Hollywood recycles stories all the time, but one trend that used to be popular was remaking non-musical films as musicals with new songs and dances.
Also included in this list are movie musicals adapted from Broadway musicals which were based on non-musical films or common source material. (It can get pretty complicated.)
The Philadelphia Story
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. (112 mins.)
C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate... (111 mins.)
“ Remake of "The Philadelphia Story", with singers Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby replacing James Stewart and Cary Grant. ” - Jimmy L.
Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady. (96 mins.)
My Fair Lady
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
“ Hollywood version of hit stage musical based on Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion". ” - Jimmy L.
An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair. (99 mins.)
Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day... (100 mins.)
“ Rodgers & Hammerstein were commissioned to write a musical score that would fit into the framework of the earlier film.
This musical was itself remade in 1962. ” - Jimmy L.
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. (110 mins.)
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris... (117 mins.)
“ Based on a Cole Porter stage musical which was based on the "Ninotchka" story. George Tobias has roles in both films. ” - Jimmy L.
A Star Is Born
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
A Star Is Born
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
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. (134 mins.)
“ Big-screen version of successful Broadway musical adapted by Mel Brooks from his own film. ” - Jimmy L.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. (114 mins.)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl. (155 mins.)
Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London... (116 mins.)
“ One of several film versions of Charles Dickens's tale. ” - Jimmy L.
A young boy runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. (153 mins.)
“ Big-screen version of hit stage musical based on the Charles Dickens book. ” - Jimmy L.
Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman. (103 mins.)
Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way. (146 mins.)
“ Based on the Broadway musical adapted from the stage play "The Matchmaker". ” - Jimmy L.
The Shop Around the Corner
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
“ The original story was also the basis for the 1963 Broadway musical "She Loves Me" and the non-musical 1998 film "You've Got Mail". ” - Jimmy L.
“ Musical remake of "The Shop Around the Corner". ” - Jimmy L.
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. (143 mins.)
It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis
... (132 mins.)
“ Film adaptation of stage musical. ” - Jimmy L.
It Happened One Night
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
You Can't Run Away from It
Ellen (June Allyson) is kidnapped by father (Charles Bickford) after she ran off and got married to someone he thinks is a gold digger... (95 mins.)
“ Musical remake of "It Happened One Night". ” - Jimmy L.
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
The Opposite Sex
Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife... (117 mins.)
“ Remake of "The Women". ” - Jimmy L.
My Sister Eileen
Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer... (96 mins.)
My Sister Eileen
Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street"... (108 mins.)
“ 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). ” - Jimmy L.
Ball of Fire
A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
A Song Is Born
Gangster's moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police... (113 mins.)
“ Music-infused remake of "Ball of Fire", by the same director (Howard Hawks). The cast boasts musicians like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Armstrong. Mary Field reprises her role as Miss Totten. ” - Jimmy L.
The Awful Truth
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. (91 mins.)
Let's Do It Again
In this 1953 musical remake of "The Awful Truth" Wyman is married to womanizing composer Milland and sets out to give him some of his own medicine... (95 mins.)
“ Musical reworking of "The Awful Truth". ” - Jimmy L.
The Little Shop of Horrors
A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. (72 mins.)
Little Shop of Horrors
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
“ Movie version of stage musical based on the earlier film. ” - Jimmy L.
The Phantom of the Opera
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. (143 mins.)
“ This example is a little bit different, but if I included "My Fair Lady" and "Oliver!", I had to include "Phantom". The hit stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is very different from the silent horror film from six decades earlier, though both are based on the Gaston Leroux book. Not quite a "remake", but a musical version of the same story. ” - Jimmy L.
In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman. (108 mins.)
“ Just one of many film adaptations of Victor Hugo's classic novel. ” - Jimmy L.
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
“ Movie version of the smash stage musical, based on Victor Hugo's novel. ” - Jimmy L.
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. (78 mins.)
“ Based on a play. ” - Jimmy L.
Gordon Miller is rehearsing a musical comedy in the penthouse suite of Gribble's hotel...on credit. The mounting bill is driving Gribble frantic... (88 mins.)
“ Musical version of the "Room Service" stage play. ” - Jimmy L.
Story of small-town life in turn-of-the-century America, and a young boy's problems facing adolescence. (98 mins.)
Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family... (93 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Jimmy L.
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Bundle of Joy
Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department... (98 mins.)
“ Musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". ” - Jimmy L.
A Christmas Carol
On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner... (69 mins.)
“ One of several non-musical adaptations of Charles Dickens's beloved story. ” - Jimmy L.
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. (113 mins.)
“ Not necessarily a remake of any particular movie, but a musical version of the Dickens story. ” - Jimmy L.
Based on a true crime story, the movie is about a wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart who kills... (118 mins.)
“ Also remade as non-musical Ginger Rogers vehicle "Roxie Hart" (1942). ” - Jimmy L.
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
“ Movie version of hit Broadway musical. ” - Jimmy L.
Anna and the King of Siam
In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King. (128 mins.)
The King and I
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
“ Movie version of Broadway musical that tells the same story as "Anna and the King of Siam". ” - Jimmy L.
Hafiz, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to... (100 mins.)
“ One of several films based on a successful Arabian Nights play. ” - Jimmy L.
A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph. (113 mins.)
“ Film adaptation of hit Broadway musical based on "Kismet" play. ” - Jimmy L.
“ Based on Mark Twain's book. ” - Jimmy L.
“ Intended as a film version of the Rodgers & Hart musical, but became a musical adaptation of Twain's source material with all-new songs. ” - Jimmy L.
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
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. (118 mins.)
“ Based on a stage show inspired by Fellini. ” - Jimmy L.
Nights of Cabiria
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands... (149 mins.)
“ Film adaptation of Broadway show, based on "Nights of Cabiria". ” - Jimmy L.
One Sunday Afternoon
Middle-aged dentist Biff Grimes reminisces about his unrequited love for beautiful Virginia Brush and her husband Hugo, his ex-friend, who betrayed him. (85 mins.)
“ First remade in 1941 as the non-musical "The Strawberry Blonde" with James Cagney. ” - Jimmy L.
The Male Animal
It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan... (101 mins.)
She's Working Her Way Through College
Shapely burlesque dancer Hot Garters Gertie aka Angela Gardner meets her former teacher John Palmer, now a professor at Midwest State... (104 mins.)
“ Musical reworking of "The Male Animal". ” - Jimmy L.
The Milky Way
Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's... (89 mins.)
The Kid from Brooklyn
Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister... (113 mins.)
“ Remake of "The Milky Way", with Lionel Stander reprising his supporting role. ” - Jimmy L.
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (92 mins.)
Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (117 mins.)
“ Movie version of hit Broadway musical. ” - Jimmy L.
Too Many Husbands
Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband. (81 mins.)
Three for the Show
This musical reworking of TOO MANY HUSBANDS (1940), features Grable as a top singer and dancer who's been widowed by WW II... (93 mins.)
“ Musical version of "Too Many Husbands". ” - Jimmy L.
Pépé le Moko
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
“ French movie remade (non-musically) in America in 1938 as "Algiers" with Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr. ” - Jimmy L.
The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief. (94 mins.)
“ Musical version of "Pepe le Moko"/"Algiers". ” - Jimmy L.
Tom, Dick and Harry
Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice. (87 mins.)
The Girl Most Likely
Dotie dreams of marrying a millionaire so that she can live 'the life'. Buzz, her boyfriend, however... (98 mins.)
“ Musical remake of "Tom, Dick, and Harry". ” - Jimmy L.
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... (82 mins.)
“ French movie. ” - Jimmy L.
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. (115 mins.)
“ Based on French novella, which had previously been adapted as a successful non-musical stage play. Songwriter Alan Jay Lerner wrote the screenplay adaptation. ” - Jimmy L.
A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist. (97 mins.)
“ Silent version of W. Somerset Maugham's story, remade with sound in 1932 as "Rain" with Joan Crawford. ” - Jimmy L.
Miss Sadie Thompson
A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute. (91 mins.)
“ Not a full-blown musical. ” - Jimmy L.
Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. (66 mins.)
“ TV movie version of stage musical inspired by infamous 1930s anti-marijuana propaganda flick. ” - Jimmy L.