10 Best 80′s Dance Movies

Sunday, January 23 by Dawne Prochilo

The ten best '80s dance movies will have toes tapping and give movie aficionados memories of days gone. From dancing dirty to a female welder dancing in an adult's club, these ten best '80s dance movies are sure to stir emotions and bring back some favorite songs from the past. Many hits songs came from these '80s dance movies and left fans asking for more.

  1. "Blues Brothers" Jake and Elwood Blues were famous after appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in 1978 and brought the dynamic duo to the big screen in 1982 with this movie. Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway made guest appearances in the movie. The music genres consisted of a jazzy soul R&B. Dancing and singing was all throughout this movie and definitely one of the best 80's dance movies to date.
  2. "Grease 2" Another 1982 dance movie starred new cast members Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer in place of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Role reversal took place in this movie, making Pfeiffer's character the bad girl and Caulfield's characters the nerdy geek. The Rydell High teens danced and sang throughout the movie while telling a story of young love.
  3. "Flashdance" This 1983 romantic dance movie released billboard chart toppers like "Maniac" by Michael Sembello and was performed by Irene Cara. The story of Jennifer Beals character who was a welder in Pittsburgh and worked nights as a dancer in a local bar. The music had toes tapping and is one for the top ten best 80's music movies of all time.
  4. "Risky Business" No one can forget this 1983 dance movie when Tom Cruise's character slides across the floor dancing to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock 'n Roll." This was Cruise's debut on screen performance and he was lucky enough to kiss and perform sexual acts with hired prostitute Rebecca DeMornay.  Music from Journey, Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins also made the soundtrack in this classic 80's dance movie.
  5. "Hairspray" This 1988 movie has been on the big screen and Broadway many times but is still an ultimate '80s dance movie. It's considered a cult classic in its own right and has music across the board for all music lovers.
  6. "Fame" In 1980 this dance movie was released and immediately became a hit. The movie is based around the New Yor High School of Performing Arts and has the students dancing from start to finishing act.
  7. "breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" The movie was released in 1985 and is the sequel to the 198 break dance movie "Breakin'." The movie is full of hip-hop music and stars Ice-T and helped bring hip hop music to the front scene.
  8. "Dirty Dancing" This 1987 romantic dance movie starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and was set in the summer of 1953. New hit songs from this '80s dance movie include "I've Had the Time Of My Life" performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and "She's Like the Wind" performed by Patrick Swayze.
  9. "Purple Rain" This 1984 dance movie starred pop star Prince basically as himself, a down and out popstar seeking fame. The soundtrack was one of the highest ranking movie soundtracks in history. Hit songs like "Let's Go Crazy," "Darling Nikki" and "Baby I'm a Star" all evolved from this '80s dance movie.
  10. "Footloose" This 1984 music dance movie brought to life the idea of dancing for what a belief is. Dancing and rock and roll are banned from a small town by the local minister until spunky Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon, comes to town and rallies all his high school friends have a hidden prom. The music in this film makes it one of the best '80s dance movies ever produced.
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