The Best DANCE Movies!

by cala708 | created - 28 Jan 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Looking for inspiration? Love dance? Then watch these dance movies!

They are sorted by IMDB ratings, and so, that the upper half is the best ones. However, they all include great dance performances <3

Please comment if I've missed a movie :)

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1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 218,424 | Gross: $8.82M

2. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 30,852 | Gross: $10.90M

3. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

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

Votes: 698,309 | Gross: $106.95M

4. And Then We Danced (2019)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.

Director: Levan Akin | Stars: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Kakha Gogidze

Votes: 9,177

5. Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

92 Metascore

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 17,458 | Gross: $3.88M

6. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

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: 126,572 | Gross: $22.00M

7. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

91 Metascore

Roguish gambler/dancer "Lucky" Garnett is challenged by his fiance's father to come up with $25,000 to prove he's worthy of her hand. But after he falls in love with a dance instructor, Lucky'll do anything to keep from earning the bucks.

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

Votes: 12,297

8. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 266,283 | Gross: $57.39M

9. Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake a marriage for publicity purposes, then fall in love.

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

Votes: 6,551

10. West Side Story (1961)

Approved | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 96,809 | Gross: $43.66M

11. Frances Ha (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

Votes: 74,291 | Gross: $4.06M

12. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 21,269 | Gross: $9.40M

13. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Family, Music

71 Metascore

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

Director: Marilyn Agrelo | Stars: Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Eva Carrozza, Evangelina Carrozzo

Votes: 3,362 | Gross: $8.12M

14. Stormy Weather (1943)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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: 2,025

15. Grease (1978)

PG | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 241,288 | Gross: $188.76M

16. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

83 Metascore

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 30,494 | Gross: $4.50M

17. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 25,008 | Gross: $11.74M

18. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

81 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 215,593 | Gross: $170.69M

19. Five Dances (2013)

TV-14 | 83 min | Drama, Music, Romance

51 Metascore

The coming of age tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City.

Director: Alan Brown | Stars: Ryan Steele, Reed Luplau, Catherine Miller, Kimiye Corwin

Votes: 2,527

20. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 203,333 | Gross: $0.62M

A real forever favorite! ❤

21. Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Xenia Goodwin, Mackenzie Fearnley, Ines English, Adam Sollis

Votes: 1,454

22. Sweet Charity (1969)

G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 5,091 | Gross: $3.43M

23. Dancehall Queen (1997)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A single street vendor disguises herself for a dance contest, and pits her enemies against each other.

Directors: Rick Elgood, Don Letts | Stars: Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Paul Campbell, Mark Danvers

Votes: 515 | Gross: $0.16M

24. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

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: 4,215 | Gross: $33.60M

25. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

Director: John Badham | Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali

Votes: 71,613 | Gross: $94.21M

26. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 61,630 | Gross: $2.47M

27. High Strung Free Dance (2018)

PG | 103 min | Music, Romance

43 Metascore

A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York's most anticipated new Broadway show.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Jane Seymour, Thomas Doherty, Juliet Doherty, Harry Jarvis

Votes: 1,273

28. Born to Dance (1936)

Passed | 106 min | Musical, Comedy

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel

Votes: 1,450

29. The Way We Dance (2013)

110 min | Drama

The rise, fall, and rise again of a Hong Kong street dance crew.

Director: Adam Wong | Stars: Cherry Ngan, Babyjohn Choi, Lok Man Yeung, Janice Fan

Votes: 418

30. Polina, danser sa vie (2016)

108 min | Drama

65 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: 1,623 | Gross: $0.17M

31. White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, Music

46 Metascore

A Russian American ballet dancer's airplane is forced to land in USSR, where he's "repatriated". He stays with an American man married to a Russian. Will the American help him flee USSR?

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

Votes: 6,697 | Gross: $42.16M

32. Center Stage (2000)

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

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: 19,002 | Gross: $17.17M

33. Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director: Liz Friedlander | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 24,772 | Gross: $34.74M

34. Ballet Shoes (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Family

The story of three orphan girls - Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy (Lucy Boynton) - adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew (Richard Griffiths), and his niece Sylvia Brown (Emilia Fox), in 1930s London.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher | Stars: Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton, Emilia Fox

Votes: 8,374

35. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 70,198 | Gross: $80.04M

36. The Dancer (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 2,238

37. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

Votes: 110,496 | Gross: $65.33M

38. The White Crow (2018)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

61 Metascore

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

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos

Votes: 4,980 | Gross: $1.83M

39. Beat Street (1984)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Jon Chardiet, Leon W. Grant

Votes: 3,494 | Gross: $16.60M

40. Step Up Revolution (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance

43 Metascore

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.

Director: Scott Speer | Stars: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman, Misha Gabriel Hamilton

Votes: 53,713 | Gross: $35.07M

41. High Strung (2016)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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: 8,450 | Gross: $0.05M

42. Burlesque (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Music, Musical

47 Metascore

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Director: Steve Antin | Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane

Votes: 78,595 | Gross: $39.44M

43. ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Music

When a capable dancer is provoked by the evil design of his employer, naturally he will be out to prove his mettle.

Director: Remo D'Souza | Stars: Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon, Lauren Gottlieb

Votes: 6,272 | Gross: $0.10M

44. The Company (2003)

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

73 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 6,213 | Gross: $2.28M

45. Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

50 Metascore

Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Cassie Ventura, Adam Sevani