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The All-Time Best Ballets

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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  • 1

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,813
    282

    #1 of 29 The Greatest Russian Ballets#16 of 53 The Best Songs About Birds

  • 2

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,513
    327
  • 3

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,178
    243
  • 4

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
    1,145
    241
  • 5

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
    1,028
    214
  • 6

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
    754
    164
  • 7

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
    719
    159
  • 8

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
    636
    146
  • 9

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
    614
    165
  • 10
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    Spartacus

    819
    246
  • 11

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
    520
    171
  • 12

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
    363
    101
  • 13

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
    409
    123
  • 14
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

    538
    180
  • 15

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
    357
    100
  • 16

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
    353
    104
  • 17

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
    309
    85
  • 18

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
    353
    107
  • 19

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
    287
    84
  • 20

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
    271
    85
  • 21
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    Jewels

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky
    252
    79
    Jewels is a three-act ballet created for the New York City Ballet by co-founder and founding choreographer George Balanchine. It premièred on Thursday, 13 April 1967 at the New York State Theater,  ...more
  • 22

    A Midsummer Nights Dream

    Felix Mendelssohn
    315
    119
  • 23

    The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
    230
    73
  • 24
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    The Flames of Paris

    180
    49
  • 25

    Mayerling

    Kenneth MacMillan
    226
    78
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List Rules: Best ballets of all time. Vote up the best, most beautiful ballets.