Ballet/dance movies

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1. High Strung Free Dance (2018)

PG | 103 min | Music, Romance

A young choreographer casts a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist in New York's most anticipated new Broadway show.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Jane Seymour, Thomas Doherty, Ace Bhatti, Manuel Pacific

Votes: 341

2. High Strung (2016)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Music, Romance

48 Metascore

When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Jane Seymour

Votes: 7,845 | Gross: $0.05M

3. The Accompanist (2019)

93 min | Drama, Fantasy

Dr. Jason Holden, early 50s, is in danger of losing his family, because of a tragic automobile accident. He becomes a piano accompanist at a local ballet studio and falls in love with Brandon Wykowski, 27, a troubled dancer.

Director: Frederick Keeve | Stars: Angelle Brooks, Juliet Doherty, Frederick Keeve, Aaron Cavette

4. Driven to Dance (2018)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

While preparing to audition for a renowned ballet company, Paige must convince herself and her mother that she has what it takes to make it in the world of dance.

Director: Tati Vogt | Stars: Kaitlyn Black, Juliet Doherty, Asher Angel, Michelle Y. Allen

Votes: 195

5. Step Up 3D (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

45 Metascore

A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Sharni Vinson, Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Alyson Stoner

Votes: 54,025 | Gross: $42.40M

6. Breaking Pointe (2012– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Series goes behind the stage curtain for an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country, Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beneath the beauty... See full summary »

Stars: Allison DeBona, Madeleine Gardella, Adam Bloodgood, Paul Michael Bloodgood

Votes: 604

7. Footloose (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 44,285 | Gross: $51.80M

8. Cats (2019)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

32 Metascore

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Robbie Fairchild

Votes: 23,810

9. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 49,324 | Gross: $2.47M

10. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 667,413 | Gross: $106.95M

11. Center Stage (2000)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Music, Romance

52 Metascore

A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Christine Dunham

Votes: 17,974 | Gross: $17.17M

12. Girl (II) (2018)

R | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Director: Lukas Dhont | Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts

Votes: 9,654

13. Ballerina (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

This documentary gives insight to the lives of five ballerinas, all at different points in their careers. Looking at the operations of the Vagonova Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre, the life of a ballerina is disclosed.

Director: Bertrand Normand | Stars: Taylor Ash, Altynai Asylmuratova, Diane Baker, Olga Chenchilova

Votes: 373 | Gross: $0.11M

14. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 44,370 | Gross: $94.90M

15. Isadora (1968)

M | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards, John Fraser

Votes: 2,030

16. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 3,218 | Gross: $1.10M

17. The Company (2003)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

73 Metascore

Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who's poised to become a principal performer.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell, Barbara E. Robertson

Votes: 6,079 | Gross: $2.28M

18. A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

Director: Nelson George | Stars: Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill, Leyla Fayyaz

Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.10M

19. Ballet Shoes (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Family

The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher | Stars: Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton, Emilia Fox

Votes: 8,112

20. Ballet (1989)

101 min | Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

Young American ballerina enrolls in a prestigious ballet school in Hungary. She suddenly becomes inexplicably obsessed with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and her personality completely changes. A young man in love with her investigates.

Director: Peter Del Monte | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery, Laurent Terzieff, Olimpia Carlisi

Votes: 443

21. Ballet 422 (2014)

PG | 75 min | Documentary, Music, Sport

74 Metascore

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Director: Jody Lee Lipes | Stars: Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar

Votes: 1,071 | Gross: $0.33M

22. Ballet Now (2018)

74 min | Documentary

Featuring New York City Ballet's Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck - the first ever woman to be asked to curate The Music Center's famed BalletNOW program - and a diverse cast of world-class ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Isabella Boylston, Zachary Catazaro, Preston Chamblee, Reece Clarke

Votes: 90

23. Dancer (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

65 Metascore

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Sergei Polunin, Galyna Polunina, Galina Ivanovna, Larysa Lavrikova

Votes: 2,403 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2016)

90 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Documentary on the great American Ballerina Wendy Whelan

Directors: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger | Stars: Peter Martins, Wendy Whelan

Votes: 268 | Gross: $0.13M

25. A Beautiful Tragedy (2008)

52 min | Documentary

A documentary about 15-year-old Oksanna who follows her mother's dream to see her become a prima ballerina.

Director: David Kinsella | Stars: Yana Alfimova, Ekaterina Deryagina, Elena Kostuk, Kristina Luzina

Votes: 31

26. TuTuMuch (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Nine girls take part in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dancers, the few that make it to the next year, they have the chance to become professional ballet dancers, but the others, they may never get the chance.

Director: Elise Swerhone

Votes: 81

28. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

Votes: 106,587 | Gross: $65.33M

29. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 119,669 | Gross: $22.00M

30. Dancers (1987)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall

Votes: 252 | Gross: $1.19M

31. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 55,017 | Gross: $91.06M

32. Fame (2009)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

39 Metascore

An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Director: Kevin Tancharoen | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker

Votes: 15,577 | Gross: $22.46M

33. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 65,629 | Gross: $80.04M

34. White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, Music

46 Metascore

An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American, who has married a Russian woman, lives with her. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren

Votes: 6,339 | Gross: $42.16M

35. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 4,024 | Gross: $33.60M

36. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 23,825 | Gross: $11.74M

37. Polina, danser sa vie (2016)

108 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.

Directors: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj | Stars: Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Juliette Binoche, Aleksey Guskov

Votes: 1,443 | Gross: $0.17M

38. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

55 Metascore

In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 7,127 | Gross: $4.81M

39. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 37,337 | Gross: $0.80M

40. Center Stage: On Pointe (2016 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

In Center Stage: On Pointe, Jonathan Reeves (Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary styles and modernism into the American Ballet Academy, and enlists his his top ... See full summary »

Director: Director X. | Stars: Nicole Muñoz, Kenny Wormald, Barton Cowperthwaite, Chloe Lukasiak

Votes: 1,057

41. Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit finds her way after auditioning for the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.

Director: Steven Jacobson | Stars: Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Nicole Muñoz

Votes: 5,663

42. Honey (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Music, Romance

37 Metascore

Honey is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry.

Director: Bille Woodruff | Stars: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller, Missy Elliott

Votes: 41,899 | Gross: $30.31M

43. Flesh and Bone (2015)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.

Stars: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko

Votes: 9,335

44. And Then We Danced (2019)

113 min | Drama, Romance

A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.

Director: Levan Akin | Stars: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli

Votes: 4,000

45. Ballet of Blood (2015)

TV-14 | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Two ballerinas plan a gruesome attack on the ballet school that mistreated them.

Director: Jared Masters | Stars: Sydney Ray, Mindy Robinson, Jesse Aaron, Dallas Chandler

Votes: 173

46. Bloody Ballet (2018)

84 min | Horror, Thriller

4.1