12 Dance Movies That Are Still Amazing Despite Their Terrible Plots

Dancing > storyline.

1. Flashdance

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Plot Summary: An exotic dancer (who is also a welder) attempts to get into ballet school.
Redeeming Qualities: Iconic dance moves that will go down in history and a killer ’80s soundtrack.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30%
Real Rating: 100%

2. Footloose

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Plot Summary: A rebellious teen tries to save rock music by dancing his heart out.
Redeeming Qualities: Kevin Bacon and his branded signature moves.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
Real Rating: 100%

3. Breakin’ (Breakdance: The Movie)

Plot Summary: A jazz dancer joins two street dancers to woo street crowds.
Redeeming Qualities: The first movie ever to capture street dance battles on screen.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%
Real Rating: 100%

4. Dirty Dancing

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Plot Summary: A chick named “Baby” falls in love with her camp instructor.
Redeeming Qualities: Sensual and dreamy partner dancing à la Patrick Swayze.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%
Real Rating: 100%

5. Save The Last Dance

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Plot Summary: A Midwestern girl moves to South Side Chicago and falls in love with someone with a checkered past.
Redeeming Qualities: Adorable chemistry and choreography between Julia Stiles and Patrick Thomas.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 53%
Real Rating: 100%

6. You Got Served


Plot Summary: A local dance crew must come up with moves to defeat opposing towns.
Redeeming Qualities: Tight and explosive choreography.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16%
Real Rating: 100%

7. Step Up (The Original)


Plot Summary: A wealthy ballerina falls in love with a roughneck with a bad past.
Redeeming Qualities: The cute-turned-steamy dance scenes between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. And Channing’s abs flashing a good handful of times.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 19%
Real Rating: 100%

8. Honey

Plot Summary: A chick works at a record store, and then opens up a dance studio.
Redeeming Qualities: Don’t even lie: You enjoyed every bit of Jess Alba breaking it down.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%
Real Rating: 100%

9. Stomp The Yard

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Plot Summary: A boy with a tragic past joins a fraternity and gets involved with a stepping competition.
Redeeming Qualities: The energy, skill, and theatrically that goes into stepping and battling.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%
Real Rating: 100%

10. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Plot Summary: A new girl in town competes for a spot on a TV dance show.
Redeeming Qualities: The ultimate cheesy ’80s film you can’t help but adore. Also, baby Sarah Jessica Parker!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%
Real Rating: 100%

11. Center Stage

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Plot Summary: Young dancers compete for spots in a prestigious dance troupe.
Redeeming Qualities: A series of phenomenal and imaginative dance sequences.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%
Real Rating: 100%

12. Saturday Night Fever

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Plot Summary: A paint store clerk rules the disco dance floor.
Redeeming Qualities: Disco. John Travolta. Pelvic Thrusts. You can’t go wrong.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
Real Rating: 100%

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