Readers' Poll: 5 Best Movie Musicals

See where cult classics and critical darlings stack up against one another

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3. 'West Side Story' (1961)

Bringing Romeo and Juliet to Manhattan's Upper West Side, West Side Story follows the tensions between the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, who are Puerto Rican, and the couple who found love (and a tragic end) in the middle of it all. Starring Natalie Wood, it remains one of the most acclaimed film adaptations of a stage musical (thanks to the powerhouse team of Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents) and swept up awards at the Oscars, winning 10 of its 11 nominations.

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