80s The Best '80s Dance Movies  

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The best dance movies of the 1980s have some of the best soundtracks of all time. The '80s were a time when dressing in spandex and jamming out to Oingo Boingo was the recipe for a great weekend, and these dance movies prove it. The genre of dance movies truly peaked in the '80s with films like Flashdance, Footloose, and Hairspray. 

Dirty Dancing brought couples together on the dance floor almost as soon as it came out. Who could forget the iconic moment when Patrick Swayze hoisted Jennifer Grey out of the water in a graceful, sexy lift? While Dirty Dancing encapsulated themes of forbidden love and modern dancing, Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo attempted to portray what was happening on the streets. Also on this list of the best '80s dance movies are Staying Alive (sequel to Saturday Night Fever), White Nights (featuring the great ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov), and the original Hairspray (starring none other than Divine.)

Vote up the best '80s dance movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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Staying Alive John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones

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Urban Cowboy John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger

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White Nights Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

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Breakin' Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald

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Hairspray Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters

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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo

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Beat Street Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

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Fast Forward Michael DeLorenzo, Don Franklin, Tamara Mark

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Tap Etta James, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Can't Stop the Music Bruce Jenner, Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine

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Body Rock Lorenzo Lamas, Ray Sharkey, Grace Zabriskie

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Dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mariangela Melato, Tommy Rall

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Carmen Paco de Lucía, Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol

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The In Crowd Joe Pantoliano, Peter Boyle, Bruce Kirby

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Le Bal Francesco De Rosa, Marc Berman, Étienne Guichard

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Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy, Part 3: El Amor Brujo Antonio Gades, Emma Penella, Laura del Sol

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Blood Wedding Antonio Gades, Marisol, José Mercé

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Disco Dancer Rajesh Khanna, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Puri