The Best Dance Movies Ever Made Films

The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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List Criteria: Whether they make you want to shake it or you're just mesmerized watching others shake it, vote up all of your favorite movies featuring dancing.

Dance movies have been around since the inception of film: the best dance movies manage to make the audience care about the characters and the art of dance. From the can-can films on Nickelodeons, the exciting breakdancing movies that show street style moves, to the modern dance movies that fuse every style, the best dancing movies are only as good as the dancers that perform in them.

What are the greatest dance movies ever made? From classics like Dirty Dancing (1987) to more recent favorites like Magic Mike (2012), movies about dancing are always fun and inspiring to watch. These are the best dance movies as decided by you, whether you want to contribute your own list to include that ballet movie you love or you just want to vote up the super popular breakdance movie from last year, it's up to you. You can't have a great dance movie without a great soundtrack, so also check out our Greatest Soundtracks of All Time List.


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    Mad Hot Ballroom

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  2. 49
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    - 23
    Wild Style

    ranked high on reranks
    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lady Pink, Fab Five Freddy

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  3. 48
    + 54
    - 90
    How She Move


    Nina Dobrev, Keyshia Cole, Rutina Wesley

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  4. 47
    + 13
    - 33
    Rize


    Kevin Richardson, Lil' C, Tommy the Clown

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  5. 46
    + 8
    - 17
    Thank God It's Friday

    added by terence981
    Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger

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  6. 45
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    - 91
    Center Stage: Turn It Up


    Harry Shum, Jr., Crystal Lowe

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  7. 44
    + 18
    - 17
    42nd Street


    Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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  8. 43
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    - 114
    Bootmen

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sam Worthington, Adam Garcia, Anthony Hayes

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  9. 42
    + 128
    - 92
    You Got Served

    ranked low on reranks
    Lil' Kim, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey

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  10. 41
    + 57
    - 91
    Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo


    Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo

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  11. 40
    + 34
    - 47
    Dance with Me

    added by The_CreekWalker
    Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa L. Williams

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  12. 39
    + 60
    - 91
    Make It Happen


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tessa Thompson, Ashley Roberts

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  13. 38
    + 30
    - 64
    Beat Street

    added by terence981
    Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

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  14. 37
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    - 99
    Breakin'


    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald

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  15. 36
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    Staying Alive


    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones

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  16. 35
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    - 52

    added by Delena_always_L
    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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  17. 34
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    - 84
    White Nights


    Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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    - 90
    The Music Man


    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

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  19. 32
    + 24
    - 5
    The King and I

    added by RobLein
    Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

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  20. 31
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    - 84
    The Red Shoes


    Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight

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  21. 30
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    - 66
    An American in Paris

    added by KymMiller
    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

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  22. 29
    + 149
    - 91
    Magic Mike

    added by PeteBoyle
    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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  23. 28
    + 142
    - 68
    Burlesque

    added by Nancy1
    Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Cher Starring Cher and Christina Aquilera.

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    + 166
    - 96
    Take the Lead


    Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard

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    + 94
    - 104
    The Full Monty

    often listed
    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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    - 82
    Honey

    ranked low on reranks & added by KarmenGospodnetić
    Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott, Joy Bryant

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  27. 24
    + 141
    - 119
    Strictly Ballroom


    Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter

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  28. 23
    + 136
    - 88
    Shall We Dance?


    Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

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  29. 22
    + 105
    - 92
    Top Hat


    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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  30. 21
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    - 100
    Hairspray


    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

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  31. 20
    + 247
    - 98
    Bring It On


    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

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  32. 19
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    - 85
    Save the Last Dance

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    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

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  33. 18
    + 178
    - 118
    Billy Elliot


    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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    - 100
    All That Jazz

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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  35. 16
    + 222
    - 137
    Stomp the Yard


    Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

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  36. 15
    + 211
    - 138
    Black Swan


    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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  37. 14
    + 183
    - 28
    Grease

    ranked low on reranks & added by AnnieLarson
    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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  38. 13
    + 245
    - 125
    Center Stage


    Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

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  39. 12
    + 371
    - 157
    Step Up 3D


    Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

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    + 201
    - 117
    Chicago

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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  41. 10
    + 504
    - 148
    Step Up

    ranked low on reranks
    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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  42. 9
    + 257
    - 121
    Fame


    Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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  43. 8
    + 427
    - 222
    Step Up 2: The Streets


    Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan

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  44. 7
    + 233
    - 115
    Mary Poppins


    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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  45. 6
    + 312
    - 146
    Flashdance


    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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  46. 5
    + 477
    - 168
    Footloose


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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  47. 4
    + 291
    - 95
    West Side Story

    added by Bullman55
    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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  48. 3
    + 342
    - 165
    Saturday Night Fever


    John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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  49. 2
    + 370
    - 146
    Singin' in the Rain


    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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    - 170
    Dirty Dancing

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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