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The Best Breakdancing Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 523 voters 43.9k views24 items

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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    Beat Street

    Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice
    Beat Street is an American 1984 drama film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the...  more
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    Breakin'

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T
    Breakin', released as Breakdance: The Movie or Break Street '84 in some countries, is a 1984...  more
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    Step Up 2: The Streets

    Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura
    Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step...  more

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    Wild Style

    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lady Pink
    Wild Style is a 1983 hip hop film produced by Charlie Ahearn. Released theatrically in 1983 by...  more
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    You Got Served

    Lil' Kim, Meagan Good
    You Got Served is a film written and directed by Chris Stokes, manager of its stars, recording...  more

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    Step Up

    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
    Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing...  more

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    Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Ice-T, Lucinda Dickey
    Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is the sequel to the breakdancing film Breakin', with both films...  more

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    #437 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#267 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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    Planet B-Boy is a 2007 documentary film that focuses on the 2005 Battle of the Year while also...  more
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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good
    Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released...  more

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    Breakin' and Enterin

    Ice-T, Michael Chambers
    A German documentary about the then nascent Hip Hop culture as it existed the early 1980's...  more
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    Step Up 3D

    Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy
    Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and...  more

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    #162 of 201 The Best Teen Romance Movies#14 of 33 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing

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    Style Wars is a 1983 documentary on hip hop culture, directed by Tony Silver and produced in...  more
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    Kickin' It Old Skool

    Maria Menounos, Vivica A. Fox
    Kickin' It Old Skool is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Harvey Glazer and written by...  more
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    Delivery Boys

    Mario Van Peebles, Rodney Harvey
    Delivery Boys is a 1984 film directed by Ken Handler. It concerns a group of pizza delivery...  more
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    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

    Keith David, Tika Sumpter
    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is a 2010 drama film directed by Rob Hardy. It is the sequel to...  more
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    Fast Forward

    Michael DeLorenzo, Don Franklin
    Fast Forward is a 1985 dance film directed by Sidney Poitier. In the film, a dance troupe from...  more
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    B-Girl

    Aimee Garcia, Drew Sidora
    B-Girl is a 2009 dance film written and directed by Emily Dell and starring Julie Urich, Missy...  more
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    Mismatched Couples

    Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-ping
    Mismatched Couples is a 1985 Hong Kong film directed by Yuen Woo-ping starring him and martial...  more
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    That's Dancing!

    Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly
    That's Dancing! is a 1985 retrospective documentary produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that...  more
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    Body Rock

    Lorenzo Lamas, Ray Sharkey
    Body Rock is a 1984 film directed by Marcelo Epstein about a young man "from the streets" with...  more
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    Inside the Circle

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    From Mambo to Hip Hop

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