Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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List Criteria: Only movies that would work as musicals.

A list of movies that should be adapted for the Broadway stage. Each year, at least one or two popular Broadway shows are turned into films. 2012 alone saw the release of a film based on the stage show "Rock of Ages," along with plans to turn the "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Wicked" into a movie. But another trend has been also been kickstarted - adapting popular films into Broadway shows. Disney has been doing this for years with the successful runs of "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" on stage, and other recent Broadway hits such as "The Producers," "Spamalot" (adapted from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"), "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and "Shrek" have bolstered the idea that audiences want to see popular characters from other media turned into stage spectacles. ("The Producers" was even turned BACK into a new film after having tremendous success as a play.)

"Back to the Future" is the most recent iconic film to be discussed as a potential stage show. But what are some other movies that would work well presented live on a stage, with songs? Vote for the films you'd like to line up to see on the Great White Way, and if you have a brilliant idea for a new adaptation, suggest it at the bottom of the page and see what the rest of Ranker thinks of your pick! (For the flip side, vote on a list of Stage Musicals that Would Make Great Movies.)
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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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    Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

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    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    Fame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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    Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Clue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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    That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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    The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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    Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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    Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Waitress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals


    Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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