Ballet in Motion Pictures

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movies who cast real professional ballet dancers .... (courtesy to Adam Cooper from the Royal Ballet in Billy Eliot's encredits)

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1. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.3
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Jean Short

Votes: 22,206 | Gross: $10.90M

Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Leonide Masine, Ludmilla Tcherina

2. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 105,395 | Gross: $22.00M

Adam Cooper Royal Ballet

3. Center Stage (2000)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
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52 Metascore

A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Christine Dunham

Votes: 16,671 | Gross: $17.17M

Julie Kent, Ethan Stifel, Sascha Radetzky ABT Amanda Schull SFB

4. One Last Dance (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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Three dancers are forced to reconcile their differences.

Director: Lisa Niemi | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, George De La Pena, Matthew Walker

Votes: 1,224

Lisa Niemi

5. The Company (2003)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.4
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73 Metascore

Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell, Barbara E. Robertson

Votes: 5,791 | Gross: $2.28M

The Joffrey Ballet Neve Campbell National Ballet School of Canada

6. Dancers (1987)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

4.4
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A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall

Votes: 220 | Gross: $1.19M

Mikhail Barynshnikov, Julie Kent, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall, Lynn Seymour, Victor Barbee ABT

7. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.6
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58 Metascore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 17,562 | Gross: $0.00M

Antonia Francheschi, New York City Ballet

8. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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55 Metascore

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 6,566 | Gross: $4.81M

Li Cunxin, Chengwu Guo, Huang Wen Bin, dancers of the Austrlaian Ballet,

9. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 3,528 | Gross: $33.60M

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne ABT

10. White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

6.6
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46 Metascore

An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren

Votes: 5,698 | Gross: $42.16M

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines

11. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

7.4
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,200 | Gross: $0.09M

The opera film stars Robert Rounseville, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann and Léonide Massine, and features Pamela Brown, Ludmilla Tchérina and Ann Ayars. Only Rounseville and Ayars sang their own roles.

12. The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.0
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An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Leslie Caron, Farley Granger

Votes: 870

Moira Shearer, Leslie Caron

13. La mort du cygne (1937)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.6
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As the title would suggest, La Mort du Cygne (The Death of the Swan) is set in the high art world of ballet. In fact, it is the first full length motion picture set in this world. It is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Benoît-Lévy | Stars: Yvette Chauviré, Mia Slavenska, Janine Charrat, France Ellys

Votes: 69

starring Yvette Chauviré, Mia Slavenska and Jeanine Charrat, Serge Lifar

14. Nijinsky (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel

Votes: 557

Leslie Browne, Carla Fracci, George de la Pena, Sir Anton Dolin

15. Dying to Dance (2001 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

6.3
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A young man must teach a woman to dance - at any cost.

Director: Mark Haber | Stars: Mary-Margaret Humes, Kimberly McCullough, Natalija Nogulich, Mimi Kuzyk

Votes: 293

16. Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

5.4
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An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anne Ditchburn, Nicolas Coster, Anita Dangler

Votes: 156 | Gross: $1.58M

Anne Ditchburn NAtional Ballet of Canada

17. Specter of the Rose (1946)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

6.0
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Ballet dancer Sanine may have murdered his first wife. A detective thinks so, and he's not the only one. Sanine is charming, if a little peculiar. Haidi, a ballerina, marries him. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Hecht | Stars: Judith Anderson, Michael Chekhov, Ivan Kirov, Viola Essen

Votes: 156

Excerpts from the ballet Le Spectre de la Rose, which uses Carl Maria von Weber's piano piece Invitation to the Dance as orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, are featured in the film.

18. The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Cyd Charisse, Karin Booth, Danny Thomas

Votes: 335

The Unfinished Dance is a 1947 drama film directed by Henry Koster. It is set in a ballet company, and is a remake of the 1937 French film Ballerina, based on a short story by Paul Morand. It won two awards at the 1948 Locarno International Film Festival.

Margaret O'Brien and Cyd Charisse star.

19. Test (I) (2013)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

6.2
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70 Metascore

In 1985, a gay dance understudy hopes for his on-stage chance while fearing the growing AIDS epidemic.

Director: Chris Mason Johnson | Stars: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Evan Boomer, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 1,294 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 600,341 | Gross: $106.95M

ABT soloists Sarah Lane and Maria Riccetto served as "dance doubles" for Portman and Kunis respectively. Dancer Kimberly Prosa also served as a double for Portman. She stated: "Natalie took class, she studied for several months, from the waist up is her. Sarah Lane a soloist at ABT, did the heavy tricks, she did the fouettés, but they only had her for a limited time, a couple of weeks, so I did the rest of whatever dance shots they needed."

In addition to the soloist performances, members of the Pennsylvania Ballet were cast as the corps de ballet, backdrop for the main actors' performances. Also appearing in the film are Kristina Anapau, Toby Hemingway,Sebastian Stan, and Janet Montgomery.

21. Flesh and Bone (2015– )

60 min | Drama

8.0
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A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.

Stars: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko

Votes: 8,151

Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a ballet dancer with a troubled past. Ben Daniels as Paul Grayson, an Artistic Director of the American Ballet Company. Emily Tyra as Mia Bialy, Claire's reluctant roommate who has an eating disorder. Irina Dvorovenko as Kiira, an aging prima ballerina struggling with an injury. Damon Herriman as Romeo, a homeless man who lives under Claire's building. Josh Helman as Bryan Robbins, Claire's brother and a former Marine. Raychel Diane Weiner as Daphne Kensington, an ambitious New Yorker from a privileged background. Marina Benedict as Toni Cannava, The American Ballet Company's transcendent new choreographer. Tina Benko as Jessica, the manager of the American Ballet Company. Sascha Radetsky as Ross, a womanizing principal dancer. Karell Williams as Trey, a struggling ballet dancer.

22. Polina, danser sa vie (2016)

108 min | Drama

6.9
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69 Metascore

A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.

Directors: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj | Stars: Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Juliette Binoche, Aleksey Guskov

Votes: 462 | Gross: $0.17M

Angelin Preljocaj, Jeremie Belingard

23. High Strung (2016)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.4
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48 Metascore

When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Jane Seymour

Votes: 6,250 | Gross: $0.05M

Keenan Kampa, Boston Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre

24. Darling (I) (2017)

103 min | Drama

6.2
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DARLING is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a modern woman as she summons the courage to face her greatest trial.

Director: Birgitte Stærmose | Stars: Danica Curcic, Astrid Grarup Elbo, Gustaf Skarsgård, Ulrich Thomsen

Votes: 39

Astrid Grarup Elbo, Royal Danish Ballet

25. La danseuse (2016)

108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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44 Metascore

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto | Stars: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp

Votes: 1,277

if real professional dancers are going to bu cast i still uncertain ....

26. The White Crow (2018)

Biography, Drama | Filming

The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Sergei Polunin, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Louis Hofmann

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko will play Nureyev and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) plays Clara Saint, who opened Nureyev’s eyes to the Nouvelle Vague in Paris and helped choreograph his defection. The cast also includes Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova.