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The Best 30s Dance Movies

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List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Wizard of Oz
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Shall We Dance
    32
    10

    Shall We Dance

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1937

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Shall We Dance is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. It was released... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    Swing Time
    35
    16

    Swing Time

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Follow the Fleet
    22
    7

    Follow the Fleet

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1936

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Follow the Fleet is a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy film with a nautical theme which stars... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 5
    Gold Diggers
    23
    12

    Gold Diggers

    Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell

    Released1933

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley

    Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 6
    Carefree
    19
    12

    Carefree

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1938

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Carefree is a 1938 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With a plot similar... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Top Hat
    16
    12

    Top Hat

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1935

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 8
    Roberta
    15
    12

    Roberta

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1935

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Roberta is a 1935 musical film by RKO starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Little Miss Broadway
    12
    9

    Little Miss Broadway

    Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver

    Released1938

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Little Miss Broadway is a 1938 American musical drama film directed by Irving Cummings. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Born to Dance
    16
    16

    Born to Dance

    James Stewart, Buddy Ebsen

    Released1936

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    Born to Dance is an American musical film starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart, released... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Broadway Melody
    11
    10

    Broadway Melody

    Jack Benny, Robert Taylor

    Released1935

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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  • 12
    Gone with the Wind
    18
    21

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • 13
    The Great Ziegfeld
    13
    15

    The Great Ziegfeld

    Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer

    Released1936

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 14
    Hollywood Hotel
    11
    13

    Hollywood Hotel

    Ronald Reagan, Benny Goodman

    Released1937

    Directed byBusby Berkeley

    Hollywood Hotel is a 1937 American romantic musical comedy film, directed by Busby Berkeley,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Sanders of the River
    6
    8

    Sanders of the River

    Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks

    Released1935

    Directed byZoltan Korda

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  • 16
    Half Shot at Sunrise
    8
    13

    Half Shot at Sunrise

    Edna May Oliver, Bert Wheeler

    Released1930

    Directed byPaul Sloane

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  • 17
    Strike Me Pink
    7
    13

    Strike Me Pink

    Eddie Cantor

    Released1936

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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  • 18
    Bolero
    4
    11

    Bolero

    Carole Lombard, Ray Milland

    Released1934

    Directed byWesley Ruggles, Mitchell Leisen

    Bolero is a musical drama film starring George Raft and Carole Lombard, and directed by Wesley... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Ten Cents a Dance
    4
    11

    Ten Cents a Dance

    Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez

    Released1931

    Directed byLionel Barrymore

    Ten Cents a Dance is a 1931 American romance-drama film directed by Lionel Barrymore and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Dames
    5
    13

    Dames

    Joan Blondell, Dick Powell

    Released1934

    Directed byRay Enright, Busby Berkeley

    Dames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button