Dance movies I've watched: from best to worst

by guisreis | created - 18 Feb 2015 | updated - 7 months ago | Public
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1. 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: 118,519 | Gross: $22.00M

Much more than a dance movie!

2. 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: 663,271 | Gross: $106.95M

3. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 34,554 | Gross: $19.28M

Not really a dance movie, but an excellent film with great dance footage.

4. Limelight (1952)

G | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find purpose and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Votes: 16,595 | Gross: $1.00M

5. 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: 203,226 | Gross: $8.82M

6. Rumba (2008)

77 min | Comedy

Teachers in a rural school, happy couple Fiona and Dom have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn... See full summary »

Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy | Stars: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Philippe Martz, Bruno Romy

Votes: 1,539

7. Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | 97 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Morales, Paola Lattus

Votes: 3,000

8. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Musical

Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.

Director: Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: Marie Laforêt, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Ángel Solá, Marina Vlady

Votes: 524

9. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny 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: 218,176 | Gross: $188.76M

10. 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: 65,848 | Gross: $94.21M

11. Kenzo World (2016 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Be free of your daily boring life.

Director: Spike Jonze | Star: Margaret Qualley

Votes: 1,306

12. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest

Votes: 6,153 | Gross: $5.13M

13. The Dancing Pig (1907)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A humongous and obese anthropomorphic swine dressed like a fine gentleman in a fancy dinner attire tries to make a pass at a solitary lady having a picnic.

Votes: 751

14. Thy Kingdom Come (2014)

29 min | Short, Drama

Leticia and Fernando live in an outdated home. Everything changes when Fernando is caught kissing a male neighbor, triggering their father's prejudice. The cruel environment influences Leticia's first contemporary ballet choreography.

Director: Thiago Kistenmacker | Stars: Cauê Pereira, Guilherme Queiroz, Thainá Rocha, Roney Villela

15. Tango (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Musical

Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes

Votes: 2,690 | Gross: $1.69M

16. 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: 183,472 | Gross: $0.62M

I need t watch it again; I don't remember...

17. Princess Ali (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's circus, performs an Egyptian dance in the Edison Company's studio. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment.

Director: William Heise | Star: Princess Ali

Votes: 374

A pioneer!

18. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 8,347 | Gross: $2.65M



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