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The Best Ballet Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 3.2k votes 1.5k voters 217.7k views21 items

List RulesMovies must have ballet in them.

Ballet movies, with videos, ranked from best to worst by fans of movies about ballet. The best ballet movies show off lovely ballet dancing and portray the inner lives of ballerinas. These are the top ballet films, but if you believe we missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. While ballet might not be for everyone, it certainly has a way of giving us some of the best movies available anywhere. This list includes such great movies about ballet as Black Swan and Billy Elliot. While most of the films are dramas, there is also some comedy, and even a thriller or two.

What are the best ballet films? What movies have ballet in them? Ballet originated during the Italian Renaissance. Since then, it has been refined and is today considered one of the most difficult forms of dance to master. Many of the films on this list show ballet dancing at its best.
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    Center Stage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Center Stage

    Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull

    Released2000

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    Released: 2000
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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Released: 2010
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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Billy Elliot

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Released: 2000
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    First Position is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    The Red Shoes

    Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann

    Released1948

    Directed byEmeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

    Released: 1948
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    Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Dance Academy

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    Mao's Last Dancer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Mao's Last Dancer

    Joan Chen, Kyle MacLachlan

    Released2009

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    The Turning Point is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    The Turning Point

    Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft

    Released1977

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Released: 1977
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    Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Save the Last Dance

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles

    Released2001

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Released: 2000
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    Ballet Shoes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Ballet Shoes

    Angela Thorne, Joanna David

    Released1975

    Directed byTimothy Combe

    Released: 2007
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    White Nights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    White Nights

    Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini

    Released1985

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Released: 1985
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    The Tales of Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    The Tales of Hoffmann

    Pamela Brown, Frederick Ashton

    Released1951

    Directed byEmeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

    Released: 1951
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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

    Released: 1977
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    The Company is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    The Company

    James Franco, Neve Campbell

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Released: 2003
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    Tutu Much is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Tutu Much

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    Dancing with Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
    Released: 2007
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    Flying Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Flying Boys

    Lee Joon-gi, Yoon Kye-sang

    Released2004

    Directed byByun Young-joo

    Released: 2004
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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Dr. Coppelius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Dr. Coppelius

    Walter Slezake

    Released1966

    Directed byTed Kneeland

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    Dancers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Dancers

    Trine Dyrholm, Birthe Neumann

    Released2008

    Directed byPernille Fischer Christensen

    Released: 1987
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    Wishing Stairs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
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    Wishing Stairs

    Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byul

    Released2003

    Directed byYun Jae-yeon

    Released: 2003
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