Requested by Irvin Lin


Thank you so much for this dream request, @eatthelove! To qualify, scene has to be choreographed, intentional dancing in a movie with main plot NOT about singing/dancing, nor a musical (ruling out such gems as Magic Mike, Grease, Blues Brothers, Crossroads 😭). Excluded primary lip-syncing (Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller) because this is about DANCE!
  1. 1.
    She's All That: group dance, "Funk Soul Brother"
    This is the ideal: completely unrelated to the plot, very choreographed, group dance, boys versus girls, and (as supported by the last point) extremely cheesy. All others strive to this greatness.
  2. 2.
    First Wives' Club: Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, "You Don't Own Me"
    Exceptional. Bonus points for full length performance.
  3. 3.
    Charlie's Angels Full Throttle: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, "Can't Touch This"
    A short scene, but similarly perfect to my standards of non-necessity to plot, highly choreographed and coordinated. (The other CA dance scenes are ok, but way too plot related for my taste)
  4. 4.
    Something Borrowed: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, "Push It"
    Sleeper entry here: not well known, but a truly impressive dance sequence.
  5. 5.
    Risky Business: Tom Cruise, "Old Time Rock and Roll"
    I mean, this earns a spot on the list by enduring legacy alone.
  6. 6.
    13 Going On 30: Jennifer Garner, group dance, "Thriller"
    GROUP DANCE PERFECTION. We're even pretending in this one that everyone would participate and know all the moves to Thriller at this lame, awful party. So good.
  7. 7.
    The Breakfast Club: group, "We Are Not Alone"
    Starts out spontaneous, becomes choreographed. Excellent evolution.
  8. 8.
    Practical Magic: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, "Lime in the Coconut"
    I will actually watch this movie for the sole purpose of seeing this scene. Also, things I learned making this list: the cast was actually drunk while filming this scene.
  9. 9.
    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, "Time After Time"
    I don't even need to use words on this.
  10. 10.
    (500) Days of Summer: JGL and group, "You Make My Dreams"
    Almost didn't make the list because it's a little too dream-sequencey and self-referential, but it's too good of a group dance for me to leave off.
  11. 11.
    Love Actually: Hugh Grant, "Jump (for my love)"
    Note: the only other solo dance scene on this list, sharing company with only old school Tom Cruise. Take pride in that, Hugh.
  12. 12.
    The Replacements: group, "I Will Survive"
    To be real, this is a very weak choice, they're just doing the electric slide. But it's classic "tough guys acting soft" combined with "team becoming a FAMILY" combined with "little guys triumphing" TOPPED off with a dance sequence. And I love it.
  13. 13.
    Consciously excluded from this list: unpopular opinion alert
    40 Year Old Virgin (too winky and tongue in cheek), Pulp Fiction (for no good reason other than I don't want it on here), The Big Lebowski (it's incredible, but is primarily a dream sequence, not a dance), Napoleon Dynamite (because I refuse to watch it), all period pieces with ballroom dancing, all opening/closing credits and Easter egg post-credits dance sequences (sorry Slumdog Millionaire and Austin Powers).
  14. 14.
    A League of Their Own: Madonna, swing dancing
    Late entry, forgot this one before I hit publish. Actually just really good dancing, very fun to watch. Two thumbs up, would recommend.