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Top 5 Best Graffiti Movies of all Time

Updated on February 3, 2015

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.

Vigilante Vigilante—A Graffiti Documentary (2011)

Vigilante Vigilante
Vigilante Vigilante

A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante. These dedicated blight warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, tags, and posters. Yet, several of these vigilantes have become the very menace they set out to eliminate. In their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they have turned to illegally and destructively painting other people's property. Vigilante Vigilante is the story of two filmmakers who set out to expose these mysterious characters and discover a battle of expression that stretches from the streets to academia.

 

Vigilante Vigilante Trailer

Graffiti Verite Trailer

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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      Lyn 20 months ago

      They forgot to mention Jisoe! a true rep of Graffiti back in the day

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      thatdude 20 months ago

      all of you dissing the tags are bozos

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      Interesting topic! I've actually never seen a movie about Graffiti, so great list to start with! Greets, Joebeducci

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      StephenCPW 4 years ago

      Great flicks, also a fan of beat street, state your name, graffiti is dead, bomb the system

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      Teedub 4 years ago

      nice collection of movies!

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      Traveller579 4 years ago

      cool lens about movies.

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      JDEEZY 5 years ago

      nice collection of vids there, I am sure there are more though. Graffiti Wars to name one =]

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Seriously? This list is missing the truly best graffiti documentary - Just to Get a Rep. http://justtogetarep.com/

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I enjoyed it. It is very interesting! I've never seen any of these, thanks for the introduction.

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      codystacy 5 years ago

      don't think i've ever heard of any of these but after reading some info I do believe I will try to watch your number 1 pick. Great lens idea, definitely original!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i really liked "exit through the gift shop;" i'll have to check some of the others out.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Nice Lens. Very interesting!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      interesting to know that such movies exist.

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      fiercerulingdiva 5 years ago

      Some of these taggers are quite the artist. Lovely art...nice lens

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      This is right up my alley, check out my art lenses about contemporary art and graffiti...I think Basquiat would be a good one for your list as well maybe, great lens, Blessed!!!rwjr

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      TheBestGadgets 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I've seen exit through thre gift shop and tht was good, but I hadn't even heard of the others.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Some graffiti art is really beautiful. And then, - you could live where I live - where graffiti art is just a bunch of random spray painted squigglies and crap. Nice lens! I liked it!

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      I can't say that I've even heard of these movies, much less seen them. I'm always fascinated with the graffiti style and enjoy the tasteful ones. Tagging to me, is lame, but I understand the mentality. The large picture-style graffiti I enjoy the most. Nice lens.

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      healthandsick 5 years ago

      i actually hate when someone "paint" wall in public area.. but i will appreciate them when they use their creativity totally. Graffiti art is one that i like.. It will be more cool when they giving their characteristic..

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lense - interesting and not something I had ever thought I would appreciate. Thank you.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, I have seen a couple of these films and love Blu, broken fingaz is a cool film he is so talented. This is how Graffiti should be.