Hip Hop Movies

by rogersvcat | created - 25 Nov 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

From old school break times to current hip hop. Deejaying, emceeing, bboying and graffiti writing.

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1. Wild Style (1983)

R | 82 min | Drama, Music

Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Ahearn | Stars: 'Lee' George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Astor

Votes: 2,241

2. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, D. 5

Votes: 2,612

3. Breakin' (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey

Votes: 5,676 | Gross: $38.68M

4. Beat Street (1984)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Jon Chardiet, Leon W. Grant

Votes: 3,371 | Gross: $16.60M

5. Body Rock (1984)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Music, Musical

Chilly is just a guy from the streets with a talent for break-dancing. When his wicked moves catch the eye of an industry pro, Chilly finds his dreams of fame and fortune coming true, for better or for worse.

Director: Marcelo Epstein | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Vicki Frederick, Cameron Dye, Michelle Nicastro

Votes: 416 | Gross: $1.69M

6. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

55 Metascore

A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Susie Coelho

Votes: 3,587 | Gross: $15.10M

7. Turk 182 (1985)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

23 Metascore

Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp

Votes: 3,555 | Gross: $3.59M

8. Delivery Boys (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

A gang of boys under the Brooklyn Bridge are united by their common interest in break dancing. Some work as pizza delivery boys, hence they call themselves the "Delivery Boys". They form a ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Handler | Stars: Josh Marcano, Tom Sierchio, Jim Soriero, Nelson Vasquez

Votes: 167

9. Rappin' (1985)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music, Musical

An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Eriq La Salle, Melvin Plowden, Richie Abanes

Votes: 427 | Gross: $2.86M

10. Krush Groove (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

37 Metascore

The story of a man who has started a new hip-hop/rap label called Krush Groove.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jam Master Jay

Votes: 2,761 | Gross: $11.05M

11. Knights of the City (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Music

A street gang that is also a rap group tries to get a record contract.

Director: Dominic Orlando | Stars: Leon Isaac Kennedy, Nicholas Campbell, John Mengatti, Stoney Jackson

Votes: 133 | Gross: $0.60M

12. Disorderlies (1987)

PG | 86 min | Comedy

Three bumbling orderlies are hired to take care of an old rich man. Humorous mayhem follows.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Darren Robinson, Damon Wimbley, Mark Morales, Anthony Geary

Votes: 1,981 | Gross: $10.35M

13. Tougher Than Leather (1988)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rubin | Stars: Darryl McDaniels, Daniel Simmons, Jam Master Jay, Joseph Simmons

Votes: 305 | Gross: $3.58M

14. Identity Crisis (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy

A rapper finds himself possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer; frequently switching personalities.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Glenn Athaide, Rick Aviles, Richard Bassett

Votes: 1,016

15. House Party (1990)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

76 Metascore

Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence

Votes: 12,718 | Gross: $26.39M

16. Cool as Ice (1991)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A rapper gets stuck in a small town and falls for a local girl whose family is in witness protection.

Director: David Kellogg | Stars: Vanilla Ice, Kristin Minter, Naomi Campbell, Deezer D

Votes: 8,765 | Gross: $1.19M

17. House Party 2 (1991)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.

Directors: George Jackson, Doug McHenry | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Bowlegged Lou

Votes: 5,891 | Gross: $19.28M

18. Class Act (1992)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

A valedictorian and a juvenile delinquent have their school records switched and begin to be treated like the other.

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Andre Rosey Brown, Meshach Taylor

Votes: 6,747 | Gross: $13.27M

19. CB4 (1993)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Music

49 Metascore

A guy makes a documentary of the rap band CB4 by following them. CB4 got popular by stealing Gusto's name, background and image. He wants them dead.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Chris Elliott

Votes: 8,571 | Gross: $17.95M

20. Who's the Man? (1993)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Ed Lover and Doctor Dre are two inept barbers. Deciding that maybe they ought to find another line of work, they join the police. A big mistake, as far as their duty sergeant, Sgt Cooper is... See full summary »

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, Badja Djola, Cheryl 'Salt' James

Votes: 8,413 | Gross: $11.30M

21. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Music

A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 3,781 | Gross: $0.24M

22. House Party 3 (1994)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Kid, after a lifetime 'playing the field', is about to get married. 'Play' plans to throw the best bachelor party ever - until 'Kid's' three wise-crackin' nephews come to town, intent on showing them what parties are all about.

Director: Eric Meza | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, David Edwards, Angela Means

Votes: 4,521 | Gross: $19.28M

23. Out-of-Sync (1995)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A deejay and ex-con is forced to work with the police in an undercover drug sting targeting his boss.

Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: LL Cool J, Gene Anthony Ray, Mark Venturini, Aries Spears

Votes: 162 | Gross: $0.90M

24. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 56,036 | Gross: $91.06M

25. Scratch (2001)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

The story of the hip-hop DJ from the birth of hip-hop to the invention of scratching and "beat-juggling" vinyl, to the more recent "turntablism" movement. Underdogs and virtuosos who have radically changed the way we hear and create music.

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: The Allies, A-Trak, Craze, D.J. Infamous

Votes: 2,678

26. The Freshest Kids (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

From the Boogie Down Bronx and beyond, the history of the B-Boy.

Director: Israel | Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Yasiin Bey, Crazy Legs, Fab 5 Freddy

Votes: 343

27. Brown Sugar (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey, Nicole Ari Parker

Votes: 8,270 | Gross: $27.36M

28. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 243,150 | Gross: $116.72M

29. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,889 | Gross: $7.71M

30. Honey (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Music, Romance

37 Metascore

Honey is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry.

Director: Bille Woodruff | Stars: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller, Missy Elliott

Votes: 42,661 | Gross: $30.31M

31. You Got Served (2004)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

37 Metascore

In order to achieve their dream of opening a recording studio, two friends (Omarion, Houston) must first win their city's dance contest -- a fierce competition that pits them against a group of tough street dancers.

Director: Chris Stokes | Stars: Omarion, Jarell Houston, Raz B, Lil' Fizz

Votes: 25,619 | Gross: $40.07M

32. Quality of Life (2004)

R | 85 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Celebrated graffiti artists 'Heir' and 'Vain' are superstars in the underground world of San Francisco; urban outlaws always on the run. After a clash with the law, they find their lives spinning out-of-control with explosive consequences.

Director: Benjamin Morgan | Stars: Lane Garrison, Brian Burnam, Luis Saguar, Mackenzie Firgens

Votes: 299

33. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 43,228 | Gross: $30.98M

34. Just for Kicks (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

An in-depth examination of the culture and fashion of the sneaker, from its creation as athletic wear to its place as a cornerstone in hip-hop fashion.

Directors: Thibaut de Longeville, Lisa Leone | Stars: Bill Adler, Damon Dash, Doze, Missy Elliott

Votes: 434

36. Save the Last Dance 2 (2006 Video)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Sara joins Julliard to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a Prima ballerina, but she soon falls in love with hip-hop and a young composer - both of whom challenge her ambitions.

Director: David Petrarca | Stars: Izabella Miko, Columbus Short, Jacqueline Bisset, Maria Brooks

Votes: 4,852

37. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

Votes: 108,478 | Gross: $65.33M

38. From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A former symbol of urban decay, the South Bronx is also known as a creative breeding ground and for its enduring cultural spirit.

Director: Henry Chalfant | Stars: Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri

Votes: 20

39. Stomp the Yard (2007)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music, Romance

44 Metascore

When his brother is murdered, a street dancer moves to Georgia to work his way through college. He joins a fraternity's step dancing team for a competition. Will he also get an education and the girl?

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 21,514 | Gross: $61.36M

40. Planet B-Boy (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, History, Music

63 Metascore

Jumping continents and crossing cultures, "Planet B-Boy" looks at the history of breakdancing and its vibrant resurgence in urban cultures around the world.

Director: Benson Lee | Stars: Stephane Fiossanangaye, Mr. Freeze, Luis Mateo, Skwall

Votes: 958 | Gross: $0.28M

41. Bomb It (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

Tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City.

Director: Jon Reiss | Stars: Cope 2, Kid Acne, Antonio, Arofish

Votes: 637

42. Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

50 Metascore

Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Cassie Ventura, Adam Sevani

Votes: 78,556 | Gross: $58.02M

43. Notorious (2009)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

The life and death story of The Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Momo Dione

Votes: 40,071 | Gross: $36.84M

44. B-Girl (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A story about a female breakdancer overcoming a brutal attack to claim her place in the world of underground hip-hop.

Director: Emily Dell | Stars: Julie 'Jules' Urich, Missy Yager, Wesley Jonathan, Drew Sidora

Votes: 616

45. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

Following the style of some of the world's most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 61,212 | Gross: $3.29M

46. StreetDance 3D (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance