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.
Directed by: Stan LathanBeat 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
Directed by: Joel SilbergBreakin', 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
Directed by: Charlie AhearnWild 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 first ...more
Directed by: Sam FirstenbergBreakin' 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
Directed by: Chris StokesYou 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 take ...more
Directed by: Jon M. ChuStep 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, Hi-Hat ...more
Directed by: Anne FletcherStep 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
- 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
Directed by: Sylvain WhiteStomp 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
Directed by: Emily DellB-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 Dell's ...more
Released: 1983A 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. Many ...more
Directed by: Jon M. ChuStep 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 Stoner, ...more
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Directed by: Harvey GlazerKickin' 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 Rosenbaum, and ...more
Directed by: Henry Chalfant, Tony SilverStyle Wars is an American 1983 documentary film directed by Tony Silver. A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and ...more
Directed by: Kenneth HandlerDelivery 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 Annabelle ...more
Directed by: Sidney PoitierFast 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 was ...more
Directed by: Rob HardyStomp 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' Screen ...more
Directed by: Yuen Woo-pingMismatched 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, and in ...more
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
Directed by: Marcelo EpsteinBody 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 featured music ...more
- From Mambo to Hip Hop is a 2006 TV Documentary written by Diane Bardinet and directed by Henry Chalfant.