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The Best '90s Hip Hop Movies

Updated April 14, 2021 310 votes 31 voters 2.8k views50 items

List RulesVote up your favorite hip hop movies released between 1990 - 1999.

Which of these '90s hip hop movies is the best of the decade? This list of hip hop films from the 1990s wouldn't be complete without House Party or the two sequels.  CB4, a comedy about a fictional rap group CB4 is another great hip hop movie from the '90s. But are these the greatest hip hop or rap films released during the '90s?

Other good hip hop films from the nineteen-nineties include Class Act and Slam.

While most '90s hip hop movies tend to be dramas there are a few comedies in there such as Phat Beach with Coolio and Who's The Man. Vote up your favorite '90s hip hop movies and vote down the rap movies that you didn't like to make sure the right film makes it to the top.

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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members include...  more
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    House Party

    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton

    Released1990

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full...  more
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    CB4

    Halle Berry, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1993

    Directed byTamra Davis

    CB4 is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Tamra Davis, and starring Chris Rock. The film follows a fictional rap group named 'CB4', named after the prison block in which the group was allegedly...  more
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    House Party 3

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byEric Meza

    House Party 3 is a 1994 comedy film, starring Kid 'n Play and Bernie Mac and TLC. It is the third and intended final installment of the House Party film series. This was to be the last film in the...  more
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    Who's the Man?

    Ice-T, Terrence Howard

    Released1993

    Directed byTed Demme

    Who's the Man? is a 1993 thriller comedy film, directed by Ted Demme, in his feature film directing debut. The film stars Yo! MTV Raps hosts Doctor Dré and Ed Lover as its two main protagonists., it...  more
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    Fear of a Black Hat

    Faizon Love, Kasi Lemmons

    Released1994

    Directed byRusty Cundieff

    Fear of a Black Hat is a 1994 American mockumentary film on the evolution and state of American hip hop music. The film's title is derived from the 1990 Public Enemy album Fear of a Black Planet....  more
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    House Party 2

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence

    Released1991

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

    House Party 2, the sequel to the 1990 film House Party, was released in October 1991 by New Line Cinema, and returns most of the cast of the first film along with new cast members such as Queen...  more
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    High School High

    Tia Carrere, Jon Lovitz

    Released1996

    Directed byHart Bochner

    High School High is a 1996 comedy film about an inner city high school in the Los Angeles, California area, starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Louise Fletcher, Malinda Williams, and...  more
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    Streets Is Watching

    Dania Ramirez, Damon Dash

    Released1998

    Directed byAbdul Malik Abbott

    Streets Is Watching is a musical film in which Jay-Z compiles many of his unreleased music videos into a continuous film. The film takes place in Jay-Z's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The...  more
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    Slam

    Saul Williams, Marion Barry

    Released1998

    Directed byMarc Levin

    Slam is a 1998 independent film starring Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn. It tells the story of a young African-American man whose talent for poetry is hampered by his social background. It won the...  more
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    Class Act

    Pauly Shore, Karyn Parsons

    Released1992

    Directed byRandall Miller

    Class Act is a 1992 comedy film, directed by Randall Miller and starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. An urban retelling of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, the screenplay is by Cynthia Friedlob...  more
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    Cool as Ice

    Naomi Campbell, Vanilla Ice

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Kellogg

    Cool as Ice is a 1991 American musical romance film directed by David Kellogg and starring rapper Vanilla Ice in his feature film debut. The film focuses on the character of Johnny Van Owen, a...  more
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    Whiteboyz

    Dr. Dre, Piper Perabo

    Released1999

    Directed byMarc Levin

    Whiteboyz is a 1999 American film. The independent, limited release was written by Danny Hoch, Garth Belcon, Henri M. Kessler, Richard Stratton, and Marc Levin, and directed by Levin. The film opened...  more
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    Hot Boyz

    Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey

    Released2000

    Directed byMaster P

    Hot Boyz is a 1999/2000 action film written and directed by Master P. It stars Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, and Mystikal. This film started a brief rivalry between No Limit Records and Cash Money...  more
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    Thicker than Water

    Ice Cube, Big Pun

    Released1999

    Directed byRichard Cummings Jr.

    Thicker Than Water is a 1999 film starring a host of rappers and urban entertainers such as Fat Joe, Mack 10, Ice Cube, MC Eiht, Big Pun, and others. The film contains rappers from both the East and...  more
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    Released1996

    Directed byParis Barclay

    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Paris Barclay, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written by Wayans...  more
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    Light It Up

    Rosario Dawson, Usher

    Released1999

    Directed byCraig Bolotin

    Light It Up is a 1999 American hostage drama film starring an ensemble cast that consists of R&B singer/actor Usher Raymond, Rosario Dawson, Forest Whitaker, and Vanessa L. Williams. The film was...  more
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    New Jersey Drive

    Christine Baranski, Heavy D

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Gomez

    New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about joy riding working class teenagers in 1990s Newark, New Jersey, the former "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their...  more
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    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring Duane...  more
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    A Low Down Dirty Shame

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson

    Released1994

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    A Low Down Dirty Shame is a 1994 action-comedy film, written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. The film also stars Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett, and Salli Richardson....  more
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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

    Directed byHype Williams

    Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film directing debut. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, alongside...  more
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men weave in and out of violence, relationships, and racial issues in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles....  more
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    Bulworth

    Halle Berry, Sarah Silverman

    Released1998

    Directed byWarren Beatty

    Bulworth is a 1998 American political comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, and...  more
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    Clockers

    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel

    Released1995

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars Harvey...  more
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    Dangerous Minds

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn N. Smith

    Dangerous Minds is a 1995 American drama film directed by John N. Smith, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It is based on the autobiography My Posse Don't Do Homework by retired U.S....  more