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List Rules 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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Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

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Bullman55 added West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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

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Step Up Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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AnnieLarson added Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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

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Center Stage Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

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Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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Stomp the Yard Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

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Step Up 3D Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

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Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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Bring It On Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

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Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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Strictly Ballroom Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter

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Shall We Dance? Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

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Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

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The Full Monty Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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KarmenGospodnetić added Honey Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott, Joy Bryant

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PeteBoyle added Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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

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Take the Lead Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard

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

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The Red Shoes Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
Delena_always_L added Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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

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Breakin' Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald

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Countermoon added Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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Staying Alive John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones

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The Music Man Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

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White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo

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terence981 added Beat Street Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

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The_CreekWalker added Dance with Me Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa L. Williams

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Make It Happen Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tessa Thompson, Ashley Roberts

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AndyRožman added Lambada Melora Hardin, Dennis Burkley, Keene Curtis

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charlesminorversion1 added Step Up Revolution Megan Boone, Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick

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terence981 added Thank God It's Friday Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger

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

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

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Bootmen Sam Worthington, Adam Garcia, Anthony Hayes

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Center Stage: Turn It Up Harry Shum^! Jr., Crystal Lowe, Peter Gallagher

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Rize Kevin Richardson, Lil' C, Tommy the Clown