West Side Story

Lists: Best Picture Winners from the 1960s, Musicals, AFI 100 (2007), Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time

Brief Synopsis: "In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy."

Overall Ranking: 454 (Rank from 1961: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 42.86%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Patrick Devitt100
Thomas Pollock90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85 - I don't normally enjoy musicals, but I really enjoyed this film.
Annwyn S85
Danny M80
David Baruffi80
Jay of Life Vs Film70(full review)

People Involved

  • Natalie Wood (Maria)
  • Richard Beymer (Tony)
  • Russ Tamblyn (Riff)
  • Rita Moreno (Anita)
  • George Chakiris (Bernardo)
  • Simon Oakland (Lieutenant Schrank)
  • Ned Glass (Doc)
  • William Bramley (Officer Krupke)
  • Tucker Smith (Ice)
  • Jerome Robbins (Director)