musicals / plays The All-Time Best Ballets  

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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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597 65
Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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2
499 94
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3
337 51
Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev

4
380 63
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5
400 69
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier

6
250 60
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev

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235 56
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus

8
225 53
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter

9
237 59
Firebird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky

10
223 56
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus

11
165 44
A Midsummer Nights Dream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
A Midsummer Nights Dream Felix Mendelssohn

12
138 38
La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville

13
123 33
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni

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127 41
Carmen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Carmen Roland Petit, Georges Bizet

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122 39
La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval

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103 34
Paquita is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez

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106 38
Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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86 25
Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

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88 28
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux Ludwig Minkus

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91 31
Sheherazade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sheherazade Michel Fokine

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80 24
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes

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100 38
Le Sacre Du Printemps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Sacre Du Printemps Igor Stravinsky

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96 36
Manon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates

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79 25
The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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88 34
Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov

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46 7
Jewels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
samarakoseff added Jewels Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky , Gabriel Fauré

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54 14
Symphony in C is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Symphony in C George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky

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76 32
Apollo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Apollo Igor Stravinsky

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60 21
Petrouchka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky

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51 18
Bolero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Bolero Maurice Béjart

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58 24
Afternoon of a Faun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy, Vaslav Nijinsky

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57 24
Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Anastasia Ivan Barbotin, Bengt Jorgen

33
52 20
Grand Pas Classique is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Grand Pas Classique Victor Gsovsky, Daniel Auber

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20 2
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Spartacus

35
53 27
Onegin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Onegin Kurt-Heinz Stolze

36
40 18
Diana & Actaeon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Diana & Actaeon Agrippina Vaganova, Cesare Pugni

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43 23
Chopiniana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Chopiniana Michel Fokine, Frédéric Chopin

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43 24
Spectre De La Rose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Spectre De La Rose Michel Fokine

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30 15
Dances at a Gathering is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Dances at a Gathering Jerome Robbins, Frederic Chopin

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34 19
Winter Dreams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Winter Dreams Kenneth MacMillan

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32 18
Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan

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36 22
The Serenade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Serenade Victor Herbert

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38 24
Ondine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Ondine Hans Werner Henze

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15 3
The Flames of Paris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Flames of Paris

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13 2
The Lady of the Camellias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Lady of the Camellias Harris Masterson ^! Norman Twain ^! Carroll Masterson

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14 3
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Anna Karenina

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29 18
The Prince of the Pagodas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Prince of the Pagodas John Cranko

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11 2
The Bright Stream is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Bright Stream

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12 3
Notre-Dame de Paris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Notre-dame De Paris Riccardo Cocciante ^! Luc Plamondon

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11 3
Napoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Napoli