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.
The Passionate Dance in “The Mask of Zorro”
Even with his trademark mask, it would be hard not to see the obvious chemistry between stars Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film, “The Mask of Zorro.” Though the duo’s surprisingly erotic duel may be the film’s most famous scene, their dance number is just as memorable.
In the scene, the masked vigilante named Zorro and Elena (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) share an unbelievably passionate dance together. With the dance floor to themselves, audiences watch as the two engage in a scandalously-intimate number that resonates with audiences even today.
Salma Hayek’s Vampire Dance in “From Dusk Till Dawn”
Before princess of pop Britney Spears was shimmying at the 2001 VMAs with a snake, there was another reptile-wearing dancer — Salma Hayek’s character in “From Dusk Till Dawn.” In the film, she plays an exotic dancer who is really a vampire (seriously!).
What follows is one of the film’s most memorable scenes involving Salma’s sensual belly dance as a giant snake intertwines itself around her — foretelling the scary fate that awaits the bar’s patrons. Those with a fear of snakes might want to skip this particular number!
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.
Battle at the Roxy in “Beat Street”
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.