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The Best Breakdancing Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 476 voters 37.4k views 24 items

List Rules Only movies featuring breakdancing as a plot point

Calling all b-boys! Breakdancing exploded in the 1980s as part of the young hip-hop scene in Brooklyn and the Bronx. On this list of the top b-boy films, you’ll find genre-defining films from the ‘80s, like Breakin’ and Beat Street. You'll also find acclaimed director Mario Van Peebles's 1985 hit, Rappin’. In addition, this list contains modern classics like You Got Served, a film that took the heart and soul of ‘80s breakdancing and mixed it up for a new generation.


Plenty of interesting documentaries on b-boy culture populate this list of the greatest breakdancing movies, as well. Check out
Planet B-boy for an international look at the breakdancing phenomenon. Vote up the best breakdancing movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Beat Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

Released: 1984

Directed by: Stan Lathan

Beat Street is an American 1984 drama film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the early 1980s; breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti. It began with a script written by Steven Hager titled ...more
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Breakin' is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joel Silberg

Breakin', released as Breakdance: The Movie or Break Street '84 in some countries, is a 1984 breakdancing-themed film directed by Joel Silberg. The film setting was inspired by a 1983 German ...more
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Step Up 2: The Streets ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step Up from Touchstone Pictures. The film was directed by Jon M. Chu and choreographed by Jamal Sims, ...more

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Step Up is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

Released: 2006

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged ...more

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You Got Served is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Lil' Kim, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Chris Stokes

You Got Served is a film written and directed by Chris Stokes, manager of its stars, recording artist Marques Houston and the members of boy band B2K. The plot concerns a group of dancers, who ...more

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Wild Style is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lady Pink, Fab Five Freddy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Charlie Ahearn

Wild Style is a 1983 hip hop film produced by Charlie Ahearn. Released theatrically in 1983 by First Run Features and later re-released for home video by Rhino Home Video, it is regarded as the ...more
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Breakin' 2: Electric Boo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo

Released: 1984

Directed by: Sam Firstenberg

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is the sequel to the breakdancing film Breakin', with both films having been released in 1984. Electric Boogaloo was released seven months after its predecessor by ...more

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Planet B-Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies

Released: 2007

Directed by: Benson Lee

Planet B-Boy is a 2007 documentary film that focuses on the 2005 Battle of the Year while also describing B-boy culture and history as a global phenomenon. This documentary was directed by ...more
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Step Up 3D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Step Up 2: The Streets '​s Jon M. Chu. The sequel sees the return of Adam Sevani and Alyson ...more

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Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sylvain White

Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more

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The Freshest Kids: A His... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Mos Def, KRS-One, Redman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Israel

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Style Wars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies

Released: 1983

Directed by: Henry Chalfant, Tony Silver

Style Wars is a 1983 documentary on hip hop culture, directed by Tony Silver and produced in collaboration with Henry Chalfant. The film has an emphasis on graffiti, although bboying and rapping ...more
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Red Bull BC One is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Rahzel

Released: 2005

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B-Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Aimee Garcia, Drew Sidora, Missy Yager

Released: 2009

Directed by: Emily Dell

B-Girl is a 2009 dance film written and directed by Emily Dell and starring Julie Urich, Missy Yager, Wesley Jonathan, Drew Sidora, Aimee Garcia, James Martinez and based on director Emily ...more
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Breakin' and Enterin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Ice-T, Michael Chambers

Released: 1983

A German documentary about the then nascent Hip Hop culture as it existed the early 1980's USA, especially at the multi-racial hip hop club Radiotron, based out of Macarthur Park in Los Angeles. ...more
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Delivery Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Mario Van Peebles, Rodney Harvey, Ralph Cole Jr.

Released: 1985

Directed by: Kenneth Handler

Delivery Boys is a 1984 film directed by Ken Handler. It concerns a group of pizza delivery boys who start a break dancing team. Mario Van Peebles, Scott Thompson Baker, Samantha Fox and ...more
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Kickin' It Old Skool is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Maria Menounos, Vivica A. Fox, Emmanuel Lewis

Released: 2007

Directed by: Harvey Glazer

Kickin' It Old Skool is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Harvey Glazer and written by Trace Slobotkin. The film's cast includes Jamie Kennedy, Bobby Lee, Maria Menounos, Michael ...more
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Body Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Lorenzo Lamas, Ray Sharkey, Grace Zabriskie

Released: 1984

Directed by: Marcelo Epstein

Body Rock is a 1984 film directed by Marcelo Epstein about a young man "from the streets" with a talent for break-dancing. It stars Lorenzo Lamas in the lead role of 'Chilly'. The film ...more
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Fast Forward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Michael DeLorenzo, Don Franklin, Tamara Mark

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

Fast Forward is a 1985 dance film directed by Sidney Poitier. In the film, a dance troupe from Ohio comes to New York to compete in a national talent competition. The Bollywood film Dance Dance ...more
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Inside the Circle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Inside the Circle

Released: 2007

Directed by: Marcy Garriott

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Stomp the Yard: Homecomi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Keith David, Tika Sumpter, Jasmine Guy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rob Hardy

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is a 2010 drama film directed by Rob Hardy. It is the sequel to 2007's Stomp the Yard. The film is produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' ...more
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Mismatched Couples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Mismatched Couples Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-ping, May Lo Mei-Mei

Released: 1985

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

Mismatched Couples is a 1985 Hong Kong film directed by Yuen Woo-ping starring him and martial artist Donnie Yen. The film was created during hip hop culture's height of popularity in the 80s, ...more
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That's Dancing! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Haley, Jr.

That's Dancing! is a 1985 retrospective documentary produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that looked back at the history of dancing in film. Unlike the That's Entertainment! series, this film did not ...more
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From Mambo to Hip Hop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Breakdancing Movies
From Mambo to Hip Hop

Released: 2006

Directed by: Henry Chalfant

From Mambo to Hip Hop is a 2006 TV Documentary written by Diane Bardinet and directed by Henry Chalfant.