Sound of Music, The

Lists: Drama, Family, Musicals, Romance, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1960s, Music, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1960 to 1969

Brief Synopsis: "Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was photographed in 70mm Todd-AO by Ted D. McCord. It won a total of five Academy Awards including Best Picture in 1965 and is one of the most popular musicals ever produced. The cast album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Adjusted for inflation, it made $1.046 billion domestically at 2010 prices, putting it third on the list of all-time inflation-adjusted box office hits, behind Gone with the Wind and Star Wars. The movie is based on a postulant nun, Maria, who leaves her Abbey to become a Governess to a retired Austrian Naval Captain and his 7 children."

Overall Ranking: 732 (Rank from 1965: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 10%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Julie Andrews (Maria)
  • Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp)
  • Eleanor Parker (The Baroness)
  • Richard Haydn (Max Detweiler)
  • Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess)
  • Charmian Carr (Liesl)
  • Anna Lee (Sister Margareta)
  • Portia Nelson (Sister Berthe)
  • Robert Wise (Director)