The All-Time Best Ballets

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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

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,977 votes
  • The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,724 votes
  • Giselle


    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
    1,291 votes
  • The Sleeping Beauty

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    1,277 votes
  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
    1,126 votes
  • Coppelia


    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
    815 votes