Though the premise of this movie may not have aged well, it stands out as one of the most well-known musicals in cinematic history. The movie, which is set in the mid-1800s, tells the unusual story of the courtship between a family of brothers and their brides.
Though the country-themed film features plenty of foot-stomping and hand-clapping as we’d expect from country line dancing, the film’s most famous scene is the barn-raising scene. At seven minutes long, the scene combines athleticism with dance while still telling the story. Seriously impressive!
Dancing to David Bowie in “A Knight’s Tale”
Though “A Knight’s Tale” could have stuck to classical music in order to keep in line with the film’s medieval setting, the film chose to include contemporary music in some of the major scenes. One example is playing Queen’s powerful “We Will Rock You” during one of the jousting tournaments.
Viewers got another surprise during a dance scene between the late Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon to David Bowie’s “Golden Years.” The dance seems to begin traditionally enough but soon slowly morphs into a delightfully trippy dance thanks to Bowie’s vocals.
Cameron Diaz Dancing to “Baby Got Back” in “Charlie’s Angels”
In the film “Charlie's Angels," Cameron Diaz, aka Natalie Cook, dreams of performing on the “Soul Train” stage. The problem? Let’s just say her moves aren’t exactly up to par.
Still, she decides to unapologetically embrace her goofy uncoordinated self and just dance to her heart's content while a crowd of spectators watches on in horror/confusion. While a scene like this would normally make us cringe, Cameron’s megawatt smile and infectious energy had us cheering her on and made the scene a classic.
The Dance Performed at Jack Rabbit Slims’ Twist Contest in “Pulp Fiction”
In what came as a shock to viewers, Quentin Tarantino decided to take a (short) break from the film's graphic violence to include this now-iconic dance moment. In the scene, John Travolta’s character, hitman Vincent Vega, takes Uma Thurman’s character, Mia Wallace, to a ‘50s-themed diner.
Mia enters the two into the restaurant’s twist contest where she and Vincent show off their dancing skills. Though the dance would seem goofy being performed by anyone else, they somehow manage to make it look unbelievably cool.
Tom Cruise Dancing to “Old Time Rock and Roll” in “Risky Business”
“Risky Business” may be known as Tom Cruise’s break-out movie, but it’s also the film that launched a million of the easiest DIY Halloween costumes. Like Tom’s character in the comedy, all you need is a pair of briefs, a button-down shirt, and uber-cool sunglasses.
Though the same film features a young Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay getting down and dirty on Chicago’s public transportation, it’s Tom sliding around in his socks and lip-syncing to “Old Time Rock and Roll” that really captured our attention.