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The All-Time Best Ballets 

Buster McDermott
Updated April 3, 2020 23.6k votes 4.7k voters 124.1k views 78 items

List Rules Best ballets of all time. Vote up the best, most beautiful ballets.

Back before movies and television, some of the most popular forms of entertainment were live plays at the theatre, operas, symphony concerts, and ballet. While most of these forms of entertainment have faded away to a degree, ballet is still a very popular art form that is extremely powerful and inspirational. What are the best ballets of all time? There's more to this art form than just The Nutcracker.

Some of the most famous ballets of all time have remained classic greats for decades, and are still widely celebrated today. However, some modern ballets appear on this list as well.

This list features the best ballets in history, ranked as the best by the community and including, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Vote up the best ballet below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Giselle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
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The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev
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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Spartacus
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus
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Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
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La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev
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Alice's Adventures in Wo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land
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Firebird is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky
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Manon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates
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Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
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Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni
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La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval
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La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville
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Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov
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Carmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet
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A Midsummer Nights Dream... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn
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Paquita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
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Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes
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The Pharaoh's Daughter ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
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Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan
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The Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Winter's Tale Christopher Wheeldon