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The Best Breakdancing Movies

List RulesOnly 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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    Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis
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    30

    Released1984

    Directed byStan Lathan

    At the forefront of early hip-hop culture, DJ Kenny Kirkland (Guy Davis), his B-boy brother, Lee (Robert Taylor), and graffiti artist Ramon (John Chardiet) all have hopes of showcasing their talents  ...more
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    Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones
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    37

    Released1984

    Directed byJoel Silberg

    Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) is a classically trained jazz dancer who's tired of warding off her amorous teacher and hungry for a new outlet. When she befriends street dancers Ozone (Adolfo "Shabba-Doo"  ...more
  • 3
    Marques Houston, Omarion
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    26

    Released2004

    Directed byChris Stokes

    David (Omarion Grandberry) and Elgin (Marques Houston) helm a talented street-dancing crew that engages in dance battles in a Los Angeles warehouse belonging to local club owner Mr. Rad (Steve  ...more

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    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lady Pink
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    23

    Released1983

    Directed byCharlie 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 first  ...more
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    Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones
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    20

    Released1984

    Directed bySam Firstenberg

    Disappointed with her small part in the chorus line of a Los Angeles show, jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) quits and heads home. Her father (John Christy Ewing) disapproves of Kelly's friendship  ...more

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    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
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    35

    Released2006

    Directed byAnne 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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    Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura
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    44

    Released2008

    Directed byJon 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, Hi-Hat  ...more

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    Gamblerz, Ichigeki
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    15

    Released2007

    Directed byBenson 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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    Chris Brown, Meagan Good
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    17

    Released2007

    Directed bySylvain 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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    Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani
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    25

    Released2010

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    New York's street-dancing underground forms the background for the tale of two tight-knit dancers, Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson). The talented duo join forces with a New York  ...more

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    Released2002

    Directed byIsrael

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    Demon, Kase 2
    24
    15

    Released1983

    Directed byHenry Chalfant, Tony Silver

    Style 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
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    22
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    Released2005

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    Maria Menounos, Vivica A. Fox
    9
    13

    Released2007

    Directed byHarvey 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 Rosenbaum, and  ...more
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    Ice-T, Michael Chambers
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    17

    Released1983

    Directed byTopper Carew

    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. Many  ...more
  • 16
    Aimee Garcia, Drew Sidora
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    19

    Released2009

    Directed byEmily 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 Dell's  ...more
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    Mario Van Peebles, Rodney Harvey
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    15

    Released1985

    Directed byKenneth 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 Annabelle  ...more
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    John Scott Clough, Don Franklin
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    15

    Released1985

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Dreaming of making it big, a group of high-school students from Ohio treks to New York City to become dancers. They include Matt (John Scott Clough), Michael (Don Franklin) and June (Tamara Mark),  ...more
  • 19
    Lorenzo Lamas, Ray Sharkey
    7
    14

    Released1984

    Directed byMarcelo 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 featured music  ...more
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    Inside the Circle

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    Collins Pennie, David Banner
    9
    20

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Hardy

    A troubled youth (Collins Pennie) must put his problems aside to lead a dance troupe in a national competition.  ...more
  • 22

    Mismatched Couples

    Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-ping
    4
    17

    Released1985

    Directed byYuen 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, and in  ...more
  • 23
    Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly
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    12

    Released1985

    Directed byJack Haley

    Iconic figures such as Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly lead the viewer through this retrospective of classic dancing numbers throughout the films of the 20th century. From classical ballet  ...more
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    From Mambo to Hip Hop

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