The Best '60s Dance Movies  

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Dance has long been an important element of any musical, whether you’re talking Broadway or Hollywood. The best '60s dance movies usually include an amazing musical score, in addition to the coolest moves n' grooves of the decade.

This list of the best 1960s dance films highlights the legendary choreography of Bob Fosse (Sweet Charity), Busby Berkeley (Billy Rose’s Jumbo) and Jerome Robbins (West Side Story). Combine those with several films featuring Elvis Presley's gyrating hips (Viva Las Vegas and Girl Happy), and you’ve got the highlights of the sixties dance scene. If you do nothing else today, be sure to check out the dancing waiters in Hello, Dolly! They're pretty phenomenal.

Vote up the best '60s dance movies below, and let us know what you think in the comment section!

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Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more
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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more
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Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh
Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving ...more
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Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing
Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay by Richard Morris focuses on a naive young woman who finds herself ...more
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Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jourdan
Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Jack Cummings and Saul Chaplin, from a ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sweet Charity, full title of which is Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved, is a 1969 American musical film directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, written by Neil ...more
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Vincent Warren, Margaret Mercier
Pas de deux is a 1968 short dance film by Norman McLaren, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film was photographed on high contrast stock, with optical, step-and-repeat printing, ...more
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name. ...more
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Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau
Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more
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Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Mary Ann Mobley
Girl Happy is a 1965 American musical romantic comedy and beach party film starring Elvis Presley in his 18th feature. The movie won a fourth place prize Laurel Award in the category Top Musical ...more
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Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele
Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane, produced by Lee Sabinson. The original 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 ...more
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Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Teri Garr
Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 American musical film starring Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret. Directed by golden age Hollywood musical director George Sidney, the film is regarded by fans and ...more
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Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers
G.I. Blues is a 1960 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Ivers. The movie was filmed at Paramount Pictures studio, with ...more
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Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis
Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on ...more
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Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Dean Jagger
Billy Rose's Jumbo is an American musical film produced by MGM in Panavision and Metrocolor, and starring Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, Martha Raye, and Stephen Boyd. The film was directed by ...more
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Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Hal Blaine
Girls! Girls! Girls! is a 1962 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley as a penniless Hawaiian fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat. "Return ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly
Let's Make Love is a 1960 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Jerry Wald from a screenplay by Norman ...more
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Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Teri Garr
Fun in Acapulco is a 1963 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress. While exterior filming was undertaken involving every other member of the crew at various places ...more
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Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur
A beautiful young woman (the famous actress Anna Karina) meets two young men who convince her to help them rob her aunt.  A surreal version of a Hollywood gangster movie set in 1960's ...more
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Mehmood Ali, Madan Puri, Pran
Gumnaam is a 1965 Indian suspense thriller film directed by Raja Nawathe, starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen and Mehmood. The film is an adaptation of the book And then there were none by ...more
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Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley, Harve Presnell
The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a 1964 American musical film directed by Charles Walters. The screenplay by Helen Deutsch is based on the book of the 1960 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown by ...more
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Elvis Presley, Dick Sargent, Rudy Vallée
Live a Little, Love a Little is a 1968 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was directed by Norman Taurog, who had directed several previous Presley films. This was to be ...more