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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 25.1k votes 5.1k voters 133.4k 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
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    281

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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  • The Nutcracker2
    1,522
    335

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • The Sleeping Beauty3
    1,192
    247

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Giselle4
    1,144
    241

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
  • Romeo & Juliet5
    1,034
    216

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Don Quixote6
    725
    156

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Coppelia7
    713
    163

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
  • La Bayadere8
    621
    143

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Spartacus9
    928
    261

    Spartacus

  • Cinderella10
    594
    172

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Manon11
    404
    119

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land12
    545
    184

    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

  • Firebird13
    512
    180

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
  • Le Corsaire14
    357
    108

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • La Fille Mal Gardee15
    331
    98

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
  • Raymonda16
    296
    86

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
  • La Sylphide17
    341
    110

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
  • Esmerelda18
    329
    110

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
  • Paquita19
    279
    85

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
  • Sylvia20
    274
    83

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
  • Gayanee21
    210
    51

    Gayanee

  • The Flames of Paris22
    185
    41

    The Flames of Paris

  • Jewels23
    249
    76

    Jewels

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky
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  • The Pharaoh's Daughter24
    234
    74

    The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • The Winter's Tale25
    229
    75

    The Winter's Tale

    Christopher Wheeldon

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