Here at Not Just Retro we love 80’s movies! We especially love the (sometimes corny) dance sequences and montages that featured in so many 80’s movies. Below is a selection of our favourites dance clips in no particular order. Did we forget your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
Blues Brothers (1980)
The Blues Brothers movies were born from a comedy sketch featured on Saturday Night Live in the 1980’s. The movies featured many music legends in the peak of their career such as James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. This clip features Aretha Franklin singing her big hit Think.
The Blues Brothers was such a dance filled movie that this post really does need to include two clips. This scene really does show what a great partnership John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd had. Check out that fancy footwork!
Jerry Bruckheimer’s Flashdance was hugely popular in the 80’s. Flashdance was about a woman named Alex who was a welder by day and moonlighted as an exotic dancer at night.
Risky Business is the flick that flung Tom Cruise into the spotlight with that classic dance scene to the tune of Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.
Risky Business (1983)
Before everyone was busy figuring out how many degrees of separation they were from Kevin Bacon, Kevin was busy portraying Ren McCormack as a teenager who moves to a town which has banned dancing.
Footloose has stood the test of time and is as entertaining to watch today as it was in the 80s.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
In the 80's Molly Ringwald had cult status as a teen idol. Pretty in Pink is one of those films that she is most remembered for from that decade. In this scene Duckie (Jon Cryer) is expressing his unrequited love for Andy (Molly) in song and dance.
No matter how many times I watch this clip it still makes me smile every single time.
There was something truly magical about Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice stars Winona Ryder as a sullen teenage who has recently moved into the home of a deceased couple who are trying to scare away the new family.
Winona Ryder's character is the only one in the family who can see the deceased couple and nobody believes her when she tells her parents that the ghost couple are not happy with their home's renovations.
This clip is an example of the ghost couple's attempt to scare away the new home owners.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club is the epitome of teenage angst. The movie stars members of the brat pack, a term coined by the media for a group of actors often appearing together in movies in the 80s. The movie is set in a high school during Saturday detention when a group of teens with different stereotypes find that they have more common than they would have thought.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing is a coming-of-age teen flick about Frances "Baby" who spends the summer away at camp with her family and falls in love with the dance instructor that her father doesn't approve of. Dirty Dancing made famous the line, "Nobody puts baby in the corner”
The entire film led up to this dance finale 'Time of my life' and to this day this song is a cult classic. Keep an eye out for a Charlie Sheen cameo.
90’s talk show star Ricki Lake stars as Tracy Turnblad a 1963 teenager living in Baltimore who achieves her dream of being a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Tracy uses her new found fame to to introduce integration into the show.
What do you think of our favourite 1980's dance movie clips? Did we forget to include your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.