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The Best 70s Dance Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 184 votes 80 voters 7.6k views 17 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite dance films that were released in the 1970s.

When it came to the ‘70s, it was all about Fosse, disco and roller-skating. You’ll find all that and more on this list of the best ‘70s dance movies, and we want you to rank your favorites. If you've got a pair of platform shoes in your closet that are gathering dust, brush them off and upvote your top dance movies from the 1970s.

Bob Fosse is one of the best and most influential choreographers of the 20th century, and you’ll find two of his most important films on this list of the best ‘70s dance films: Cabaret (for which he won best director) and the autobiographical, All That Jazz. Then we have two disco classics, Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday. And, as for roller-skating, there’s Roller Boogie and Skatetown U.S.A. Also don’t miss the ballet drama, The Turning Point, featuring star turns from Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good ‘70s dance films put a bounce in your step? Vote up the top ‘70s dance movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

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Adrian Zmed, Maxwell Caulfield, John Travolta

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Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae

Released: 1979

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland

Released: 1979

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair and introducing Jim Bray, a former competitive artistic skater from California. The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and ...more

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Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger

Released: 1978

Directed by: Robert Klane

Thank God It's Friday is a 1978 film directed by Robert Klane and produced by Motown Productions and Casablanca Filmworks for Columbia Pictures. Produced at the height of the disco craze, the ...more

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Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Mary Kay Place

Released: 1977

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1975

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Haley, Jr.

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Rudy Ray Moore, Hawthorne James, Carol Speed

Released: 1980

Directed by: J. Robert Wagoner

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Julius Erving, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters

Released: 1979

Directed by: Gilbert Moses

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Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Scott Baio

Released: 1979

Directed by: William A. Levey

Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. The film features many TV stars from the 1960s and 1970s, among them ...more
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Victor Garber, Lynne Thigpen, John-Michael Tebelak

Released: 1973

Directed by: David Greene

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Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Released: 1971

Directed by: Ken Russell

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Hema Malini, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra

Released: 1971

Directed by: Pramod Chakravorty

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