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Black Swan (2010)
Aronofky paints a difficult and insanity-driven portrait about a young prima ballerina, Nina, who becomes obsessed and paranoid while playing the Swan Queen in her company's rendition of Swan Lake.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
A drama that documents a teenage girl coming-of-age through a relationship with a dance instructor whom she encounter's during her family's summer vacation.
A young rebel moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed, ultimately inciting him to throw a dance and overthrow the law. The film was remade by Craig Brewer in 2011.
The Red Shoes (1948)
Powell & Pressburger paint one of the most beautiful films ever about a young ballerina who joins an established dance company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called "The Red Shoes", itself based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
An immature Italian-American young man spends his weekends dancing disco at a local club, ultimately having to come to terms with his escapism and grow up.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The first film in Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain trilogy (the others including Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!) paints a theatrical story of a ballroom dancer and his frumpy pasodoble-dancing gypsy partner who audition for the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship.
Not just a dance film, as it presents a group of adolescent dancers, singers, and dreamers during their high school years at a prestigious art school in New York. The film spawned a tv series, and a 2009 remake directed by Kevin Tancharoen.
Step Up (2006)
The first film in one of the most popular dance franchises ever, Step Up tells the story of a disadvantaged young street dancer and his romance with a privileged modern dancer. Three sequels were produced, the most recent being released in 2012.
An exotic dancer at a neighborhood cabaret, who aspired to someday be a professional dancer, ultimately forms bonds with the other dreamers working there, as well as with the owner of a rival strip joint.
Billy Elliot (2000)
A British boy turns in his sport uniform for ballet slippers, and keeps it a secret from his hyper-masculine father and the disappointing eye of the community.
Happy Feet (2006)
A baby penguin chooses to express himself through dance, rather than singing, much to his family's chagrin, in this adorable animated jukebox musical.
Shall We Dance (1937)
The 7th out of the 10 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Musical comedies, about a ballet dancer who wants to incorporate jazz into his routines, falls for a tapdancer, and a publicity stunt is made of their romance.
Save the Last Dance (2001)
A promising ballet dancer who hoped to be admitted to Julliard's dance program, gives it up after being racked with guilt for her mother's death. She moves to the city where a smooth-talking dancer shows her the world of hip-hop.
Stomp The Yard (2007)
A young man joins a fraternity at a historically black University, and delves into the steppin' program, a dance made of creating the music with one's body through a series of rhythmic clapping and stomping.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
A provocative documentary film about how the New York City educational system runs a ballroom dance program for 5th graders, teaching them tango, foxtrot, rumba, swing, and the like.
A Chorus Line (1985)
Based on the Broadway musical about a group of talented young dancers all battling inner demons while auditioning to be backup dancers in a stage musical.
John Waters first "mainstream" film about an overweight young girl in the 60's who lands a job as a dancer on a popular musical TV show, and uses it to her advantage to bring attention to the injustices of racial segregation. The film inspired a broadway musical of the same name, which was then turned into a movie by Adam Shankman in 2007, starring John Travolta & Michelle Pfeiffer.
Take the Lead (2006)
A Latin dance instructor teaches inner city students patience, humility, and drive through a dance program.
Bring It On (2000)
A talented cheerleading squad must reimagine their entire routine in time for a competition against an enemy high school.
A struggling jazz dancer teams up with a duo of break dancers to bring a hybrid dance style to a street dancing competition. One of the first films to prominently feature break & street dancing.
Dance: one of the ultimate forms of self expression. The rhythmic meeting of movement and music is a form of art that has been used by humans since the invention of a beat. Here is a list of 20 films that celebrate the work, aesthetics, emotion, and sometimes, insanity that are attached to dance.
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