Fabulous Films for Young Adults Nominations

The 2012 theme is Song and Dance

Nominations updated Aug. 2, 2011


8 Mile, $14.95, 2002, Universal Studios
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems give him doubts.

Across the Universe, $14.95, 2009, Sony Pictures
Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time.

All That Jazz, $19.98, 1979, Twentieth Century Fox
Bob Fosse uses the fictional life of dancer/choreographer Joe Gideon, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking perfectionist, to tell his own story. It also deals with life, death, and music, with a touch of dark humor thrown in for flavor.

Almost Famous, $12.99, 2001, Dreamworks
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Billy Elliott, $14.95, 2003, Universal Pictures
County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support.

Black Swan, $29.95, 2010, Fox Searchlight
A young, driven dancer is caught up in her ambitions as the dark story of Swan Lake slowly taints her sanity.

Bride and Prejudice, $14.95, 2005, Miramax Home Video
Bollywood meets Jane Austen in this bhangra musical version of Pride & Prejudice.

Bugsy Malone, 1967, Panorama
A musical gangster movie.

Burlesque, 2010, $28.98, Screen Gems
Starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, a movie about a small- town girl who moves to L.A. and tries to make it as a singer.

Camp, $14.98, 2003, IFC Productions
After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

Center Stage, $14.94, 2000, Sony Pictures
Jodie Sawyer, a young ballet dancer, attends the American Ballet Academy in hopes of becoming a professional dancer.  She balances friends, boyfriends, and school pressures while trying to follow her dream. Fantastic dance sequences abound in this realistic and fun ballet movie that teens will want to watch again and again.

Control, $24.95 2007, The Weinstein Company
Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, which changes its name to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik, the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.

Dirty Dancing, $14.95, 1987, Lions Gate
In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby (Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskills resort. One evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.

Dreamgirls, $19.99, 2006, Dreamworks
Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry.

Drumline, $14.98, 2002, Fox
A band director recruits a gifted Harlem street drummer to play in a Southern university marching band.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, $14.99, 2008, Mutant Enemy, INC.
"The world is a mess and I just...have to rule it!" Socially awkward Dr. Horrible tries to find the courage to talk to his love while brazenly (and musically) trying to take over the world.

Footloose, $12.98, 1984, Paramount Pictures
Classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances.

Girls Rock! $22.49, 2009, Liberation Entertainment
"The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls is a place where 8-18 year olds come from all over the country to learn Rock DIY-style--forming bands, writing songs and building community, and "Girls Rock!" is the movie about their journey."

Grease, $19.99, 1978, Paramount
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Hairspray, $5.98, 2007, New Line Home Video
Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Happy Feet, $14.98, 2007, Warner Home Video
This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity- hoppity" ways.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, $24.99, 2001, Fine Line
A transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.

Idlewild, $12.98, 2006, Universal Studio.
A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager “Rooster,” must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner, Percival, must choose between his love, Angel, and his obligations to his father.

A Knight's Tale, $14.94, 2002, Sony Pictures
A rousing story of lowborn William Thatcher’s quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden, and rock his medieval world.

Linda Linda Linda, $24.92, 2007, VIZ Pictures, Inc.
Only three days before their high school festival, guitarist Kei, drummer Kyoko, and bassist Nozomi are forced to recruit a new lead vocalist for their band. They choose Korean exchange student Son, though her comprehension of Japanese is a bit rough. It's a race against time as the group struggles to learn three tunes for the festival's rock concert, including a classic '80s punk-pop song by the Japanese group The Blue Hearts called "Linda Linda."

Little Shop of Horrors, $14.97, 1986, Warner Bros.
Seymour pines for Audrey, but he's too shy to do anything about it. When Seymour purchases a plant he discovers the plant drinks blood. Soon the plant has grown and wants more than drops of blood—and is bent on world domination.

Moulin Rouge, $14.98, 2001, 20th Century Fox
A spectacle beyond anything you've ever witnessed. An experience beyond everything you've ever imagined. Behind the red velvet curtain, the ultimate seduction of your senses is about to begin. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor sing, dance, and scale the heights of passionate abandon in the year's most talked-about movie from visionary director Baz Luhrmann.

Newsies, $14.99, 1992, Walt Disney Video
A musical set at the turn of the century that follows the story of newspaper boys in New York.

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, $9.99, 2008, Sony Pictures
Nick and Norah's lives intersect when they meet while on a quest to find a secret concert by their favorite band.

Once, $14.98, 2007, 20th Century Fox
An (unnamed) Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.

Phantom of the Opera, $12.98 2004, Warner Home Video
Christine is a singer with a beautiful voice. When she begins to train with the mysterious Phantom of the Opera, he falls in love with her. But the Phantom is protective of his singer and won't let anyone else have her.

Raise Your Voice, $14.98, 2004, David Brookwell
Raise Your Voice is a coming-of-age story centered around a small-town singer, brokenhearted by the death of her brother in a car crash, who had secretly submitted her for a summer session at a performing arts academy in Los Angeles. In the performing arts academy, she experiences a whole new way of life in the big city, far from the small town lifestyle she's used to. The film revolves around her efforts to confront her lack of formal classic training and deal with a romantic entanglement.

Ray, $14.95, 2004, Universal Studios
From losing his sight to fighting segregation, this biography tells the story of Ray Charles and won its star, Jamie Foxx, an Oscar.

Rent, $15.00, 2005, 1492 Pictures
Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggle with life, love, and AIDS, and the impact they have on America, in the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play.

Repo! The Genetic Opera, $14.98, 2008, Lions Gate
A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.

Robin Hood Men in Tights, $14.99., 2003, 20th Century Fox
Cary Elwes stars as Robin Hood, the dashing defender of the down-trodden, who along with his merry men and Maid Marion, resides in Sherwood Forest. There they have become together to fight against the seriously neurotic Prince John, the not quite-evil Sheriff of Rottingham, and the mad sorceress Latrine.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, $19.95, 1975, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

The Runaways, $19.94, 2004, Sony
Joan Larkin, a teenager in the 1970s, gets her start on the rock scene as a member of the Runaways with three other girls. Her experiences with the Runaways eventually bring her to a solo career as Joan Jett.

School of Rock, $12.98, 2003, Paramount
A substitute teacher uses his new classroom of students as his new band.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, $19.98, 2010, Universal Studios
Scott Pilgrim plays in a band that aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona.

Selena, $5.99, 1997, Warner Home Video
Jennifer Lopez plays Selena, a rising Tejano singer, who is learning to balance her life as a Mexican American performer.

Shall We Dance? $14.99, 1997, Kazuhiro Igarashi
Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together.

The Sound of Music, $34.99, 1965, Fox
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Step Up, $15.00, 2006 Touchstone / Disney
When a girl loses her dance partner, she discovers that the student doing community service as a janitor has dance skills that could help her win.

Stomp the Yard, $14.94, 2007, Gaumont Columbia Tristar
After the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins in his fraternity's effort to win a step dancing competition.

Strictly Ballroom, $14.98, 1992, Miramax
Scott is a ballroom dancer who adds non-ballroom steps to his dancing, infuriating his mother, his partner and everyone in his studio. When Scott teams up with ugly ducking newcomer Fran, they just might take over the Grand Prix.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, $19.99, 2007, Dreamworks
Benjamin Barker is falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned for 15 years. When he returns to London, he learns that his beautiful wife committed suicide.  Barker changes his name to Sweeney Todd and embarks on a bloody plan to get revenge for his loss.

Take the Lead, $ 5.98 2006, New Line
Antonio Banderas takes a group of "problem kids" from an urban environment and teaches them how to ballroom dance. At first, they scoff at the idea, but it eventually teaches them confidence, teamwork, and enrichment. It also deals with gang violence, drugs and other contemporary issues.

Tangled, $29.99, 2010, Walt Disney Pictures
After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

West Side Story, $26.95, 1961, MGM
Tony and Maria are star-crossed lovers in an updated version of Romeo and Juliet.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, $16.00, 1971, Warner Bros.
The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.


Every Little Step, $28.96, 2008, Sony Pictures
This documentary follows the auditions of a group of actors for the revival production of A Chorus Line, while also telling the story behind the musical's creation and original cast.

Only When I Dance, 2009, $24.95, Film Movement
This film follows the lives of two ambitious young dancers, Irlan and Isabela, as they train their talents and try to leave the favelas from which they come.

Shut Up and Sing! $14.93, 2007, Weinstein Company
Dixie Chicks, the best-selling female music group in history, finds themselves boycotted, banned, and at the center of death threats after their lead singer spoke out against President Bush and his war against Iraq.  Without turning against each other or changing their opinions, the musicians reinvent themselves, become stronger, and fight to find an audience when radio and the media were against them.

War Dance, $14.98, 2008, Velocity / Thinkfilm
Set in war-raved Northern Uganda, the award-winning War Dance will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives. Three children who have suffered horrific brutalities momentarily forget their struggles as they participate in music, song and dance at their school. Invited to compete in a prestigious music festival in their nation’s capitol, their historic journey is a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds.