7. Les Misérables
Broadway Gross: $406.26 million
Running Date: 03/12/1987 – 05/18/2003
Before Hollywood took on the challenge of filming the Oscar-winning version of this musical, it played on Broadway as one the highest grossing pieces ever. The heroic story of escaped convict Jean Valjean, who becomes the mayor of a town during the French Revolution and raises the daughter of a deceased prostitute – all while being chased by policeman Javert – certainly tugs at the heart-strings.