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.
Al Fresco Dance Party in “Call Me by Your Name”
While some dance scenes feature choreographed moves or impressive costumes, the dance scene in the critically acclaimed film, “Call Me by Your Name” resonates thanks to its realism. In the scene, Elio looks on longingly as his crush Oliver dances without abandon.
The jealousy and sadness he feels are in complete contrast to Oliver’s carefree moves. Just as the audiences think the two will dance together, Elio begins dancing with another person. The emotion and sultry summer ambiance of the scene make viewers feel like they are right there with the characters.
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.
The Barn-Raising Dance in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
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!
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.