Director: Randal Kleiser
Year Released: 1978
It's a busy year for the seniors at Rydell High (circa the 1950's): Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) had a sweet summer fling and are reunited in school but Danny's machismo has him acting like a jerk, they have a dance contest (and I don't need to tell you who wins), "Pink Lady" Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing) panics because she thinks she's pregnant, there's a road race (that's inspired by Rebel Without a Cause) ... and one final song number at a carnival. This wildly profitable piece of American Camp - which is among the highest-grossing musicals of all time - may be super thin in the plot department, but I can see the appeal: most of the characters are quite likeable (Didi Conn's Frenchy is adorable), many of the songs are all-time classics and it genuinely has a sense of optimism that things will work out in the end (that's the Broadway influence for you). Side note: who wouldn't want Sid Caesar as their gym teacher?