Some might argue that the first Step Up (starring a young up-and-comer named Channing Tatum) put the dance battle movie back on the map, but a strong case could be made that its sequel, Step Up 2 the Streets, is the strongest in the series. Directed by Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Step Up 2 the Streets has all the style audiences expect from a dance movie, from the flashy moves to the visually exciting set pieces. Case in point: the MSA team's final dance in the rain.
For Chu, Step Up 2 the Streets was the first step on his rise to fame - he later helmed the Justin Bieber concert movie and then took over the G.I. Joe series - and for the franchise it was a pinnacle moment. Subsequent entries have used the blueprint from Step Up 2, but they have only found moderate success. Are the Step Up movies goofy? Most definitely, but they're also the main name in dance movies right now.