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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 25.1k votes 5.1k voters 133.6k 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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  • Swan Lake1
    1,776
    277

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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  • The Sleeping Beauty2
    1,183
    241

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • The Nutcracker3
    1,527
    336

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Giselle4
    1,135
    237

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
  • Romeo & Juliet5
    1,038
    217

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Don Quixote6
    723
    155

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Coppelia7
    709
    161

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
  • La Bayadere8
    625
    144

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
  • Spartacus9
    869
    259

    Spartacus

  • Cinderella10
    597
    172

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land11
    546
    184

    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

  • Manon12
    401
    119

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
  • Firebird13
    516
    180

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
  • Le Corsaire14
    360
    108

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • La Fille Mal Gardee15
    330
    96

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
  • Raymonda16
    297
    86

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
  • La Sylphide17
    340
    109

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
  • Esmerelda18
    330
    108

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
  • Paquita19
    280
    83

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
  • Sylvia20
    276
    81

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
  • The Flames of Paris21
    186
    40

    The Flames of Paris

  • Jewels22
    250
    77

    Jewels

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Igor Stravinsky
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  • Gayanee23
    200
    53

    Gayanee

  • The Pharaoh's Daughter24
    234
    73

    The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • The Winter's Tale25
    232
    75

    The Winter's Tale

    Christopher Wheeldon

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