5 Great Films Based on Musicals

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While this year’s slate of movie offerings features a fair number of the typical big-budget action movies, dystopian sci-fi flicks, and comedies, there are also several film adaptations of popular musicals coming to theaters in 2014. Jersey Boys — a film based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name – makes its debut on June 20. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this musical biography drama tells the story of the legendary 1960s band The Four Seasons and features Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, and Francesca Eastwood.

A contemporary adaptation of Annie — the popular and long-running Broadway musical that was previously adapted into a movie in 1982 — will be released December 19. The Annie reboot will feature Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, the renamed Daddy Warbucks character. The film also stars Cameron Diaz as the villainous Miss Hannigan and Rose Byrne as Grace, Stacks’s kindly assistant.

While it remains to be seen if either of these film adaptations can match the success of the original musicals, it should be noted that Hollywood has a long tradition of mining Broadway for source material with varying degrees of success. However, whether or not Hollywood’s latest attempts to recreate Broadway musical entertainment on the big screen is successful, there are always plenty of other excellent film adaptations of musicals that movie buffs can revisit. While there are literally dozens of great films to choose from in this genre, here are five particularly great film adaptations of musicals that garnered significant critical acclaim as well as box office receipts.

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