* AccidentalInnuendo: "When you come, use the back door."
* AwardSnub: It lost that year's Tony to ''TheMusicMan''.
* EarWorm: Many, like "Mambo" and "America".
** "Tonight". Big time.
** "MARIAAAAAAAAAAAAA."
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Both [[SpicyLatina Anita]] and Anybodys.
* ItWasHisSled: Tony dies.
** NotHisSled: Unlike [[Theatre/RomeoandJuliet Juliet]], Maria lives.
* MemeticMutation: A rare case of a memetic dance--the Jets snapping their fingers and leaping in the air.
* MisaimedFandom: The entire argument over which gang is more sympathetic. It compeltely spits in the face the theme that both sides are adding to the conflict.
* MoralEventHorizon: It's pretty hard to root for the Jets after [[NearRapeExperience they attempt to rape Anita.]]
** Of course, [[RealityEnsues the entire point]] is to ''[[MisaimedFandom not]]'' [[MisaimedFandom root for either side.]]
* {{Narm}}: The fact that Action in the film looks like Matt LeBlanc.
** Or the fact that "Baby John" doesn't look or sound that much younger than the other Jets.
** A lot of the slang used by the Jets is cringe-worthy.
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* OneSceneWonder: The unnamed girl in the song "Somewhere".
** Also John Astin as the MC at the dance.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It can seem horribly cliche nowadays -- not least because it's adapting ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'', which itself underwhelms many readers who find it trite, shallow, and immature.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Maria's closing speech where she chews out everyone over [[spoiler:Tony's death]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The virginal Maria wears a white dress to her first dance, but a red one following the loss of her virginity to Tony. Also, in the final scenes, she's wearing a black shawl around her head. Probably representing her mourning for her brother, but it comes in handy when she has to mourn Tony as well.
* WTHCastingAgency: For a part of a Puerto Rican in a musical, a Russian-American was cast, who couldn't sing (okay, NatalieWood actually could sing, but she wasn't good enough for this movie).
** Also compare white Carol Lawrence in the original Broadway cast (although she could sing).