The 10 Greatest Ballroom Dancing Movies of All Time
People love to watch movies about ballroom dancing almost as much as dancing itself and it's always remained a popular film genre. Here's our list of the best ballroom dancing movies ever. Grab some popcorn and let some of the best dancers and actors in the biz inspire you to put your dancing shoes on.
10. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)- Okay, so this story is really more about football, falling in love again, and family, but the climatic scene revolving around a ballroom dancing competition still leaves us feeling all warm and fuzzy.
9. Ballroom Dancer (2011)- A very personal film about ambition, passion and the cruel and beautiful world of professional ballroom dancing, this documentary follows former world champion Slavik KKryklyvyy fighting his way to make a comeback with new partner and girlfriend Anna.
8. That's Entertainment Parts I, II & III (1974, 1976, 1994)- Compilation films that highlight MGM's legacy of musical films from the 20s through the 50s, these movies aren't totally dedicated to the art of ballroom dancing, but plenty of that era's best dance sequences and stars are highlighted.
7. Royal Wedding (1951)- This film doesn't star the famous Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire duo but it does feature plenty of elegant pairs dancing and the much lauded scene where Astaire's character effortlessly dances on the walls and ceilings of his hotel room.
6. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)- Adorable and real New York City elementary school children learn about themselves by learning ballroom dancing and competing in a city wide competition.
5. Take The Lead (2006)- Staring Antonio Banderas, this film is based on the true story of a mild mannered dance instructor who volunteers in the New York City public school system, teaching problem kids that ballroom dancing is a way to build trust, discipline, and self-respect.
4. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)- A biographical film, where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers take on the roles of Vernon and Irene Castle, a husband and wife team who are credited with the revival of modern ballroom dancing and a major influence upon Astaire himself.
3. Shall We Dance? (1996, 2004)- Pick your pleasure! Both films take on the same premise- an unhappy and unsatisfied man signs up for ballroom dancing lessons in the hope that he will gain a new outlook on life and fall in love with his beautiful instructor.
2. Swing Time (1936)- Widely regarded as the best Astaire & Rogers offering, a performer and gambler tries to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancee, but ends up falling in love with a beautiful aspiring dancer.
1. Strictly Ballroom (1992)- Baz Luhrmann's first film, this quirky comedy revolving around the world of Australian professional ballroom dancing is probably the most romantic movie on this list and offers unforgettable laughs and dance moves.
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