The quintessential dance battle movie, Breakin' is mocked by some and revered by others. That's partly because it's very dated, but it's also because Breakin' embraced its "cheesyness." In fact, in some countries Breakin' was released simply as Breakdance: The Movie, which says a lot about its story. Featuring the film debut of Ice-T, Breakin' tells the story of a jazz dancer who eventually discovers an innate talent for breakdancing. Do you see the common theme here?
Without Breakin', and its sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, we don't know if there would even be a dance battle movie genre. Back in the '80s, most dance movies were centered around things like ballroom dancing or tap dancing, where every movement was about beauty not necessarily expression. Breakin', however, took breakdancing and brought it to the mainstream. We'd also like to point out that Breakin' was one of the first movies to establish the rule that any dancer worth their salt needs to have a cool nickname.