plays Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals  

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List Rules 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 Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

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The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle

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Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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Pete's Dragon Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

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Waitress Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

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Death Becomes Her Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

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Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell