The songs are by Irving Berlin, the dancing by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—so yes, we're in heaven. Of the many Astaire pictures to choose from, 1935's Top Hat is the absolute dreamiest and swooniest. You almost feel you are there, dancing cheek-to-cheek, basking in that Golden Hollywood perfection, held in the arms of a dancing partner always ready to whisk you into a waltz.
New York is in the middle of a particularly rich renaissance for dance (see for yourself with our best dance shows this month), and you cannot swing a toe shoe in this town without hitting something unmissable. But the weather can’t hold out forever, and there will be a blustery day in your future when you’d like to enjoy some of the best movies of all time while staying at home in your pajamas. Happily the best dance movies abound, and we’ve assembled a list of the genre's absolute greatest. Frustrated your favorite isn't here? Convinced Black Swan actually holds the key to how dancers prepare for a role? Comment below, and make your best argument for what should be on the list.