There is no in-between when it comes to the Step Up franchise. Staunch supporters of the dance movies that started in 2006 with Channing Tatum in one of his earliest roles praise the “jaw-dropping and innovative dance sequences,” while others can’t stand to grimace their way through the cheesy scripts and storylines. The fourth installment in the series, Step Up Revolution, hits theaters this Friday. No matter where you stand on the Step Up issue, there are plenty of rhythmically challenged dance movies out there just waiting to sway you to sleep. To help keep your feet happy, we’ve cherry-picked several dance films that are actually worth your time. See what we came up with past the break, then drop us a note with your recommendations below.
This month marks the 60th anniversary of actor-director Gene Kelly’s 1952 musical classic Singin’ in the Rain, and Warner Home Video just gifted fans of the film favorite with a deluxe Blu-ray release. The famous dance routine featuring a love-struck Kelly singing in the rain and twirling an umbrella while splashing through puddles was apparently ad-libbed in one take and filmed while the actor was very ill with a fever. Even if you’re not a fan of musicals or dance movies, the film — and it’s impeccable choreography — is magical, romantic, and memorable in all the right ways.