''Flashdance'' is a 1983 film directed by Adrian Lyne, scripted by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas (from a story by Hedley), and produced by Creator/JerryBruckheimer.

The film stars Jennifer Beals as Alexandra "Alex" Owens who, in quite possibly the [[RuleOfSexy greatest film premise ever]], works as a factory welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. Her aspiration, however, is to enroll in a prestigious dance conservatory. Dreams are chased, [[SignatureScene pull chains are yanked]], and tears (and sweat) are shed.

The film was a '''monster''' success (only Creator/RogerEbert dared to slam it) and a StarMakingRole for Beals. This is partly attributed to the then-newfangled {{MTV}}, which played excerpts from the film's dance numbers on a continuous loop. In effect, ''Flashdance'' became the standard for music videos produced in conjunction with big-budget movies.

The soundtrack sold over 20 million copies and produced two hit singles, Irene [=Cara=]'s "Flashdance...What a Feeling" and Michael [=Sembello=]'s "Maniac", both of which have remained in the pop culture consciousness.

!!Tropes associated with Flashdance include:

* BasedOnATrueStory: The film is based on the biography of Maureen Marder. She was paid $2300 for the right to make a movie about her life story, and then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashdance#Legal_action_by_Maureen_Marder filed a lawsuit]] when the film grossed $150 million.
* BikiniBar: Mawby's.
** Its EvilCounterpart is The Zanzibar, a skeezy strip joint owned by Johnny C.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Jeanie]]. Alex barely manages to bring her back to sanity.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Alex hurls a rock through the window of Nick's house after she glimpses him entering a car with another woman.
* CoolCar: Nick's black Porsche.
* TheCorrupter: Johnny C. tries luring both Alex and Jeannie into being dancers in his armpit of a bar. Jeannie takes the carrot when Johnny flashes some cash.
* CrossCastRole: In a weird variation, a portion of Alex's climactic audition dance was actually performed by a teenage boy! The reason? Said teenager (name of Richard Colón, alias Crazy Legs) had invented a move the producers decided to include in the performance, and they believed he was the only one who cold possibly pull that one off.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: Then again, Alex's goal IS to go pro.
* EightiesHair: Most prominently seen on the women, of course, but check out [[Music/{{Fear}} Lee Ving's]] pineapple forelock as the villainous Johnny C.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The interior of the Zanizbar has an infernal red glow.
* EroticEating: Alex's...erm, 'interesting' way of eating lobster.
* {{Fanservice}}: LOTS of it, since the main character is a pretty and very fit girl who trains a lot to be a dancer.
** Reportedly, Jennifer Beals was cast by then Paramount president and COO Michael Eisner who showed pictures of the three finalists for the part -- Beals, Leslie Wing, and Creator/DemiMoore -- to a group of construction workers and asking them "Which of these women do you most want to fuck?"
** FanDisservice: [[spoiler: Jeanie]] dancing in the buff.
* HardWorkFallacy: Underprivileged girl is ''finally'' given a chance to prove herself at a prestigious conservatory... and gets in. To do so, she hones her dancing skills and auditions.
* HeroicBSOD: Jeanie, when [[spoiler: she horribly loses the skating auditions]]. Alex herself, [[spoiler: when Hannah dies]].
* ImprobableAge: Many reviewers found it highly implausible that an 18-year old girl would be allowed to work full-time as a welder.
* InterclassRomance: Working class Alex and wealthy Nick.
* {{Love Interest|s}}: Nick, [[spoiler: who also happens to be Alex's boss]].
* MaleGaze: When a customer starts extolling the virtues of Alex's ass to his pals ("Soft... round... snug..."), the audience gets to see him groping it as well, in closeup yet. (Until she pours a beer into his lap.)
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Alex is stunned to learn that [[spoiler: Hannah died in the rest home while she was away]].
* NaughtyByNight
* NiceHat: Richie's porkpie hat.
* PluckyComicRelief: Richie.
* RedemptionInTheRain: When Alex [[spoiler: forcibly drags Jeanie out of the Zanzibar nudie bar]], the two girls tearfully embrace each other in a downpour.
* RichBitch: Nick's ex-wife.
* SelfMadeMan: Nick previously worked as a hoodlum for Johnny C. before going legit.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Richie, an aspiring comic, should probably stick to flipping burgers. Most of his jokes revolve around non sequitur insults toward the Polish.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Richie's SoUnfunnyItsFunny humor definitely qualifies.
* SweaterGirl: The famous cover photo.
* TalentDouble: Virtually all of Alex's dancing is courtesy of uncredited Marine Jahan, not Jennifer Beals.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Alex and Jeanie.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Alex, Jeanie, and Jeanie's boyfriend Richie.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Nick poses the question to his Exotic Dancer [[AccidentalInnuendo cum]] Welder.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Jeanie leaves to work for the Zanzibar on account of Richie leaving her to chase his dreams in L.A. (Losing the skating auditions didn't help, either.)]]
* WrenchWench: Alex.