Hollywood loves a good makeover. Where else can we see boys turn into werewolves, nerds turn into princesses, and Patrick Swayze turn into…Whoopi Goldberg? That last one from Ghost never stops disturbing me.
But this isn’t a modern phenomenon. A long line of characters through decades of classic film have embraced physical and emotional makeovers and have endured painful transformations. Even Dorothy and her pals had to be buffed, stuffed, and polished before seeing the Wizard of Oz.
My favorite top 10 classic movie transformations – the ugly ducklings, the plain-Janes, and all the cross-dressers in between – are ranked from most subtle to most dramatic:
(Spoiler Alert: Crucial elements of the story lines of the 10 movies are disclosed. –Editor.)