By Eliza Berman
April 15, 2016

It is one thing to take a beloved stage musical and successfully adapt it for the silver screen—and it’s a feat that’s given us everything from West Side Story to Chicago to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. But it is another still to build both the story and the music from the ground up, as writer-director John Carney has done since his 2007 musical hit Once, which tells the folk-infused tale of two buskers in Dublin. Carney’s new musical jaunt, Sing Street (April 15), employs the same setting but rewinds the clock to the 1980s, when Carney’s teenaged protagonist Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) tries to win over a girl (Lucy Boynton) with the oldest trick in the book: impressing her with the epic coolness of his band.

Though its sweetness and new wave-inspired nostalgia are all its own, Sing Street joins a long list of musical movies for which the original music they introduced was integral to the stories they told. From Dorothy’s pining for the place beyond the rainbow to Eminem’s urgent need to lose himself in the music, here are some of the most memorable melodic tales ever told on the big screen.

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