The best 9 break dance movies (with trailers)

One of the most important cultural traditions of the lively, vivacious 80s and 90s is breakdancing. It symbolized the hip-hop movement, which was still relatively new but was gaining worldwide recognition and appeal.

B-boys, gather around! The emerging hip-hop scene in Brooklyn and the Bronx gave rise to a breakdancing explosion. Filmmakers, of course, noticed the pattern. If you're interested in the genre, check out our post as we discuss the top 9 best break dance movies!

The best 9 break dance movies

You Got Served

This drama film was written and directed by Chris Stokes in 2004, who also served as the boy band B2K and recording artist Marques Houston's business manager.

The story revolves around a group of dancers competing in a street dancing contest. Filming for You Got Served took place between May 1 and June 25, 2003, and it was produced by Marcus Morton, Cassius Vernon Weathersby, Billy Pollina, and Kris Cruz Toledo.

Step Up

Step Up is a 2006 American teen romantic dance drama film that Anne Fletcher (in her debut as a director) helmed from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg and Duane Adler.

The story of the poor Tyler Gage (Tatum) and the wealthy contemporary dancer Nora Clark (Dewan), who are paired up in a showcase that affects both of their futures, is portrayed in this movie, which is set in Baltimore, Maryland. They ultimately cooperate after realizing they only had one opportunity.

Step Up 2: The Streets

The 2008 American dance drama film Step Up 2: The Streets was written by Toni Ann Johnson and Karen Barna and directed by Jon M. Chu. It is the follow-up to the Step Up movie from 2006 and the second in the series. Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Will Kemp, and Cassie Ventura are the movie's stars.

The plot is centered on rebellious street dancer Andie West (Evigan), who enrolls in the prestigious school and struggles to fit in while still attempting to hold onto her old life.

She finally teams up with Chase Collins (Hoffman), the hottest dancer in school, to organize a group of misfit classmates to compete in Baltimore's underground dance competition, The Streets, finding a means to realize her ambition while bridging her two worlds.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

Another well-known dancing film from the 1980s that you may enjoy with your loved ones is this one. This follow-up to the first was really more well-known among 1980s audiences and featured Ice-T in an early movie industry.

This movie's primary subject, as implied by its title, is break dancing. The film opens with a group of teenage dancers doing their best to halt the garbage in a sizable organization-controlled community center.


Rappin' is a 1985 movie starring Mario Van Peebles that was produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, directed by Joel Silberg, and had a screenplay by Adam Friedman and Robert J. Litz. The movie, commonly referred to as Breakdance 3, is a follow-up to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Rappin' has a narrative that is unrelated to the first two movies and distinct primary actors and settings, notwithstanding Ice-T (who appeared in Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo).

Kickin’ It Old Skool

In the 2007 American comedy Kickin' It Old Skool, which was directed by Harvey Glazer and written by Trace Slobotkin, Jamie Kennedy (who also serves as producer), Bobby Lee, Maria Menounos, Michael Rosenbaum, and Vivica A. Fox all make appearances.

The story revolves around a teenage breakdancer who suffers a brain injury in 1986 and falls into a coma. He regains consciousness in 2006 and, with the assistance of his parents and fiancée, tries to restore his memory.

Beat Street

The early 1980s New York City hip hop scene is featured in the American drama dance film Beat Street from 1984. The movie, which is set in the South Bronx, centers on two brothers and their circle of friends, all of whom are committed to different facets of the early hip hop culture, such as breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti.

Wild Style

Many film critics consider Wild Style to be "the most important hip-hop movie, ever." Charlie Ahearn, the filmmaker, succeeded in creating a mood even without a large budget or award-winning cinematography. The early stages of the hip-hop movement were effectively captured in the film. It is also regarded as the debut hip-hop theme film.


Honey is a 2003 American dance movie including performances by Tweet, Jadakiss, Ginuwine, Romeo Miller, Joy Bryant, and a cameo by Missy Elliott. It was directed by Billie Woodruff and stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller, Joy Bryant, and David Moscow.

At a community center her mother owns and operates in NYC, Honey Daniels works as a bartender, a record shop employee, and a dance instructor. Her mother pressures her to teach ballet uptown, but she wants to pursue her ambition of becoming a hip-hop choreographer.

The best 9 break dance movies - Conclusion

Even if they aren't Oscar contenders, these well-known breakdancing flicks can quench your hunger for some slick breakdance skills.

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Updated January 2023

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