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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    Rize is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Rize Kevin Richardson, Lil' C, Tommy the Clown

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    How She Move is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Nina Dobrev, Keyshia Cole, Rutina Wesley

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    Thank God It's Friday is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger

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    Center Stage: Turn It Up is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Harry Shum, Jr., Crystal Lowe

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    42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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    Bootmen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Sam Worthington, Adam Garcia, Anthony Hayes

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    You Got Served is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    You Got Served Lil' Kim, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey

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    Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo

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    Beat Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

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    Dance with Me is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa L. Williams

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    Make It Happen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tessa Thompson, Ashley Roberts

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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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    Lambada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Melora Hardin, Dennis Burkley, Keene Curtis

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    Staying Alive is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones

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    White Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    The Music Man Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

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    The King and I is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

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    Breakin' is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


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

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    The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    The Red Shoes Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight

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    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    An American in Paris Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

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    Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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    Burlesque is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Burlesque Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Cher Starring Cher and Christina Aquilera.

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    The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    The Full Monty Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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    Take the Lead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Take the Lead Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard

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    Honey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Honey Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott, Joy Bryant

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    Strictly Ballroom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Strictly Ballroom Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter

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    Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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    Shall We Dance? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Bring It On Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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    Center Stage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Center Stage Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

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    Step Up 3D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

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    Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Stomp the Yard Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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    Step Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Step Up Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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    Fame is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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    Step Up 2: The Streets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Step Up 2: The Streets Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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    Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made


    Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

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    Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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