* 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.
* FauxSymbolism: 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A0fVWomF90 The make-believe wedding scene from the film.]] Even the lyrics of "One Hand, One Heart" say, "Make of our lives one life, / Day after day, one life. / Now it begins, now we start / One hand, one heart-- / Even death won't part us now." The same can also hold true of gays and lesbians today, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled for marriage equality nationwide as of June 26, 2015.
* 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.
%%* NewerThanTheyThink
* NightmareFuel: 'Cool' in the film is a little unsettling to watch, especially with the multiple shots of all the Jets coming towards the camera, and the dancing makes them seem a tad unhinged, especially with the intermittent 'POW!'s.
* 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]].
* 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).