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1. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

A career retrospective of Fishbone, an all African-American rock band from Los Angeles who created a high energy blend of funk, metal, ska, and punk and experienced a career as chaotic and unique as the music they created.

Directors: Lev Anderson, Chris Metzler | Stars: Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, Chris Dowd, Walter A. Kibby II

Votes: 323

2. Rhyme & Reason (1997)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A study in the world of hip-hop, done mostly with interviews, in order to see why it is as popular as it is today and what the future holds.

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: B-Real, Kurtis Blow, Da Brat, Chuck D

Votes: 744 | Gross: $1.59M

3. Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the burroughs of New York City and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Barclay | Stars: Ralph McDaniels, Remedy Roll, Gano Grills, Popa Wu

Votes: 313

4. Rock the Bells (2006)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan | Stars: Chali 2na, D.J. Abilities, Babu, Jerome Baldwin

Votes: 335

5. Scratch (2001)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Chali 2na, Marc 7, Afra, Carlos Aguilar

Votes: 2,620

6. The Show (1995)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the culture of hip-hop. Through interviews with some of hip-hops biggest names, the film makers attempt to find out why it has become so popular.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Craig Mack, Dr. Dre, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow

Votes: 318 | Gross: $2.70M

7. Backstage (2000)

R | 86 min | Documentary

29 Metascore

If you ever wanted to know what really goes on backstage, this is the definitive inside look - uncut and uncensored. Complete with on-stage performances you'll see an intimate view of what ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Fiore | Stars: Jay Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman

Votes: 296 | Gross: $1.18M

8. Street Life (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

On The Hush Films brings the most controversial documentary ever to hit the streets. "Street Life" is not only a documentation , but also a bible to the streets. If focuses in on the ... See full summary »

Director: Dionciel Armstrong | Stars: Bad Azz, Layzie Bone, M.C. Breed, Bill Bushwick

9. Street Dreams (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 93 min

This documentary, hosted by Tony Dofat and produced in part by Heavy D, takes the viewer behind the scenes for the inside story of rap music. The program hits the mean streets of ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Dofat | Stars: Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Kid Rock, Method Man, Redman

Votes: 5

10. The MC: Why We Do It (2005 Video)

R | 77 min | Documentary, Music

"The MC: Why We Do It" explores the art of the MC from the unique point of view of todays top rap artists.

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: KRS-One, 50 Cent, Common, Ghostface Killah

Votes: 82

11. The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya' Bars Up (2005 Video)

R | 80 min | Documentary

It's raw, blistering talent that defines the legendary MCs. But going from hungry amateur to rich professional takes more... much more! From the filmmakers who brought you The MC: Why We Do... See full summary »

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: Barry Bergman, David Diaz, Loco Gringo, Jadakiss

Votes: 105

12. Letter to the President (2005 Video)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Narrated By Snoop Dogg- Letter To the President is a feature documentary that showcases the close-knit ties between the Hip Hop Music community and America's social and political policy in the last 30 years.

Director: Thomas Gibson | Stars: Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Aesop Rock, Mario Africa

Votes: 73

13. Big Pun: The Legacy (2008 Video)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

His rhymes caught the attention of millions. His flow is un-matched by any. His story is captivating and triumphant. "Big Pun: The Legacy" chronicles the life of the Grammy Nominated artist... See full summary »

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Armageddon, Az, B-Real, Big Pun

Votes: 88

14. Check the Rhyme (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Back to a time when Hip-Hop was created in basements, not boardrooms. When rocking the mic was about lyrics, creativity, nuance, and moving the crowd - not moving units.

Director: Tim Smoove | Stars: Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, Lupe Fiasco, Ice-T

16. Money, Power, Respect: Hip Hop Billion Dollar Industry (2012)

58 min | Documentary

Who of the icons Jay-Z, Diddy, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre becomes the first dollar billionaire?

Director: Gaël Cabouat | Stars: 50 Cent, Dan Charnas, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre

Votes: 23

17. Reincarnated (2012)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley

Votes: 2,217

18. WC: Bandana Swangin - All That Glitters Ain't Gold (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Music

See the reality of the rap game in "All that Glitters Ain't Gold," the slogan of Westside rap pioneer WC. With a stylish mix of home movies chronicling his career starting in 1989 showing ... See full summary »

Director: Devin Dehaven | Stars: Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, WC

Votes: 36

19. Street Apostle (2012)

49 min | Documentary

An in-depth and behind-the-scenes portrait of one of Los Angeles most infamous gangsters, Del Dog, a redeemed LA Crips leader, who is now working to spread unity throughout the hoods of LA.

Director: Kinsey Beck | Stars: Del Dog, Steve Harvey, Ice Cube

Votes: 5

20. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, History

72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,491 | Gross: $0.56M

22. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,392 | Gross: $0.27M

23. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Ice Cube, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson

Votes: 3,838

25. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,940 | Gross: $18.64M

26. Playground (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Short

This made-for-video production mixes highlights of Michael Jordan from the '80s with a fantasy storyline of a high school teen named Walt, who has been cut from his basketball team. ... See full summary »

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Michael Jordan, Tyrin Turner, Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin

Votes: 417

27. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 168,093 | Gross: $161.20M

28. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,470

29. The Hip-Hop Fellow (2014)

79 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The Hip-Hop Fellow follows Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University as he teaches 'The Standards of Hip-Hop' course, conducts research for his thesis and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Price | Stars: Phonte Coleman, DJ Premier, Patrick Douthit, Henry Louis Gates

Votes: 10

30. Cartel Land (2015)

R | 100 min | Documentary, News

76 Metascore

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles, Paco Valencia, Chaneque

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $0.70M

31. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (2019– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Limited docuseries looks back on the group's career. It was music and shared lyrical genius that allowed them to form the most recognized musical movement in the world, all while walking the tightrope that links business with brotherhood.

Stars: Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, The GZA, Inspectah Deck

Votes: 686

32. CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013 TV Movie)

105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of Legendary hip hop/r&b/pop trio TLC.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Keke Palmer, Rochelle Aytes, Evan Ross, Donny Boaz

Votes: 2,043

33. One Strange Rock (2018– )

47 min | Documentary

The extraordinary story of Earth and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena; astronauts tell the story of Earth through unique perspective.

Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Mae C. Jemison

Votes: 4,416

34. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Drama, History

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 50,462



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