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 musical adaptations 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

Music/Lyrics: Harold Rome  Book: Leonard Gershe

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Movie It’s Based On: Destry Rides Again➝


Hazel Flagg

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Hilliard  Book: James H. Street

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Movie It’s Based On: Nothing is Sacred➝


Silk Stockings

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, Abe Burrows

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Movie It’s Based On: Ninotchka➝


Post-Golden Age Musicals (1960s)

Calamity Jane

Music: Sammy Fain  Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster  Book: Ronald Hanmer, Phil Park

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Movie It’s Based On: Calamity Jane➝


Carnival!

Music/Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1961)

Movie It’s Based On: Lili➝


Golden Rainbow

Music/Lyrics: Walter Marks  Book: Ernest Kinoy

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Movie It’s Based On: Hole in the Head➝


Here’s Love

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1963)

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


Illya Darling

Music: Manos Hadjidakis  Lyrics: Joe Darion  Book: Jules Dassin

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1967)

Movie It’s Based On: Never on Sunday➝


Promises, Promises

Music: Burt Bacharach  Lyrics: Hal David  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1968)

Movie It’s Based On: The Apartment➝


Sweet Charity

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1966)

Movie It’s Based On: Nights of Cabiria➝


1970s Musicals

Applause

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Movie It’s Based On: All About Eve➝


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Movie It’s Based On: Bugsy Malone➝


Shenandoah

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)

Movie It’s Based On: Shenandoah➝


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Movie It’s Based On: Some Like it Hot➝


1980s Musicals

Fame

Music: Steve Margoshes  Lyrics: Jacques Levy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

Movie It’s Based On: Fame➝


Legs Diamond

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Harvey Fierstein, Charles Suppon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1988)

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


Little Shop of Horrors

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Movie It’s Based On: Little Shop of Horrors➝


Meet Me in St. Louis

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: 1944 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1989)

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


Nine

Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1982)

Movie It’s Based On: 8 1/2➝


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Music: De Paul, Kasha, Hirschhorn  Lyrics: Mercer, Kasha, Hirschhorn  Book: Kasha, Landay

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1982)

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


Singin’ in the Rain

Music: Nacio Herb Brown  Lyrics: Arthur Freed  Book: Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Musical Type: 1952 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1983)

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


Smile

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics/Book: Howard Ashman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Movie It’s Based On: Smile➝


Woman of the Year

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

Movie It’s Based On: Woman of the Year➝


1990s Musicals

Big

Music: David Shire  Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Movie It’s Based On: Big➝


Busker Alley

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: A.J. Carothers

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Movie It’s Based On: St. Martin’s Lane➝


Doctor Dolittle

Music/Lyrics/Book: Leslie Bricusse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Movie It’s Based On: Doctor Dolittle➝


Footloose

Music: Tom Snow  Lyrics/Book: Dean Pitchford  Book: Walter Bobbie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Movie It’s Based On: Footloose➝


High Society

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter, Susan Birkenhead  Book: Arthur Kopit

Musical Type: 1956 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1997)

Movie It’s Based On: High Society➝


My Favorite Year

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Joseph Dougherty

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

Movie It’s Based On: My Favorite Year➝


Reefer Madness

Music: Dan Studney  Lyrics/Book: Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)

Movie It’s Based On: Reefer Madness➝


Sunset Boulevard

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Movie It’s Based On: Sunset Boulevard➝


The Fields of Ambrosia

Music: Martin Silvestri  Lyrics/Book: Joel Higgins

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Movie It’s Based On: The Traveling Executioner➝


The Goodbye Girl

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

Movie It’s Based On: The Goodbye Girl➝


The Lion King

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1997)

Movie It’s Based On: The Lion King➝


Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini, Frank Wildhorn  Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse  Book: Blake Edwards

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

Movie It’s Based On: Victor/Victoria➝


2000s Musicals

9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Movie It’s Based On: 9 to 5➝


A Catered Affair

Music/Lyrics: John Bucchino  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: The Catered Affair➝


A Christmas Story

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Joseph Robinette

Musical Type: Contemporary (2009)

Movie It’s Based On: A Christmas Story➝


A Man of No Importance

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

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


Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Movie It’s Based On: Billy Elliot➝


Bubble Boy

Music/Lyrics/Book: Cinco Paul  Book: Ken Daurio

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Movie It’s Based On: Bubble Boy➝


Camp Rock

Music/Lyrics/Book: Various

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Movie It’s Based On: Camp Rock➝


Cry-Baby

Music: Adam Schlesinger  Lyrics: David Javerbaum  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: Cry-Baby➝


Dirty Dancing

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Eleanor Bergstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)

Movie It’s Based On: Dirty Dancing➝


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

Movie It’s Based On: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels➝


Evil Dead

Music/Lyrics/Book: George Reinblatt  Music: Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Movie It’s Based On: Evil Dead➝


Finding Nemo

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Movie It’s Based On: Finding Nemo➝


Flashdance

Music/Lyrics: Robbie Roth  Lyrics/Book: Robert Cary  Book: Tom Hedley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Movie It’s Based On: Flashdance➝


Hairspray

Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2002)

Movie It’s Based On: Hairspray➝


High School Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: David Simpatico

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: High School Musical➝


Legally Blonde

Music/Lyrics: Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe  Book: Heather Hach

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: Legally Blonde➝

* This musical is also partially based on the book, Legally Blonde➝


Silence!

Music/Lyrics: Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan  Book: Hunter Bell

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

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


Sister Act

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Movie It’s Based On: Sister Act➝


Spamalot

Music: John Du Prez  Music/Lyrics/Book: Eric Idle

Musical Type: Contemporary (2004)

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


Summer of ’42

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Hunter Foster

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Movie It’s Based On: Summer of ’42➝

* This musical is also  based on the book, Summer of ’42➝


Tarzan

Music/Lyrics: Phil Collins  Book: David Henry Hwang

Musical Type: 1999 Film/Contemporary Musical (2006)

Movie It’s Based On: Tarzan➝


The Full Monty

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

Movie It’s Based On: The Full Monty➝


The Producers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: 1967 Film/Contemporary Musical (2001)

Movie It’s Based On: The Producers➝


The Spitfire Grill

Music/Book: James Valcq  Lyrics/Book: Fred Alley

Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)

Movie It’s Based On: The Spitfire Grill➝


The Wedding Singer

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin  Book: Tim Herlihy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

Movie It’s Based On: The Wedding Singer➝


White Christmas

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: David Ives, Paul Blake

Musical Type: 1954 Film/Contemporary Musical (2000)

Movie It’s Based On: White Christmas➝


Xanadu

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Lynne, John Farrar  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: Xanadu➝


Young Frankenstein

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)

Movie It’s Based On: Young Frankenstein➝


2010s Musicals

Aladdin

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Chad Beguelin  LyricsTim Rice, Howard Ashman

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Aladdin➝


Amélie

Music/Lyrics: Daniel Messé  Lyrics: Nathan Tysen  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: Amélie➝


An American in Paris

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: 1951 Film/Contemporary Musical (2014)

Movie It’s Based On: An American in Paris➝


Anastasia

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Movie It’s Based On: Anastasia➝


Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Neil Bartram  Book: Brian Hill

Musical Type: 1971 Film/Contemporary Musical (2019)

Movie It’s Based On: Bedknobs and Broomsticks➝


Beetlejuice

Music/Lyrics: Eddie Perfect  Book: Scott Brown, Anthony King

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Movie It’s Based On: Beetlejuice➝


Bend It Like Beckham

Music: Howard Goodall  Lyrics: Charles Hart  Book: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: Bend It Like Beckham➝


Betty Blue Eyes

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: A Private Function➝


Big Fish

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa  Book: John August

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Movie It’s Based On: Big Fish➝


Bring It On

Music/Lyrics: Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amanda Green  Book: Jeff Whitty

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Bring It On➝


Calendar Girls

Music/Lyrics: Gary Barlow  Book: Tim Firth

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: Calendar Girls➝


Dogfight

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Peter Duchan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Movie It’s Based On: Dogfight➝


Elf

Music: Matthew Sklar  Lyrics: Chad Beguelin  Book: Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Movie It’s Based On: Elf➝


Finding Neverland

Music/Lyrics: Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy  Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Allan Knee, James Graham

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Movie It’s Based On: Finding Neverland➝


Frozen

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez  Book: Jennifer Lee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Movie It’s Based On: Frozen➝


Ghost

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard, Bruce Joel Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Ghost➝


Groundhog Day

Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin  Book: Danny Rubin

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Movie It’s Based On: Groundhog Day➝


Heathers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Movie It’s Based On: Heathers➝


Holiday Inn

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Gordon Greenberg, Chad Hodge

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2014)

Movie It’s Based On: Holiday Inn➝


Honeymoon in Vegas

Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown  Book: Andrew Bergman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Movie It’s Based On: Honeymoon in Vegas➝


King Kong

Music: Marius de Vries  Lyrics/Book: Michael Mitnick, Craig Lucas, Eddie Perfect, Jack Thorne

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

Movie It’s Based On: King Kong➝


Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Movie It’s Based On: Kinky Boots➝


Leap of Faith

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Glenn Slater  Book: Janus Cercone

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

Movie It’s Based On: Leap of Faith➝


Made in Dagenham

Music: David Arnold  Lyrics: Richard Thomas  Book: Richard Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary (2014)

Movie It’s Based On: Made in Dagenham➝


Mean Girls

Music: Jeff Richmond  Lyrics: Nell Benjamin  Book: Tina Fey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Movie It’s Based On: Mean Girls➝


Mrs Henderson Presents

Music: George Fenton, Simon Chamberlain  Lyrics: Don Black  Book: Terry Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: Mrs. Henderson Presents➝


Nativity!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Debbie Isitt, Nicky Ager

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Movie It’s Based On: Nativity!➝


Newsies

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Jack Feldman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Musical Type: 1992 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Newsies➝


Once

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Once➝


Pretty Woman

Music/Lyrics: Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance  Book: Garry Marshall, J.F. Lawton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Movie It’s Based On: Pretty Woman➝


Rocky

Music:  Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester Stallone

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

Movie It’s Based On: Rocky➝


School of Rock

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Glen Slater  Book: Julian Fellowes

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: School of Rock➝


Sing Street

Music/Lyrics: Gary Clark, John Carney  Book: Enda Walsh

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Movie It’s Based On: Sing Street➝


The Band’s Visit

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Itamar Moses

Musical Type: Contemporary (2016)

Movie It’s Based On: The Band’s Visit➝


The Bodyguard

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Alexander Dinelaris Jr.

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2012)

Movie It’s Based On: The Bodyguard➝


The Prince of Egypt

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Philip LaZebnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Movie It’s Based On: The Prince of Egypt➝


Tootsie

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Robert Horn

Musical Type: Contemporary (2018)

Movie It’s Based On: Tootsie➝


Top Hat

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin  Book: Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, Matthew White, Howard Jacques

Musical Type: 1935 Film/Contemporary Musical (2011)

Movie It’s Based On: Top Hat➝


Waitress

Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles  Book: Jessie Nelson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Movie It’s Based On: Waitress➝


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Jeffrey Lane

Musical Type: Contemporary (2010)

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


2020s Musicals

The Visitor

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey  Book: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)

Movie It’s Based On: The Visitor➝


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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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