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Top 5 Best Graffiti Movies of All Time

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Top Five Best Graffiti Films Ever Made

Over the last few decades, graffiti artists across the globe have pushed the art form to astonishing new heights. Through sheer commitment to their work, artists like Revok, Saber, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy, to name just a few, have achieved worldwide fame and elevated the art to new levels of acceptance and mainstream appreciation.

The following five films are a must see for anyone interested in the history of graffiti art. Also, as a bonus, find a few other highly recommended graffiti documentaries, series, and shorts below.

Enjoy!

5. Piece by Piece (2005)

Piece by Piece
Piece by Piece
"Piece by Piece" details 20 years of graffiti history in San Francisco. This is a thorough, well-done film that captures an important time in the evolution of graffiti art.
 
  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: January 13, 2005
  • Runtime: 75 mins
  • Director(s): Nic Hill
  • Stars: Senor One (narrator)

Piece by Piece Trailer

4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Exit Through the Gift Shop
A fantastic film—in search of Banksy, featuring footage of Banksy and fellow graffiti artists at work. This film cast a spotlight on the graffiti art world when it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011.
 
  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: March 5, 2010
  • Runtime: 85 mins
  • Director(s): Banksy
  • Stars: Banksy, Space Invader, Mr. Brainwash
  • Note: This was nominated for an Oscar!

Exit Through the Gift Shop Trailer

3. Infamy (2006)

Infamy
Infamy
Infamy follows six legendary American graffiti artists, Saber, Toomer, Jase, Claw, Earsnot, and Enem, as they push graffiti art to new heights and try to explain what drives them to continue.
 
  • Type: Feature-length documentary
  • Release date: September 18, 2005
  • Runtime: 90 mins
  • Director(s): Doug Pray
  • Stars: Claw, Joe Connolly, Earsnot, Jase, NM, Saber, Toomer

Infamy Trailer

2. Style Wars (1984)

Style Wars
Style Wars
Style Wars is, hands down, the single most important graffiti documentary ever made. It captures the birth of an art movement that inspired generations of young artists around the world. Featuring priceless footage of graffiti legends, including Dondi, Seen, and Iz the Whiz, in action. If you don't own this film, buy it today. Seriously.
 
  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: 1983
  • Runtime: 69 mins
  • Director(s): Tony Silver
  • Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, Spank, Trap, Kay Slay, Butch

Style Wars Trailer

1. Bomb It (2007)

Bomb It
Bomb It
Bomb It was shot in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tijuana, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, Cape Town, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo. This film chronicles the history of graffiti art from early prehistoric cave paintings to the global art movement we know today.
 
  • Type: Documentary
  • Release date: April 25, 2008
  • Runtime: 93 mins
  • Director(s): Jon Reiss
  • Stars: Copy 2, Kid Acne, Antonio, Arofish, Augor, Simon Baxter, Bel-Kia, Asher Benrubi

Bomb It Trailer

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Bonus Recommendations: Other Graffiti Documentaries, Series, and Shorts

Below, find a few other highly recommended documentaries, series, and shorts that you should definitely check out if you're a graffiti movie fan.

Graffiti Documentary Shorts

Excellent short documentary films that are all free to watch online.

Have you seen all the graffiti art documentaries on my list so far? Check out these awesome short films below.

Atlas: Los Angeles Graffiti Documentary (2005)

Let The Arts Roam - El Mac and Retna

MUTO - a wall-painted animation by BLU

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - wall-painted animation by BLU

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