5. The Harder They Come (1972)
A real icon of Jamaican film, The Harder They Come is as relevant today as the day it was made. The story, based on true events of the time, involves the protagonist travelling from the country to Kingston seeking his fortune in music. Hard reality bites and our hero slips inexorably into a life of crime from which he is unable to escape. On the run from the police, he eventually meets a violent end. The film stars that icon of Jamaican music, Jimmy Cliff, who also had a massive hit with the eponymous title song.