Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2


If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you’ll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a dance scene – anything highly choreographed. When the musical died out in the 1960s, dance became almost exclusively relegated to movies requiring a need for it, so subsequent generations had to get creative with their dancing. The 35 films below are some of the greatest dances sequences I’ve witnessed, post-1980. Hopefully you’ll find plenty to enjoy, learning a lot about me in the process. As Kevin Bacon once said, “Let’s dance!

35. “Cinema Italiano”- Nine (2009)

This isn’t the last time you’ll see the critically maligned Rob Marshall follow-up to Chicago (2002) on this list. Nine works better musically than narratively, which explains why the film immediately picks up once people start singing and dancing. “Cinema Italiano” looks like a perfume ad shot by Federico Fellini, intentionally so, and it would have ranked higher if it wasn’t all about hairography  and Kate Hudson galloping, but I can’t say I’m not impressed by how it all looks.