Remakes: Musicals

by bderoes-12985 | created - 03 Nov 2017 | updated - 09 Mar 2019 | Public

...and some of their non-musical antecedents. Feature films only, except some honorable mentions in the comments. An * by the title means it's NOT a musical.

The idea for this list, and 25 entries, were stolen from Thanks deano11, who has lots more Remake lists.

Then I stole 78 titles from this list: and 76 from here: eliminated 47+ duplicates, and contributed some entries of my own (2 trios from memory, a bunch from searching the keyword "remake".)

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1. Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Musical

An entertainer impersonates a look-alike banker, causing comic confusion for wife and girlfriend.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Merle Oberon, Ann Sothern, Eric Blore

Votes: 235

2. That Night in Rio (1941)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical

An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda, S.Z. Sakall

Votes: 717

3. On the Riviera (1951)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical

An American entertainer impersonates a wealthy aviator and flirts with his lookalike's neglected wife.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 853 | Gross: $2.50M

4. Three Blind Mice (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

Three sisters take their small inheritance and move from Kansas to California in search of rich husbands. To start with Pamela poses as a socialite and Moira and Elizabeth pretend to be her... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Loretta Young, Joel McCrea, David Niven, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 249

5. Moon Over Miami (1941)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, Carole Landis

Votes: 988

6. Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Musical

A reworking of the movie Three Blind Mice (1938) based on the play of the same name, which in turn led to another remake Moon Over Miami (1941). This remake is set during the turn of the ... See full summary »

Directors: H. Bruce Humberstone, John Brahm | Stars: June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm

Votes: 240

7. First a Girl (1935)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Musical

Elizabeth dreams of being a music-hall singer. She gets to know Victor, that quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number. He unfortunately finds himself voiceless, so, why wouldn't Elizabeth replace him in it?

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee, Griffith Jones

Votes: 427

8. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

84 Metascore

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 18,807 | Gross: $21.93M

9. The Good Companions (1933)

95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Musical taken from J.B. Priestley's novel about three musicians joining together to save a failing concert party, the Dinky Doos.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, John Gielgud, Mary Glynne

Votes: 173

10. The Good Companions (1957)

104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A touring variety troupe, the "Dinky Doos" are in financial trouble. An encounter with three strangers - Inigo Jollifant (a romantic, song-writing ex-schoolmaster), Miss Trant (a ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Hugh Griffith, Janette Scott

Votes: 96

11. My Sister Eileen (1942)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

Two sisters move from Ohio to New York with hopes of stardom.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, George Tobias

Votes: 1,251

12. My Sister Eileen (1955)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

After submitting a story of her beautiful sister, a woman assumes her identity to maintain the attention of a playboy publisher.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse

Votes: 1,452

My Sister Eileen (1942) (1942)*, My Sister Eileen (1955) (1955), Wonderful Town (1958) (1958) The original source material had been adapted into the Broadway musical "Wonderful Town", with the star of the previous film Rosalind Russell. This musical uses the same source material, but has entirely new music (opting not to bring "Wonderful Town" to the big screen).

13. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 12,109 | Gross: $2.27M

14. The Opposite Sex (1956)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York City Theater Producer Steven Hilliard (Leslie Nielsen) and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Ashley Hilliard (June Allyson), ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,289 | Gross: $6.02M

15. Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 18,170 | Gross: $1.19M

16. Silk Stockings (1957)

Approved | 117 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre

Votes: 3,400

Ninotchka (1939) (1939)*, Silk Stockings (1957) (1957) Based on a Cole Porter stage musical which was based on the "Ninotchka" story. George Tobias has roles in both films.

17. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Music

96 Metascore

A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 48,347 | Gross: $0.11M

18. The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical

52 Metascore

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director: Susan Stroman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

Votes: 39,790 | Gross: $19.38M

19. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 19,221 | Gross: $6.67M

20. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 116,956 | Gross: $118.87M

Hairspray (1988) (1988), Hairspray (2007) (2007) Movie version of hit Broadway musical.

21. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 41,147 | Gross: $0.75M

22. Sweet Charity (1969)

G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 4,786 | Gross: $3.43M

Le notti di Cabiria (1957) (1957)*, Sweet Charity (1969) (1969) Film adaptation of Broadway show, based on "Nights of Cabiria".

23. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 104,748 | Gross: $0.05M

8½ (1963) (1963)*, Nine (2009) (2009)

24. Nine (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

49 Metascore

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sandro Dori

Votes: 41,806 | Gross: $24.00M

8½ (1963) (1963)*, Nine (2009) (2009) Based on a stage show inspired by Fellini.

25. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

96 Metascore

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 61,193

26. High Society (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A spoiled heiress must choose among three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, a stuffy businessman, and an undercover tabloid reporter.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm

Votes: 13,257 | Gross: $13.00M

27. The Male Animal (1942)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson

Votes: 1,062

28. She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

A burlesque dancer goes to college, where she romances a professor and helps put on a musical show.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan, Gene Nelson, Don DeFore

Votes: 455

29. Chicago (1927)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart, kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her.

Director: Frank Urson | Stars: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford, Robert Edeson

Votes: 363 | Gross: $1.05M

30. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

81 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 210,352 | Gross: $170.69M

Chicago (1927) (1927)*, Roxie Hart (1942) (1942)*, Chicago (2002) (2002) Movie version of hit Broadway musical.

31. Gigi (1949)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

Gilberte is a sixteen year old girl raised by her aunt and grandmother to be a demimondaine. But she's not ready for that yet, and spends her days in lessons and in teasing Mamita's old ... See full summary »

Director: Jacqueline Audry | Stars: Gaby Morlay, Jean Tissier, Yvonne de Bray, Frank Villard

Votes: 224

French movie. Gigi (1949) (1949)*, Gigi (1958) (1958)

32. Gigi (1958)

G | 115 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

82 Metascore

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 18,868

Gigi (1949) (1949)*, Gigi (1958) (1958) Based on French novella, which had previously been adapted as a successful non-musical stage play. Songwriter Alan Jay Lerner wrote the screenplay adaptation.

33. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,885

34. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 8,736 | Gross: $3.70M

A Christmas Carol (1938) (1938)*, Scrooge (1970) (1970) Not necessarily a remake of any particular movie, but a musical version of the Dickens story.

35. A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Hank Morgan takes a trip back in time to King Arthur's Court.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Will Rogers, William Farnum, Frank Albertson, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 277

36. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 2,078

A Connecticut Yankee (1931) (1931)*, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948) (1949) Intended as a film version of the Rodgers & Hart musical, but became a musical adaptation of Twain's source material with all-new songs.

37. Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Murphy, Alan Marshal, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 988

38. The Girl Most Likely (1957)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Musical

Dodie dreams of marrying a millionaire so that she can live 'the life'. Buzz, her boyfriend, however is not rich as he is a salesman for a housing development. He proposes and Dodie accepts... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson, Keith Andes, Kaye Ballard

Votes: 321

39. Room Service (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Lucille Ball

Votes: 4,611

Room Service (1938) (1938)*, Step Lively (1944) (1944) Based on a play.

40. Step Lively (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Music

Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic. Chaos increases when playwright Glen ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, George Murphy, Frank Sinatra, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 457

Room Service (1938) (1938)*, Step Lively (1944) (1944) Musical version of the "Room Service" stage play.

41. Ah Wilderness! (1935)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

Story of small-town life in turn-of-the-century America, and a young boy's problems facing adolescence.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Aline MacMahon, Eric Linden

Votes: 650

42. Summer Holiday (1948)

Approved | 93 min | Musical

Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father ... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Huston, Frank Morgan

Votes: 487

Ah Wilderness! (1935) (1935)*, Summer Holiday (1948) (1948) Musical version of "Ah, Wilderness!" (based on the play). Mickey Rooney, who played the younger brother in the 1935 film, graduates into the lead here.

43. Too Many Husbands (1940)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas, Harry Davenport

Votes: 1,249