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Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

Updated April 30, 2020 20.3k votes 1.5k voters 59.3k views264 items

List RulesOnly 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 Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... more

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline

    Released1996

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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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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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more
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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Hercules

    Danny DeVito, James Woods

    Released1997

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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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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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more

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

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty... more

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

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene... more
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    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

    Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson,... more
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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

    The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.
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    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

    All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert... more
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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first... more
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    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more
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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    Pete's Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is... more
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    The Happiest Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Happiest Millionaire

    Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film starring Fred MacMurray and based upon the... more
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    Team America: World Police is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Team America: World Police

    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    Released2004

    Directed byTrey Parker

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    Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals
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    Across the Universe

    Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Taymor

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

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

    Released1984

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

    Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written... more

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

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

    Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt... more

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

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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