What is it about ballet that captures our imagination? There's something exhilarating about dancers pushing the bounds of physical perfection in order to create ethereal forms of beauty and light.

The dramatic juxtaposition of the demanding, relentless discipline needed to create graceful artistic illusions seems a natural fit for the big screen, and over the years ballet has, in fact, enjoyed many charmed and storied turns on the celluloid stage.

In honor of the newly restored edition of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's 1948 dance masterpiece 'The Red Shoes' and the release of Frederick Wiseman's acclaimed documentary 'La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet,' we present our own ballet movie hall of fame. Because while the following films may not all be cinematic masterworks, they all succeed in raising the barre with their love of the dance.
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