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Top Ten Best Movie Dance Scenes

Updated on October 1, 2014

Top Ten Best Movie Dance Scenes

Dancing Scenes in movies are some the most beloved and memorable parts of the movie. They are more about what the characters are going through or what they are feeling than the about choreography. The context and staging can make the scene more interesting than any fancy spins or footwork.

This page looks at the Top Ten Best Movie Dance Scenes. They are ranked by the dance, what the characters are feeling and memorability.

Keira Knightley & Matt Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice
Keira Knightley & Matt Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice

Number #10

Pride and Prejudice

Lizzie (Keira Knightley) and Darcy (Matt Macfadyen) dance a a reel together during a ball in Pride and Prejudice. During their dance they exchange witty yet snarky banter. The gentle violin music contrasts with the cool tone of the characters but also compliments it. It's a tense dance between these characters who do not understand each other.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr and Mrs Smith
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr and Mrs Smith

Number #9

Mr and Mrs Smith

Another tense dance, in this one John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie) dance a disarming tango (pardon the pun) in Mr and Mrs Smith. In this movie two assassins who are married to each other but don't know it and are hired to kill each other. In this tango they are cold and disarm each other and discuss why their marriage failed. The dance is smoldering and the characters are cold.

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida
Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd in Frida

Number #8

Frida

After winning a drinking contest, Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) wins a dance with the lovely Tina (Ashley Judd). It's a steamy tango and you can tell that both characters are having fun dancing with each other. It's an entertaining dance interlude. The dance is extenuated with Lila Downs' singing.

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind
Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind

Number #7

Gone with the Wind

Widow Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) causes an uproar when she accept a bid to dance with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind. They dance two dances; a reel and waltz. It's the waltz that makes this list. It's a sweet waltz but in dancing it shows both characters' lack of concern for social customs. During the waltz Scarlett flirts and Rhett tells her what her to one day say that she loves him which Scarlett sweetly tells him that will never happen.

Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge
Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge

Number #6

Waterloo Bridge

This dance is gorgeous. Roy (Robert Taylor) and Myra (Vivien Leigh) meet by chance and though they know their time together is short as war tears them apart they decided to go out to dinner. The final dance is called the "Farewell Waltz" to the song Auld Lang Syne. As the waltz starts all the light go out except for candlelight. As the waltz progresses the musician put out the candles so that they room in completely dark by the end. This dance is where the characters fall in love and by the end the share their first kiss.

Shahrukh and Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Shahrukh and Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Number #5

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Bollywood is known for its over-the-top dance sequences so it's really says about the magic of this scene to make the list. In this scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, former school friends, Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol) escape the rain and dance in a gazebo. Here their budding romance comes to a head and this dance show that they are not longer just friends. It's a steamy yet simple dance that's wonderful to watch.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and  Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro

Number #4

The Mask of Zorro

As a means for getting attention Alejandro a.k.a Zorro (Antonio Banderas) asks Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to dance. The dance a Pasadoble. The two share a very passion spirited dance which showcases their inner personalities and sets up their love. It's romantic fiery and entertaining dance scene.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic

Number #3

Titanic

One of the most beloved scenes in Titanic is this dance scene. This dance scene showcases Rose's spirited and fun-loving personality. It also sets the stage for Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) to fall in love. It's a fun and entertaining scene that captures the characters perfectly.

Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in The Labyrinth
Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in The Labyrinth

Number #2

The Labyrinth

On a quest to save her brother, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) eats a poison peach, forgets everything and get traps in a bubble by the Goblin King, Jareth (David Bowie). In the bubble Jareth has set up a ball. The ball represents Sarah's dreams but this adult-world frightens her. Jareth takes advantage of this and after a bit of chase the two dance but a looming danger makes Sarah run off and she breaks the bubble. It's a great bit of character growth from Sarah who wants to be an adult but rejects it when confronted by the prospect. The scene is lovely. It has an Art Nouveau and Venetian feel to it and the song "As the World Falls down" sung by David Bowie adds another facet to Jareth's character.

Belle and the Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Belle and the Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Number #1

Beauty and the Beast

The ballroom scene from Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful scene that is magical. Belle and the Beast take the floor and while the Beast is a bit nervous Belle is confident. As they dance the Beast gains some confidence and Belle put her head on his shoulder signifying her comfort with him. The dance shows there budding romance and it lovely to watch. The dance is made perfect by Angela Lansbury singing "Tale as Old as Time."

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and  Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      You forgot the high school dance in "Grease!"

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