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The Best Dance Movies Ever Made 

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Updated February 7, 2020 21.9k votes 2.9k voters 322.3k views 98 items

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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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

Released: 2006

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged ...more

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Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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Released: 1961

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

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Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

Released: 1983

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Thomas Carter

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John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

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Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

Released: 1980

Directed by: Alan Parker

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Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

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Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

Center Stage is a 2000 American teen drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New ...more

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Marshall

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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sylvain White

Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more

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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

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John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter

Released: 1992

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Bille Woodruff

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Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard

Released: 2006

Directed by: Liz Friedlander

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