The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s  

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The best '90s dance movies came to us in quite a variety of dance styles. From ballroom dancing in Strictly Ballroom, to ballet in The Nutcracker, to erotic dancing in Showgirls, we've got a ton of great dance movies from the 1990s for you to check out. 

What's the most popular dance film from the 1990s? The cult classic Showgirls may have bombed in box offices, but the home video rental and purchase were totally off the charts. Showgirls is one of those movies that's so bad it's good, and it's still MGM's best-selling film to date. The Full Monty was basically the original Magic Mike - it featured a group of blue-collar male strippers, just trying to make their way in the world. 

Vote up the best '90s dance movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy
The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy-drama film directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer. The ...more
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Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter
Strictly Ballroom is a 1992 Australian romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. The film, which was Luhrmann's first, is the first in his The Red Curtain Trilogy of ...more
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Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa L. Williams
Dance with Me is a 1998 drama film on love and dance directed by Randa Haines and starring Vanessa L. Williams and Puerto Rican singer Chayanne.
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Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan
Showgirls is a 1995 American drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film ...more
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Laura Harring, Sid Haig, Richard Lynch
The Forbidden Dance is a 1990 drama film starring former Miss USA Laura Harring. Made to cash in on the Lambada dance craze, it opened on the same day as its competitor, Lambada.
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Macaulay Culkin, Kevin Kline, Darci Kistler
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a 1993 film directed by Emile Ardolino.
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Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady
House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from ...more
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Naoto Takenaka, Kōji Yakusho, Akira Emoto
Shall We Dance? is a 1996 Japanese film. Its title refers to the song, "Shall We Dance?" which comes from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. It was directed by Masayuki Suo.
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Swing Kids Jessica Hynes, Noah Wyle, Martin Clunes
Swing Kids is a 1993 American musical comedy film directed by Thomas Carter and starring Christian Bale, Robert Sean Leonard and Frank Whaley. In pre-WWII Germany, two high school students, ...more
Lambada is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s
Melora Hardin, Dennis Burkley, Keene Curtis
Lambada is a 1990 dramatic movie starring J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, Adolfo "Shabba-doo" Quinones, Ricky Paull Goldin, Dennis Burkley, and Keene Curtis. Lambada was written and ...more
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Liza Minnelli, Jane Krakowski, Julie Walters
Stepping Out is a 1991 American musical comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert, written by Richard Harris, based on a play also written by Harris, and starring Liza Minnelli. Most of the actors ...more
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Joaquín Cortés, Enrique Morente, Manuel Agujetas
Flamenco is a 1995 Spanish documentary film directed by Carlos Saura with camerawork by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The film is entirely musical and dancing vignettes, composed and ...more
Dancemaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s
Andrew Asnes, Rachel Berman Benz, Ross
Dancemaker is a 1998 American documentary film directed by Matthew Diamond about the career of choreographer Paul Taylor. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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Mía Maestro, Juan Luis Galiardo, Óscar Cardozo Ocampo
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tango is a 1998 Argentine tango film written and directed by Carlos Saura and photographed by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The film is an Argentine and Spanish production.
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Antigone: Rites of Passion Janet Eilber, Bertram Ross, Amy Greenfield
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María Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Carmen Salinas
Danzón is a 1991 drama and romance film written by Beatriz Novaro and María Novaro and directed by María Novaro.
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Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit
Dil To Pagal Hai, also known as DTPH, is a 1997 Indian musical romance film directed by Yash Chopra. The film depicts the love lives of the dancers in a musical dance troupe. It stars Shahrukh ...more