swing dancing in movies

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1. Springtime in the Rockies (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Musical

Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, John Payne, Cesar Romero

Votes: 495

2. Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)

TV-G | 82 min | Comedy, Western, Musical

Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,231

3. Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Two sidewalk salesman enlist in the army in order to avoid jail, only to find that their drill instructor is the police officer who tried having them imprisoned.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Jane Frazee

Votes: 3,548 | Gross: $4.00M

4. Hellzapoppin' (1941)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Musical

Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 2,239

5. Swing! (1938)

69 min | Musical, Drama

Ted Gregory is trying to be the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway, but he has trouble with his star singer.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Cora Green, Larry Seymour, Hazel Diaz, Alec Lovejoy

Votes: 109

6. Swing (1999)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

An optimistic guy is arrested and thrown in jail, while there he learns the saxophone from a fellow inmate. Once he's released from jail, he and a few friends form a swing band while he ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Mead | Stars: Hugo Speer, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Usher, Tom Bell

Votes: 295

7. Broadway Rhythm (1944)

115 min | Family, Music

A reluctantly retired vaudevillian clashes with his producer son who thinks his father's entertainment is passe and audiences need something more sophisticated. Meanwhile the producer's father and sister secretly produce their own show.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 172

8. Stormy Weather (1943)

Approved | 78 min | Musical

The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Katherine Dunham and Her Troupe

Votes: 1,576

9. Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Music

Gangsters take control of a record company and use toughguy tactics on unwilling performers.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak, Tamara Geva

Votes: 79

10. Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A singer stranded in Panama moves in with an ex-soldier and his hypochondriac roommate; she and the former fall in love, but their romance is threatened by work and the arrival of an old flame.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth, Jean Dixon

Votes: 514

11. A Song Is Born (1948)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

With her gangster boyfriend under investigation by the police, a nightclub singer hides out in a musical research institution staffed by bachelor professors - one of whom begins to fall for her.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey

Votes: 1,783

12. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 10,201

13. Second Chorus (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Romance, Musical

When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 1,113

14. Higher and Higher (1943)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

With their employer bankrupt, servants scheme to marry maid Millie to a rich husband. But Frank Sinatra lives across the street...

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, Frank Sinatra, Leon Errol

Votes: 487

15. I Dood It (1943)

Approved | 102 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical

A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley, Patricia Dane

Votes: 453

16. Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Small-town Indiana girl Lily Mars dreams to be a stage actress. She begs visiting Broadway producer John Thornway for a role but he dismisses her as an amateur. She follows him to New York and worms her way into his show, and his heart.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson

Votes: 788

17. Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 369

20. First Aid (1943)

Approved | 11 min | Short

This Pete Smith Specialty is a semihumorous look at basic first aid techniques for mishaps that often occur around the house. It was produced in cooperation with the Beverly Hills First Aid... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Eileen Percy, Kenneth Brown, Sally Eilers, Leila Hyams

Votes: 31

21. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 71,483 | Gross: $48.17M

22. This Joint Is Jumpin' (2000 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary

This two-hour documentary traces the history of swing, from its first emergence in the 1920s to its current revival across the United States, Canada and Europe. "This Joint Is Jumpin'" ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hall | Stars: Jon Favreau, Rusty Frank, Ian Maclean, Frankie Manning

Votes: 5

23. Dancing the Big Apple 1937: African Americans Inspire a National Craze (2009 Video)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short

This documentary explores the Big Apple dance in the context of American history.

Director: Judy Pritchett | Stars: Daniel Hermann, Frankie Manning, Judy Pritchett

24. Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music

39 Metascore

A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening the grip on ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 14,199 | Gross: $5.63M

25. Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore

Votes: 5,638

26. Follow the Fleet (1936)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 3,415

27. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 27,360

28. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 2,776

29. The AristoCats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 76,327 | Gross: $55.68M

30. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 141,263 | Gross: $141.84M

31. Twice Blessed (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

Stephanie and Terry are two identical twins who have been split up since their parents divorced seven years before. Each envies the life style of the other so they decide, without telling ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Preston Foster, Gail Patrick, Lee Wilde, Lyn Wilde

Votes: 115

32. Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Musical

A couple of theatrical producers try to get backing for their musical show.

Director: Arthur H. Leonard | Stars: Tim Moore, Elwood Smith, Duke Williams, Alan Jackson

Votes: 87

34. Untamed Youth (1957)

80 min | Drama

Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson, John Russell, Don Burnett

Votes: 753

35. The AristoCats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 76,327 | Gross: $55.68M

36. Keep Punching (1939)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Henry Jackson, known as Little Dynamite, is a Golden Gloves champion, who agrees to turn professional when approached by fight manager Ed Watson, despite the opposition raised by his father... See full summary »

Director: John Clein | Stars: Henry Armstrong, Willie Bryant, Mae E. Johnson, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 24

37. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 10,460

38. A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

A city girl on a bus tour of the West encounters a handsome rodeo cowboy who helps her forget her simpy city suitors.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger, Phil Silvers

Votes: 785

39. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

Votes: 3,906 | Gross: $0.48M

40. The Sky's the Limit (I) (1943)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley, Robert Ryan

Votes: 658

41. College Swing (1938)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical

Gracie Alden tries to graduate on college to get an inheritance.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Bob Hope

Votes: 322

42. Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,967

43. Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 1,160 | Gross: $3.85M

44. Radio City Revels (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Bob Burns, Jack Oakie, Kenny Baker, Ann Miller

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.51M