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10/13/2011 06:07 pm ET Updated Dec 13, 2011

Best Dance Movies Of The Past Four Decades

With Friday's release of the Julianne Hough-starring "Footloose," we take a look back at one of our favorite genres cinema ever spawned: the dance movie. After all, what would today's dance floor be without countless recreations of that "Dirty Dancing" leap or a painfully awkward attempt at John Travolta's stylish finger pointing?

Below, a slideshow of the best 14 dance moves -- ahem, movies -- ever committed to the big screen, from "Footloose" to "Black Swan."

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Best Dance Movies Of The Past Four Decades