Culture The All-Time Best Ballets  

Buster McDermott
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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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Swan Lake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2
638 98
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Spartacus
3
884 169
The Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
4
856 166
Giselle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Giselle Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
5
1,119 248
The Nutcracker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
6
794 156
Romeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Romeo & Juliet Sergei Prokofiev
7
531 130
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus
8
522 131
Coppelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Coppelia Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
9
458 120
La Bayadere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Bayadere Ludwig Minkus
10
410 111
Alice's Adventures in Wonder L... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
piepuppy added Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land
11
457 145
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev
12
298 81
Manon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Manon Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates
13
280 85
Le Corsaire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Le Corsaire Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
14
272 83
La Fille Mal Gardee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Fille Mal Gardee Jean Dauberval
15
278 88
Esmerelda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Esmerelda Cesare Pugni
16
425 174
Firebird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Firebird Igor Stravinsky
17
198 48
Mayerling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Mayerling Kenneth MacMillan
18
216 60
Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Sylvia Léo Delibes
19
230 70
Raymonda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Raymonda Alexander Glazunov
20
206 57
The Pharaoh's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
The Pharaoh's Daughter Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
21
174 40
The Winter's Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
alexandercuje added The Winter's Tale Christopher Wheeldon
22
271 99
La Sylphide is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
La Sylphide August Bournonville
23
226 74
Paquita is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
Paquita Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
24
138 25
Gayanee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added Gayanee
25
146 29
The Lady of the Camellias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Ballets
qinfanrui added The Lady of the Camellias Harris Masterson , Norman Twain , Carroll Masterson