Let’s Tangle With The Tango

by dgranger | created - 8 months ago | updated - 8 months ago | Public

(Eventhough I severely doubt the IMBd will ever publish this poll because of the links to the YouTube videos and IMDb videos (if I find them)), which film has the best dance of the Tango. And to be fair, there must be a video of the dance to each film entry so you can judge them properly. And if the Tango has you tangled up, untie yourself here. (Yes, that line contained a play on words reference from one of the lines in the movies listed here.) if you want to suggest one, you have to give a link to the dance in that movie in order to be considered. (WARNING: IMHO, the two Rudolph Valentino ones are going to be hard to beat. That Tango in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) still holds up today.)

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1. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard

Votes: 3,002 | Gross: $9.20M

2. Valentino (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino makes it big in silent Hollywood, but he ends up struggling between his career and the woman he loves.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Patricia Medina, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 247

3. Broadway (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Music

George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Janet Blair, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 64

4. Scent of a Woman (1992)

R | 156 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar

Votes: 244,780 | Gross: $63.90M

5. The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

63 Metascore

A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, José María de Tavira

Votes: 162,610 | Gross: $94.10M

I think this is a tango infused with the Flamingo and the Pasodoble. It does definitely have the “I hate you, I love you” theme associated with the tango. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaJv6L8vF-Y

6. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 58,425 | Gross: $55.50M

Sorry for the bad sound quality on this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbZkVAJD6aQ

7. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 74,984 | Gross: $48.92M

8. Love and Dance (2009)

118 min | Romance

A brand new journalist goes behind the scene of a dance and music organization. She finds her true love and a suppressed dream of hers.

Director: Bruce Parramore | Stars: Mateusz Damiecki, Izabella Miko, Violetta Arlak, Anna Bosak

Votes: 981

9. Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director: Liz Friedlander | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 24,227 | Gross: $34.74M

10. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 77,544 | Gross: $25.89M

11. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 434,010 | Gross: $186.34M

12. Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

47 Metascore

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 41,962 | Gross: $57.89M

13. Tango (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Musical

Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes

Votes: 2,717 | Gross: $1.69M

14. Tango (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Musical

Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes

Votes: 2,717 | Gross: $1.69M

15. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

82 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 208,504 | Gross: $170.69M

16. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 228,339 | Gross: $146.28M

The tango in the ending credits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydRwCf9Qyw Wait a moment! Arnold Schwarzenegger can dance?

17. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 228,339 | Gross: $146.28M

18. Easy Virtue (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth

Votes: 19,483 | Gross: $2.66M

19. Assassination Tango (2002)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.

Director: Robert Duvall | Stars: Robert Duvall, Luciana Pedraza, Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker

Votes: 2,842 | Gross: $0.97M

The last tango with Manuela. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sms4grRcCck

20. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 258,986 | Gross: $57.39M

The Tango set to parts of Sting’s “Roxanne” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn0xXo1gwGY

21. Under the Pampas Moon (1935)

Approved | 78 min | Music, Romance, Western

Cesare Campo is a hard-riding and hard-loving Argentine gaucho. Yvonne LaMarr is a famous Parisian singer on her way to play an engagement in a Buenos Aires cabaret. THe plane she is flying... See full summary »

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Warner Baxter, Ketti Gallian, John Miljan, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 43

The Cobra Tango. The way he tosses her around in some of the dance movies, she is danger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hIVKRhKjxE

22. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 10,191 | Gross: $9.68M

(Suggested by Stephen Atwood)

23. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 2,140 | Gross: $1.30M

24. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 2,140 | Gross: $1.30M



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