The 101 (5) Best Movie Dance Routines Of The Last 35 Years


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)

Center Stage Final Show from emajid mahjoubi on Vimeo.


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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