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The All-Time Best Ballets

Updated January 4, 2021 25.1k votes 5.2k voters 135.9k 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
    1,798
    280

    Swan Lake

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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  • 2
    1,193
    243

    The Sleeping Beauty

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • 3
    1,518
    330

    The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • 4
    1,146
    236

    Giselle

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Théophile Gautier
  • 5
    1,028
    213

    Romeo & Juliet

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • 6
    733
    159

    Don Quixote

    Ludwig Minkus
  • 7
    711
    163

    Coppelia

    Léo Delibes, Charles Nuitter
  • 8
    629
    143

    La Bayadere

    Ludwig Minkus
  • 9
    614
    166

    Cinderella

    Sergei Prokofiev
  • 10
    805
    256

    Spartacus

  • 11
    549
    179

    Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land

  • 12
    409
    118

    Manon

    Jules Massenet, Leighton Lucas
  • 13
    340
    93

    La Fille Mal Gardee

    Jean Dauberval
  • 14
    360
    105

    Le Corsaire

    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • 15
    514
    179

    Firebird

    Igor Stravinsky
  • 16
    309
    85

    Raymonda

    Alexander Glazunov,
  • 17
    346
    107

    Esmerelda

    Cesare Pugni
  • 18
    347
    109

    La Sylphide

    August Bournonville
  • 19
    289
    81

    Paquita

    Joseph Mazilier, Paul Foucher
  • 20
    279
    84

    Sylvia

    Léo Delibes
  • 21
    192
    41

    The Flames of Paris

  • 22
    250
    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...  more
  • 23
    238
    72

    The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Cesare Pugni, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
  • 24
    188
    49

    The Lady of the Camellias

    Harris Masterson , Norman Twain
    The Lady of the Camellias is a 1963 theater production of a play....
  • 25
    311
    119

    A Midsummer Nights Dream

    Felix Mendelssohn