The Best Burlesque Movies

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Here is a list of the best burlesque movies ever made, ranked by movie fans just like you. This burlesque movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about burlesque are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about burlesque you believe should be higher on the list, be sure to vote them up. The films on this list are the most famous burlesque movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these burlesque movie titles for more information about the films.

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This list answers the questions, "What are the best burlesque movies?" and "What is the greatest burlesque movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular burlesque movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these burlesque movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming service like Netlfix, these good burlesque movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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  • Burlesque
    Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane
    197 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Steve Antin

    A provocative display of glamour and glitz, Burlesque showcases the perfect blend of acting prowess and vocal talent through an enchanting storyline. The film features Christina Aguilera as Ali Rose, a small-town girl with big-city dreams, who climbs her way up the ladder in an iconic Los Angeles burlesque club. Alongside the legendary Cher as club owner Tess, viewers are treated to a plethora of seductive song and dance numbers that celebrate the unique world of burlesque.

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  • Chicago
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere
    94 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Rob Marshall

    Spellbinding and full of razzle-dazzle, Chicago highlights the sensational era of jazz and burlesque through its bold story of two murderesses, Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). As they rise to fame through scandal and trial, the film captivates viewers with its relentless energy and memorable performances from the star-studded cast that also includes Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. This is a must-watch film for anyone looking to experience the true essence of classic burlesque.

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  • Moulin Rouge!
    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue
    118 votes
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

    Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! takes you on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of passion, romance, and tragedy against the backdrop of Paris's legendary 19th-century cabaret scene. Starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, this whimsical musical exudes wit, emotion, and spectacular visuals that transport audiences into the memorable realm of French burlesque. With its stunning costume design and iconic soundtrack, the film solidifies its place among the best burlesque movies.

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  • Cabaret
    Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York
    62 votes
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Bob Fosse

    Cabaret explores the dark side of pre-World War II Berlin while captivating its audience with enticing song and dance numbers performed by Liza Minnelli's iconic character, Sally Bowles. Transforming traditional burlesque into a poignant social commentary, the film artfully portrays the rise of the Nazi regime against the backdrop of the notorious Kit Kat Club. The intoxicating blend of raw sensuality and historical context makes Cabaret an unforgettable viewing experience.

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  • Victor Victoria
    Julie Andrews, James Garner, Alex Karras
    28 votes
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Blake Edwards

    In this delightful gender-bending comedy, Julie Andrews plays Victoria Grant, a down-on-her-luck performer who assumes the persona of a male drag queen to make ends meet. Victor Victoria delves into the intricate dynamics of love and desire with flamboyant musical numbers that bring burlesque to life, showcasing the inimitable talent of its lead actress. This charming film transcends expectations, delivering wit and heart with every perfectly choreographed performance.

  • Lady of Burlesque
    Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg
    30 votes
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: William A. Wellman

    A thrilling murder mystery combined with the glamorous world of burlesque, Lady of Burlesque centers around Dixie Daisy (Barbara Stanwyck), an ambitious dancer working in a New York City theater. As her fellow performers are killed one by one, the plot takes on an enigmatic tone that keeps audiences guessing until the last frame. Bursting with clever dialogue, beautiful costumes, and spectacular dance numbers, this film is a masterful homage to burlesque.

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