Dirty Dancing, about a disaffected young woman who falls in love with both dance and her dance teacher at a Catskills resort, remains the oft-imitated gold standard for dance films. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey with Jerry Orbach in a supporting role, it was a massive box office hit with an award winning soundtrack. It is “a great, brave movie for women” (Jezebel), containing class conflict, an abortion drama, and young adult growing pains. (1987, dir. Emile Ardolino, 100 min.)
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