‘Black Swan’ (2010)
Natalie Portman took home the Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a prima ballerina striving for perfection. The costumes are gorgeous, especially when Portman transforms into the black swan. Stirring visuals abound in this dream-like thriller about artistry and self-doubt. Portman trained for months to achieve the look and technique of a ballet pro.
‘The Turning Point’ (1977)
Real-life dance phenomenon Mikhail Baryshnikov stars as a playboy in this acclaimed ballet movie based on the rivalry between two ballerinas. Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine play the dancers who meet in their youth. Bancroft stays on and becomes prima ballerina, while MacLaine leaves to start a family and teach. When Bancroft offers her grown daughter a part in the company, the women come to terms with life choices, lost and gained. (You’ll also want to watch these movies about friendship.)