks (1928)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Eddie Kehoe is a young vaudeville hoofer who thinks his inability to hit the big time is the fault of stage managers, agents, musicians...everybody but himself. Eddie likes to tell others ... See full summary »

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Lina Basquette, Carole Lombard, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 23

4. My Man (1928)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A mailman, lives a normal everyday life, until one day, something unexpected happens, and everything he knew changes.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Fanny Brice, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Edna Murphy, Andrés de Segurola

Votes: 12

5. Lucky Boy (1929)

77 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young Jewish man works in his father's jewelry business, but he doesn't like it at all--he wants to be an entertainer, something he knows that his father would never approve of. He comes ... See full summary »

Directors: Norman Taurog, Charles C. Wilson | Stars: George Jessel, Gwen Lee, Richard Tucker, Gayne Whitman

Votes: 73

6. The Five O'Clock Girl (1928)


"The Five O'Clock Girl" was a successful Broadway play starring Mary Eaton and Oscar Shaw. Marion Davies' Cosmopolitan Productions bought the rights for the play and filmed it as a feature ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Marion Davies, Charles King, George K. Arthur, William Austin

Votes: 44

7. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 6,351 | Gross: $6.12M

8. Syncopation (1929)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

This is RKO's first sound musical. It centers on a pair of vaudevillians who are quite close on and off the stage until a dashing millionaire comes around and begins wooing the female partner.

Director: Bert Glennon | Stars: Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Morton Downey, Barbara Bennett, Ian Hunter

Votes: 54

9. Hearts in Dixie (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Musical

Nappus, an elderly farmer, resents the fact that his daughter Chloe is married to a lazy layabout named Gummy, who allows Chloe to do all the house and farm work he himself should be doing.... See full summary »

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: Stepin Fetchit, Clarence Muse, Eugene Jackson, Dorothy Morrison

Votes: 15

10. Show Boat (1929)

Passed | 147 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A mostly silent version of Edna Ferber's original novel, with some songs from the musical as a last-minute addition

Directors: Harry A. Pollard, Arch Heath | Stars: Laura La Plante, Joseph Schildkraut, Emily Fitzroy, Otis Harlan

Votes: 245

11. Queen of the Night Clubs (1929)

60 min | Drama, Musical

Irked by the success of a brassy nightclub owner. her rivals set out to drive her out of business, and frame her for a murder in the bargain.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Texas Guinan, John Davidson, Lila Lee, Arthur Housman

12. The Desert Song (1929)

123 min | Musical

The Desert Song is a 1929 American Pre-Code operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Louise Fazenda, and Myrna Loy.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 78

14. Mother's Boy (1929)

82 min | Drama, Musical

Young Irish lad Tommy O'Day lives in a poor section of New York's Lower East Side, and is blessed with a beautiful singing voice. After an argument with his father, who accuses him of ... See full summary »

Director: Bradley Barker | Stars: Morton Downey, Beryl Mercer, John T. Doyle, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 7

15. The Rainbow Man (1929)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Eddie Dowling, Marian Nixon, Frankie Darro, Sam Hardy

Votes: 6

16. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 6,916

17. Innocents of Paris (1929)

78 min | Musical, Romance

Maurice, a humble Parisian junk dealer who sells some of his wares at the Flea market, saves a boy from drowning. The boy's aunt Louise is grateful and wins Maurice's affections, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Sylvia Beecher, Russell Simpson, George Fawcett

Votes: 26

18. Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Lila Beaumont is an understudy in a Broadway musical. Her boyfriend, George Shelby, arrives in New York hoping to take Lila back home with him to marry. George buys a majority interest in ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: John Breeden, Lola Lane, DeWitt Jennings, Sharon Lynn

Votes: 9

19. Broadway (1929)

Passed | 104 min | Crime, Music, Romance

A naive young dancer in a Broadway show innocently gets involved in backstage bootlegging and murder.

Director: Pál Fejös | Stars: Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Merna Kennedy, Thomas E. Jackson

Votes: 341

20. On with the Show! (1929)

Passed | 104 min | Musical, Romance

A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Arthur Lake, Betty Compson, Joe E. Brown, Sally O'Neil

Votes: 260

21. Honky Tonk (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Nightclub hostess Sophie Leonard educates her daughter Beth abroad and keeps her life secret for her. But suddenly the daughter shows up.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Sophie Tucker, Lila Lee, Audrey Ferris, Tom Keene

Votes: 8

22. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Passed | 130 min | Comedy, Music

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, Norman Houston | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer

Votes: 1,829

23. Fashions in Love (1929)

73 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A concert pianist, the romantic idol of many women, is seduced away from his wife. The seductress's husband takes in the pianist's wife, and all four pretend to be happy with the new arrangement.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Fay Compton, Miriam Seegar, John Miljan

24. Broadway Babies (1929)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Musical

A Chorus girl who is in love with her stage manager is led to believe that he is in love with another young woman, so, she agrees to marry a bootlegger instead.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Alice White, Marion Byron, Sally Eilers, Charles Delaney

Votes: 120

25. The Time, the Place and the Girl (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A musical comedy that follows the progress of a college All America football player, Jim Crane(Grant Withers), whose swollen head is deflated when, after graduating , he takes a job as a ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Grant Withers, Betty Compson, Gertrude Olmstead, James Kirkwood

26. Melody Lane (1929)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Musical

A songwriter leaves his chorus girl sweetheart to join the US Army in WWI. In France he falls in love with French singer Madelon. He is crippled in action. Back in the States, his girl ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Eddie Leonard, Josephine Dunn, Huntley Gordon, George E. Stone

27. Street Girl (1929)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A homeless and destitute violinist joins a combo to bring it success, but has problems with her love life.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Betty Compson, John Harron, Jack Oakie, Ned Sparks

Votes: 337

28. The Cock-Eyed World (1929)

Passed | 118 min | Comedy, Musical

Two Marines are sent to South Sea island where they fight over a local island girl.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Lili Damita, Lelia Karnelly

Votes: 54 | Gross: $0.51M

29. Say It with Songs (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Musical

Joe Lane kills another man in a fistfight after learning that the man has made improper advances towards his wife. Joe goes to prison for the murder. When Joe gets out of prison, he visits ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Davey Lee, Marian Nixon, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 78

30. The Dance of Life (1929)

115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts and in order to save money on the road, they get married.

Directors: John Cromwell, A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Hal Skelly, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier, Ralph Theodore

Votes: 264