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Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals 

Lon Harris
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Updated April 30, 2020 22.5k votes 1.4k voters 58.6k views 264 items

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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Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
frrst1 added Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Released: 1996

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jim Henson

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Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

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Directed by: James Bobin

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Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

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Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

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Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

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Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Released: 1983

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Released: 1977

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Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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