The Best 30s Dance Movies

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Vote up your favorite dance films that were released in the 1930s.

Whether you’re talking drama, fantasy or musical comedy, the dance number has long been a Hollywood staple. On this list of the best ‘30s dance movies you’ll find classic musical films in every genre. Included on this poll of the top dance movies from the 30s are The Wizard of Oz (where the main characters dance down the yellow brick road), The Great Ziegfeld (which recreates the great showman’s Broadway style), and Gone with the Wind (which features several grand balls). Also here you’ll find six of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ films including Top Hat, Shall We Dance and Roberta.

So, which of the movies on this list of good 30s dance films got your toes tapping? Vote up the top ‘30s dance movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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  • Top Hat
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • The Wizard of Oz
    Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • Shall We Dance
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Eric Blore
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • Follow the Fleet
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • Swing Time
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • Gold Diggers
    Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Carefree
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • Born to Dance
    Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
  • Roberta
    Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: William A. Seiter
  • The Great Ziegfeld
    William Powell, Luise Rainer, Myrna Loy
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Little Miss Broadway
    Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Irving Cummings
  • Gone with the Wind
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • Hollywood Hotel
    Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Hugh Herbert
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Busby Berkeley
  • Broadway Melody
    Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
  • Dames
    Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
  • Half Shot at Sunrise
    Edna May Oliver, Bert Wheeler, Dorothy Lee
    • Released: 1930
    • Directed by: Paul Sloane
  • Bolero
    Carole Lombard, Ray Milland, George Raft
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Wesley Ruggles, Mitchell Leisen
  • Ten Cents a Dance
    Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Monroe Owsley
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Lionel Barrymore
  • Strike Me Pink
    Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • Sanders of the River
    Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks, Nina Mae McKinney
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Zoltan Korda