5 Classic Movie Musicals You Can Watch Free With Amazon Prime
If you’re someone who frequently attends Broadway of Off-Broadway musicals — or you simply favor movies of the musical assortment — you’re likely in need of some musical melodies and heartwarming harmonies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. If you have Amazon Prime, you’re in luck, because there are a handful of classic movie musicals you can stream for free! So, let’s dive into the movies you should rewatch — or stream for the first time.
1. ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (1971)
Tradition and religion clash with an ever-evolving social landscape as a Jewish father tries to maintain his traditional values in a household with five daughters — three of whom wish to marry for love, defying the wills of a matchmaker. The story is about family, it’s about courage, it’s about love and loss, confusion and internal conflict.
To make matters even worse, the family isn’t exactly well off, leading to the iconic showtune, “If I Were a Rich Man,” which Gwen Stefani later adapted. Yet, other enjoyable numbers include “Matchmaker,” “To Life,” “Miracles of Miracles,” and “Tevye’s Dream.” Yet, of course, the film saves space for a tearjerking number or two.
2. ‘Hair’ (1979)
John Savage is in New York City for the first time — ready to enlist in the U.S Army during the Vietnam War. However, the situation grows complicated when he meets up with a motley crew of central park hippies. Romances arise — between the country boy and a city girl — as the war rages on amid protest…and men grow their hair in defiance. From “Hair” and “Aquarius” to “Let the Sunshine In” and “Hare Krishna,” the movie boasts several musical numbers that have gained recognition and popularity outside the Broadway production and subsequent movie.
3. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1960)
Who could forget the flower that feeds on human flesh and blood? With a reboot starring Chris Evans as The Dentist in the pipeline (albeit it a bit far in the future), what better time to watch the classic tale? “Suddenly, Seymour” is waiting for you to begin streaming the musical.
4. ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ (1995)
The original Bye Bye Birdie came out in 1963, and while you can rent this movie for less than three dollars, the 1995 version is free, so the choice is yours! When an Elvis-like teenager gets drafted, all his fans are outraged, but no one could be more worried than his manager! If for no other reason than to listen to “The Telephone Hour,” you must watch one of these takes on Bye Bye Birdie, if not both.
5. ‘Cinderella’ (1965)
To those of you who were hoping to see at least one Disney movie on this list, you’re in luck. The 1965 version of Cinderella starring Ginger Rogers, Walter Pigeon, Lesley Ann Warren, and more is available to stream for free with your Amazon Prime membership. So, are you ready to watch the one about the girl, her silver slipper, and the carriage that turns into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight?