The Mirisch Company, Beta Productions, Seven Arts Productions
'West Side Story' (1961)
I'm not much for musicals, but when it comes to classics like Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story, count me in. The 1961 crime drama stars Natalie Wood, and follows a "contemporary" — for the time, anyway — Romeo and Juliet storyline involving street gangs in New York City. It's a wild ride all the way through; and if you didn't watch it in high school like the rest of us, then there's no time like the present to remedy that.