The 30 Best Dance Movies Ever

It’s normal to claim that not everyone can own the dance floor. Some of us are still wrestling to keep up with those difficult TikTok dancing routines. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to watch others perform some complicated dances. Some people out there that can move parts of the body that we didn’t even know existed, and it’s a damn delight to admire their capabilities.

In the list down bellow there are the 30 best dance movies ever. If you like the musicals and seeing great choreos being performed by professional dancers have a look.

30. Bhangra Paa Le

Bhangra Paa Le or Let’s do the Bhangra is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film, directed by debutant Sneha Taurani and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. It stars Sunny Kaushal and Rukshar Dhillon. Initially planned to release on 13 September 2019 and then 1 November, it was theatrically released in India on 3 January 2020.

29. Yeh Ballet

Yeh Ballet is a Netflix Original Film written and directed by Sooni Taraporevala and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film features two newcomers Achintya Bose as Amiruddin Shah, and Manish Chauhan portraying Nishu (character based on his own life), as the leads. The film also stars Julian Sands, Jim Sarbh, Danish Husain, Vijay Maurya, Heeba Shah, and Kalyanee Mulay. The film is another version of a short documentary by Taraporevala by the same name.

28. Feel The Beat

April Dibrina is a dancer trying to make success in Broadway theatre. On her way to an important audition, she gets into the taxu of an old lady during a rain storm. On the autitions she performs well, and the sponsor, Ruth Zimmer, shows up to meet the dancers. Ruth Zimmer is the lady from the stolen taxi incident, so she recognizes April and eventually states that she will ensure that no one on Broadway will hire her. Trying to explain her reasons, April fortuitously makes Ruth fall off the stage, inflicting serious injury. One of the other dancers had filmed the incident and posted to social media, publicly embarrassing April. With no other possible opportunities, April decides to return to her hometown of New Hope, Wisconsin.

27. Work It

Work It is a 2020 American jukeboxdancecomedy film directed by Laura Terruso and produced by Alicia Keys, Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton. The film stars Sabrina Carpenter, Liza Koshy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Michelle Buteau and Jordan Fisher. It was released on August 7, 2020, by Netflix.

Quinn Ackerman is a high school senior who lives in North Carolina with her single mother. She has one best friend, Jasmine Hale, who has known her since kindergarten and always sticks up for her. Quinn’s dream is to study at the Duke University, as it is her late father’s dream, and her mother wants it for her just as much as she does.

26. Fame

Young men and women audition for coveted spots at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Those who make the cut discover that it takes a lot of hard work to become a star and sometimes you have to take difficult decisions. The youngsters wrestle with issues like homosexuality, abortion, suicide and illiteracy. On top of their struggles, the students must deal with the pressures of adolescence like homework, heartbreak and rejection.

25. White Nights

White Nights is a 1985 American drama musical movie directed by Taylor Hackford starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. 

The film is notable both for the dancing of Hines and Baryshnikov and for the Academy Award–winning song “Say You, Say Me” as well as “Separate Lives” performed by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin. The film was the American film debut of Isabella Rossellini and Taylor Hackford met his future wife, Helen Mirren, during filming.

24. Hairspray

Hairspray is an American musical with music and lyrics created by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and downtown rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy gets a role on the show, she transforms into a celebrity overnight, which leads to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration.

23. La La Land

While stuck in Los Angeles traffic, the new actress Mia Dolan has a moment of road rage with Sebastian “Seb” Wilder, a jazz pianist. After a hard day at work, Mia’s  audition goes wrong when the casting director takes a call during an emotional scene. At the same night, Mia’s roommates take her to a luxurious party in the Hollywood Hills, telling her that someone in the crowd could boost her career; after her car is ruined, she has to walk home disappointed.

22. Suspiria

In 1977, Susie Bannion arrives in Berlin during the height of the German Autumn to audition at the Markos Dance Academy. When she arrives a student, Patricia Hingle, suddenly dissapears after revealing to her psychotherapist, Dr. Josef Klemperer, that the school’s matrons are a coven of witches who worship the Three Mothers—a trio of witches who are known individually as Mother Tenebrarum, Mother Lachrymarum, and Mother Suspiriorum. Susie becomes friend with a wealthy classmate, Sara Simms. Since then her dancing begins to attract attention from the head artistic director and choreographer, Madame Blanc.

21. Bring It On

The Toro cheerleading gang from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that’s sure to make them the national champions for the sixth year in a row. But for new team captain Torrance, the Toros’ road to total cheer glory takes a suspicious turn when she discovers that their dancing routines were in fact stolen from the Clovers, a hip-hop group from East Compton.

20. How She Move

Raya, a talented student and dancer at an elite dancing academy, has to return home and attend public school after her sister’s death. She has a bitter rivality with Michelle, in which both try to see which is the better dancer. Raya convinces Bishop to let her join his dance group as they prepare for an upcoming competition.

19. Magic Mike

By day, Mike makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to show his talents. He’s the hot headliner in an all-male group. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid, takes him in his group and trains him in the tricks of the trade. Then, Mike learns there’s a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid’s sister.

18. Magic Mike XXL

It’s been three years since Mike Lane’s retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the enthusiasm and feeling of being on stage. What he misses the most is his long time best friends, the crew known as the Kings of Tampa. Opportunity comes knocking when the guys look him up as they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a stripper convention. With the promise of shocking fun, a reinvigorated Mike can’t resist the chance to join in and take it off again.

17. Saturday Night Fever

Tony Manero doesn’t have much fun during the weekdays. He lives at home and works as a paint store clerk in Brooklyn. But his life changes on weekends. Togather with his friends he goes to the local disco and dance all night. When a big dance competition is announced, he asks the beautiful and talented Stephanie to be his dancing partner. As the two train for the big night, they start to fall in love.

16. Save The Last Dance

Sara has moved from a small Midwestern town to the south side of Chicago after her mother’s death in a car accident. Since than she has to live with her father. She soon falls for an African American teenager at her new high school and he has less than an idyllic past. They both share a love for dance ballet and hip hop respectively. Together they tackle the problems that go with an multi racial relationship.

15. Honey

Honey Daniels dreams of becoming a professional hip-hop choreographer. She teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to help kids stay off the streets. Honey thought she hit the jackpot when she met a hotshot director who casts her in one of his music videos. But, when he starts asking sexual favors from her, she makes a decision that will change her life.

14. Footloose

Moving from Chicago, Ren McCormack is shocked when he findes out the small Midwestern town he calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt and defiant teen Ariel Moore, he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel’s influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore, stands in the way.

13. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Even though she’s a talented gymnast, Janey has always followed the orders of her strict Army colonel father and stayed out of the spotlight. When she moves to a new town and meets the carefree Lynne, she disobeys her father for the first time in her life. With Lynne’s encouragement, Janey enters a TV dance competition — and soon finds herself with a cute dance partner and an archrival who is dead set on getting Janey eliminated from the contest.

12. Flashdance

Alex Owens is a beautiful woman who works a steel mill during the day and dances in a bar at night. When she discovers that her boss, Nick Hurley, is both interested in her and supportive of her dancing career, she resumes her efforts to get accepted into a famous dance conservatory. Although Alex is frightened of failure, she is cheered on by Nick, as well as by her mentor, former ballet performer Hanna Long .

11. Strictly Ballroom

A top ballroom dancer becomes couple with a plain, left-footed girl when his maverick style earns him the disdain of his more conventionally-minded colleagues. Together, the team gives it their all and makes dreams of the National Championship title come true.

10. You Got Served

David and Elgin join a talented street-dancing crew that engages in dance battles in a Los Angeles warehouse belonging to local club owner Mr. Rad. When Orange County rich kid Wade challenges David and Elgin to compete against his dancers for $5,000, they accept. As David and Elgin labor to perfect their moves for the competition, tensions within the crew threaten their chances at success.

9. Step Up

Step Up is apparently the gritty, semi-ridiculous tale of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks helping a prim ballet dancer add some hip-hop moves to her big audition routine. Four sequels followed, but this one is, without question, the best.

8. Black Swan

Nina is a ballerina who has a passion for the dance rules. When the company’s artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of “Swan Lake,” Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily however. While Nina is the one for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina’s dark side begins to emerge.

7. Center Stage

12 adolescents have started their training at the renowned American Ballet Academy, where they encounter tremendous physical and mental stress while vying for a coveted spot in a celebrated dance company. Jody Sawyer has talent but the wrong proportions, the fiery Eva Rodriguez can’t seem to get along with her instructors and Maureen is having a hard time enduring the emotional highs and lows that accompany ballet school.

6. Dirty Dancing

Baby is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny, enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

5. Billy Elliot

The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, is forever changed one day when he joins a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. This time he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of 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.

4. Hustlers

Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny’s life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona — the club’s top money earner. Ramona soon shows Destiny how to finagle her way around the wealthy Wall Street clientele who frequent the club. But when the 2008 economic collapse cuts into their profits, the gals and two other dancers devise a daring scheme to take their lives back.

3. Happy Feet

Son of Memphis and Norma, little penguin Mumble has a big problem: he can’t sing a single note. In a world where everyone needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, Mumble feels he doesn’t belong there. Our hero Mumble is the worst singer in the world, but he can tap dance brilliantly.

2. Another Cinderella Story

A young man longs to reunite with a beautiful dancer that he met at a masked ball.

1. Shall We Dance

Despite having a great career and a loving family, lawyer John Clark is missing something in his life as he meanders listlessly from day to day. On his commute back home one night, Clark notices a stunning woman in a dance studio and decides on a whim to join a class for ballroom dancing. While Clark finds a new spark in his life, his wife, Beverly, grows suspicious of his frequent absences, since he decides to keep his dancing a secret.