10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflix’s Tiny Pretty Things

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The mysterious ballet drama Tiny Pretty Things has remained among the most viewed TV series on Netflix. Here are ballet movies like it.

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10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Upon its Netflix premiere on December 14, 2020, the mysterious ballet drama Tiny Pretty Things has remained among the most viewed TV series on the streaming service. Created by Michael MacLennan on the basis of the Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton book of the same name, the show takes place in the specific world of competitive ballet in Chicago, Illinois.

While Tiny Pretty Things has garnered middling reviews thus far, the series calls to mind superior ballet movies that have come out in the past. For an idea of where the show stacks up in the annals of ballerina films, scroll below.

10 Center Stage (2000)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

At once a guilty pleasure and fascinating glimpse into the world of teenage ballet, Center Stage follows a dozen youngsters from around the world who meet at the elite American Ballet Academy in New York.

Most of the drama revolves around Eva (Zoe Saldana), Jody (Amanda Schull), and Maureen (Susan May Pratt), each of whom face their own personal challenges in becoming the best and brightest ballerina they can be.

9 Save The Last Dance (2001)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Thanks to the crackling onscreen chemistry between Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas, Save the Last Dance sidesteps a sea of cliches to become a heartening rom-com grounded on their love of ballet.

When Sara flees her hometown for Chicago, she strikes a romantic bond with Derek (Thomas) a Southsider with a shady past. With her newfound environment comes Sara’s rekindled desire to become a Julliard-trained ballerina, which Derek helps her achieve as their romance blossoms.

8 Mao’s Last Dancer (2009)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Based on Li Cunxin’s autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer tells the inspiring true story of the 11-year-old boy who was chosen to study ballet in Beijing as part of Madame Mao’s cultural program.

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After years of training, Li is sent to Texas in 1979 to participate in a foreign exchange program. While in Houston, Li falls in love with ballet as well as an American ballerina named Elizabeth Mackey (Amanda Schull). Forced to choose between his country and what he loves most, Li becomes a famous dancer for the Houston Ballet and Australian Ballet.

7 The Company (2003)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Based on her ballet training until the age of 15, Neve Campbell conceived the story and was cast as the lead dancer in Robert Altman’s The Company. Set in the specific world of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the ensemble piece chronicles the daily demands of dance training.

As Loretta Ryan (Campbell) climbs the ranks of the ballet troupe, she butts heads with director Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell) while navigating personal issues that bleed into her professional life.

6 Suspiria (1977 & 2018)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Given the thrilling mystery aspect of Tiny Pretty Things, one ballet movie that takes a startling turn is Dario Argento’s classic Italian horror flick Suspiria. Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake (pictured) will also suffice.

Suspiria tells the story of Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper), an American ballet hopeful sent to the ominous Tanz Dance Academy in Germany. Upon arrival, Suzy slowly realizes something afoul at the academy, leading to the mortifying discovery of a coven of witches among the school’s senior staff.

5 The Turning Point (1977)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

Nominated for 11 Oscars, Herbert Ross’ The Turning Point features the unparalleled dance stylings of all-world ballet figure Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The story follows two ballet-dedicated women who went down different paths in life. Deedee (Shirley MacLaine) was a former star who left the dance company behind to raise a family and teach ballet in Oklahoma. Emma (Anne Bancroft) is a fading prima ballerina who wishes she had the family that Deedee has. When Deedee’s daughter Emilia (Leslie Browne) joins the troupe, both women reflect on their past with pride and regret.

4 Billy Elliot (2000)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

British actor Jamie Bell made his screen debut in the title role of Billy Elliot, an exuberant 11-year-old who fancies female ballet class over boxing, much to the chagrin of his worried mother and older brother.

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As Billy faces backlash from those deeming ballet too effeminate for a young boy, he stays true to his heart and continues to do what makes him happiest. With the help of his teacher and friend Michael (Stuart Wells), Billy parlays his natural talent into an audition for the Royal Ballet.

3 Black Swan (2010)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

In addition to becoming a massive box-office hit, Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Best Leading Actress following her dizzying turn as Nina Sayers in Black Swan.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the meta psychological thriller traces the mental and physical erosion of Nina, an uptight and stressed-out ballerina named the star of her company’s production of Swan Lake. The closer she comes to opening day, the more unraveled Nina becomes in her dogged quest for artistic perfection.

2 West Side Story (1961)

10 Great Ballet Movies To Watch If You Like Netflixs Tiny Pretty Things

While West Side Story isn’t about ballet per se, the 10-time Oscar-winning landmark movie still features some of the all-time best ballet dance numbers in a feature film musical.

The Shakespearean tale of unrequited lovers Tony and Maria (Romeo and Juliet) reaches a fever pitch when rival New York gangs the Jets and the Sharks plan a winner-take-all brawl for neighborhood supremacy. When the gangs aren’t engaging in hand-to-hand fisticuffs, they are performing one high-flying song and dance number after another.

1 The Red Shoes (1948)

Littered with unforgettable imagery, Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 drama The Red Shoes is the best movie ever made about ballet. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture and Original Screenplay, the film won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Musical Score.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the movie traces Victoria Paige (Moira Shearer), a devout dancer who is forced to pursue the man of her dreams or follow her lifelong desire to become a prima ballerina. As she falls in love with the composer of The Red Shoes, the show’s director flies into a jealous rage and vows to ruin her career.

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