Top 30 All Time Favourite Dance Films

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Top 30 All Time Favourite Dance Films – 04/07/2020

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We can spend up to an hour flicking through options and then losing interest …. but there are some truly excellent films out there … so what are they in your eyes?

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Top 30 All Time Favourite Dance Films

My thanks to the following readers for casting their votes and selections …

Sadje of Keep it Alive
Saturday Night Fever
Kristian – Tales of the mind of Kristian
Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot, Footloose, Flashdance, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, Cabaret, Top Hat, Shall We Dance.
Paula of Light Motifs II
Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story
Grace of Broadway Matron
The Red Shoes, One Last Dance, The Turning Point, Save the Last Dance, White Nights, American in Paris, Strictly Ballroom, Billy Elliot, Singin’ in the Rain, Drumline [Mus]
Angie of King Ben’s Grandma
The Wiz, White Christmas [Mus], Shirley Temples, +1 vote to all mentioned.
Take the Lead, Shall We Dance, The King and I, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing, Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, La La Land, Step Up 1 & 2, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago
Gary of Bereaved Single Dad
Singing in the Rain, The Greatest Showman, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones 2

Now we had some absolute crackers in our suggestions although some were more musicals and l shall cast them as such on the next Episode of Find Me a Film which happens to be ‘Musicals’ – however here we do have some ‘crossovers’ too.

1 – 10

15 VotesSingin’ in the Rain 1952

When the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies’, everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practise with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.

25 VotesSaturday Night Fever 1977

Tony spends his Saturdays at a disco where his stylish moves raise his popularity among the patrons. But his life outside the disco is not easy and things change when he gets attracted to Stephanie.

34 VotesDirty Dancing 1987

While holidaying with her parents at a placid resort, Frances is smitten with the resort’s rebellious dance instructor. Her father opposes their relationship which creates a rift between him and her.

44 VotesChicago 2002

Nightclub sensation Velma kills her philandering husband. Chicago’s adroit lawyer Billy Flynn is set to become her defence lawyer, who also defends Roxie, who is responsible for murder.

53 VotesFootloose 1984

Teenager Ren and his family move from the city to a small town. He’s in for a culture shock and can’t quite believe that he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal.

63 VotesFlashdance 1983

Alex Owens, a teen juggling between two odd jobs, aspires to become a successful ballet dancer. Nick, who is her boss and lover, supports and encourages her to fulfil her dream.

73 VotesStrictly Ballroom 1992

This romantic comedy is about the dreams of youth and ultimate fulfillment. It tells a story of love and conflict of two young people fighting for artistic freedom against a repressive regime.

83 VotesBilly Elliot 2000

The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner’s son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class’ exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson’s zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy’s potential.

93 VotesGrease 1978

While vacationing in Australia, Danny and Sandy indulge in a passionate love affair with each other. They part ways believing they will not see each other again but fate has other plans.

102 VotesShall We Dance 2004

John, a bored and overworked estate lawyer, sees a beautiful woman standing at the window of a dance studio on a daily basis. He signs up for ballroom dancing lessons with hopes of meeting her.

11 – 30

112 VotesFame 1980
122 VotesAn American in Paris 1951

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of Milo Roberts, a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art.

131 VoteWhite Nights 1985
141 VoteSave the Last Dance 2001
151 VoteThe Turning Point 1977
161 VoteTake the Lead 2006
171 VoteOne Last Dance 2003

A dancer (Patrick Swayze) and his two former partners (Lisa Niemi, George De La Pena) stage a performance to save their mentor’s studio.

Sally is a cabaret dancer at the Kit Kat Klub and falls in love with two men who are regulars at the club. Their lives get entwined with the Nazi Party that is slowly growing in power.

181 VoteCabaret 1972
191 VoteTop Hat 1935
201 VoteTake the Lead 2006
211 VoteThe Red Shoes 1948
221 VoteThe Greatest Showman 2017

P T Barnum becomes a worldwide sensation in the show business. His imagination and innovative ideas take him to the top of his game.

Tyler and Nora meet at Maryland School of the Arts, where Tyler works as a janitor. They fall in love and encourage each other to follow their passion for dance and fulfil their dreams.

231 VoteStep Up 2006
241 VoteStep Up 2 : The Streets 2008
251 VoteThe King and I 1956
261 VoteMy Fair Lady 1964
271 VoteMamma Mia 2008

As Sophie and her family are busy preparing for her wedding, she secretly invites three men, who were her mother’s lovers in the past, with the hope that one of them is her father.

281 VoteLa La Land 2016

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

291 VoteWest Side Story 1961

Lovers Maria and Tony find themselves entangled in the bitter battle between their gangster families. Knowing this feud will lead to disastrous consequences, Maria sends Tony to end the fight.

301 VoteBlues Brothers 1980

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) — collectively known as the “Blues Brothers.” Jake’s first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

So there we go folks our Top 30 Dance/Musical Films!

Were your choices in here?

What would your choices be?

12 thoughts on “Top 30 All Time Favourite Dance Films

  1. So many of these I have never seen and so many I have seen uncountable times! I can’t believe I left out “Tap” with Gregory Hines ( (And is Saturday Night Fever really as tacky as I think it is LOL boy does that movie have a lot of bad music and dancing to answer for!)

  2. I feel like I want to check all of these out. There’s some here that I’ve never heard of. Some of my favorites did make it to this list (I’m in great company! 🙂 ): The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins, La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, Save the Last dance, Dirty Dancing, Mama Mia, West Side Story, Shirley Temple, Shall We Dance

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