Some of the best pieces of cinema have been defined by music - whether they be biopics focusing on musical stars, movies starring musicians branching out or simply films with a totally killer soundtrack. There are a whole host of ways that music can make the difference between a killer or a filler film in your collection and here we celebrate them in all their glory. Remotes at the ready...


A modern American classic. And all the more resonant when you consider that L.A's infamous 'Rodney King riots' took place in the same city just one year later.

Ice Cube and Cube Gooding Jr. (back when he was cool) star in a powerful coming-of-age film that inspired a host of brash, "inner-city gang wars" copycat movies; but none of them were as smart or memorable as director John Singleton's masterpiece.

Ice Cube's crossover from music to film was a resounding success, as he played his character 'Dough Boy' with impressive grit and restraint. This was a film that acted as a further loud 'n' proud voice for hip-hop, exploding some of the complex issues - gun violence, education, disenfranchisement - at black America's core.

Best music moment: Soundtrack highlights include screen-shaking tracks from Ice Cube, 2 Live Crew, Monie Love and Run DMC.

David Moynihan

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