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The Best '60s Dance Movies 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite dance films that were released in the 1960s.

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

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1968

Directed by: Carol Reed

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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jourdan

Released: 1960

Directed by: Walter Lang

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Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Cukor

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Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Released: 1969

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing

Released: 1967

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh

Released: 1963

Directed by: George Sidney

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Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

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Vincent Warren, Margaret Mercier

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman McLaren

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Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau

Released: 1969

Directed by: Gene Kelly

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Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele

Released: 1968

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Mary Ann Mobley

Released: 1965

Directed by: Boris Sagal, Jack Aldworth

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Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers

Released: 1960

Directed by: Norman Taurog, Mickey Moore

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Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Hal Blaine

Released: 1962

Directed by: Norman Taurog

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Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Teri Garr

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Sidney

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Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

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Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis

Released: 1968

Directed by: William Wyler

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Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Teri Garr

Released: 1963

Directed by: Richard Thorpe, Mickey Moore

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Mehmood Ali, Madan Puri, Pran

Released: 1965

Directed by: Raja Nawathe

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Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley, Harve Presnell

Released: 1964

Directed by: Charles Walters

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Elvis Presley, Dick Sargent, Rudy Vallée

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman Taurog

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Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli

Released: 1967

Directed by: Jacques Demy

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Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Dean Jagger

Released: 1962

Directed by: Charles Walters

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