95+ Musicals Based on Movies – A Full List

Due to life events, finances, location, or lack of time, live theatre isn’t always available to us. But the good news is that there are also tons of amazing movie-related musicals that we can enjoy in the meantime. Here are some of the best musicals based on movies out there, along with links to the exact ones they’re based on!


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Golden Age Musicals (1940-1959)

Destry Rides Again

Movie It’s Based On: Destry Rides Again

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Hazel Flagg

Movie It’s Based On: Nothing is Sacred

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Silk Stockings

Movie It’s Based On: Ninotchka

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Post-Golden Age Musicals (1960s)

Calamity Jane

Movie It’s Based On: Calamity Jane

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Carnival!

Movie It’s Based On: Lili

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Golden Rainbow

Movie It’s Based On: Hole in the Head

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Here’s Love

Movie It’s Based On: Miracle on 34th Street

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Illya Darling

Movie It’s Based On: Never on Sunday

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Promises, Promises

Movie It’s Based On: The Apartment

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Sweet Charity

Movie It’s Based On: Nights of Cabiria

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1970s Musicals

Applause

Movie It’s Based On: All About Eve

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Bugsy Malone

Movie It’s Based On: Bugsy Malone

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Shenandoah

Movie It’s Based On: Shenandoah

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Sugar

Movie It’s Based On: Some Like it Hot

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1980s Musicals

Fame

Movie It’s Based On: Fame

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Legs Diamond

Movie It’s Based On: The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

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Little Shop of Horrors

Movie It’s Based On: Little Shop of Horrors

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Movie It’s Based On: Meet Me in St. Louis

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Nine

Movie It’s Based On: 8 1/2

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Movie It’s Based On: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Singin’ in the Rain

Movie It’s Based On: Singin’ in the Rain

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Smile

Movie It’s Based On: Smile

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Woman of the Year

Movie It’s Based On: Woman of the Year

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1990s Musicals

Big

Movie It’s Based On: Big

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Doctor Dolittle

Movie It’s Based On: Doctor Dolittle

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Footloose

Movie It’s Based On: Footloose

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High Society

Movie It’s Based On: High Society

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My Favorite Year

Movie It’s Based On: My Favorite Year

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Reefer Madness

Movie It’s Based On: Reefer Madness

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Sunset Boulevard

Movie It’s Based On: Sunset Boulevard

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The Fields of Ambrosia

Movie It’s Based On: The Traveling Executioner

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The Goodbye Girl

Movie It’s Based On: The Goodbye Girl

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The Lion King

Movie It’s Based On: The Lion King

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Victor/Victoria

Movie It’s Based On: Victor/Victoria

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2000s Musicals

9 to 5

Movie It’s Based On: 9 to 5

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A Catered Affair

Movie It’s Based On: The Catered Affair

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A Christmas Story

Movie It’s Based On: A Christmas Story

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A Man of No Importance

Movie It’s Based On: A Man of No Importance

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Billy Elliot

Movie It’s Based On: Billy Elliot

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Bubble Boy

Movie It’s Based On: Bubble Boy

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Camp Rock

Movie It’s Based On: Camp Rock

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Cry-Baby

Movie It’s Based On: Cry-Baby

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Dirty Dancing

Movie It’s Based On: Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Movie It’s Based On: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Evil Dead

Movie It’s Based On: Evil Dead

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Finding Nemo

Movie It’s Based On: Finding Nemo

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Flashdance

Movie It’s Based On: Flashdance

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Hairspray

Movie It’s Based On: Hairspray

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High School Musical

Movie It’s Based On: High School Musical

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Silence!

Movie It’s Based On: The Silence of the Lambs

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Sister Act

Movie It’s Based On: Sister Act

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Spamalot

Movie It’s Based On: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Tarzan

Movie It’s Based On: Tarzan

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The Full Monty

Movie It’s Based On: The Full Monty

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The Producers

Movie It’s Based On: The Producers

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The Spitfire Grill

Movie It’s Based On: The Spitfire Grill

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The Wedding Singer

Movie It’s Based On: The Wedding Singer

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White Christmas

Movie It’s Based On: White Christmas

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Xanadu

Movie It’s Based On: Xanadu

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Young Frankenstein

Movie It’s Based On: Young Frankenstein

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2010s Musicals

Aladdin

Movie It’s Based On: Aladdin

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Amélie

Movie It’s Based On: Amélie

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An American in Paris

Movie It’s Based On: An American in Paris

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Anastasia

Movie It’s Based On: Anastasia

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Beetlejuice

Movie It’s Based On: Beetlejuice

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Bend It Like Beckham

Movie It’s Based On: Bend It Like Beckham

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Betty Blue Eyes

Movie It’s Based On: A Private Function

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Big Fish

Movie It’s Based On: Big Fish

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Bring It On

Movie It’s Based On: Bring It On

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Calendar Girls

Movie It’s Based On: Calendar Girls

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Dogfight

Movie It’s Based On: Dogfight

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Elf

Movie It’s Based On: Elf

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Finding Neverland

Movie It’s Based On: Finding Neverland

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Frozen

Movie It’s Based On: Frozen

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Ghost

Movie It’s Based On: Ghost

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Groundhog Day

Movie It’s Based On: Groundhog Day

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Heathers

Movie It’s Based On: Heathers

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Holiday Inn

Movie It’s Based On: Holiday Inn

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Movie It’s Based On: Honeymoon in Vegas

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King Kong

Movie It’s Based On: King Kong

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Kinky Boots

Movie It’s Based On: Kinky Boots

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Leap of Faith

Movie It’s Based On: Leap of Faith

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Made in Dagenham

Movie It’s Based On: Made in Dagenham

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Mean Girls

Movie It’s Based On: Mean Girls

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Mrs Henderson Presents

Movie It’s Based On: Mrs. Henderson Presents

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Nativity!

Movie It’s Based On: Nativity!

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Newsies

Movie It’s Based On: Newsies

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Once

Movie It’s Based On: Once

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Pretty Woman

Movie It’s Based On: Pretty Woman

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Rocky

Movie It’s Based On: Rocky

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School of Rock

Movie It’s Based On: School of Rock

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Sing Street

Movie It’s Based On: Sing Street

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The Band’s Visit

Movie It’s Based On: The Band’s Visit

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The Bodyguard

Movie It’s Based On: The Bodyguard

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The Prince of Egypt

Movie It’s Based On: The Prince of Egypt

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Tootsie

Movie It’s Based On: Tootsie

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Top Hat

Movie It’s Based On: Top Hat

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Waitress

Movie It’s Based On: Waitress

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Movie It’s Based On: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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2020s Musicals

The Visitor

Movie It’s Based On: The Visitor

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Do you know of any other great musicals based on movies?

Or have you seen and of the musicals based on films above? Feel free to share in the comments! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals Based on Movies.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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