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'Singin' in the Rain' Tops AFI Musical List

MoviesJudy GarlandRobert WiseMGM Inc.Gene KellyJerome Robbins

Those list-crafting maniacs at the American Film Institute have put together a selection of the top 25 movie musicals of all time, a list lead by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain."

The AFI list, compiled by the vote of a jury of 500 miscellaneous industry professionals, was unveiled on Sunday (Sept. 3) night at the Hollywood Bowl. AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals was a one-night only presentation produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in cooperation with AFI.

The presentation counted down from 25 to number one with the help of John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, which performed excepts from each of the winning musicals, along with -- in many cases -- video footage from the movies.

Following "Singin' in the Rain," an MGM release that earned only two Oscar nominations in its year of release, was United Artists' "West Side Story," the 1962 Oscar winner for best picture and best director for Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. Also making the top five were "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music" and "Cabaret." Disney's "Mary Poppins" was sixth, followed by the 1954 "A Star Is Born," "My Fair Lady," "An American in Paris" and "Meet Me in St. Louis," giving star Judy Garland three musicals in the Top 10.

The oldest films on the list were 1935's "Top Hat" and 1936's "Showboat," as No. 15 and No. 24 respectively. The 21st Century is represented by 2002 best picture winner "Chicago" at No. 12 and 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" at No. 25.

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