film 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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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
frrst1 added The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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

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CraigAlarm added Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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Oregonian added Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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

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Benjamin Dunn added Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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CraigAlarm added Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

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The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
CraigAlarm added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
CraigAlarm added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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danlee added Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

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CraigAlarm added The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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CraigAlarm added Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
danlee added Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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danlee added Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
CraigAlarm added Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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

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CraigAlarm added Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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danlee added Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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Hobbit4Lyfe added Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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CraigAlarm added Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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danlee added Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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danlee added The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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danlee added Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Tom Islava added Pete's Dragon Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

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CraigAlarm added All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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danlee added Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono

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

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

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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danlee added Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

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

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
Dismalhead added Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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ORBuddha added Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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CraigAlarm added Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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CraigAlarm added Tootsie Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

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Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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danlee added Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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CraigAlarm added Death Becomes Her Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

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danlee added Steel Magnolias Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field

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CraigAlarm added My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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

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CraigAlarm added Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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CraigAlarm added Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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CraigAlarm added Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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CraigAlarm added Coal Miner's Daughter Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
crittergirl98 added The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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CraigAlarm added Thelma & Louise Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis