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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 25.2k votes 5.3k voters 137.6k 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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  • 1
    1,821
    280

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • 2
    1,525
    328

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • 3
    1,190
    242

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • 4
    1,145
    242

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
  • 5
    1,036
    212

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • 6
    737
    162

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
  • 7
    716
    164

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
  • 8
    632
    145

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
  • 9
    616
    163

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • 10
    811
    251

    Spartacus

  • 11
    552
    178

    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

  • 12
    411
    119

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
  • 13
    350
    94

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
  • 14
    360
    103

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • 15
    311
    81

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
  • 16
    513
    180

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
  • 17
    344
    106

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
  • 18
    348
    112

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
  • 19
    289
    84

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
  • 20
    277
    85

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
  • 21
    251
    77

    Jewels

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky
    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
    187
    43

    The Flames of Paris

  • 23
    239
    74

    The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • 24
    235
    75

    Mayerling

    Kenneth MacMillan
  • 25
    316
    121

    A Midsummer Nights Dream

    Felix Mendelssohn