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.
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 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!
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.
Dance-Off Scene in “White Chicks”
What would an early 2000s movie be without the quintessential dance-off scene? In the film, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans play two FBI agents going undercover as wealthy blonde sisters. Naturally, (sarcasm alert) their beauty and grace incur the envy of another pair of wealthy blonde sisters.
Soon the sisters, thronged by their respective girlfriends, battle it out on the dance floor. This scene is memorable for its insane dance moves, and the fact that the undercover agents managed to win the faceoff without their wigs falling off and blowing their cover. Now that’s talent!