Not every movie is a musical, or holds an all-out dance number, but some of the most awe-inspiring, touching, and downright beautiful moments in film history have been set to music and brought to life through dance. These are some of our favorites. Subscribe:
What did you think of the list? Did we leave off one of your favorite numbers? Did you agree with our picks? What’s your favorite movie dance scene? Did you like any of our honorable mentions more than our actual picks? What other aspects of movie magic would you like to see us explore in a future list?
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The Cell Block Tango is a Broadway stage number magically brought to life on screen.
Choreographer: Rob Marshall
Shall We Dance (2004)
Choreographer: Joann Jansen & Liz Curtis
Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez’s tango in the night is one of the best-shot ballroom numbers committed to film.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Choreographer: Kenny Ortega
I mean, who DOEN’T love that lift in the finale??
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Choreographer: Bubsy Berkeley
The Words Are in My Heart number in Gold Diggers is the best of Berkeley’s extremely distinguished career.
Magic Mike (2012)
Choreographers: Allison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa
Okay, what it lacks in formality, it makes up for in fun. And sexiness. And some major, honest-to-goodness dance skills.
Dil Se (1998)
Choreographer: Farah Khan
The train top number from Dil Se was ACTUALLY on top of a moving train.
Choreographer: Pina Bauch
The Vollmund number in this documentary about the life and work of the legendary choreographer is a stunning insight into her life and her artistry.
Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Choreography: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims
There wouldn’t be the Step Up franchise without the second movie proving it could be done again (and again, and again). And the finale dance in the rain earned the franchise every movie that’s come since.
Singin’ in The Rain (1952)
Choreography: Gene Kelly
Often imitated, never replicated, possibly the most iconic dance scene in all of cinema. Nuff Said.
Stormy Weather (1943)
Choreography: Nick Castle
The Nicholas Brothers take our top spot with their Jumpin’ Jive performance, which Fred Astaire claimed was the greatest movie musical he’d ever seen. We agree.