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The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

Updated June 22, 2020 16.6k votes 3.0k voters 323.2k views94 items

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

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan

    Released2006

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

    Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles

    Released2001

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Flashdance

    Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving

    Released1983

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Step Up 2: The Streets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Step Up 2: The Streets

    Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura

    Released2008

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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

    Debbie Allen, Irene Cara

    Released1980

    Directed byAlan Parker

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

    Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy

    Released2010

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Hairspray

    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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

    Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull

    Released2000

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

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

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    The King and I is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    The King and I

    Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner

    Released1956

    Directed byWalter Lang

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

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott

    Released2003

    Directed byBille Woodruff

    Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good

    Released2007

    Directed bySylvain White

    Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell

    Released2010

    Directed bySteve Antin

    Starring Cher and Christina Aquilera.
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    Step Up Revolution is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dance Movies Ever Made
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    Step Up Revolution

    Megan Boone, Ryan Guzman

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Speer

    Step Up Revolution is a 2012 American 3D dance film and the fourth installment in the Step Up... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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