Director: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
Leading Actors: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Upper West Side

It might not be the most intimidating representation of gang violence, but West Side Story's song-and-dance numbers capture the energy and vibrancy that is New York. This remix of Romeo and Juliet captures the heat and throb of young city love in the '50s—chaste but with something real going on below the surface. Featuring one of the few performances from Natalie Wood and more classic songs than you can snap a finger at, West Side Story has reached a wider audience than your average musical, becoming an indispensable part of the cultural lexicon. Speaking of reach, the dance scenes feature many tough guys leaping in jeans. Must be the same denim technology that inspired Chuck Norris's hidden gussets. —GT