«West Side Story» is the 1961 film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris.
The film received high praise from critics and viewers and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture, becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.
The film has been deemed «culturally significant» by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.