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
    1

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • The Nutcracker
      2

      The Nutcracker

      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      • Giselle
        3

        Giselle

        Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
        • The Sleeping Beauty
          4

          The Sleeping Beauty

          Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
          • Romeo & Juliet
            5

            Romeo & Juliet

            Sergei Prokofiev
            • Don Quixote
              6

              Don Quixote

              Ludwig Minkus
              • Coppelia
                7

                Coppelia

                Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
                • Firebird
                  8

                  Firebird

                  Igor Stravinsky
                  • Cinderella
                    9

                    Cinderella

                    Sergei Prokofiev
                    • La Bayadere
                      10

                      La Bayadere

                      Ludwig Minkus
                      • La Sylphide
                        11

                        La Sylphide

                        August Bournonville
                        • Esmerelda
                          12

                          Esmerelda

                          Cesare Pugni
                          • A Midsummer Nights Dream
                            13

                            A Midsummer Nights Dream

                            Felix Mendelssohn
                            • Le Corsaire
                              14

                              Le Corsaire

                              Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
                              • Jewels
                                15
                                Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky, Gabriel Fauré
                                • La Fille Mal Gardee
                                  16

                                  La Fille Mal Gardee

                                  Jean Dauberval
                                  • Raymonda
                                    17

                                    Raymonda

                                    Alexander Glazunov,
                                    • 18

                                      Carmen

                                      Roland Petit, Georges Bizet
                                      • Paquita
                                        19

                                        Paquita

                                        Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher, Edouard Deldevez
                                        • The Dying Swan
                                          20

                                          The Dying Swan

                                        • Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux
                                          21

                                          Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux

                                          Ludwig Minkus
                                          • Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land
                                            22

                                            Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

                                          • Sylvia
                                            23

                                            Sylvia

                                            Léo Delibes
                                            • Manon
                                              24

                                              Manon

                                              Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas, Martin Yates
                                              • Le Sacre Du Printemps
                                                25

                                                Le Sacre Du Printemps

                                                Igor Stravinsky