The 25 Greatest Films For The Hip-Hop Generation…

Lists are hell’a fun. After making several lists for the greatest rap albums of all time I thought about making a list for the greatest Hip-Hop movies ever made. A Hip-Hop movie doesn’t have to have rap music on it’s soundtrack. There’s all kinds of music under the Hip-Hop umbrella and rap music is one small part. People tend to focus more on rap because of it’s commodification, but there is shit that is Hip-Hop music with no words on the track.

Anyhoo, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the greatest movies relevant to Hip-Hop culture. If you haven’t seen some of these I suggest you get your NetFlix game right, but knowing you clowns y’all will be downloading these joints before this post is even done with.

The King of New York – This film is the G.O.A.T. flick for Hip-Hop culture. Period. Christopher Walken plays the role of a reformed drug dealer. The cast is a literal class project for Black actors in Hollywood right now.

Ghost Dog

Straight Out of Brooklyn
Boyz n the Hood
Menace 2 Society
Scarface New Jersey Drive
Do The Right Thing – Spike Lee’s best film.
Juice – This was the role that Tupac remained in until he died.
Clockers
The Usual Suspects – Two words… Kaiser Soze.
Wild Style – 25 yrs old this summer.
Beat Street – RAMO!!!!!!!!
City Of God – Fuck a Scarface. This is the realest gangster movie in the history of the world.
Brown Sugar
The Bad Lieutenant
Goodfellas
Carlito’s Way – People love this shit. I could care less for Al Pacino. Friday
The Empire Strikes Back – Deadbeat father and son strife is what living in the ghetto is all about.
Love & Basketball Deep Cover
Love Jones – Nia Long can get it all day, every day.
House Party – R.I.P. Robin Harris.
She’s Gotta Have It
Poetic Justice
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Flying Guillotine – The illest kung fu flick ever.

And there you have it. The 25 greatest films for the Hip-Hop generation.

  • http://http:www.myspace.com/dsuprememusic Nashville’s Own

    Nice list, I thought I was the only one that knew about The Flying Guillotine, word up.

    • Blizzie Mac

      yo word to my male cat sunshine flying guillotine is one of them kung fu flicks that it gotta be a rainy day in the pjs…you stuck upstairs…your gf just brought over chinese and u laid up with rice and lo mein all on the bed with noodle stains on your wife beater…ahhhh good times i mean i know im late n all Billy but you could have atleast said fuck it and put “The Whole Bronx Zoo Collection” kung fu flicks on VHS with the fucked up names that u bought outside or inside the check cashing place

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    What is it about bad movies and the hip-hop community?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ The acting in King of New York is the worst evar. How the fuck does David Caruso still get work?

  • HNIC

    “Love Jones – Nia Long can get it all day, every day.” Co-sign to the fullest extent… I fell in love with her after that bathroom scene in “Soulfood”… But, you forgot to mention “Breakin’ 1 & 2″ & “Beat Street”. Those are both classic hip hop movies, IMO.

  • Danny

    How does “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” make the list and not “Paid In Full”???

  • John Brown

    Billy,

    What bout TRAINING DAY or FRIDAY?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    John Brown,
    You are right, we need Friday on this list. For all of you scoring at home, replace Carlito’s Way with Friday.

  • Rizzop

    What about paid in full homie. Shit was tight. Good list though….

  • John Brown

    Billy,

    Where is NEW JACK CITY also?

  • Rizzop

    And what about new jack city???

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    KONY is so thorough that NJC doesn’t even make the list.

  • http://xxl q-buro

    no dead presidents??? no new jack…….no south central…….other than that the list is aight…but come on….OG Bobby J

  • ONE50

    hustle and flow (push that shit out)

    LIFE (the boom boom room)

    Friday after Next (pimp down)

    Harlem Nights (passs the convasier)

    Hoodlum (black gangster)

    The Way of the Gun (Stella groove got his head blown off)

    Office Space (damn it feels good to be a gangsta)

    Deep Cover (187 on an undercover cop)

    Friday (you just got knocked the fuck out)

    The Temptations Movie (David Ruffin, OG)

    Belly (Keisha all vasalined up in bed, masterpeice)

    CB4 (MC Gusto = 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Freeway)

    Crush Groove

    Baby Body (throw that L on that bitch)

    Pulp Fiction (and you will know my name is the lord when I bring vengence upon thee)

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ONE50,
    I’m dying over here that I didn’t put down Deep Cover when I was talking about that shit all weekend.

    For those of you scoring at home, Deep Cover replaces Love & Basketball

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile 6

    new jersey drive

    new jack city

    bronx tale

    godfather

    godfather II

    these are movies that the hip hop community has definitely jacked all of the way swagger from. billy, yo list ius cool too, crouching tiger was the ish. glad you left belly off….terrible acting in that, the worse ever next to soul plane.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    dayum New Jersey Drive makes the list as well.

    *Drops Scarface.*

  • http://cajunpeach.typepad.com/ CP

    actually saw the king of new york for the first time a couple years ago, great film, LOVE carlito’s way and usual suspects – BRILLIANT storyline. i watch it all the time. what about Belly???

  • BIG ROB

    I dont know if this one qualifies because it’s a documentary but I’m gonna mention it anyways. “Dave Chappel’s Block Party.”

  • slim gutta

    Belly gets som much love in the hood, where are you from billy?

  • DIZZLEMAN SR..

    you missed belly, the five heartbeats, and krush groove. and you are right about the city of god. best movie i have ever seen.

  • sATaLyte

    Ghost Dog
    ^^
    Yeah gonna look the other way while you omit that one.
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    The Flying Guillotine
    ^^
    You could find these, but not one Wu-Tang flick?

  • Carlos

    i’m surprised nobody said 8 mile. that is a good movie.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I didn’t miss Belly. That shit is the worst acted longest music video.

  • t.diddy17

    You left out one, “The Five Heartbeats” Nights like this i wish that rain drops would fall.

  • hyphie510

    TRAINING DAY,TRAFFIC,BULLET

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ nope, nope, nope

  • John Brown

    iksxt5

  • John Brown

    goodfellas da shat

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    i saw all of em cept The Bad Lieutenant and the kung-fu flicks. actually i might’ve seen The Bad Lieu.. on cable and probably portions of Crouching Tiger…

    lmaooo@The Caption for Empire Strikes Back.

    what da fuck eva happened to Matty Rich anyway?

    KONY is str8 piff, even though the acting sucked 4sho. i still watch dat shit and get the lightbulb flashing in regards to my inner thespian-like nature.

    and yeah Pac was pretty much Bishop even after he got dropped off dat roof-top by Omar Epps, ask the Hughes Bros. lmaoo!

    City Of God is my shit, da homie Rocket was in a warzone, too bad R.I.P. Lil Ze` probably the most ruthless gangsta in the history of motion pictures that wasnt a monster or robot.

    I liked City Of God though especially due to it being a foreign film, fuck it the subtitles were cool as well as the Portuguese (sp) being comprehendable enough to keep it authentic to Brazil but yet still into the dialogue without the subtitles.

    Some of the essays i read on the movie even before i actually saw the movie were amazing and well informed. That shit is a classic.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    props to adding NJ Drive, even though a bulk of it was filmed in NYC due to our mayor scared da shit was gonna cause a auto-theft frenzy, lmaooo like da shit wasn’t the inspiration for the movie. Funny thing is that movies main characters are based on a few dudes i know or knew who were heavyweights in the Car-Theft and Chop-Shop game. (R.I.P. to those who fallen)

    I see you put Deep Cover and Friday up there. Nice!!!!!

    what did u think of “In Too Deep” (or as i call it Deep Cover 2)? it’s a personal classic to me.

  • ACE

    City Of God – Fuck a Scarface. This is the realest gangster movie in the history of the world.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Truth!!!

  • ACE

    THAT’S TRUTH!!!

  • keke

    What was so good about New Jersey Drive? I am sorry but I thought that was a horrible movie….terrible.

    You don’t have Friday?….what’s up with that?

    How could you not have Carlito’s Way? That movie represents the idea of the typical guy who gets out of jail and tries to get his life on the legit path but is stuck between his past life, his rep, and the code of the streets. There are a lot of ppl who can relate to that.

    And Poetic Justice?….Are you serious, it was cool but it shouldn’t be in the top 25 list, that’s for damn sure!!

    I am glad that you dropped Scarface. I don’t understand the hoods fascination with that cat. I mean, Scarface dies in the end, he goes out blasting, but he still dies, and he let the game play him. You will see young guys in the hood wearing shirts and coats with the Scarface image. That is crazy to me. Why be him? He got played, he died!!! And lets be real, Scarface would have shot most of yall black asses anyway!!!

    Other than that, I agree with the other entries….and you are right…City of God….that movie is the truth…a classic!!!

  • …..

    this list is whack how u gon have star wars and crouchin tiger and not have the 2 best films belly and paid in full and cross off scarface??? and cant forget bout new jack

  • sdot

    what about half baked?

  • Chris S

    above tha rim should be on there not to mention a hot soundtrack

  • Chris S

    above tha rim should be on there not to mention a hot soundtrack

  • hyphie510

    TRAINING DAY,TRAFFIC,,BULLET

  • keke

    What was so good about New Jersey Drive? I am sorry but I thought that was a horrible movie….terrible.

    You don’t have Friday?….what’s up with that?

    How could you not have Carlito’s Way? That movie represents the idea of the typical guy who gets out of jail and tries to get his life on the legit path but is stuck between his past life, his rep, and the code of the streets. There are a lot of ppl who can relate to that.

    And Poetic Justice?….Are you serious, it was cool but it shouldn’t be in the top 25 list, that’s for damn sure!!

    I am glad that you dropped Scarface. I don’t understand the hoods fascination with that cat. I mean, Scarface dies in the end, he goes out blasting, but he still dies, and he let the game play him. You will see young guys in the hood wearing shirts and coats with the Scarface image. That is crazy to me. Why be him? He got played, he died!!! And lets be real, Scarface would have shot most of yall black asses anyway!!!

    Other than that, I agree with the other entries….and you are right…City of God….that movie is the truth…a classic!!!

    I am having a hard time posting my comment. Is it cause I am new to this site?

  • John Brown

    NIA LONG in all her movies…Thats a new rule…

    BTW, what happened to BLOW…

  • John Brown

    John Brown Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 1:39 pm
    iksxt5
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    John Brown Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 1:40 pm
    goodfellas da shat
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    WTF, that wasnt me…

  • N PIMPIN

    YOU HAD SOME NICE MOVIES UP THERE, BUT WHAT ABOUT:
    1. PAID N FULL
    2. HEAT (robert dinero, al pacino)
    3. I GOT THE HOOK UP (gotta give Master P some love)
    4. BELLY ( Nas and DMX killed this shit!!!!)
    5. ABOVE THE RIM ( R.I.P. Tupac)
    6. HOODLUM ( Laurence Fishbourne)

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    missed a few classics, but not bad. baby boy should be on there. and Friday!…how u miss that one? u slippin…

  • N PIMPIN

    YOU HAD SOME NICE MOVIES UP THERE, BUT WHAT ABOUT:
    1. PAID N FULL
    2. HEAT (robert dinero, al pacino)
    3. I GOT THE HOOK UP (gotta give Master P some love)
    4. BELLY ( Nas and DMX killed this shit!!!!)
    5. ABOVE THE RIM ( R.I.P. Tupac)
    6. HOODLUM ( Laurence Fishbourne)

    NIGGA STEP YO GAME UP WIT YA MOVIES, eventhough Ya list had some of our all time greats

  • http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/ Dart_Adams

    Yeah, I posted one of these up on my bog back in January:

    http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/2007/01/25-most-influential-films-to-hip-hop.html

    One.

  • Dante

    Enter The Dragon?

  • smog

    warriors?
    hustle and flow?

  • Michael

    Nice list, I wouldve included Training Day

  • Kin Corn Karn

    How could you forget the acting/rapping/dancing tour de forces known as Mario “Rappin Hood” Van Peebles in “Rappin”, Lorenzo Lamas in “Body Rock” or the freestyle battle in “Teen Witch”????
    TRIUMVIRATE!!!

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    great list, but i agree with whoever said poetic justice shouldn’t be on there. all in all, a fun list. did anyone say

    harlem nights
    coming to america
    bomb the system
    uptown saturday night
    kids

  • A-Deep

    no 8 mile?! that made people look at hip hop in a different way, earnt bare respect from ppl who didnt know much bout it

  • ACE

    missed a few classics, but not bad. baby boy should be on there. and Friday!…how u miss that one? u slippin…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    See the list again!!!

  • http://www.rakontur.com Free Rivi

    ummmm….somebody is forgetting COCAINE COWBOYS

    that shits the gulliest flick of all time….

    are you kidding, who is more hardbody then The Godmother Griselda Blanco and her main enforcer Rivi

    anybody see that shit?????

  • Luvleigh

    LEAVE IT UP TO BLACK PEOPLE TO PUT A BUNCH OF ITALIN MOVIES, ON A LIST. I KNOW WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE, BUT WHY ENJOY A BUNCH OF MOVIES BY PEPOPLE WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE : WHERE WAS “DEAD PRESIDENTS”

  • http://www.rakontur.com Free Rivi

    ohh man are you kidding did somebody just write “i got the hook up”

    if you wanna give master p some love its gotta be for the movie “im bout it” which wasnt amazing but was 50 times better then i got the hook up

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    oh shit! dante’s right, enter the dragon is serious.

  • Soulrise

    Pretty good list overall except I’d put “Enter the Dragon” head and shoulders above “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”.

  • John Brown

    I just thought bout BEVERLY HILLS COP?

  • Yoda

    Straight Out of Brooklyn is the worst movie ever for the record…

  • http://www.myspace.com/jazz1 Jazz One

    thoreauly77 Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 2:57 pm
    oh shit! dante’s right, enter the dragon is serious.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Sho Nuff!

  • KLETEWOOD

    You can’t forget about…
    Save the last Dance. Just playin!

    ADD>>>>>>
    BLOW
    The Wash
    Eddie Murphy – Delirious & RAW
    Richard Pryor – Live on the Sunset Strip

  • http://xxlmag.com ballinnnnnnnnnnn

    8 mile.
    Juice.
    How High.
    Get Rich.
    Goodfellas.
    Godfather.
    Bronx Tale.
    Boys In Da Hood.
    Scarface.

  • marc

    come on wut about The Warriors and how could cross out scarface both those movies gotta be mentioned bcuz a lot songs have lines from or about these movies

  • JLY

    TRAINING DAY

  • these posts are racist

    “Juice – This was the role that Tupac remained in until he died.”

    Wow, i love how you pretend like you knew the brotha!

  • Joe Jack

    The Education of Sonny Carson

  • Cuban Link

    Al Pacino is the man.

    Also, how about Blue Hill Avenue anyway?That was like the movie version of the Wire.

  • Cuban Link

    Al Pacino is the man.

    Also, how about Blue Hill Avenue please?
    That was like the movie version of the Wire.Scarface inspired a shit load of rap, so that need to be uncrossed.

    I loved Carlitos Way, but its not as important.Baby Boy should be up there, just for what that intro was talking about.

    Blow needs to be up there too.
    Usual Suspects has the best ending ever

    Also, Pootie Tang should be up there.

  • Definition

    whatever happened to The Warriors?

  • Cuban Link

    and by the way @ keke, Scarface is an underdog story.Rocky lost in the end of almost all of em, but that doesnt stop the first 3 to be some of the greatest most inspirational movies ever.The newest one was great too.Scarface is the same way.

    Also, Training Day should be there, and Dead Presidents.That was a great movie too.

    Blow NNEEEEEDS to be up there Billy!It had probably the most classic line ever:

    “36 hours, 36 hours I can’t believe we got rid of it in 36 hours.”

  • Cuban Link

    I stand that Blue Hill Avenue is the most important movie that isnt up there.

  • South City

    Fuck that.

    The Last Dragon.
    Coming to America.

    And a couple of other 80′s joints.

    Hell make a new list.

    One about the most oft referenced movies in Hip-Hop.

  • http://www.mikenice.com/ Mike Nice

    All of you kids claiming to be down with hip hop (including you too Billy) deserve a bullet in your head for not listing “Style Wars”. I mean, let’s be serious here.

    Also…”Krush Groove”? “Hustle And Flow”? “8 Mile”? “Fresh”? “CB-4″? “Fear Of A Black Hat”? “Biggie And Tupac”? Your list is just a list of a few real hip hop movies peppered in between mostly gangster flicks and a few kung-fu movies. Quite clearly you know dick about hip hop cinema.

  • SHA DA HITMAN

    C’MON DAWG GOOD LIST BUT YOU FORGOT SOME
    BELLY
    PAID IN FULL
    I’M BOUT IT
    BLUE HILL AVENUE
    8 MILE
    GET RICH OR DIE TRYING
    SCARFACE
    KING OF NEW YORK
    THE GODFATHER TRILOGY
    PREDATOR
    ABOVE THE RIM
    BLOW
    CB4
    TRAINING DAY
    THE WARRIORS
    THE LAST DRAGON
    BATMAN ALL OF THEM
    SUPERMAN
    X MEN
    NEW JACK CITY
    EXIT WOUNDS
    DEAD PRESIDENTS
    BABYBOY
    STATE PROPERTY 1&2
    COMING TO AMERICA
    NUTTY PROFESSER 1&2
    PLUS ALL THE MOVIES YOU SAID, MAN YOU SHOULD BE STRAIGHT WHEN AINT SHIT ON T.V.

  • John Brown

    Billy,

    Deep down inside you know that your favorite movie was BALLER BLOCKIN’ because your favorite southern rapper was in it…LOL

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Not bad

    u forgot:
    1. Shottaz
    2. The Last Dragon -what dah fuk sunday?
    3. Drunken Master/Chinese Connection – (tie)
    4. Any Cheech and Chong Movie
    5. Goonies (c) dipset
    6. Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs
    7. THE MACK (dammit)

    etc…etc..etc…we all know thre’s a million others

  • http://www.rakontur.com Free Rivi

    morons

    COCAINE COWBOYS

    what the fuck are you kidding has nobody seen this shit???

  • Tek

    FEAR OF A BLACK HAT!

  • http://askdm Moviedude

    WHAT ABOUT GANGS OF NEW YORK???? AMAZING MOVIE, tribute to new york and its history, gang wars at its core, its heart, its most organic and raw

  • http://www.bonfiles.com Bonfiles Lenoir

    co-sign Rivi on both counts. Cocaine Cowboys = hard as nails. (nh) But I wouldn’t call it a hip-hop movie. Gangsta, yea.

    Some of these suggestions? garbage. Throw “Fat Beach” and “Norbit” on there while you’re at it.

    Black and ig’nant doesn’t mean ‘hip-hop’ movie.

  • Nice post

    Bambi?

  • yaboy

    the departed?

  • KING BLAIR

    25 MO JOINTS

    BELLY – niggas love this super stylized shit

    KILLA SEASON – ignorance at its finest

    SHOTTAS – jamaican belly

    PAID IN FULL – cam a lil less ignorant but great film

    STREETS IS WATCHING – the only hiphop musical worth mentioning

    ATL – this generations coolie high

    AMERICAN PIMP – need i say more

    HIGHER LEARNING – busta + cube = great

    SUPERFLY – pimping 101

    DOLEMITE – the original gangsta rapper

    THE MACK – pimping 102

    THE ART OF SHADOW BOXING – ass kicking monks are great

    HALF BAKED – smoked out classic

    UP IN SMOKE – the chronic

    BAD BOYS – the only hiphop cop flick

    PULP FICTION – royal with cheese please

    BREAKIN – fuck it i liked it so what i was like 7

    I’M GONNA GET YOU SUCKA – krs killed that joint at the end

    HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE – the truth about hollywood

    RESERVOIR DOGS – mr.pink was prolly cam’s hero

    ENTER THE DRAGON – bruce vs chuck

    CB4 – straight outta lowcash

    BLOW – cocainia

    THE SHOW – the best hiphop doc

    HUSTLE AN FLOW – it won a oscar an that shit knocked

  • http://XXL All Dae

    Luv just for putting up Empire and city of God.

  • Bling

    No 8 Mile… I mean its corny but it brought battling mainstream…

  • KingOFyourMAMA

    Man, all u guys forgot about THE SUGER HILL GANG, dats where hip-hop came from

  • ONE50

    BTW For the record:

    Temptations Movie > The Five Heartbeats

    City of God > Scarface

    LIFE + Coming to America + Harlem Nights > all other Eddie Murphy movies

  • http://www.myspace.com/jumz JUMZ

    “In Too Deep” Omar Epps and LL Cool J.. LL does his best performance ever as a bad guy.

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Great Post!

    but u forgot Shottaz

  • http://XXLMAG.COM THA BLOCK

    SHOULD OF HAD PAID IN FULL, AND BELLY…. FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT SEEN THEM, PAY ATTENTION, AND I CAN GUARANTEE YOU’LL LIKE THEM…. SOME MAY NOT LIKE BELLY, BUT I CAN GUARANTEE PAID IN FULL IS ONE OF THE BEST HOOD MOVIES EVER

  • Tray

    Bol Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 12:51 pm
    What is it about bad movies and the hip-hop community?

    ______________

    Simple, black people like bad movies and black people make up the hip-hop community.

  • Tray

    Bol Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 12:51 pm
    What is it about bad movies and the hip-hop community?

    ___________

    Simple, black people like bad movies and black people make up the hip-hop community.

  • bitchbettahavemymoney

    Superfly Niggaaaaaaaa!!!
    How could you forget about my man superfly,
    he the coldest muthafucka evar!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Simple, black people like bad movies and black people make up the hip-hop community.

    Good point.

  • HKH

    How the fuck can you forget Teen Wolf 2

  • beeyo

    What the fuck is up with all the Paid in Full love? The shit was good, but it wasn’t some classic shit.

    Training day was dope, Billy prolly didn’t put it up because of the “Denzel had to be crooked” to take an Oscar thing. If that’s the case, should’ve put a better Denzel movie.

    8 mile…. Was cool, but you have to be an eminem fanboy to think its one of the greatest.

    Enter the Dragon eats Crouching Pussycat alive.

    Belly is everyones shit in the hood. Doesn’t make it a great movie. I actully think Nas acting sucked.

    Hustle and Flow belongs on that list IMO, minus Ludas soso acting.

    The Departed was fucking dope.

    My favorite? Shit, yall need to see Running Scared. That shit was…. Damn that shit was fucking amazing to me. See it if you get the chance.

    And Billy. What about some Spider Man love Mannnnnnnnn????

    Oh, and Blue Hill was crazy, too they killt the fucking performances in that shit.
    Go see running scared. Str8 up.

  • Jason Murk

    You forgot “I’m Bout It.” Master P paved the way for all these shitty rappers who produce their own straight to dvd,low budget movies.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    im in love with you billy!!

    thats right everbody! i love cock! im teh ghey afterall!

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    hahaha! ^^^^^^^^^^

  • Tyler
  • TDL

    Yo, nice list but these should be included:

    Training Day, New Jack City, Crush Groove, Five Heartbeats, Break’in, Warriors Sugar Hill, Coming to America and The Last Dragon…all of that Karate Shyt most def.

    These movies, regardless of what people should say should never make a list of respectable movies:

    Belly, I Got The Hook Up, Paid In Full, Killa Season…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Damn, I see a few joints that I forgot about when I made this list. BTW, Game of Death > Enter the Dragon. One of my homies in grade school had his mom buy him Bruce Lee’s jumpsuit from the movie and dude wore it to school. Needless to say he was clownshoes for the rest of his life because of that.

    F.Y.I. It’s all fun and games when you use someone’s screen name to say dumb shit. Just know that if that IP address belongs to your home computer then expect to have your comments blocked from that location from now on. That’s called consequences and repercussions/

  • Cuban Link

    co-sign about the Mack and Bad Boys.3 Strikes was also pretty cool, but I duno if it should be up there, I just wanted to give it a shout out.

    Soul Plane should be up there too btw.And how about some non gangsta or kung fu shit, like Million Dollar Baby, The Cinderella Man, Deja Vu, Last King of Scotland even Blood Diamond were all great, and a shitload of hip hop fans love them

  • Cuban Link

    ^u gotta put up Blue Hill Ave.

  • Dr Flav

    You mean y’all can do all that shit, but cant fix the problem? I think you meant, its” all good until one of us gets touched,” I had about fifty names and emails pop up on my screen including Bols, dont be sore asses, FIX THE PROBLEM! It was’nt me, (no Shaggy) BTW.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    game of death > enter the dragon??!!??

    how could those words come from your fingers? yo billy, check this out!

    http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/why_was_i_not_informed_about

  • Beebee gun

    Nigga where is SOUL PLANE

  • J.Y.

    I don’t agree with you, Billy, Carlito’s Way has to be on that list.

  • J.Y.

    I don’t agree with you Billy, Carlito’s Way has to be on that list.

  • Cuban Link

    First Blood was pretty dope and Rambo is the gulliest of gully.

  • beeyo

    I didn’t buy Pacino as rican in Carlitos way.

  • Rockcity

    Good post

  • Ali

    scarface shoulda at least MADE tha list…..yea i know every1 is on that movie’s nuts but cmon it IS good…..it should be high too & wat about tha godfather? ur trippin’ man…i never watched city of god i heard it really was tha best so i believe u on that 1 but godfather cmon

  • Prof. Nazty Fresh

    What about Richard Pryor’s The Toy?
    Tell me what’s more hip-hop than than a talented black dude getting purchased to jive for a white man?

  • Fastlife

    Damn, I’m ashamed of all ya’ll for not putting Shaft on ya list. Richard Rountree IS the fucking Hip Hop culture.

    Couple more ya’ll slept on…

    When We Were Kings
    The Mack
    The Show
    Rhyme & Reason
    Coolie High
    Donnie Brasco
    Foxy Brown
    3 the Hard Way
    Delirious & Raw

  • http://www.myspace.com/thaanswermikeyd Dip Set City

    Paid In Full was the ish!

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    Bol Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 6:49 pm
    im in love with you billy!!

    thats right everbody! i love cock! im teh ghey afterall!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^awwwww bol and billy finally came out the closet go suck on eachothers dicks you homothugs in tights and let dr flav get some flavor along wit danny lol

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    The Empire Strikes Back – Deadbeat father and son strife is what living in the ghetto is all about.

    ^^^^

    Sweet.

  • INJEKTR_RGSR

    1 colors
    2 training day
    3 blood in blood out
    4 new jack city
    5 american me
    these are the top 5 you missed, i swear you writers dont know shit, listen tothe people and fix your fuckin mistakes

  • INJEKTR_RGSR

    1 colors
    2 training day
    3 blood in blood out
    4 new jack city
    5 american me
    these are the top 5 you missed, i swear you writers dont know shit, listen tothe people and fix your fuckin mistakes

  • INJEKTR_RGSR

    1 colors
    2 training day
    3 blood in blood out
    4 new jack city
    5 american me
    these are the top 5 you missed, i swear you writers dont know shit, listen tothe people and fix your fuckin mistakes

  • xtc

    8-mile

  • NOR CAL 4 LIFE BROTHERRRRR

    This is the worst list ever. Please stick to the music and stay away from movies, but great fucking call on Master of the Flying Guillotine every fighting game bit something from that movie (Mortal Kombats the pit). I will second anyone who said American Me, Colors and The Way of the Gun (one of the sickest gun fights ever). Where is Hard Boiled or A Better Tomorrow 1 & 2. Billy i think you need to hit Netflix man. God how could you have Ghostdog and not The Professional. Gary Oldman is the greatest actor ever. All right im done i could go on about all the ovies you missed.

  • Crumbs

    Screw that list Billy. Belly is a classic, so is Paid in full.
    And what about, BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT…VATOS LOCOS HOMES. You aint from the gutter… you a nappy headed hoe

  • Crumbs

    Oh yeah! I forgot American History X. “Just push your teeth to the curb and hum a word” – Drag-On

  • http://myspace.com/djmydas DJ Mydas

    you wrong for leaving off “Streets Is Watching”…and “Fade To Black” was dope, too…but i guess you’re not including docs?…and where’s “Fresh”…and may God have mercy on your soul for leaving out “Class Act”…may Wedge leave you looking like Buster Douglas…

  • http://myspace.com/djmydas DJ Mydas

    oh yeah, i forgot “Who’s The Man?”…that should be on the list because 1) the sheer amount of rappers in the flick and 2) two words: Abba Cadabba…

  • SILLY WILLY

    and what about 300 ?

  • babyboy

    i agree with no Scarface, dumst movie eva, only dumb people like it anyway, but u missing ou on New jack, and A Time To Kill, those should make the list, and and Horror movies man?? Freddy, Jason, Leprechaun, Chucky, u missing out on many man, re do it man

  • babyboy

    liked City Of God though especially due to it being a foreign film, fuck it the subtitles were cool as well as the Portuguese (sp) being comprehendable enough to keep it authentic to Brazil but yet still into the dialogue without the subtitles.

    The subtitles were crap homie, i am portuguese, and even the names were wrong, u should check out Zona J, thats a portuguese version of city of god, thats some real issh

  • http://www.myspace.com/arnofreshtodef arnofresh

    crouching tiger ? .. bull* to me…

    No John Woo ?… WTF ? Come on : The Killer !!!
    (the soundtrack was all over “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”…)

    and Hustle & Flow should be there too…

  • John Brown

    F.Y.I. It’s all fun and games when you use someone’s screen name to say dumb shit. Just know that if that IP address belongs to your home computer then expect to have your comments blocked from that location from now on. That’s called consequences and repercussions/
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Billy,

    Why dont you guys just FIX the damn thing. I tell you that YN is a JEW cause that mofo is walking on his elbows…

  • agee

    Menace 2 Society…….that was suppose to be on that list……anybody want a burger?

  • http://XXLMAG.COM F UR MAMA

    WHOEVER MADE THIS LIST SMOKES CRACK, SUCKS DICK TO GET THE CRACK AND HAS A WALL OF ANAL BEADS THAT THEY GOT AT MARI GRAS. . . SO IN OTHER WORDS U SUCK BALLS FUCK NEW JERSY DRIVE. . . SCARFACE IS LIKE PUFFY IN THE LATE 90′S, NUMBER MUTHER FUCKING 1.

  • SukedowN

    Legally blonde? Lassie?

    100 street!

  • SukedowN

    Legally blonde? Lassie?

    100 street!

  • Nynmilli

    Shottas
    Killa Season

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    hmm Zona J? interesting, and i don’t speak Portuguese (sp) so i don’t know how accurate the subtitles were translated, but it still kept me in tune with the dialect. And what do u mean the names were wrong? i thought Rocket was Rocket, Carrot was Carrot, Ze was Ze, etc was etc.

    I still enjoyed the film regardless.

  • Malik C.

    Bomb the System! for the backpack fans and for graffiti culture Billy.

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    where’s killa season?…………..no joke

  • lowendMytheory00

    I have to agree with Ghost Dog, But has everyone forgot about BABY BOY?

  • Were Read 2 Def

    >Juice – This was the role that Tupac remained in until he died.

    ^ I’m glad someone said it.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    No one said “187″, whats up wit that?

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    BS … what about “Higher Learning”

  • Combat Jack

    The Show

    Cornbread Earl And Me

    Uptown Saturday Nite

    Menace II Society

    The Matrix

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    Devil In A Blue Dress

    Glory

    Malcolm X

    Killer/ Hard Boiled

    Shogun Assasin

    Paid In Full

    Enter The Dragon

    Shottas

    Goodfellas

    The Godfather part 1/2

    The 5 Heartbeats

    The Excorcist/ The Shining/ Friday The 13th/ Halloween

    Sankofa

    The Harder They Come

    Dead Presidents

    Cooley High

    Across 11th Street

    Heat

    The Mack

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Don of the Trap

    I’m BOUT IT or BALLER BLOCKING HOOD PICKS OF TODAY

  • http://www.myspace.com/mista23 Mista23

    No Coming To America?

  • P-Matik

    How did The Warriors not make this? And what about “Fear of a Black Hat”???

  • P-Matik

    I co-sign Combat Jack on Sankofa. That should just been seen off GP.

  • BigLilJon

    You gotta put The Warriors in there my dude….That shit started that movie theater violence shit!!! And I agree bout City of God – The most gangsta movie ever…

  • Alarma

    What about:

    Hoop Dreams – classic documentary about dreaming of making it from the ghetto to the NBA

    American Me – por vida, ese!

    L’haine (Hate) – incredible French movie about life in the banlieues (projects) of Paris (where all the riots happened in the fall of 05) prominently features all the elements of hip hop.

    Scratch – history of deejaying – the roots of hip hop

  • bird

    this dude is the worst on xxl, chris tucker looking mafucka, you suck quit…

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    Wild Style…that shit was watered down and basic.. Style Wars was a much better flick.

  • http://www.myfreepaysite.com EReal

    No Style Wars?
    No Wild Style?
    No Dead Presidents?
    No Set it Off?
    No Belly?
    No 8 Mile?
    No American Me?
    No Colors?
    No Menace to Society?
    Not a single damn Cube movie?
    Not a single damn Graff Movie?

    Damn Man, I dont think I agree at all. I mean I see that BXS was going for the older movies, hence the “greatest ever”. I just dont see what most of those have to do with “The Four Elements” those seem like mostly gangsta / reformed gangsta type flicks to me.
    BXS’s list seems like a Rap Movie list to me.

    Cosign Rox,
    But the fact is most of us saw Wild Style first. I know thats what made me start writing.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    City Of God is off the chain. Scarface is over rated.

    Forest Gump
    Mississippi Burning
    Macolm X
    Friday
    Boyz in the Hood
    House Party
    Do the Right Thing
    School Days
    The Breaks (low budget but funny)

  • 813-tampaboi-813

    whut about baby boy
    tha players club
    dont be a menice
    drumline

  • Blaktwan

    Need to add Blue Hill Avenue & Baby Boy

  • Real talk

    I most of the parts in it are played by Rappers, But belly really is a horrible movie. And not even in a redeeming way like king of NY or Scarface. Methodman was the only decent rapper/actor in the whole thing.

    Any random episode from the 3rd season of The wire >>> Belly

  • Rob

    Al Pacino is the shit. This list could of been way better.

  • gene thornton

    Paid in full?

  • http://www.myfreepaysite.com EReal

    Real talk Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 1:05 pm
    ^
    Man it may have not been the greatest flick but that shit was on FIRE when it came out. Everyone rocked that movie man, that movie was like BXS, one minute its all crazy as fuck, the next its all serious and mature, it has some classic lines and I still watch that shit on occasion, I remember all breakers went CRAZY for that “Here Comes the Boom” track. That shit had an impact on the scene, so I think its extremely relevent.

    Classic Line:
    Nas: “Whens the last time you read a book?”
    DMX: “NEVER MOTHER FUCKER!!”
    LMAO!!!

  • CashU

    How could you leave out Bruce leroy and Sho’nuff in “The Last Dragon”…..and oh yeah, “Action Jackson”.

  • Cuban Link

    ooo shit co-sign about Colors, that showed the whole Bloods Vs Crips thing to everyone.

  • ashtray

    Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

  • SUPREME BLACKMAN

    There you go with that hating on Pac again. Did you know the brother? I’m talking about the man himself and not what you read. All you had to do was list Juice with no comments.

  • BOSA

    WHAT ABOUT COLORS AND GODFATHER!?!

  • http://truelegend.com http://-Stillmatic-.bebo.com

    BELLY – PURLEY BECAUSE NAS IS THE BEST RAPPER TO EVER DO IT.

  • http://www.msn.com King Ben

    CARLITO’S WAY SHITS ON ALL THOSE MOVIES.

  • THEGOOD

    White Men Can’t Junp
    Dead Presidents
    Paid In Full
    CB4

  • international_che

    shit I never quite knew how gay hip hop was until I read that list…only thing I agree on is City of God…illest movie.

  • Justin Bayze

    You guyz are always out to underscore Eminem,what the fuck’s up with 8mile? I see you XXl fucks only fuck with shady/Aftermath/G Unit to sell mags coz it’s obvious to me you know who run it.If that 2003 mag hadn’t happened you guyz would still be trash,thank Em he trashed Benzino and shouted yall out on ‘nail in the coffin’.Fuck xxhell.

  • Spacean

    Where’s Wild Style?

  • daz1

    WHAT ABOUT ‘BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT’ & AMERCICA ME
    - VATOS LOCOS FOREVER HOMES

  • daz1

    what about ‘blood in blood out’ and ‘america me’
    -vatos locos forever homes

  • calimovement

    All you east coast bitches hate on Pac and still jack everything he did when alive.

  • akaTheREALIST

    yo, whoever mentioned Cocaine Cowboys*
    big ups
    that shit was g f’real
    maybe not exactly 4 the hip-hop community
    but G-Shit nonetheless
    btw
    BLUE Hill Avenue IS the shit

  • smokin.dat.kush

    Paid In Full
    Boyz N The Hood
    Juice
    Colours
    Deep Cover

    best movies ever.

  • Swag Diesel

    How bout Shogun Assasin? Dolemite?
    Crouching Tiger = One of the worst Kung-fu joints. Loathe that film.

  • Swah Diesel

    How Bout Shogun Assassin? Dolemite?
    I Loathe Crouching Tiger. Big budget Kung Fu, post 2K, are Trash except for the comedy joint by same people who did shoalin soccer.

  • Swag Diesel

    Shogun Assassin? Dolemite? I loathe Crouching Tiger. Not the Worst kung fu flick, but one of them.

  • Joey

    There is a massive lacking of “Goodfellas” on this list…

  • Joey

    Do the Right Thing just never did it for me. I’d call myself a Spike Lee fan but that one always just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.

  • RotterdamSoldier

    ”Fresh” should also be on that list…Great movie

  • Goodfellas

    Fresh was the shit and where the fuck is the godfather

  • drumbum

    what happened to Belly?

  • Trizzle

    bitch thys list sux, how u gon put crotchn tiger on there! u 4got about “In To Deep” too white boy

  • http://leemangenayahoo.com lee mangena

    where r all the pac flicks like above the rim and gang related

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  • http://www.32weekspregnantultrasound.com/what-would-happen-if-i-had-my-baby-at-32-weeks-pregnant/ im 32 weeks pregnant

    I agree it is very well done. Glad you found it useful.