The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top 25 movie musicals of all time in "The Big Picture: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals," a one-night only presentation produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association last weekend in cooperation with AFI.
A jury of over 500 film artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians selected the Gene Kelly song-and-dance classic "Singin' in the Rain" as the most memorable movie musical of all time.
Rounding off the top 10 were movie musicals from the 1930s to today, including: "West Side Story" (#2); "The Wizard of Oz" (#3); "The Sound of Music" (#4); "Cabaret" (#5); "Mary Poppins" (#6); "A Star Is Born" (#7); "My Fair Lady" (#8); "An American In Paris" (#9); and "Meet Me In St. Louis" (#10).
Spanning a century of film music and counting down from 25 to number one throughout the evening, Director John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performed excerpts from each of the winning musicals, many of them accompanied by favorite movie scenes shown on the Bowl's big video screens.
While television broadcasts have announced the previous nine installments of AFI's "100 Years..." series, following the success of last year's "AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores," this is now the second time an AFI countdown was revealed before a live audience.
More on the judging process and a complete list of the Top 25... after the jump.