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Young love and a dance floor are all you need to get swept away in the best teen dance movies. The top teen movies about dancing feature young people using dance to express a variety of emotions, from the passion of young love to the drama of interpersonal strife. This is a list of teen dance films featuring favorites like Saturday Night Fever to Center Stage to Save the Last Dance.

What movies will you find on this list of the best dance movies for teens? You might vote the beloved hit Dirty Dancing to the top. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” and nobody dances better than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in this 1987 classic. Footloose – starring Kevin Bacon as the rebellious new kid Ren McCormack – is another good teen dance movie. Sarah Jessica Parker shines in the 1985 movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Other good films featured on this top teen movies about dancing list include Battle of the Year, First Position, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

Which of these teen dance dramas deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them toward number one, and please add any titles that are missing.

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Step Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Step Up Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged ...more

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Step Up 2: The Streets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Step Up 2: The Streets Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step Up from Touchstone Pictures. The film was directed by Jon M. Chu and choreographed by Jamal Sims, ...more

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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Step Up Revolution is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Step Up Revolution Megan Boone, Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick Step Up Revolution is a 2012 American 3D dance film and the fourth installment in the Step Up film series was released on July 27, 2012. The film was directed by Scott Speer and stars Ryan ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Honey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Honey Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott, Joy Bryant Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney Jerkins, the film stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Joy Bryant, David Moscow and ...more

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Another Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Another Cinderella Story Selena Gomez, Jane Lynch, Jessica Parker Kennedy Another Cinderella Story is a 2008 teen romantic comedy musical dance film directed by Damon Santostefano and starring Selena Gomez, Drew Seeley and Jane Lynch. The film was released directly to ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Footloose Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, and Dennis Quaid. The ...more

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Center Stage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Center Stage Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy Center Stage is a 2000 American teen drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Stomp the Yard Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more

The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked

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Step Up 3D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Step Up 3D Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Step Up 2: The Streets '​s Jon M. Chu. The sequel sees the return of Adam Sevani and Alyson ...more

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Save the Last Dance 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Save the Last Dance 2 Jacqueline Bissett, Shaffer Smith, Ray J Save the Last Dance 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to 2001's theatrical feature Save the Last Dance. It was released to DVD on October 10, 2006 by Paramount Home Entertainment and MTV. While ...more

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Honey 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Honey 2 Audrina Patridge, Mario Lopez, Kat Graham Honey 2 is a comedy, drama and music film written by Blayne Weaver, Alyson Fouse and directed by Bille Woodruff. Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) Rated it PG-13 for some sexual content and language. ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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Fame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Its screenplay is by Christopher Gore, its choreography by Louis Falco and musical ...more

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Battle of the Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Battle of the Year Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights January Jones, Patrick Swayze, Sela Ward Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is a 2004 American musical romance film directed by Guy Ferland. This film is a "re-imagining" of the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing, reusing the same ...more

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Fame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Fame Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Paulina Gretzky Fame is a 2009 American musical drama film and a loose remake of the 1980 film of the same title. It was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Allison Burnett. It was released on September ...more

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Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Keith David, Tika Sumpter, Jasmine Guy Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is a 2010 drama film directed by Rob Hardy. It is the sequel to 2007's Stomp the Yard. The film is produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' ...more

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Center Stage: Turn It Up is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Center Stage: Turn It Up Harry Shum, Jr., Crystal Lowe Center Stage 2: Turn it Up or Center Stage 2 is the official sequel to the 2000 dance drama film Center Stage. The film was directed by Steven Jacobson and written by Karen Bloch Morse, based on ...more

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan Metter and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA ...more

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Make It Happen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Make It Happen Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tessa Thompson, Ashley Roberts Make It Happen is a 2008 dance film directed by Darren Grant and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The screenplay was co-written by Duane Adler, who was a screenwriter for Save the Last Dance ...more

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How She Move is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
How She Move Nina Dobrev, Keyshia Cole, Rutina Wesley How She Move is a 2007 drama film directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid and starring Rutina Wesley, Clé Bennett and Romina D'Ugo. The film showcases the street culture of step dancing. The film is ...more

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Staying Alive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Staying Alive John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones Staying Alive is the 1983 film sequel to Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as dancer Tony Manero, with Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Joyce Hyser, Steve Inwood, Julie Bovasso, and ...more

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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is the sequel to the breakdancing film Breakin', with both films having been released in 1984. Electric Boogaloo was released seven months after its predecessor by ...more

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First Position is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
First Position Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora First Position is a 2011 documentary film directed by Bess Kargman.

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Standing Ovation is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Standing Ovation Al Sapienza, Mario Macaluso, Alexis Biesiada Standing Ovation is a musical film written and directed by Stewart Raffill. Produced by Kenilworth Film Productions, Standing Ovation had a limited theatrical release on July 16, 2010. During ...more

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Breakin' is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Breakin' Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald Breakin', released as Breakdance: The Movie or Break Street '84 in some countries, is a 1984 breakdancing-themed film directed by Joel Silberg. The film setting was inspired by a 1983 German ...more

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Go For It! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Go For It! Aimee Garcia, Gina Rodriguez, Al Bandiero Go For It! is a 2010 drama film written and directed by Carmen Marron.