25 Memorable Movie Dance Scenes
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8. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
A bar full of bikers is no match for Pee-Wee’s “Tequila” moves. After all, he’s a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
7. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Coen Brothers and company put a trippy comic spin on some Busby Berkeley-style choreography as The Dude, drugged by Jackie Treehorn, descends a staircase and drops in to see what condition his condition is in.
6. Do The Right Thing (1989)
Rosie Perez flexes and boxes her way through Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” during the opening credits of this essential Spike Lee joint, hinting at the film’s themes of confrontation, strength and those who have been marginalized battling for recognition.
4. Footloose (1984)
Hooray, the evil city council’s dancing ban has been lifted just in time for prom! Bust out that Kenny Loggins and go to town.
3. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Any movie that calls itself Dirty Dancing is, of course, going to have a lot of memorable footwork to choose from: Johnny teaching Baby to move her hips. The famous crawl across the floor to “Love is Strange.” The sexy bedroom dance. Nothing stands out more than the movie’s finale, however, when Baby finally nails that lift.
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are absolutely deserving of that Jack Rabbit Slim’s twist-contest trophy, and you can tell by their faces that they intend to bring it home. Dancing is serious, guys.
1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
It was over 60 years ago that Gene Kelly gleefully splashed in puddles and charmed us all, but this scene still remains one of the most instantly recognizable movie dance sequences—and rightfully so. Is it possible to watch it without humming along and hoping for rain?