The Best Dance Movies of the 1940s

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Vote up your favorite dance films that were released in the 1940s.

For those looking for some classic dance films, here's are ranked list of the top dance movies of the 1940s. Among the best 40s dance movies you'll find here are Fantasia, featuring dancing elephants; classic ballet/horror film The Red Shoes; and three Judy Garland classics Meet Me In St. Louis, Me and My Gal, and Easter Parade. Also on this list of 40s dance films you’ll find timeless classics Yankee Doodle Dandy (the musical biography of George M. Cohen), Cover Girl (with Rita Hayworth) and Holiday Inn (featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire). 

So, which of the movies on this list of good dance movies from the 40s put the moves on you? Vote up the top ‘40s dance movies that you love the most, and feel free to add any films that aren't already on the list.

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  • On the Town
    Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
  • Easter Parade
    Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: Charles Walters
  • For Me and My Gal
    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Busby Berkeley
  • Holiday Inn
    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Mark Sandrich
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
    Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Leon Ames
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Anchors Aweigh
    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: George Sidney
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
    James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Broadway Melody
    Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • You Were Never Lovelier
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    Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: William A. Seiter
  • The Barkleys of Broadway
    Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Charles Walters
  • Cover Girl
    Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Eve Arden
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Charles Vidor
  • Fantasia
    Walt Disney
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley
  • The Red Shoes
    Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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  • Stormy Weather
    Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, The Nicholas Brothers
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
  • Second Chorus
    Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: H. C. Potter
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  • Moon Over Miami
    Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Bob Cummings
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Walter Lang
  • The Gang's All Here
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    Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, James Ellison
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Busby Berkeley
  • Bathing Beauty
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    Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: George Sidney
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
    Lucille Ball, Maureen O'Hara, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Robert Wise, Dorothy Arzner
  • On an Island with You
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    Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: Richard Thorpe