Argentine Tango in Films and Movies

Films all about Argentine Tango

Tango (1913) with Lucyna Messal, Józef Redo. Short film featuring Tango dancers made in Poland.

El tango de la muerte (1917)

El Tango en Broadway (1934) starring Carlos Gardel

Adiós Buenos Aires (1938)

La historia del tango (1949) Tango documentary produced in Argentina

Tango Argentino (1969) Tango documentary produced in Argentina

Tango Bar (1988), starring Raúl Juliá, Rubén Juarez, Valeria Linch, María y Carlos Rivarola

Naked Tango (1990), starring Vincent D´Onofrio, Mathilda May, Fernando Rey. Choreography by Carlos Rivarola, directed by Leonard Schrader

The Tango Lesson (1997), starring Sally Potter and Pablo Verón, directed by Sally Potter

Tango (1998), starring Miguel Angel Solá, Juan Carlos Copes, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Julio Bocca, Carlos Rivarola directed by Carlos Saura

Assassination Tango (2002), starring Robert Duvall, Luciana Pedraza, Rubén Blades and Kathy Baker, directed by Robert Duvall

Orquesta Típica (2005), documentary film about typical orchestra Fernandez Fierro, directed by Nicolas Entel

12 Tangos – Adios Buenos Aires (2005), directed by Arne Birkenstock

Tango, un giro Extraño (2005) – Documentary produced in Argentina, directed by Mercedes Garcia Guevara, starring La Chicana, Acho Estol, Facundo & Kelly, Mayra Galante, Silvio Grand, Adrian Iaes, Osvaldo Montes.

El Ultimo Bandoneón (2006), directed by Alejandro Saderman

Café de Los Maestros (2008) – Interviews with the musicians and singers from the golden era of Tango.

El último aplauso (2009) – Documentary produced in Argentina

Un Tango Mas (2015) – Documentary produced in Argentina, directed by German Kral, starring María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes, Johana Copes

Film and TV Shows with an Argentine Tango Feature

The tango scene in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) – Rudolph Valentino dances an Argentine tango in this silent film.

Tango Bar (1935), starring Carlos Gardel, Rosita Moreno, Enrique de Rosas, Tito Lusiardo. Despite the title, tango is not a central theme of the movie. However, there is one scene featuring Carlos Gardel dancing tango.

Scent of a Woman (1992) – Al Pacino’s character, who is blind, dances the tango with a beautiful woman and is captivated by the scent of her perfume during the tango’s close embrace.

Moulin Rouge! (2001) – Two minor characters perform a tango while Ewan McGregor’s character sings “El Tango de Roxanne”.

The Tuxedo (2002) – Jackie Chan used a dance-double for the tango scene.

Shall We Dance? (2004) – Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez dance an Argentine tango by a rain-streaked window in a darkened dance studio.

Nip/Tuck (2005) – In the 3rd-season episode titled “Tommy Bolton”, Bruno Campos and Joely Richardson dance a tango while out to dinner at an upscale restaurant.

Take the Lead (2006) – Antonio Banderas dances the tango with Katya Virshilas.

Another Cinderella Story (2008) – Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley dance at a costume ball.

Dancing with the Stars (2009) – In February 2009, the top rated ABC series Dancing with the Stars announced that the Argentine Tango would be added to the list of dances for its eighth season, following the initiative by its British parent show Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

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