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The 101 Best Movie Dance Routines Of The Last 35 Years

"God wouldn't have given you maracas if he didn't want you to shake 'em."

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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)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer HamiltonUnder 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.
Columbia Pictures

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.

100. The Sweetest Thing's ode to the male organ (2002)

Choreographed by: Robin AntinRelying on moves popularized by a dozen other films that came before it (but mostly Grease), this salacious song came with an equally memorable dance routine.
Columbia Pictures

Choreographed by: Robin Antin

Relying on moves popularized by a dozen other films that came before it (but mostly Grease), this salacious song came with an equally memorable dance routine.

99. The True Lies tango (1994)

Choreographed by: Lynne HockneyArnold Schwarzenegger managed to get through this elegant routine, elevated by his partner, Tia Carrere.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: Lynne Hockney

Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to get through this elegant routine, elevated by his partner, Tia Carrere.

98. The Big Lebowski bowls 'em over (1998)

Choreographed by: Bill Landrum and Jacqui LandrumWhile this fantasy sequence doesn't feature a ton of dancing, you have to acknowledge any and all pelvic thrusts from The Dude (Jeff Bridges).
Gramercy Pictures

Choreographed by: Bill Landrum and Jacqui Landrum

While this fantasy sequence doesn't feature a ton of dancing, you have to acknowledge any and all pelvic thrusts from The Dude (Jeff Bridges).

97. High School Musical 3: Senior Year goes out on a high note (2008)

Choreographed by: Charles Klapow, Bayli Baker, Bonnie Story, and Kenny OrtegaFor the final performance in HSM history, the gang rocks and rolls at graduation in a classically huge musical number.
Disney

Choreographed by: Charles Klapow, Bayli Baker, Bonnie Story, and Kenny Ortega

For the final performance in HSM history, the gang rocks and rolls at graduation in a classically huge musical number.

96. Pee-wee's Big Adventure gets a big platform (1985)

Choreographed by: Paul ReubensPee-wee (Reubens) charms and disarms a biker bar with this iconic rendition of The Champs' "Tequila Song."
Warner Bros.

Choreographed by: Paul Reubens

Pee-wee (Reubens) charms and disarms a biker bar with this iconic rendition of The Champs' "Tequila Song."

95. Grease 2 wants to "Score Tonight" (1982)

Choreographed by: Patricia Birch, Helena Andreyko, and Greg RosattiThe euphemisms, like Johnny Nogerelli's (Adrian Zmed) shirt, fly fast and loose in this catchy musical moment.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Patricia Birch, Helena Andreyko, and Greg Rosatti

The euphemisms, like Johnny Nogerelli's (Adrian Zmed) shirt, fly fast and loose in this catchy musical moment.

94. Little Miss Sunshine gets her "Super Freak" on (2006)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer HamiltonThe Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, like the Hoover family, will never quite be the same again after Olive (Abigail Breslin) takes the stage for this dance routine that's as charming as it is inappropriate.
Fox Searchlight

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer Hamilton

The Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, like the Hoover family, will never quite be the same again after Olive (Abigail Breslin) takes the stage for this dance routine that's as charming as it is inappropriate.

93. Silver Linings Playbook goes for the gold (2012)

Choreographed by: Mandy Moore and Keith KuhlNot the most flawless routine, but then again, it's not supposed to be.
The Weinstein Company

Choreographed by: Mandy Moore and Keith Kuhl

Not the most flawless routine, but then again, it's not supposed to be.

92. Big makes me beautiful music (1988)

Choreographed by: Patricia BirchOne of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history is more famous for the tunes that come from Tom Hanks' and Robert Loggia's toes, but it wouldn't sound as sweet without their fancy footwork.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: Patricia Birch

One of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history is more famous for the tunes that come from Tom Hanks' and Robert Loggia's toes, but it wouldn't sound as sweet without their fancy footwork.

91. Ferris Bueller's Day Off gets totally '60s (1986)

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Wilbert BradleyFerris (Matthew Broderick) dazzles on "Danke Schoen," but Chicago comes alive through the magic of "Twist and Shout!"
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Wilbert Bradley

Ferris (Matthew Broderick) dazzles on "Danke Schoen," but Chicago comes alive through the magic of "Twist and Shout!"

90. Rolling into Xanadu (1980)

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega, Jerry Trent, Greg Smith, and Bob ThompsonThe only thing more bizarre than Xandau's plot (Greek muses visit Earth to help a painter fully realize his vision) must have been the meeting where producers informed the choreographers all their routines had to be performed on roller skates.
Universal

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega, Jerry Trent, Greg Smith, and Bob Thompson

The only thing more bizarre than Xandau's plot (Greek muses visit Earth to help a painter fully realize his vision) must have been the meeting where producers informed the choreographers all their routines had to be performed on roller skates.

89. Footloose's lesson in busting a move in overalls (1984)

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer HendersonThe only thing more adorable than Ren (Kevin Bacon) dancing is Ren teaching Willard (Chris Penn) to dance.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer Henderson

The only thing more adorable than Ren (Kevin Bacon) dancing is Ren teaching Willard (Chris Penn) to dance.

88. Risky Business invents the no-pants dance (1983)

Choreographed by: Paul Brickman (director) and Tom CruiseTom Cruise lost his pants and gained worldwide popularity after this rendition of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."
The Geffen Company

Choreographed by: Paul Brickman (director) and Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise lost his pants and gained worldwide popularity after this rendition of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."

87. (500) Days Of Summer celebrates the best day ever (2009)

Choreographed by: Michael Rooney, Christian Vincent, and Tracy PhillipsThe only thing that trumps landing your dream girl is performing a jubilant dance routine about it with 100 perfectly synchronized strangers.
Fox Searchlight

Choreographed by: Michael Rooney, Christian Vincent, and Tracy Phillips

The only thing that trumps landing your dream girl is performing a jubilant dance routine about it with 100 perfectly synchronized strangers.

86. Mr. and Mrs. Smith bring the heat (2005)

Choreographed by: Laura BehrThe intense chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really amplifies the rather routine footwork.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: Laura Behr

The intense chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really amplifies the rather routine footwork.

85. Airplane finds the funny in "Stayin' Alive" (1980)

Choreographed by: Tom MahoneyJulie Hagerty is a comedy dream in this silly flashback revealing how the main characters met.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Tom Mahoney

Julie Hagerty is a comedy dream in this silly flashback revealing how the main characters met.

84. Can't Buy Me Love goes "All Night," African anteater-style (1987)

Choreographed by: Paula Abdul and Carlton Jones

Who knew accidentally watching the wrong TV show could result in an entire high school learning The African Anteater Ritual?!?

83. High School Musical 3: Senior Year does prom right (2008)

Choreographed by: Charles Klapow, Bayli Baker, Bonnie Story, and Kenny OrtegaProm will be "A Night To Remember" if these overly concerned high-schoolers have anything to say about it in this frothy celebration of formalwear, which includes an epic Zac Efron pelvic thrust.
Disney

Choreographed by: Charles Klapow, Bayli Baker, Bonnie Story, and Kenny Ortega

Prom will be "A Night To Remember" if these overly concerned high-schoolers have anything to say about it in this frothy celebration of formalwear, which includes an epic Zac Efron pelvic thrust.

82. Natalie's got soul in Charlie's Angels (2000)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer Hamilton

Much like the initially apathetic crowd, it's impossible not to be charmed by Natalie's (Cameron Diaz) unbridled enthusiasm for dancing.

81. Shag lives up to its name (1989)

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Lise LangPudge (Annabeth Gish) and Chip (Scott Coffey) win over the crowd — and one another — with a show-stopping shag routine.
Palace Pictures

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Lise Lang

Pudge (Annabeth Gish) and Chip (Scott Coffey) win over the crowd — and one another — with a show-stopping shag routine.

80. Drumline finds a new beat (2002)

Choreographed by: Brian Williams

Laila (Zoe Saldana) and her Sigma sisters bust out their stepping (and flirting) skills at a frat party.

79. Tom Cruise brings the (Tropic) Thunder (2008)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Michelle ElkinWhile we clearly knew Tom Cruise could dance (See No. 88), the world's mouth was collectively agape after watching him tear up the floor with this badass hip-hop routine.
Dreamworks SKG

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Michelle Elkin

While we clearly knew Tom Cruise could dance (See No. 88), the world's mouth was collectively agape after watching him tear up the floor with this badass hip-hop routine.

78. Reality Bites, but it's pretty great in a minimart (1994)

Choreographed by: It's not confirmed, but presumably Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Winona Ryder, and Steve Zahn

One of the most relatably adorable instances of cinematic dancing, ever.

77. The Save The Last Dance duet (2001)

Choreographed by: Fatima RobinsonSara (Julia Stiles) and Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) take their act out in public and crush the dancefloor with this hip-hop routine.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Fatima Robinson

Sara (Julia Stiles) and Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) take their act out in public and crush the dancefloor with this hip-hop routine.

76. A sparkly Footloose finale (1984)

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer HendersonConsidering Footloose takes place in a town that outlawed dancing, there are a lot of really good dancers at this prom ... thankfully.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer Henderson

Considering Footloose takes place in a town that outlawed dancing, there are a lot of really good dancers at this prom ... thankfully.

75. Hippies invade The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Choreographed by: Anne FletcherThe love flowed heavily after Andy (Steve Carell) finally lost his virginity, thanks to this absolutely ridiculous but utterly wonderful Hair double act.
Universal Pictures

Choreographed by: Anne Fletcher

The love flowed heavily after Andy (Steve Carell) finally lost his virginity, thanks to this absolutely ridiculous but utterly wonderful Hair double act.

74. Three's not a crowd in Take The Lead (2006)

Choreographed by: JoAnn Fregalette Jansen, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, and Allen WallsA tango threesome sends this movie out on a high note.
New Line Cinema

Choreographed by: JoAnn Fregalette Jansen, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, and Allen Walls

A tango threesome sends this movie out on a high note.

73. Sam rocks well in Charlie's Angels (2000)

Choreographed by: Sam Rockwell, Marguerite Derricks, and Jennifer Hamilton

Sam Rockwell's smooth footwork has worked its way into a half dozen films, but it first hit the screen in this blockbuster with the magic of Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says" behind it.

72. Shall We Dance gets steamy (2004)

Choreographed by: Joann Jansen and Liz CurtisThis electric routine looks even better in the dark.
Miramax

Choreographed by: Joann Jansen and Liz Curtis

This electric routine looks even better in the dark.

71. All That Jazz hits "Broadway" (1979)

Choreographed by: Bob Fosse, Gene Foote, and Kathryn DobyWhile there are more memorable routines, the beauty of "On Broadway" is how perfectly it conveys the sheer volume of dancers clamoring for the same spot.
Columbia Pictures

Choreographed by: Bob Fosse, Gene Foote, and Kathryn Doby

While there are more memorable routines, the beauty of "On Broadway" is how perfectly it conveys the sheer volume of dancers clamoring for the same spot.

70. Save The Last Dance's last dance (2001)

Choreographed by: Randy Duncan and Fatima RobinsonThe whole movie has led to this: A smooth ballet/R&B hybrid that Julia Stiles performed much of herself. Mad props.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Randy Duncan and Fatima Robinson

The whole movie has led to this: A smooth ballet/R&B hybrid that Julia Stiles performed much of herself. Mad props.

69. A grand entrance to the Moulin Rouge (2001)

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: John O'Connell, Sheree Da Costa, and Pamela French

A trio of back-to-back-to-back spectacularly energetic performances introduce Christian (Ewan McGregor) to the Moulin Rouge: The Can-Can, "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," and "Rhythm of the Night."

68. Boogie Nights captures the magic of the '70s (1997)

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman and Anne Fletcher

This quintessential '70s sequence immortalizes Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) at the exact moment his naiveté meets fame.

67. Mean Girls' quartet gets in the holiday spirit (2004)

Choreographed by: Donna FeoreFour new names were etched on Santa's Naughty List thanks to that perfectly synchronized thigh slap.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Donna Feore

Four new names were etched on Santa's Naughty List thanks to that perfectly synchronized thigh slap.

66. Everyone secretly learned this routine from She's All That (1999)

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman and Anne FletcherThis reignited the trend requiring all teen movies to feature an overly complex dance routine that everyone at prom inexplicably knows how to perform flawlessly. (Also, can we bring that back now? Please and thank you!)
Miramax

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman and Anne Fletcher

This reignited the trend requiring all teen movies to feature an overly complex dance routine that everyone at prom inexplicably knows how to perform flawlessly. (Also, can we bring that back now? Please and thank you!)

65. Grease 2 heats up with "Cool Rider" (1982)

Choreographed by: Patricia Birch, Helena Andreyko, and Greg RosattiA dating profile never looked or sounded as sexy as Stephanie's (Michelle Pfeiffer) melodic, ladder-climbing classified ad.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Patricia Birch, Helena Andreyko, and Greg Rosatti

A dating profile never looked or sounded as sexy as Stephanie's (Michelle Pfeiffer) melodic, ladder-climbing classified ad.

64. Chicago gets a double act (2002)

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Denise Faye, and Joey Pizzi, with a special thanks to Bob FosseCatherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger prove that two is always better than one (except when it's not ... but keep reading for that).
Miramax

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Denise Faye, and Joey Pizzi, with a special thanks to Bob Fosse

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger prove that two is always better than one (except when it's not ... but keep reading for that).

63. Meet the men of Magic Mike (2012)

Choreographed by: Alison Faulk and Teresa EspinosaChanning Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, and Kevin Nash put your money where their mouth is in this attention-grabbing group number.
Warner Bros.

Choreographed by: Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa

Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, and Kevin Nash put your money where their mouth is in this attention-grabbing group number.

62. Footloose gets a new addition (2011)

Choreographed by: Jamal Sims and Dondraico JohnsonFor the most part, this 2011 reimagining simply revisits all the iconic routines from the 1984 original — but this elaborate update on the kids' night out is a foot-stomping good time.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Jamal Sims and Dondraico Johnson

For the most part, this 2011 reimagining simply revisits all the iconic routines from the 1984 original — but this elaborate update on the kids' night out is a foot-stomping good time.

61. From strippers to Showgirls (1995)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks, Michelle Elkin, Andrea Moen, and Nancy O'MearaAfter a rocky start, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) nails her opening night performance in Goddess. Now, can anyone tell me what the fuck this batshit show is actually about?
MGM

Choreographed by: Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks, Michelle Elkin, Andrea Moen, and Nancy O'Meara

After a rocky start, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) nails her opening night performance in Goddess. Now, can anyone tell me what the fuck this batshit show is actually about?

60. The Breakfast Club's dancebreak (1985)

Choreographed by: Dorain Grusman

Sometimes ya just gotta dance it out after a long morning of mental and emotional upheaval. Also, weed.

59. The "time" is right at Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997)

Choreographed by: Smith Wordes"I told you it would pay off to go to those clubs every night." —Romy White being right as fuck.
Touchstone Pictures

Choreographed by: Smith Wordes

"I told you it would pay off to go to those clubs every night." —Romy White being right as fuck.

58. You Got Served opens with a bang (2004)

Choreographed by: Shane Sparks, Dave Scott, and Robert HoffmanMost dance movies save their best routine for the end, not Served. It comes outta the gate hard and fast with a killer battle that puts everyone on notice.
Screen Gems

Choreographed by: Shane Sparks, Dave Scott, and Robert Hoffman

Most dance movies save their best routine for the end, not Served. It comes outta the gate hard and fast with a killer battle that puts everyone on notice.

57. Something Borrowed pushes it (2011)

Choreographed by: John CarrafaWith a quick — and smart — shout-out to their sixth grade talent show, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have complete freedom to spontaneously perform a perfectly choreographed dance routine.
Warner Bros.

Choreographed by: John Carrafa

With a quick — and smart — shout-out to their sixth grade talent show, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have complete freedom to spontaneously perform a perfectly choreographed dance routine.

56. Honey's sweet success (2003)

Choreographed by: Luther A. Brown, Laurieann Gibson, Monica Gomez, Kennis Marquis, and Vergi RodriguezYou will believe in Honey's (Jessica Alba) talents as a choreographer after watching her students bring the thunder in this showcase.
Universal

Choreographed by: Luther A. Brown, Laurieann Gibson, Monica Gomez, Kennis Marquis, and Vergi Rodriguez

You will believe in Honey's (Jessica Alba) talents as a choreographer after watching her students bring the thunder in this showcase.

55. A laser-focused Step Up 3D routine (2010)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi YaziciogluTen minutes of insane popping, locking, tricking, flipping, and battling. In the immortal words of Miss Britney Jean Spears, "Gimme more!"
Summit

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi Yazicioglu

Ten minutes of insane popping, locking, tricking, flipping, and battling. In the immortal words of Miss Britney Jean Spears, "Gimme more!"

54. Welcome to Coyote Ugly (2000)

Choreographed by: Travis Payne, Udee McGeoy, and Stacy WalkerThe audience and Jersey, née Violet (Piper Perabo), get its first introduction to the wild world of Coyote Ugly through a testosterone-triggering routine that includes ass slapping, hair flipping, and fire dancing.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Choreographed by: Travis Payne, Udee McGeoy, and Stacy Walker

The audience and Jersey, née Violet (Piper Perabo), get its first introduction to the wild world of Coyote Ugly through a testosterone-triggering routine that includes ass slapping, hair flipping, and fire dancing.

53. Make your own Fame (1980)

Choreographed by: Louis Falco and William GornellThanks to this spontaneous block party, you'll have no trouble remembering anyone's name.
MGM

Choreographed by: Louis Falco and William Gornell

Thanks to this spontaneous block party, you'll have no trouble remembering anyone's name.

52. Get ready to Step Up (2006)

Choreographed by: Anne Fletcher, Rosero McCoy, Jamal Sims, and Zachary WoodleeThe prevailing dance franchise all began with a white hot contemporary/hip-hop-hybrid that spawned (at least) four sequels and one real-life marriage for stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
Touchstone

Choreographed by: Anne Fletcher, Rosero McCoy, Jamal Sims, and Zachary Woodlee

The prevailing dance franchise all began with a white hot contemporary/hip-hop-hybrid that spawned (at least) four sequels and one real-life marriage for stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.

51. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... and backflips (1985)

Choreographed by: Otis Sallid and Steve LaChance

Janie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Jeff (Lee Montgomery) have been working for this moment to show their stuff on dance T.V. and they absolutely kill it with acrobatics that would even impress McKayla Maroney.

50. That Footloose feeling can strike anywhere (1984)

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer HendersonMixing intricate aerials and equally complex emotion-driven choreo, Ren's warehouse freakout is a breakout moment for the iconic film.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Spencer Henderson

Mixing intricate aerials and equally complex emotion-driven choreo, Ren's warehouse freakout is a breakout moment for the iconic film.

49. Pitch Perfect perfects its ladies night (2002)

Choreographed by: Aakomon Jones and Kyndra Reevey"We just wanna make the world dance." And that you did, Bellas. That you did.
Universal

Choreographed by: Aakomon Jones and Kyndra Reevey

"We just wanna make the world dance." And that you did, Bellas. That you did.

48. Joyful Noise brings the funk (2012)

Choreographed by: Michele LynchClearly ripping off the finale of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, but who's complaining about thematic similarities when the end result is this energizing?
Alcon Entertainment

Choreographed by: Michele Lynch

Clearly ripping off the finale of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, but who's complaining about thematic similarities when the end result is this energizing?

47. Beetlejuice forces a new day (1988)

Choreographed by: Chrissy BocchinoDemonic possession has never been more fun than it was in Catherine O'Hara's hands, as she leads a dinner party in the most unexpected Jamaican sing-along ever.
The Geffen Company

Choreographed by: Chrissy Bocchino

Demonic possession has never been more fun than it was in Catherine O'Hara's hands, as she leads a dinner party in the most unexpected Jamaican sing-along ever.

46. Flashdance is more than a "Feeling" (1983)

Choreographed by: Jeffrey HornadayWhile "Maniac" might dominate viewers' memories, the real dancing is happening in Alex's (Jennifer Beals) final audition.
Paramount

Choreographed by: Jeffrey Hornaday

While "Maniac" might dominate viewers' memories, the real dancing is happening in Alex's (Jennifer Beals) final audition.

45. The Addams Family throws one hell of a party (1991)

Choreographed by: Peter Anastos and Victoria HallThe fictional "Mamushka" blends swordplay and fast footwork to create a dizzying display of agility.
Orion Pictures

Choreographed by: Peter Anastos and Victoria Hall

The fictional "Mamushka" blends swordplay and fast footwork to create a dizzying display of agility.

44. Dance Billy Elliot, dance! (2000)

Choreographed by: Peter Darling and Lynne Page

This anger-fueled tap routine proves that sometimes it's best to just dance it out.

43. There's nothing The Wedding Planner can't do (2001)

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman and Anne FletcherJennifer Lopez slays this fiery tango, while Matthew McConaughey is no slouch, keeping a killer frame and wearing a very well-fitting pair of pants.
Columbia Pictures

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman and Anne Fletcher

Jennifer Lopez slays this fiery tango, while Matthew McConaughey is no slouch, keeping a killer frame and wearing a very well-fitting pair of pants.

42. A second stab at Fame (2009)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks, Lyle Beniga, Jennifer Hamilton, and Dan Domenech, So You Think You Can Dance scene-stealer Kherington Payne runs away with this movie's most memorable routine, set to Sam Sparro's sublime "Black & Gold."
MGM

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks, Lyle Beniga, Jennifer Hamilton, and Dan Domenech,

So You Think You Can Dance scene-stealer Kherington Payne runs away with this movie's most memorable routine, set to Sam Sparro's sublime "Black & Gold."

41. Britney stans for Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Michelle Elkin

Mike Myers' star-studded franchise tapped Britney Spears — at her ab-flaunting peak — to cameo in the dance-tastic opening credits sequence and revealing, in the process, that she's a Fembot (duh).

40. John Travolta is Stayin' Alive (1983)

Choreographed by: Dennon Rawlesand Sayhber RawlesWhile nowhere near as good as Saturday Night Fever, this Broadway-set sequel did feature an insanely long staged sequence, accounting for nearly 20 minutes of intricate choreography.
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Dennon Rawlesand Sayhber Rawles

While nowhere near as good as Saturday Night Fever, this Broadway-set sequel did feature an insanely long staged sequence, accounting for nearly 20 minutes of intricate choreography.

39. Step Up Revolution sends out a call to arms (2012)

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis WallThis incendiary seamlessly blends, what feels like, two dozens styles of dance into a tightly packed denouement.
Summit

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis Wall

This incendiary seamlessly blends, what feels like, two dozens styles of dance into a tightly packed denouement.

38. Hairspray finds the "Beat" (2007)

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman, Anne Fletcher, Jamal Sims, Joey Pizzi, and Zach WoodleeEven John Travolta's fat suit shaking can't stop the sense of inescapable fun coursing throughout this stunning pastiche of '60s-styles.
New Line Cinema

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman, Anne Fletcher, Jamal Sims, Joey Pizzi, and Zach Woodlee

Even John Travolta's fat suit shaking can't stop the sense of inescapable fun coursing throughout this stunning pastiche of '60s-styles.

37. Step Up 3D storms the streets (2010)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi YaziciogluAdam Sevani and Alyson Stoner fly through the streets of New York City and remix a classic for a new generation.
Summit

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi Yazicioglu

Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner fly through the streets of New York City and remix a classic for a new generation.

36. Moulin Rouge offers a "Spectacular" experience (2001)

Choreographed by: John O'Connell, Pamela French, and Sheree Da CostaA high degree of skill is required to create a routine that feels this insanely spontaneous.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: John O'Connell, Pamela French, and Sheree Da Costa

A high degree of skill is required to create a routine that feels this insanely spontaneous.

35. Nine is a ten (2009)

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Denise Faye, Tara Nicole Hughes, and Joey PizziKate Hudson delivers this mod routine with such a boundless sense of effervescence that it's not surprising the performance dominated promotional materials for the movie. Also, her hairography is unrivaled.
The Weinstein Company

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Denise Faye, Tara Nicole Hughes, and Joey Pizzi

Kate Hudson delivers this mod routine with such a boundless sense of effervescence that it's not surprising the performance dominated promotional materials for the movie. Also, her hairography is unrivaled.

34. Step Up 2: The Streets passes the baton (2008)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, and Jamal Sims

Channing Tatum returns to hand off the reins to Briana Evigan in a killer club battle that starts with trampolines and ends with your applause.

33. Putting the "Dirty" in Dirty Dancing (1987)

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Miranda GarrisonThis scene is all watermelons and sweaty, writhing bodies until Patrick Swayze and Cynthia Rhodes arrive to class up the joint and answer the immortal question: "Do You Love Me?"
Vestron Pictures

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Miranda Garrison

This scene is all watermelons and sweaty, writhing bodies until Patrick Swayze and Cynthia Rhodes arrive to class up the joint and answer the immortal question: "Do You Love Me?"

32. 13 Going on 30 looks to the King of Pop (2004)

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer HamiltonMining her not-too-distant childhood, Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) unites a crowd of too-cool hipsters with a charming recreation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Revolution Studios

Choreographed by: Marguerite Derricks and Jennifer Hamilton

Mining her not-too-distant childhood, Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) unites a crowd of too-cool hipsters with a charming recreation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

31. This routine is Love, Actually (2003)

Choreographed by: Jonathan Lunn

Nothing says celebration like an unplanned — and unstoppable — dance routine. Even if it's through 10 Downing Street.

30. A Drop Dead Gorgeous routine (1999)

Choreographed by: Jerry Mitchell and Pamela Remler

Even if she wasn't surrounded by second-tier talent (which is being generous), Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) would have wowed the Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant with this rousing tap routine.

29. Auto-motivated in How She Move (2007)

Choreographed by: Hi-Hat, Dante Corde, and Troy KirbyIgnited by a transformative opening, this car-centric finale routine is unlike anything you've ever seen on screen.
Paramount Vantage

Choreographed by: Hi-Hat, Dante Corde, and Troy Kirby

Ignited by a transformative opening, this car-centric finale routine is unlike anything you've ever seen on screen.

28. A Hairspray routine worth running to see (2007)

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman, Anne Fletcher, Jamal Sims, Joey Pizzi, and Zach WoodleeTracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) learns a whole new way to dance in detention from Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) and his sister Inez (Taylor Parks).
New Line Cinema

Choreographed by: Adam Shankman, Anne Fletcher, Jamal Sims, Joey Pizzi, and Zach Woodlee

Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) learns a whole new way to dance in detention from Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) and his sister Inez (Taylor Parks).

27. Billy Elliot impresses his father (2000)

Choreographed by: Peter DarlingThe culmination of Billy's hard work comes to light for his father (Gary Lewis) in a dazzling display of phenomenal footwork.
Universal Focus

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.

26. A contemporary classic from Step Up Revolution (2012)

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis WallThe contemporary routine that caps off the franchise's fourth installment is a stunning work of art, showcasing the tremendous talents of lead Kathryn McCormick.
Summit

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis Wall

The contemporary routine that caps off the franchise's fourth installment is a stunning work of art, showcasing the tremendous talents of lead Kathryn McCormick.

25. Roxanne visits the Moulin Rouge (2001)

Choreographed by: John O'Connell, Sheree Da Costa, and Pamela FrenchFor all the film's pomp and circumstance, the single greatest routine in Moulin Rouge doesn't feature stars Nicole Kidman or Ewan McGregor, nor does it rely on quick-cutting and hyper-surreal visuals. Instead, the camera is trained on an intense tango that has far-reaching results.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: John O'Connell, Sheree Da Costa, and Pamela French

For all the film's pomp and circumstance, the single greatest routine in Moulin Rouge doesn't feature stars Nicole Kidman or Ewan McGregor, nor does it rely on quick-cutting and hyper-surreal visuals. Instead, the camera is trained on an intense tango that has far-reaching results.

24. Show me how you Burlesque (2010)

Choreographed by: Denise Faye, Joey Pizzi, Aisha Francis, Tara Nicole Hughes, JaQuel Knight, and Melanie LewisChristina Aguilera, Julianne Hough, and Kristen Bell lead an army of able ladies in this rolicking routine that is part Pussycat Dolls, part pop music video, and all incredible.
Screen Gems

Choreographed by: Denise Faye, Joey Pizzi, Aisha Francis, Tara Nicole Hughes, JaQuel Knight, and Melanie Lewis

Christina Aguilera, Julianne Hough, and Kristen Bell lead an army of able ladies in this rolicking routine that is part Pussycat Dolls, part pop music video, and all incredible.

23. The Masked man sure knows how to dance (1994)

Choreographed by: Jerry Evans, Mark Martinez, and Marlene LangDiaz was an instant star after her screen debut, while Jim Carrey showed he was more than a funny face with this fast-paced — and jaw-dropping — routine.
New Line Cinema

Choreographed by: Jerry Evans, Mark Martinez, and Marlene Lang

Diaz was an instant star after her screen debut, while Jim Carrey showed he was more than a funny face with this fast-paced — and jaw-dropping — routine.

22. All eyes on Magic Mike (2012)

Choreographed by: Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa

Just Channing Tatum, some Ginuwine, and the world's rapt attention.

21. All That Jazz and then some (1979)

Choreographed by: Bob Fosse, Gene Foote, and Kathryn DobyQuintessential Fosse, an essential experience.
Columbia Pictures

Choreographed by: Bob Fosse, Gene Foote, and Kathryn Doby

Quintessential Fosse, an essential experience.

20. The reign of Step Up 2: The Streets won't let up (2008)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, and Jamal Sims

The wetter, the better — at least that's how it felt watching this divine rain dance.

19. A Titanic dance break, right ahead (1997)

Choreographed by: Lynne HockneyWhile nothing about Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose's (Kate Winslet) love was easy, this quickie dance in third class steerage is the stuff dreams are made of.
20th Century Fox

Choreographed by: Lynne Hockney

While nothing about Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose's (Kate Winslet) love was easy, this quickie dance in third class steerage is the stuff dreams are made of.

18. The soles of The Artist (2012)

Choreographed by: Fabien Ruiz and Elodie HecThis winning film is capped off with an equally exceptional tap routine, courtesy of stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.
The Weinstein Company

Choreographed by: Fabien Ruiz and Elodie Hec

This winning film is capped off with an equally exceptional tap routine, courtesy of stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.

17. Jody's break from Center Stage (2000)

Choreographed by: Susan Stroman, Lisa Shriver, and Christopher WheeldonTo quote their instructor, "Just dance the shiiiiit out of it."
Columbia Pictures

Choreographed by: Susan Stroman, Lisa Shriver, and Christopher Wheeldon

To quote their instructor, "Just dance the shiiiiit out of it."

16. Step Up Revolution takes you for a ride (2012)

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis WallEstablishing the film's anti-establishment tone, the first of The Mob's many performance pieces sets a high bar: shutting down Miami's main drag with hydraulic cars and stop-you-in-your-tracks moves.
Summit Entertainment

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis Wall

Establishing the film's anti-establishment tone, the first of The Mob's many performance pieces sets a high bar: shutting down Miami's main drag with hydraulic cars and stop-you-in-your-tracks moves.

15. Prepare to Stomp The Yard (2007)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott and Chuck MaldonadoThe intensely powerful second battle showcases some of the hardest-hitting moves ever captured on screen, courtesy of Chris Brown, Columbus Short, and the two sparring crews.
Rainforest Films

Choreographed by: Dave Scott and Chuck Maldonado

The intensely powerful second battle showcases some of the hardest-hitting moves ever captured on screen, courtesy of Chris Brown, Columbus Short, and the two sparring crews.

14. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit will fill you with love (1993)

Choreographed by: Michael Peters and Eartha RobinsonThe standard by which all final act cinematic talent show/competitions are judged. And more than 20 years later, no film has surpassed "Joyful, Joyful" in terms of unbridled pleasure. If you can make it through this routine without smiling like a doofus, well... I feel bad for you.
Touchstone Pictures

Choreographed by: Michael Peters and Eartha Robinson

The standard by which all final act cinematic talent show/competitions are judged. And more than 20 years later, no film has surpassed "Joyful, Joyful" in terms of unbridled pleasure. If you can make it through this routine without smiling like a doofus, well... I feel bad for you.

13. A solo act in Chicago (2002)

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Denise Faye, and Joey Pizzi, with a special thanks to Bob FosseCZJ may sing that she "Can't Do It Alone," but all evidence works to the contrary. Easily the number that cemented her 2003 Academy Awards win, the real razzle dazzle is Jones here.
Miramax

Choreographed by: Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Denise Faye, and Joey Pizzi, with a special thanks to Bob Fosse

CZJ may sing that she "Can't Do It Alone," but all evidence works to the contrary. Easily the number that cemented her 2003 Academy Awards win, the real razzle dazzle is Jones here.

12. Slumdog Millionaire introduces Bollywood to the world (2008)

Choreographed by: Longiness FernandesLong one of the world's most popular dance styles, Bollywood came to America in a big way, thanks to the final scene of this Oscar juggernaut.
Fox Searchlight

Choreographed by: Longiness Fernandes

Long one of the world's most popular dance styles, Bollywood came to America in a big way, thanks to the final scene of this Oscar juggernaut.

11. Do The Right Thing starts with a T.K.O. (1989)

Choreographed by: Rosie Perez and Otis Sallid

The flyest girl there ever was, Rosie Perez dances her way through the film's opening credits, quickly cementing the film's place in the world and forever associating her with this era.

10. Step Up 3D hits hard in Red Hook (2010)

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi YaziciogluMaximizing the 3D format, The Red Hook Round brings an intensity as battle lines are drawn and quickly eviscerated. This routine sets a new franchise standard for intricate choreography.
Summit

Choreographed by: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims, and Giggi Yazicioglu

Maximizing the 3D format, The Red Hook Round brings an intensity as battle lines are drawn and quickly eviscerated. This routine sets a new franchise standard for intricate choreography.

9. Natalie Portman becomes the Black Swan (2010)

Choreographed by: Benjamin Millepied and Kurt FromanThe 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.
Fox Searchlight

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.

8. Coming To America is a gift to dance (1989)

Choreographed by: Paula AbdulIf you're not wowed by the size and speed this perfectly synchronized army of dancers, at least marvel at the costumes!
Paramount Pictures

Choreographed by: Paula Abdul

If you're not wowed by the size and speed this perfectly synchronized army of dancers, at least marvel at the costumes!

7. A League of Their Own has got that swing (1992)

Choreographed by: Lou Conte

With the camera trained on her face almost the entire time, you gotta give it up to Madonna for performing — perfectly, at that — the entirety of this sensational swing routine.

6. Pulp Fiction hits up Jack Rabbit Slims (1994)

Choreographed by: It's not confirmed, but presumably Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman

Effortlessly cool, this laid-back twist has rightfully found a place in pop culture history.

5. How She Move like that?!? (2007)

Choreographed by: Hi-Hat, Dante Corde, and Troy Kirby

While women often battle it out within the context of larger group routines, it's rare for a film to showcase a prolonged showdown between two gifted ladies. Rutina Wesley and Tre Armstrong show Hollywood why that's such a massive mistake with this astounding face-off.

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 FosseA troupe of dozens, led by Catherine Zeta-Jones, brings the heat in this majestic ode to justifiable murder.
Miramax

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.

3. Step Up Revolution suits up (2012)

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis WallBy realizing their routines need to stand for something greater, The Mob produces a powerful performance that incorporates a smattering of styles and tackles corporate greed in the most beautiful way imaginable.
Summit

Choreographed by: Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado, Jamal Sims, and Travis Wall

By realizing their routines need to stand for something greater, The Mob produces a powerful performance that incorporates a smattering of styles and tackles corporate greed in the most beautiful way imaginable.

2. Baby nails her Dirty Dancing lift (1987)

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Miranda GarrisonOne of the most beloved films of all time culminates in an equally adored routine that includes the single most iconic image in cinematic choreography.
Vestron Pictures

Choreographed by: Kenny Ortega and Miranda Garrison

One of the most beloved films of all time culminates in an equally adored routine that includes the single most iconic image in cinematic choreography.

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.