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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 26.5k votes 5.0k voters 132.0k views71 items

List RulesBest 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 Lake1
    1,860
    285

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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  • The Nutcracker2
    1,592
    349

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Giselle3
    1,182
    247

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
  • The Sleeping Beauty4
    1,227
    260

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Romeo & Juliet5
    1,077
    225

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Don Quixote6
    747
    163

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Coppelia7
    740
    172

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
  • La Bayadere8
    634
    152

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Spartacus9
    933
    260

    Spartacus

  • Cinderella10
    609
    178

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land11
    569
    190

    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

  • Manon12
    414
    124

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
  • Firebird13
    530
    185

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
  • Le Corsaire14
    366
    114

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • La Fille Mal Gardee15
    338
    103

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
  • Raymonda16
    305
    90

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
  • La Sylphide17
    349
    115

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
  • Sylvia18
    280
    83

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
  • Gayanee19
    211
    50

    Gayanee

  • Esmerelda20
    341
    116

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
  • Paquita21
    284
    89

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
  • The Flames of Paris22
    193
    42

    The Flames of Paris

  • Jewels23
    255
    76

    Jewels

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky
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  • The Winter's Tale24
    247
    76

    The Winter's Tale

    Christopher Wheeldon

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  • The Bolt25
    149
    25

    The Bolt

    Ratmansky & Shostakovich