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List Rules Best ballets of all time. Vote up the best, most beautiful ballets.

Back before movies and television, some of the most popular forms of entertainment were live plays at the theatre, operas, symphony concerts, and ballet. While most of these forms of entertainment have faded away to a degree, ballet is still a very popular art form that is extremely powerful and inspirational. What are the best ballets of all time? There's more to this art form than just The Nutcracker.
 
Some of the most famous ballets of all time have remained classic greats for decades, and are still widely celebrated today. However, some modern ballets appear on this list as well.
 
This list features the best ballets in history, ranked as the best by the community and including, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Vote up the best ballet below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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+ - 468 88
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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+ - 360 58
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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+ - 375 63
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier

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+ - 313 48
Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

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+ - 239 54
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

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+ - 221 52
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus

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+ - 209 48
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter

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+ - 214 53
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

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Firebird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky

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+ - 159 42
A Midsummer Nights Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn

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+ - 131 37
La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville

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+ - 117 31
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni

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+ - 119 36
Carmen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet

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La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

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The Lady of the Camellias is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Lady of the Camellias Harris Masterson ^! Norman Twain ^! Carroll Masterson

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Paquita is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

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+ - 101 36
Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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+ - 75 22
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes

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+ - 82 28
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux Ludwig Minkus

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+ - 86 31
Sheherazade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sheherazade Michel Fokine

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Manon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates

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+ - 94 37
Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

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+ - 75 24
The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

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Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov

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+ - 40 7
Jewels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Jewels Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ^! Igor Stravinsky ^! Gabriel Fauré

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+ - 47 15
Symphony in C is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Symphony in C George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky

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Apollo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

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+ - 48 17
Bolero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Bolero Maurice Béjart

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Petrouchka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky

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Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky

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Grand Pas Classique is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Grand Pas Classique Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Anastasia Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen

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+ - 51 26
Onegin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Onegin Kurt-Heinz Stolze

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+ - 38 17
Diana & Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Diana & Actaeon Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Spartacus

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Spectre De La Rose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Spectre De La Rose Michel Fokine

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Chopiniana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Chopiniana Michel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin

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Winter Dreams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Winter Dreams Kenneth MacMillan

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+ - 35 21
The Serenade is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Serenade Victor Herbert

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+ - 37 23
Ondine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Ondine Hans Werner Henze

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Dances at a Gathering is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Dances at a Gathering Jerome Robbins, Frederic Chopin

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Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan

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+ - 13 2
The Flames of Paris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Flames of Paris

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The Bright Stream is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Bright Stream

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets

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The Prince of the Pagodas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Prince of the Pagodas John Cranko

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Notre-Dame de Paris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Notre-dame De Paris Riccardo Cocciante ^! Luc Plamondon

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The Little Humpbacked Horses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Little Humpbacked Horses