The 1984 dance film “Beat Street” explored the growing hip-hop and breakdancing scene in New York City. Filmed on location, the movie gave a realistic look at the world of MCing, graffiti, and breakdancing.
One of the most memorable scenes is when the two competing dance crews compete at the Roxy’s New Year’s Eve show in the hopes of being spotted by a talent scout. The performance is known as the greatest breakdancing scene in cinematic history and continues to inspire hip-hop culture even decades after the movie first premiered.
The Iconic Water Dance in “Flashdance”
Though the premise of “Flashdance” seems a bit far-fetched (a gorgeous and talented welder at a steel mill who moonlights as a dancer in a gentleman’s club by night), the film is considered one of the best dance movies in history.
Her audition scene set to the song “What a Feeling” is certainly memorable. However, it’s her sensual and soaking wet dance to “He’s a Dream” that has not only become a pop culture legacy but remains one of the most erotic dance scenes ever filmed.
Olive’s Performance in “Little Miss Sunshine”
“Little Miss Sunshine” is a film that surprised us in many ways. From Steve Carrell’s dramatic performance to the film’s sad yet sometimes hilarious moments. But one scene left us both smiling and in shock — Olive’s performance at the beauty pageant.
Most of us were pretty shocked at her totally-age-inappropriate routine to Rick James's “Super Freak.” However, we were soon rewarded with one of the film's most heartwarming moments when Olive’s eccentric family members joined her onstage for an awkwardly adorable dance.
The “Cell Block Tango” Performance in “Chicago”
The film adaptation of the musical “Chicago” has many incredible dance numbers, but one of the film’s most memorable dance sequences has to be the song “Cell Block Tango.” The scene and dance help shape the backstory of the jail’s most prominent inmates.
The scene’s incredible singing with even more impressive dance moves keeps viewers on their toes and wondering if some of the imprisonments were actually justified! The prisoners’ dancing as they are literally crawling the walls of their cells is just one reason why this film is so critically acclaimed.
The Opening Credits of “Do the Right Thing”
While the themes of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” are still relevant today, the film is also known for its soundtrack and memorable scenes, particularly the film’s opening credits. The film opens with soft jazz music and quickly changes to the politically charged Public Enemy song “Fight the Power.”
With the streets of New York City as the background, Rosie Perez, making her film debut, dances passionately to the song. Her amazing choreography and the song’s powerful lyrics make this one of the most famous opening sequences in a movie.