The Best Ballet Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.6k votes 1.5k voters 217.2k views 21 items

List Rules Movies 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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Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

Released: 2000 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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Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Released: 2010 Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more

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Olivia Peterman added

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bess Kargman

First Position is a 2011 documentary film directed by Bess Kargman.
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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Released: 2000 Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in north-eastern England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike, it stars Jamie Bell as ...more

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Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight

Released: 1948

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Released: 1948 The Red Shoes is a British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known collectively as The Archers. The movie ...more

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Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Released: 2000 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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MarjuorieRomero added Dance Academy
Mao's Last Dancer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ballet Movies
MarkFearnow added Joan Chen, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Greenwood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Mao's Last Dancer is a 2009 Australian film based on professional dancer Li Cunxin's autobiography of the same name. Li Cunxin is portrayed by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Chi Cao, ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Released: 1977 The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne ...more
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Angela Thorne, Joanna David, Barbara Lott

Released: 1975

Directed by: Timothy Combe

Released: 2007 Ballet Shoes is British television adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's novel Ballet Shoes first broadcast on BBC One in 1975. Adapted by John Wiles and directed by Timothy Combe, the series was ...more
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Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

Released: 1985

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Released: 1985 White Nights is a 1985 American drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and choreographed by Twyla Tharp and stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella ...more
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James Franco, Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert Altman

Released: 2003 The Company is a 2003 film about the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. It was released on December 26, 2003 in the United States and around the world in the first half of 2004. The movie was directed ...more
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trustinlove8 added Tutu Much

Released: 2010

Tutu Much, stylised as TuTuMUCH, is a 2010 Canadian documentary film that focuses on the 9-12 year old entering class of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Summer School Program. It is produced by ...more
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Pamela Brown, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann

Released: 1951

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Released: 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann is a 1951 British film adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann, written, produced and directed by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ...more
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Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

Released: 1977 Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

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empice added Walter Slezake

Released: 1966

Directed by: Ted Kneeland

Dr. Coppelius is a 1966 Spanish English-language comedy film based on the ballet Coppelius directed by Ted Kneeland and featuring Walter Slezak and Claudia Corday.
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Trine Dyrholm, Birthe Neumann, Micki Chow

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pernille Fischer Christensen

Released: 1987 Dancers is a 2008 film written by Pernille Fischer Christensen, Kim Fupz Aakeson and directed by Pernille Fischer Chistensen.
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Trevor Peters

Released: 2007 Dancing with Time is a film by Trevor Peters about the autobiography Dance Theater Zeit – tanzen seit 1927 by Heike Hennig.
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Lee Joon-gi, Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Min-jung

Released: 2004

Directed by: Byun Young-joo

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Released: 2001

Directed by: John Singleton

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Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byul, Jo An

Released: 2003

Directed by: Yun Jae-yeon

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