Top 10: Dance Scenes from the 80s

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Dance scenes from the 80s are almost as good as the ones from the 90s: Our top 10 list, including Dirty Dancing, Footloose and Risky Business

One of my earliest cineastic memories is Back to the Future. I was fascinated by the ingenious yet woozy Doc, the dramatic time journey with the DeLorean DMC-12 and the antagonist Biff. But, what made my young heart really jump higher was Marty McFly himself. I still get overly excited when I see a picture of Michael J. Fox in jeans, a checked shirt, his red down jacket, and white trainers. Or when I stumble upon a hoax news story about a possible launch of the hover board. And, of course, when I listen to Johnny B. Goode by the great Chuck Berry.

Music was one of the main ingredients of 1980s pop culture, which was due to a ton of dance movies and the first music videos Thriller by Michael Jackson turned out to be a milestone. And despite the fact that some of the videos on our list are more than 35 years old, it does not negate the fact that movies like Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, and Footloose are still highly popular today. And what else can I say but to quote Kevin Bacon, aka Ren, who used to say: I thought this was a party. LET’S DANCE!”

1. The Blues Brothers (1980)

Directed by: John Landis
Staring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway

2. Risky Business (1983)

Directed by: Paul Brickman
Staring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano

3. Flashdance (1983)

Directed by: Adrian Lyne 
Staring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala

4. Footloose (1984)

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Staring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

5. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by: John Hughes
Staring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

6. Back to the future (1985)

Directed byRobert Zemeckis
Staring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

7. Pretty in Pink (1986)

Directed by: Howard Deutch
Staring: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton

8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Directed by: John Hughes
Staring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

9. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Staring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

10. Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by: Tim Burton 
Staring: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton

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