From 'Wild Style' to '8 Mile': 20 Landmark Films in Hip-Hop History

A look back at the movies that shaped and defined the culture

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'Style Wars' (1983)

Filmmaker Tony Silver follows young graffiti artists and breakdancers — including future legends Haze, Cap, Dondi, Crazy Legs, and a young DJ Kay Slay (then a graf writer known as Dez) — around NYC in this groundbreaking PBS documentary about the burgeoning subculture known as hip-hop. A true document of the essence of the art form, Style Wars bursts with color, characters and frantic energy and humanizes the defiant creatives who were constructing the pillars of what would soon become a billion-dollar industry.