Top 7 Movies Every Tango Lover Should Watch

Katharina Joite

Posted on June 04 2019

Be it in movies or series, popular culture has always acknowledged dancing to be an integral part in the world of entertainment. Tango is one of the most popular dance forms and we have seen how effectively it enhances the drama. Some movies are solely focussing on tango dancing while others are mostly remembered for a particular tango scene. If tango is your strong suit then these are the top 7 movies you should watch.

1. Our Last Tango / Un Tango Más (2015)
This film must top the list because it’s a documentary based on the life of María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes who are considered to be ‘Argentina’s most celebrated Tango couple’ so far. The film will walk you through the journey of their turbulent life and how they battled against their emotions while making Argentine tango popular globally.   

2. Scent of a Woman (1992)
When a demure like Donna confesses of being skeptical of making a mistake while dancing tango, the visually impaired Frank (Al Pacino) playfully says: “No mistakes in the tango, darling, not like life. It’s simple. That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on.” Their tango performance rendered the audience spellbound. No wonder Al Pacino bagged an Academy Award for his performance in this movie making it one of the most loved movies of all time.

3. The Tango Lesson (1997)
Another classic spin-off based loosely on a true story, The Tango Lesson revolves entirely around Argentine tango. The story is about an upcoming filmmaker who finds her passion in the art of tango dancing. It is great to watch the inner conflict of both the male and female tangueras and how they cope with their emotional quagmire.  
Also read: How To Dress For Tango Dance

4. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Originally titled as Ultimo Tango a Parigi, this Italian-French erotic drama is again a must-watch. Starring Marlon Brando as the lead, the film is about a passionate quest for the love of an American expatriate and a young lady.    

5. Tango (1998)
The dance form centers on the themes of melancholia and despair and so does this Argentine musical spin-off. Set in the backdrop Buenos Aires, the film is about a theatre director who is scarred with his unsettling love life and how he puts the pedal to the metal to produce an ultimate Argentine tango musical drama.   

6. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)
This classic is about a troupe of Argentines expats in Paris. Find out how they planned to pay homage to the celebrated tango star Carlos Gardel and put on a stunner of a tango-ballet show.

7. Tango Bar (1987)
This 90-minute musical classic is about the quest for preserving the spirit of tango in the depression-led Argentina. Directed by famous Puerto Rican filmmaker Marcos Zurinaga, this film definitely deserves a spot in must-watch tango movies list.

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