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Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

Updated April 30, 2020 21.0k votes 1.5k voters 59.8k views264 items

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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 Bride1
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory2
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • Dirty Dancing3
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • Hercules4
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    Hercules

    Danny DeVito, James Woods

    Released1997

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame5
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Demi Moore, Kevin Kline

    Released1996

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas6
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • Titanic7
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Back to the Future8
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Young Frankenstein9
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • Labyrinth10
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Henson

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  • The Muppets11
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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

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  • All That Jazz12
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    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • Saturday Night Fever13
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Walk the Line14
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • Scarface15
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • Flashdance16
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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • Blazing Saddles17
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • The Blues Brothers18
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Team America: World Police19
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    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    Released2004

    Directed byTrey Parker

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  • The Happiest Millionaire20
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    The Happiest Millionaire

    Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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  • Across the Universe21
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    Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Taymor

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  • Purple Rain22
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    Purple Rain

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

    Released1984

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

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  • Pete's Dragon23
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    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

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  • Tangled24
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    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

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