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The Best '60s Dance Movies

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List RulesVote 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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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage... more on Wikipedia
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    Can-Can is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Can-Can

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1960

    Directed byWalter Lang

    Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more on Wikipedia

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and... more on Wikipedia

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    Sweet Charity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Sweet Charity

    Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis

    Released1969

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Sweet Charity, full title of which is Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Thoroughly Modern Millie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released1967

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    How to Succeed in Business Wit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Pas de deux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Pas de deux

    Vincent Warren, Margaret Mercier

    Released1968

    Directed byNorman McLaren

    Pas de deux is a 1968 short dance film by Norman McLaren, produced by the National Film Board... more on Wikipedia
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    Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Hello, Dolly!

    Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong

    Released1969

    Directed byGene Kelly

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    Finian's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Finian's Rainbow

    Fred Astaire, Petula Clark

    Released1968

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Girl Happy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Girl Happy

    Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares

    Released1965

    Directed byBoris Sagal, Jack Aldworth

    Girl Happy is a 1965 American musical romantic comedy and beach party film starring Elvis... more on Wikipedia
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    G.I. Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    G.I. Blues

    Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse

    Released1960

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Mickey Moore

    G.I. Blues is a 1960 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Elvis... more on Wikipedia
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    Girls! Girls! Girls! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Girls! Girls! Girls!

    Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens

    Released1962

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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    Band of Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Band of Outsiders

    Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina

    Released1964

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

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    Fun in Acapulco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Fun in Acapulco

    Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress

    Released1963

    Directed byRichard Thorpe, Mickey Moore

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    Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Funny Girl

    Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

    Released1968

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film... more on Wikipedia
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    Viva Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Viva Las Vegas

    Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

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    Gumnaam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Gumnaam

    Mehmood Ali, Madan Puri

    Released1965

    Directed byRaja Nawathe

    Gumnaam is a 1965 Indian suspense thriller film directed by Raja Nawathe, starring Manoj... more on Wikipedia
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    The Unsinkable Molly Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    The Unsinkable Molly Brown

    Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley

    Released1964

    Directed byCharles Walters

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    The Young Girls of Rochefort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly

    Released1967

    Directed byJacques Demy

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    Live a Little, Love a Little is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Live a Little, Love a Little

    Elvis Presley, Dick Sargent

    Released1968

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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    Billy Rose's Jumbo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Dance Movies
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    Billy Rose's Jumbo

    Doris Day, Stephen Boyd

    Released1962

    Directed byCharles Walters

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