1. 8 Mile (Eminem)
8 Mile is a popular 2002 American drama film that was written by Scott Silver and also directed by Curtis Hanson. The movie stars rap artist Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, and Kim Basinger. The movie is based loosely on Eminem’s actual real-life upbringing and rise to fame, and follows white rapper B-Rabbit, who known today as Eminem, and his attempt to launch his career in Rap that is usually dominated by African-Americans. The title of the movie is derived from 8 Mile Road, the highway between the predominantly black city of Detroit and Wayne County and the predominantly White Oakland County and Macomb County suburbs. The movie was fittingly filmed largely on location to bring the true environment to light.
2. High Fidelity (Jack Black)
High Fidelity is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. It stars John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, and Lisa Bonet. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, with the setting moved from London to Chicago and the name of the lead character changed.
The movie tells the story of, Rob Gordon, who is a self-confessed music lover is dumped by his latest girlfriend, Laura, and attempts to understand what is the failure in his relationships by seeking out old partners. By day he proudly owns a record store, Championship Vinyl with the help of his musical elitist friends, Dick and Barry, the “musical moron twins” who soon inspire him to start his own record label, Top 5 Records.
3. Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A)
Straight Outta Compton is a hit 2015 American biographical drama movie that was directed by F. Gary Gray. The movie tells the story of the rise and fall of the notorious gangsta rap group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. During the movie, all of the groups original members were involved in the production, including Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as producers, as was Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, while MC Ren and DJ Yella who all served as creative consultants. Ice Cube is played by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., with Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. Paul Giamatti also stars as N.W.A’s manager Jerry Heller.
Prior to the movie being made, majority of the cast signed on in June 2014 and principal photography began later in August, taking place around the Los Angeles and Compton, California areas. The production faced several controversies, including casting call issues and several acts of violence on set.
4. Wayne’s World (Alice Cooper)
Wayne’s World is a 1992 American comedy movie that was directed by Penelope Spheeris and produced by Lorne Michaels, and written by Mike Myers and Bonnie and Terry Turner. The popular 90s movie stars Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, and follows the story of a pair of rock fans who broadcast a public-access television show. The movie also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley, Ed O’Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and well-known musician, Alice Cooper.
Wayne’s World was first released in the US on February 14, 1992 and was the eighth-highest-grossing film of 1992, and still to this day remains the highest-grossing film based on a Saturday Night Live skit. A sequel, Wayne’s World 2, was released on December 10, 1993, however wasn’t as popular as the original movie.
5. Men In Black II (Michael Jackson)
Men in Black II – commonly marketed as MIIB, is a 2002 American science-fiction action comedy movie directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub and Rip Torn. The movie itself is a sequel to the 1997 hit movie Men in Black and was soon followed by Men in Black 3, released in 2012. The movies series is based on the Malibu and Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. Following the success of all three movies, a video game partly based on the movies was released in 2002 titled Men in Black II: Alien Escape.