Hollywood has really stepped up its choreography game over the last 35 years, gifting audiences with hundreds of incredibly memorable — and mimicable — routines.
So, I laced up my red shoes to look back on the best live-action (sorry, Beauty and the Beast), American-funded (sorry, Strictly Ballroom) films from the last 35 years (sorry, Grease) to determine which routine set the barre the highest.
And away we go.
101. Peter’s evil Spiderman 3 dance (2007) (lol)
Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer Hamilton
Under the influence of an evil alien parasite, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gains a new wardrobe, an overinflated sense of self, and — apparently — the ability to literally sweep Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) off her feet.
27. Billy Elliot impresses his father (2000)
Choreographed by: Peter Darling
The culmination of Billy’s hard work comes to light for his father (Gary Lewis) in a dazzling display of phenomenal footwork.
9. Natalie Portman becomes the Black Swan (2010)
Choreographed by: Benjamin Millepied and Kurt Froman
The transformative power of dance is made flesh — or, feathers, rather — as Portman’s prima ballerina fully realizes her potential in a stirring and disturbing final performance.
4. Chicago’s merry murderesses slay in the “Cell Block” (2002)
Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Denise Faye, and Joey Pizzi, with a special thanks to Bob Fosse
A troupe of dozens, led by Catherine Zeta-Jones, brings the heat in this majestic ode to justifiable murder.
1. Taking Center Stage (2000)
Choreographed by: Susan Stroman, Lisa Shriver, and Christopher Wheeldon
No film has ever captured the life of a dancer quite like Center Stage, so it makes sense that no film has ever captured the art of dancing quite like Center Stage. The gorgeous, elaborate, and awe-inspiring 10-minute final ballet vacillates between traditional and modern techniques, and the results are exceptional.
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