If you've been busting moves in quarantine, maybe it's time to pick up some new dancing inspiration. Wonderwall.com has rounded up the best dance movies available to stream, buy or rent right now, starting with one that's celebrating a big anniversary: "Center Stage"! May 12, 2020, marks 20 years since this film was released in theaters. The coming-of-age story about ballet dancers starred a young Zoe Saldana and Amanda Schull and featured some amazing choreography plus a drama-filled storyline. And who could forget that ballet sequence in the final performance that featured a routine to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and Jamiroquai's "Just Dance"? Stream it on Netflix tonight — or keep reading for more dance movie options…
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Ready to cut loose? Watch the rebellious kids of "Footloose" — including star Kevin Bacon — and see how they helped overturn a ban on dancing! The classic 1984 film is available to buy or rent on YouTube, Apple or Amazon tonight!
Was there ever a couple who could glide across the floor more beautifully than Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire? Doesn't seem like it. They sure were dreamy in 1936's "Swing Time," which you can currently rent or purchase on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
In 2001's "Save the Last Dance," Julia Stiles played a ballet dancer coping with the death of her mom. After moving to a new school in Chicago after moving in with her dad, she falls for Sean Patrick Thomas's Derek, who helps her get her dancing mojo back. They soon fall for one another, but being a couple comes with problems. Make a movie night out of this sweet flick by buying or renting it on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
We'd be remiss if we didn't include one of the classic dance movies of the '80s — "Flashdance"! Jennifer Beals starred in this romantic drama that saw her character, Alex, training to become a professional ballerina. Stream this one on Showtime or rent or buy it on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
"Burlesque" saw singer Christina Aguilera starring as a burlesque club dancer and featured plenty of killer tunes plus a talented supporting cast that included Cher, Julianne Hough and Kristen Bell. This one's currently streaming on Netflix and is also available to purchase or rent on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
In 2007's "Stomp the Yard" starring Columbus Short, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, dance battles highlighted the best of the krump dancing craze and step competitions between black fraternities. Feel like checking this one out? You have options: Stream it on Showtime or rent or buy it via YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
Though it's not your typical dance flick, 2012's "Magic Mike" certainly deserves a spot on the list. The movie about male strippers included some iconic dance scenes — including Channing Tatum grooving to Ginuwine's "Pony." Stream it on Amazon Prime Video anytime!
Detailed ballet and modern dance routines were on display in the 1980 teen musical drama "Fame," which gave us a close-up look at the intense training that goes into making it in the performing arts. Buy or rent the classic on YouTube, Apple or Amazon to check out their moves.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, who called it quits in 2018 after nine years of marriage, fell in love while working on 2006's "Step Up." Their chemistry was wild and their skills were on-point, especially in the final dance scene, which mixed hip hop and ballet. Stream it on Hulu or Showtime, or snag it for purchase or rent on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
The abundance of talent in the 1943 musical "Stormy Weather" is unreal. It was one of the first films with an all African American cast (Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers and Bill Robinson starred). The dancing is superb in this historical gem. Buy or rent it on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
Jessica Alba starred as an aspiring hip-hop choreographer and dancer in 2003's "Honey." See her bust some moves in this fun flick, which you can buy or rent on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
Most dance flicks are peppy and charming. But 2010's "Black Swan" starring Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Mila Kunis was dark and eerie. That gave the film's exquisitely technical ballet routines, which were choreographed by French dancer Benjamin Millepied (who's now Natalie's husband), an air of mystery and allure. Stream it on HBO Now or Cinemax, or purchase or rent it via YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
May disco reign! 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" starring Karen Lynn Gorney and John Travolta proved the actor could really shake it and highlighted some of the greatest moves of the era. (It also had a killer soundtrack featuring the Bee Gees.) If you're feeling nostalgic for this time period, you can stream this flick on Starz or rent or buy it via YouTube or Apple.
A young Jamie Bell starred in "Billy Elliot," the 2000 British dance drama about a young boy following his dreams of making it in the ballet world. You can stream this sweet film on Showtime or buy or rent it on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze were everything in 1987's "Dirty Dancing," especially in that final dance scene where he romantically sweeps her off her feet with an epic lift. Buy or rent this classic on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
Liza Minnelli is raw, sexy and bendy in 1972's "Cabaret." Need a tutorial on how to work some sweet moves on a chair? Check her "Mein Herr" performance when you purchase or rent the flick on YouTube, Apple or Amazon today.
The beauty of ballet is captured in detail in 1948's "The Red Shoes" starring Moira Shearer as an elegant dancer striving to become a prima ballerina. Buy or rent it on YouTube, Google Play or Amazon.
The lyrics of "America" — about the perks and pitfalls of making it in the so-called free world — from 1961's "West Side Story" are just as relevant today. So are Rita Moreno's saucy dance moves, which are incredible. Equal parts musical and dance inspiration, this enduring classic can be caught streaming on Starz or purchased or rented on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
All hail this classic feel-good movie musical with catchy tunes and equally catchy dance moves performed by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor — 1952's "Singin' in the Rain." Buy or rent it on YouTube, Apple or Amazon.
The King of Pop starred in 1988's "Michael Jackson's Moonwalker," a musical art film that featured the extended version of his "Smooth Criminal" music video. There's no match for his ridiculously, well, smooth moves in the 1920s nightclub-set project. This one's available to buy or rent today on Amazon.