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The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s 

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Updated July 8, 2019 425 votes 150 voters 14.7k views 17 items

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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Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides, Bill Hunter

Released: 1992

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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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Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

Released: 1997

Directed by: Peter Cattaneo

The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy 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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Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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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Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa L. Williams

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randa Haines

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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Macaulay Culkin, Kevin Kline, Darci Kistler

Released: 1993

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a 1993 film directed by Emile Ardolino.
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Laura Harring, Sid Haig, Richard Lynch

Released: 1990

Directed by: Greydon Clark

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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Naoto Takenaka, Kōji Yakusho, Akira Emoto

Released: 1996

Directed by: Masayuki Suo

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Thomas Carter

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

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Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

Released: 1990

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

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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Lambada is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s
Melora Hardin, Dennis Burkley, Keene Curtis

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Silberg

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

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Carlos Saura

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
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Dancemaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dance Movies of the 1990s
Andrew Asnes, Rachel Berman Benz, Ross

Released: 1998

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Carlos Saura

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

Released: 1990

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María Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Carmen Salinas

Released: 1991

Directed by: Maria Novaro

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Yash Chopra

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

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