West Side Story (1961)
The trendy 2020 Broadway revival is closed and Spielberg's new movie version won't arrive until later this year, but Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's Oscar-winning original film (directed by Robert Wise) will make you like to be in America. Rita Moreno steals many scenes, and Natalie Wood is terrific as the Puerto Rican Juliet of Hell's Kitchen.
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Les Misérables (2012)
Hugh Jackman first hit the big time as a Broadway singer, not as the Wolverine, and he's magnetic as the 19th-century French prisoner Jean Valjean, haunted and hunted by implacable sleuth Javert (Russell Crowe). Not everyone was wild about Anne Hathaway's performance as factory worker Fantine, whose daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), Jean looks after. But you'll never forget that soaring Jackman voice.
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John Travolta outdoes himself as agoraphobic Edna Turnblad, the plus-size mother of Tracy (Nikki Blonsky), who yearns to go on Baltimore's teen-dance TV show and winds up integrating it — to everybody's exhilaration. Wonderful tunes, sly John Waters humor and killer performances by Christopher Walken as Mr. Turnblad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Allison Janney and Jerry Stiller. A total feel-good musical.
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Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyan Cannon have a blast in the witty Broadway hit thriller about a Broadway playwright (Caine) whose career tanks, so he decides to steal a masterful play by his ex-student (Reeve) — who, unfortunately, he'd have to kill — while his excitable wife (Cannon, a genius comedian) freaks out. You won't outguess it, and the characters are richer than any of Agatha Christie's.