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The Best Dance Movies and TV Shows on HBO MAX

Finding a good Dance movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Dance movies and TV shows of all time streaming on HBO MAX.

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1. Cats

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2.8/10
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54/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Microsoft & 2 others).

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2. Dirty Dancing

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7.0/10
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74/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG-13
Romance, Musical

What it's about: Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Billy Elliot

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: Set against the background of the 1984 Miners' Strike, 11-year-old Billy Elliot stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Shall We Dance?

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6.1/10
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61/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, a bored and overworked estate lawyer signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. The Gold Rush

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8.2/10
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71/100
Released: 1925
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He soon gets mixed up with some burly characters, falls in love with the beautiful Georgia, and tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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6. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

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59/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In pre-revolution Cuba, Katey Miller is about to defy everyone's expectations. Instead of a parent-approved suitor, Katey is drawn to the sexy waiter, Javier, who spends his nights dancing in Havana's nightclubs. As she secretly learns to dance with Javier, she learns the meanings of love, sensuality and independence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Hairspray

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6.6/10
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69/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a staple of the show.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Red Shoes

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8.1/10
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70/100
Released: 1948Rated: G
Musical, Romance

What it's about: In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. Top Hat

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65/100
Released: 1935
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Swing Time

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63/100
Released: 1936Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Lucky is tricked into missing his own wedding again and has to make $25,000 so her father allows him to marry Margaret. He and business partner Pop go to New York where they run into dancing instructor Penny. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricky Romero.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Gay Divorcee

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60/100
Released: 1934
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Seeking a divorce from her absentee husband, Mimi Glossop travels to an English seaside resort. There she falls in love with dancer Guy Holden, whom she later mistakes for the corespondent her lawyer hired.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Limelight

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83/100
Released: 1952Rated: G
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. Black Orpheus

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79/100
Released: 1959Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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14. Tea for Two

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6.5/10
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46/100
Released: 1950
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: In this reworking of "No, No, Nanette," wealthy heiress Nanette Carter bets her uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she can invest the money in a Broadway show featuring songs written by her beau, and of course, in which she will star. Trouble is, she doesn't realize her uncle's been wiped out by the Stock Market crash.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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15. How to Dance in Ohio

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7.8/10
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47/100
Released: 2015Rated: G
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: In Columbus, Ohio, a group of autistic teenagers and young adults role-play this transition by going through the deceptively complex social interactions of preparing for a spring formal. Focusing on several young women as they go through an iconic American rite of passage, we are given intimate access to people who are often unable to share their experiences with others. With humor and heartbreak, How to Dance in Ohio shows the daily courage of people facing their fears and opening themselves to the pain, worry, and joy of the social world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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16. The Gazelle's Dance

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6.3/10
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32/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Eugenio's dream is to win a big trophy, but he could never achieve it as a football player. Now he is 72 years old and he sees a chance to fulfill his dream through a tropical dance contest. But when he loses his partner half way through the contest, his only chance of winning will be to face his own prejudices and those of your family. Now, he will change the Ball for the Hall.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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