Yes, there is an old movie bias. But in my defense, they had more musicals then!
Top 5 Musicals
1. Singin in the Rain. This movie is absolutely perfect in every way. I might have to say that this is number one and the others are tied for number two.
2. On the Town. Chronologically preceding the film above but having the same pairing of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, it has the same charm, awesome dancing, and catchy songs. Plus Frank Sinatra. In a sailor suit. Mmmm.
3. Top Hat. If I was condemned to spend the rest of my life locked in a room watching Fred and Ginger musicals, I'd be happy. I believe this to be the best of the bunch - it has songs like "Cheek to Cheek" and everyone's bumbling confusion is quite entertaining.
4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell pairing of spacey blonde and sassy brunette is unbeatable. I love the glamour of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," but I'm equally partial to Russell's husky rendition of "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?"
5. Cabaret. Liza Minnelli is larger than life in this. At one point she sprawls out on a bed and shouts "Doesn't my body just drive you wild with desire?" And she can say that in all seriousness, because she's Liza fucking Minnelli in Cabaret. The song and dance numbers are sleazy, campy, and full of heart. It makes you feel good, but then you're like, oh shit, Nazis.