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The 200 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time list began with a much larger number of films. They were ranked by their strength in four categories: Genre Acclaim, Prestige, Popular Appeal and Awards.

Here’s how: First, a large number of different “greatest” list rankings were collected. Each source list was weighted on both value and recency. This means a top ranking on a prestigious list (such as Sight & Sound) is more valuable than ranking higher on a magazine list (such as Empire), and ranking higher on newer lists is more valuable than ranking higher on older lists.

The lists were then divided into the four categories. The films were ranked in each category. Then, the categories were weighted and combined into a total ranking number. The Genre Acclaim rank was weighted to become 40% of the total ranking number. Prestige was weighted at 30%, Popular Appeal at 20%, and Awards at 10%, for a total of 100%.

As a result, films that scored well in multiple areas did the best. A movie that film critics loved, but specialists in musicals didn’t care for would rank lower than a film that appealed to both. A film’s performance at the box office, in online rankings and at awards ceremonies were taken into account, but given lower weight.

Below, you can find each source list used in each of the four categories:

GENRE ACCLAIM
American Film Institute’s 25 Greatest Movie Musicals
American Film Institute’s America’s Greatest Music in the Movies
The Independent’s The 20 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time
IndieWire’s The Best Musicals of All Time
Inox’s Top 20 Greatest Bollywood Films of All Time
Newsweek’s The Best Movie Musicals of All Time, According to Critics
The Playlist’s The 50 Best Movie Musicals of All Time
The Ringer’s The 40 Best Movie Musicals of the Past 40 Years
Vulture’s The 25 Best Golden-Age Movie Musicals
Vulture’s The 50 Best Foreign-Language Movie Musicals Ever

PRESTIGE
American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)
BBC’s The 21st Century’s 100 Greatest Films
BBC’s The 100 Greatest American Films
BBC’s The 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films
Cahiers du Cinema’s 100 Films
Empire’s The 100 Best British Films
Empire’s The 100 Greatest Movies
IndieWire’s The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women
ReelRundown’s The 10 Best Indian Movies
Roger Ebert’s Great Movies
Sight & Sound Critics Poll
Sight & Sound Directors Poll
Silent Era’s The Top 100 Silent Era Films
Slate’s The 50 Greatest Films by Black Directors
They Shoot Pictures Don’t They’s The 1,000 Greatest Films
They Shoot Pictures Don’t They’s Brief Encounters Top 250 Short Films
TimeOut’s The 100 Best Movies of All Time as Chosen by Actors

POPULARITY
All Time Domestic Box Office by Ticket Sales
Flickchart users’ favorite Musicals


AWARDS
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Academy Award for Best International Feature Films
Academy Honorary Award
American Film Institute Awards - Top 10 Films
Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
Palme d'Or Presented by the Festival de Cannes