Top 10 Movie Dance Scenes Of All Time

  • Published: 30 September 2014
  • 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?

    Let us know in the comments!


    Chicago (2002)
    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.

    Pina (2011)
    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.
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  • Dummy Mummy
    Dummy Mummy  1 days back

    It wasn't a surprise that J Lo did her own dance. She's a dancer, and a better one than she is an actor

    • Dom Mitchell
      Dom Mitchell  2 days back

      Two things to add to this list
      Chicago: They mentioned the red handkerchiefs, but notice that Hunyak, who repeatedly says "Not guilty" throughout the movie as 2 of the 4 english words she says (the other 2 being "uncle sam"), pulls out a white handkerchief. This is a hint that sh'es telling the truth
      Richard Gere: this is kind of anecdotal to them mentioning Gere did his own dancing in Shall We Dance, but he also did all his dancing in Chicago, including the tapdance in the courtroom scene. He's quite dedicated to his profession, like a less adrenaline fueled Tom Cruise.

      • Lorraine Ricardo
        Lorraine Ricardo  2 days back

        you forgot 'sway' with Rita Hayward , that were serious moves going on there ,

        • Kirsten Sawyer
          Kirsten Sawyer  3 days back

          The Nicholas Brothers are the finest dancers to ever have been captured on film. BRAVO.

          • bigfatpikle
            bigfatpikle  3 days back

            The Stormy Weather dance scene with the NIcholas brothers is EPIC. You can't take your eyes off of them and it's an ending you won't soon forget.

            • Jay Farber
              Jay Farber  3 days back

              Nothing from Breakin or Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo? List is invalid.

              • Best MMORPG 2017
                Best MMORPG 2017  3 days back

                There's no Bob Fosse?!

                • Ruth Rocker
                  Ruth Rocker  3 days back

                  The Nicholas Brothers are definitely two of the best that ever lived. I never get tired of watching them!

                  • astrid hernandez
                    astrid hernandez  4 days back

                    No Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers really?

                    • Dark Madder
                      Dark Madder  4 days back

                      Wait! No Striptease??

                      • Reynalda Kilpatrick-Campbell

                        Awesome list!!!

                        • Joe Majors
                          Joe Majors  5 days back

                          Jose Feliciano----Roxanne

                          • oldschooldiy
                            oldschooldiy  5 days back

                            All good choices of course and everyone has their preference, but, to leave out Vanessa Ferlito's lap dance in death proof? Not even an "honorable mention"? Shameful!

                            • Alex Fenderson
                              Alex Fenderson  6 days back

                              I LOVE CineFix. You guys are fantastic!

                              • CatzEyes93
                                CatzEyes93  6 days back

                                You fail... you did not include this heartstopping foot stomping masterpiece!

                                • P3RRI
                                  P3RRI  6 days back


                                  • CottonFields
                                    CottonFields  7 days back

                                    Chaiya.. chaiya.. on the train, young Shahrukh Khan dancing. Bollywood song of the '90s, Hindi movie `Dil Se...` a beautiful love story. Dil Se...meaning FROM HEART. I love this movie my Dil Se... because the HERO is India's beloved, a wonderful actor and SUPERSTAR SHAHRUKH KHAN. God bless him and keep him safe always. Dil Se.....reeeee...Dil se....reee...

                                    • Dash Fatbastard
                                      Dash Fatbastard  1 weeks back

                                      You left out my very favorite: from Monty Python's Meaning of Life, "Every Sperm is Sacred".

                                      • Elizabeth Keel
                                        Elizabeth Keel  1 weeks back

                                        Do a new one and add White Nights!!!!

                                        • William Fritz
                                          William Fritz  1 weeks back

                                          Not for the dancing per se but for the beauty and wonder of the scene, I still love the Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar tango in Scent of a Woman

                                          • Mason Teague
                                            Mason Teague  1 weeks back

                                            I agree with number one completely. They are the best ever. I'm just sorry that they aren't more well known.

                                            • Jared Howe
                                              Jared Howe  1 weeks back


                                              • Lynne Lip
                                                Lynne Lip  1 weeks back

                                                The Nicholas Bros are amazing. So glad you had them on the list, there is no better, such incredible God-given talent. They are the originals that all followed

                                                • Galahad Graves
                                                  Galahad Graves  1 weeks back

                                                  This guy has not been around very much or very long. He missed 99.9 % of top tens.

                                                  • Tim Kramar
                                                    Tim Kramar  1 weeks back

                                                    I would have put Singing in the Rain on top. That's all.

                                                    • 4bionga
                                                      4bionga  1 weeks back

                                                      I was about to gripe that singing in the rain HAD to be no. 1 and then... Wow ! Once again I stand corrected. Thanks for the introduction.

                                                      • William Kiene
                                                        William Kiene  1 weeks back


                                                        • Chris M
                                                          Chris M  1 weeks back

                                                          One of the few Cinefix #1's I agree with. Magic Mike, seriously?

                                                          • Tiki Tavi
                                                            Tiki Tavi  1 weeks back

                                                            This is just one person trying to please everybody. Not even close to accurate.

                                                            • Jerry Miller
                                                              Jerry Miller  2 weeks back

                                                              I cannot disagree with your choices. I've been a fan of movie musicals for 8 decades and you've done well here.

                                                              • Jake O
                                                                Jake O  2 weeks back

                                                                I will take pretty much anything over what they call "modern dance". They convulse on stage and call it dancing. Same as modern art. You paint canvas black, put a yellow dot in the middle, make a small tear, and voila, art.

                                                                • Ellen Anderson
                                                                  Ellen Anderson  2 weeks back

                                                                  The scene in ALL THAT JAZZ

                                                                  • Heidy Ledger
                                                                    Heidy Ledger  2 weeks back

                                                                    How come Pulp Fiction isn't here? Don't disrespect Mia Wallace like this..

                                                                    • rosedial
                                                                      rosedial  2 weeks back

                                                                      Nailed #2 and #1.

                                                                      • Dmalikat
                                                                        Dmalikat  2 weeks back

                                                                        This was such an amazing and accurate list. The Nicholas Brothers are amazing! Also Singing in the Rain too.

                                                                        • jigi
                                                                          jigi  2 weeks back

                                                                          For Bolywood, I would suggest Padmaavat / Ghoomar dance (a world of pure beauty) or Khalibali (pure violence).
                                                                          For ballroom dance, Sergueï Bondartchouk waltz in War and Peace
                                                                          For tango, the tango dance of "Cotton Club" (1984), from fight to passion.

                                                                          • Bri I
                                                                            Bri I  2 weeks back

                                                                            Where is Romy & Michele? Are you kidding me?

                                                                            • Steve Lyle
                                                                              Steve Lyle  2 weeks back

                                                                              The tango scene from Scent of a Woman deserved at least a mention...

                                                                              • Bruce D'Amico
                                                                                Bruce D'Amico  2 weeks back

                                                                                So boring, it was only good when you see these moves the first time. The announcer is boring as well.

                                                                                • Derlin Claire
                                                                                  Derlin Claire  2 weeks back

                                                                                  It,s okay if you left out the somewhat Erotic dance from The 1996 Vampire Movie"From Dusk to Dawn",,which was performed by Salma Hayek.It was more provocative than being a really skillful dance,friend.

                                                                                  • Oline Wright
                                                                                    Oline Wright  2 weeks back

                                                                                    The problem with their top choice of singing in the rain is that it disregards the fact that Astaire often had inanimate partners and made them look like good dancers.

                                                                                    • psycho road
                                                                                      psycho road  2 weeks back

                                                                                      for me definitely the emotional debut dance from memoirs of geisha

                                                                                      • pac52
                                                                                        pac52  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I really could watch all forms of dance routines all day! I go back a ways , so I do remember many of the earlier great dancers who were still alive when I was a kid (taking ballet and tap dance lessons myself)! These were wonderful to watch ☺👍

                                                                                        • wonderflo 949
                                                                                          wonderflo 949  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire tapping to Cole Porter's Begin the Bequine certainly deserves a mention in this opinionated list. We don't see talented choreography and dancing like that anymore. Also, someone obviously forgot about the gifted and beautiful Vera Ellen and all the difficult perfection of her dancing. What a shame.

                                                                                          • colette s
                                                                                            colette s  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Pretty good picks, 8 out of 10 are good and #1 is certainly correct. # 5 and 3 hip hop moves and Bollywood do not measure up as "of all time". Really? Bollywood instead of anything by Astaire? NO WAY! Or Gere and JLo but not fred and ginger?? weird.The Busby incredible number is #2....Gene Kelly was great, but c'mon.

                                                                                            • Leonard Chornomaz
                                                                                              Leonard Chornomaz  3 weeks back

                                                                                              As a fan of all the old black and white movies, it is impossible to pick from all the possibilities out there.

                                                                                              • Bob Morgan
                                                                                                Bob Morgan  3 weeks back

                                                                                                #1 - Correct Choice.

                                                                                                • Nida Guzon-Palmore
                                                                                                  Nida Guzon-Palmore  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  I agree with the number one choice! First time I heard of them and first time I saw them dance. Amazingly difficult steps and great choreography accentuated by their power and grace!