August 5, 2010

MRQE Rewind: Best Dance Movies

Showgirls abound, with the release of Step Up 3-D, MRQE is breakin' out the 25 Best Dance Movies. Some of the best movies of each decade take center stage here to show their footloose and fancy free dance maneuvers that will definitely stomp the yard. Whether you step up to the mad hot ballroom or bare the full monty, save the last dance for one of these hit films or you just might get served. Here are the Top 5, complete with clips, of movies that are as timeless as their moves.

5. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
MRQE Metric: 75

The iconic image of John Travolta with his finger up in the air will always be a staple of the disco era of the 70's. Spurred by the music of the Bee Gee's, Saturday Night Fever danced Travolta and his white polyester suit to stardom as a king of dance. Little known fact: Famed film critic Gene Siskel called this his favorite movie and at one point owned the famed white suit.

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4. West Side Story (1961)
MRQE Metric: 78

The Jets and the Sharks break into out list at number 4. A musical update of "Romeo and Juliet," West Side Story delivers action and romance to xenophobic New York City. Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno highlight this Oscar winning musical with powerful performances and incredible dance numbers. The music from Bernstein and Sondheim prove to be one of the best soundtracks in movie history while the dancing gangs will forever change your view of masculinity.

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3. Moulin Rouge (2001)
MRQE Metric: 79

Nominated for Best Picture in 2001, Moulin Rouge proves that you can can can make blockbuster musical in cinema's modern age. Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman use popular music from the past to make up the glitz and glamour of Bohemian Paris as they try to start a theatre and thwart the evil duke.

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2. Chicago (2002)
MRQE Metric: 82

Fosse jumps back into the spotlight as Chicago saunters its way from Broadway to the stage. Catherine Zeta-Jones won an Oscar for her role as Velma Kelly but the style, dance and music captured moviegoers as we realized that being bad could be very very good.

1. Singing in the Rain (1952)
MRQE Metric: 94

Probably the greatest musical in movie history with probably the greatest dancer (sorry Mr. Astaire), Singing in the Rain is a classic part of movie history. Surprisingly, the title song was sung and danced by Kelly in one take when he had a 103-degree fever yet it quickly became one of the most famous dance numbers of all time.

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The dance doesn't stop here. Head on over to MRQE to check out the full list of Cinema's 25 Best Dance movies!

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