See Which Movies With Broadway Links Made the BBC List of "100 Greatest American Films"

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Noting that "America's films are among its greatest exports," BBC Culture, part of the British Broadcasting Company, polled film critics from around the world to determine the "100 Greatest American Films." This list includes not a few that either originated on Broadway, or wound up on Broadway.

Among them:

#7: "Singin' in the Rain" -- Co-written by Broadway talents Betty Comden and Adolph Green and adapted as a Broadway musical in 1985.

#24 "The Apartment" -- Starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, it was adapted as the 1968 musical Promises, Promises.

#30 "Some Like It Hot" -- Adapted as the 1972 musical, Sugar.

#34 "The Wizard of Oz" -- Adapted from the same material as the 1904 musical of the same title, and which in turn inspired the 1975 musical The Wiz and inspired countless youngsters in their love of musicals when it was shown on TV starting in the late 1950s. #50 "His Girl Friday" -- Based on the classic 1928 stage comedy The Front Page.

#53 "Grey Gardens" -- Documentary film musicalized on Broadway in 2006 under the same title.

#54 "Sunset Boulevard" -- Turned into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same title, done first in London, then on Broadway in 1994.

#55 "The Graduate" -- Adapted into a non-musical Broadway play in 2002.

#58 "The Shop Around the Corner" -- Adapted from the same source material as the 1963 musical, She Loves Me.

#59 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- Adapted from the 1963 Broadway drama of the same title.

#70 "The Band Wagon" -- Adapted very loosely from the 1931 Broadway revue. Expanded into the 2014 Encores! stage musical of the same title.

#80 "Meet Me in St. Louis" -- Turned into the 1989 musical of the same title.

#86 "The Lion King" -- The Disney animated film that was transformed by director Julie Taymor as the 1997 musical that is still running at the Minskoff Theatre.

#88 "West Side Story" -- The Oscar-winning film began life as the classic 1957 Bernstein/Sondheim/Laurents musical.

The number one film on the BBC Culture list, Citizen Kane, neither originated nor later played Broadway. However, director/writer Orson Welles cast the film with many actors who appeared as part of his Broadway-based Mercury Theatre ensemble.

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