Just for fun: Top Five Movie Tango Scenes

My friend took me to a Zumba class last night for the first time, it’s a cardio class fused with Latin and International music and dance moves. I can’t dance worth a damn so I usually stick with more of a card kickboxing type of classes but I found Zumba to be a lot of fun! Time flew as it didn’t feel quite like a regular workout, though the moves were pretty fast that it was tough to follow at times. I was so energized that I thought I’d have a dance-related post for today. Among various dance styles, the Tango is probably one of the most dramatic.

So here are FIVE of the most memorable movie Tango scenes:

Moulin Rouge – el Tango de Roxane

The crème de la crème of all movie Tango scenes, this one still gives me goosebumps every time I watched it! I love how Baz Luhrmann makes this emotionally-charged dance number part of an integral plot. It’s one of the most creative way of illustrating what is going on with Satine at that given moment, and how it breaks Christian’s heart. It’s got to be a challenging scene to film with so many dancers, but Luhrmann pulled it off brilliantly. The contrast between the Argentinian guy’s gruff voice and Ewan McGregor’s smooth tenor is just beautiful and adds so much drama and suspense to the scene. Bravo!

Easy Virtue

You know, I’d never picture Jessica Biel and Colin Firth in a movie together, but she held her own surprisingly well amongst the all-British cast (read my full review). This Tango sequence happens towards the end of the movie, and it’s a great scene not only for the dance itself but what it represents. It’s Biel’s character Larita’s final goodbye so to speak as she’s about to move on from the society that’s suffocating her, and when Firth joins in, he’s making a statement to everyone in the room that she’s sticking by Larita. They’re defiant, and doing it in style!

Scent of a Woman

One of the memorable scenes in this 1992 drama is when Pacino’s character, the blind Col. Frank Slade, observed a beautiful young woman (Gabrielle Anwar) waiting for her date and proceeded to lead her to a spectacular tango on the dance floor. Whoo-hah! 🙂

Mask of Zorro

Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have amazing chemistry in this movie, seems as if they’re ready to tear each other’s clothes off every time they meet. So no doubt this Tango scene is muy caliente! Rrrrrrr! 😀

True Lies

According to IMDb’s True Lies‘ trivia, “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biggest challenge for the movie was not doing all the physical stunts, but dancing a tango.” Ha! You think? That guy is as stiff as a tree trunk! It’s funny how Tia Carere kind of have to be extra sensuous to balance Arnold’s stoic face and movement. But still, just seeing Arnold do the tango is such a hoot that I have to include this scene. Plus, True Lies is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.


Oh I feel like dancing now 🙂 Now, feel free to add your own favorite movie dance sequence!