The 10 Best Movies To Watch if You Like The Sound of Music, Ranked
Here's a list of some more musical, heartfelt, family-centric films with cozy vibes and captivating plots just like "The Sound of Music."
1. "Mary Poppins" (1964)
A classic that needs no introduction. Mary Poppins graces the Banks family with her presence, turning their chaotic London household into a place of enchantment.
Julie Andrews stars as the iconic, whimsical nanny who, with her magical bag and umbrella, takes Jane and Michael Banks on adventures that blend reality with fantasy. Their father, a busy banker, is initially oblivious to the transformation, but even he isn't immune to Mary's charm.
2. "My Fair Lady" (1964)
Eliza Doolittle, played by the incomparable Audrey Hepburn, is a Cockney flower girl with dreams bigger than her street-side stall.
Henry Higgins, a snobbish phonetics professor bets that he can transform Eliza into a lady of society, simply by teaching her to speak 'properly.' What ensues is a tumultuous, endearing transformation, set against the backdrop of Edwardian London.
With iconic songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's a musical fest that'll sweep you off your feet.
3. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968)
A flying car, whimsical songs, and a daring adventure—this film is the epitome of fantasy! Dick Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, an eccentric inventor, and father, who restores an old race car which magically comes to life.
Dubbed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the car takes the Potts family and the beautiful Truly Scrumptious to a whimsical world ruled by the evil Baron Bomburst on a quest to rescue Grandpa Potts and the children of Vulgaria.
4. "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971)
Tradition and change clash in this cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical. In pre-revolutionary Russia, Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, tries to marry off his five daughters while contending with the rapid social change threatening his village's way of life.
Tevye's conversations with God, his humorous monologues and, oh, those haunting melodies like "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man," create a mix of laughter and tears.
5. "Oliver!" (1968)
With an orphaned boy, catchy tunes, and the shadowed alleys of Victorian London, this musical adaptation of Dickens' classic Oliver Twist is not to be missed. Oliver, a workhouse orphan, escapes to London and falls in with a group of juvenile criminals led by the elderly Fagin.
But despite the grim backdrop, songs like "Food, Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" lend a hopeful, jovial tone. When the truth of Oliver's lineage is finally unraveled, it's a race against time to save him from the city's darker elements.
6. "The King and I" (1956)
The grandeur of a king's palace and the heartwarming tale of an unexpected friendship – welcome to Siam of the 1860s! English widow Anna Leonowens, and her son, travel where Anna has been employed to teach the king's multitude of children.
The cultural clash between Western civility and Siamese tradition gives rise to conflicts, but also heartwarming and melodic moments. Who can forget the iconic dance sequence during "Shall We Dance"?
7. "Annie" (1982)
The world through the eyes of a fiery, optimistic orphan – meet Annie. Living in an oppressive orphanage under the cruel Miss Hannigan, Annie's life takes a turn when she's chosen to spend Christmas with the enigmatic billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
New York City becomes a playground of dreams, from the grandeur of Warbucks' mansion to the lights of Broadway. But as Warbucks grows fond of Annie, her mysterious past unfolds, leading to a search for her true family.
It's the 1930s, the city is vast, but hope and love abound in every corner.
8. "Grease" (1978)
The halls of Rydell High, where Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson reignite a summer romance amidst the dazzle of the 1950s.
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's iconic performances, set against a backdrop of hot rods, poodle skirts, and unforgettable musical numbers make this film an era-defining classic. But it's not all hand jives and prom nights. Each character, from the rebellious Rizzo to the quirky Frenchy, grapples with the tumultuous journey of teenagehood.
9. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971)
Apprentice witch Eglantine Price, with the help of three evacuee children and a cynical conman, embark on a mission to find a missing spell during World War II.
Their enchanted bed takes them on a whimsical journey, featuring animated underwater sequences and an island of anthropomorphic animals. Amidst the enchantment, the looming threat of a Nazi invasion adds a dash of real-world tension.
It's a war film, a family drama, and a musical extravaganza all rolled into one unforgettable package.
10. "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971)
Who could resist a peek inside the world's most enigmatic candy factory? Young Charlie Bucket, living in abject poverty, wins a golden ticket to explore Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
It's a psychedelic journey through rivers of chocolate, fields of candy, and rooms of edible wonders. Each room in the factory unveils a new spectacle, a new song, and another piece of the complex puzzle that is Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka.