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Bam in at number ten is RENT, based on Jonathan Larson's 1996 Broadway musical of the same name. Directed by Chris Columbus with many of the original Broadway cast returning, it manages to send literal chills with brilliant turns.
This one really "popped" with audiences – the film version of Kander and Ebb's brilliant musical, which won a whole wad of Oscars when it premiered, comes in at number eight.
7) The Greatest Showman
6) The Sound of Music
From the modern to the classic, The Sound of Music comes in at number six. Featuring Julie Andrews, a ton of nuns and a tense escape, it looks like movie fans have no problem with returning to Maria for a bit of cinematic joy.
5) Singin' in the Rain
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John head up the cast of Grease!, which continues to be a firm favourite with some great tunes that would have a school dancefloor rocking in a heartbeat.
3) Mamma Mia!
2) Les Misérables
Though some casting choices ruffled some feathers, at number two was Tom Hooper's version of the iconic long-runner Les Misérables. Featuring an epic production design, some lingering long takes and some star-making performances, Hooper certainly took Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's show and ran with it.
1) West Side Story
Coming in top by an absolute country mile was West Side Story – leaving all of its competitors behind. Released four years after the musical and winning ten Academy Awards in 1962, it continues to be one of the most defining films based on stage shows to come out in the last century. With Steven Spielberg's new version arriving later this year, the West Side hype train continues in earnest!
Honourable mentions (ranking from 11 to 20)
Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Phantom of the Opera, Oliver!, La La Land, Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years, Cabaret and Dreamgirls.