Awarded no less than 10 Oscars, this ground-breaking Hollywood musical took song and dance into the heart of the big bad city.
Updating Romeo and Juliet to a teen gangland setting in late 1950s New York, the movie marked a new high standard in integrating choreography, music and storytelling.
The result was the original streetwise love story and the inspiration of many a pop video can be seen in the energetic synchronised moves on display here.
Young lovers Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer (both with their singing voices dubbed) hardly set the screen alight, but in supporting roles, George Chakiris and Rita Moreno (both picking up statuettes) had the roles of their careers.
The songs include Maria, Somewhere, I Feel Pretty and America and there’s a great closing credits sequence, too.