When you’re down in the dumps and won’t go to bed ‘til you’re legally wed, there’s nothing better than sticking on your dancing shoes, hoisting yourself (with what we can imagine is an incredible struggle) into your latex jumpsuit, depleting the ozone layer with the hairspray you put on your quaffed hair, and hanging out with Danny Zuko and his school sweater at the carnival – because, really, what else is a high school student going to do on a Friday afternoon? Yep, there’s no denying it; Grease is one of the best movie musicals of all time and has brought us some of the most iconic songs in history. You can follow the ups and downs of the students at Rydell High, check out what’s going on with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies, or just coo over Eugene and all of his nerdy glory. But if your love of Grease is now bordering on obsession, you might want to change things up a bit. So, here’s the best movies like Grease that go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong…
The Best Movies Like Grease
If you’re looking for movies like Grease, it’s 100% likely that you’re a fan of singing, dancing and a whole load of cheese (the stronger, the better). Although Grease is by far one of the best movie musicals of all time, there are some pretty epic alternatives – if you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve done all of the hard work for you, so take a gander at these bad boys.
If you love Grease, you’ll love Hairspray – because you know what they say, you can’t stop the motion of the ocean or the sun in the sky. I mean, you can wonder if you wanna, but here at RetroEnt, we’ll never ask why. Hairspray is one of the more modern musicals on this list, and encompasses every aspect of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s musicals we all know and love. Tracy Turnblad, Link Larkin, Penny Pingleton, Edna Turnblad and the rest of the Nicest Kids In Town will have you movin’ and groovin’ to the sounds of the Corny Collins Show, and allow you to see what life was really like for those in Baltimore. What more could you want?
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
You’ve probably noticed by now that there is a running theme when it comes to movie musicals – yep, we’re talking about John Travolta. Can a movie musical really be classed as a movie musical without Travolta and his flexible hips? We think not. Saturday Night Fever was released just a year after Grease, and featured the disco-dancing of John Travolta and the disco-singing of The Bee-Gees (who of course, are the godfathers of disco). So basically, it’s all disco. And we love it.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Another movie similar to Grease is Dirty Dancing – because it’s totally iconic. Released in 1987, Dirty Dancing follows the life of Baby (who should NEVER be put in the corner) and her family as they spend their summer at the Kellerman’s resort. However, the wannabe surgeon soon gets bored and forms an unlikely romance with Johnny, the resort’s dance instructor – who is fond of a fairly different style of dancing. Cue steaming dance rehearsals, emotional affairs, *that* scene in the lake, and the iconic Dirty Dancing lift…
Mamma Mia! (2008)
There are so many things we love about Mamma Mia! We’d need a whole article just to gush over it. But if you want a long-story-short, it’s epic. With an all-star cast (including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters), this story is a movie adaptation of the incredible popular Broadway musical, featuring nearly all of the greatest hits from one of the greatest bands in history… ABBA. If you love Grease, you’ll love Mamma Mia! It’s a fact.
Grease 2 (1982)
Okay, okay – this one may divide opinions, but we had to add this one to the list! It’s no secret that a sequel is never as good as the original, but Grease 2 does incorporate all of the aspects we loved from the first move; even if it doesn’t feature John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Sure, it may have fallen into the vat of cheese fondue and submerged itself into a conglomeration of extra-strong fromage, but Grease 2 still follows the life of the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies and the students of Rydell High School, so you just have to watch it.
If you’re looking for movies like Grease, you’ve come to the right place – because these movies are some of the best movie musicals of all time. However, if Grease is still the One That You Want, check out what the stars of Grease look like now, and these epic facts you didn’t know about Grease. You can thank us later.