The Best Mos Def Movies

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List of the best Mos Def movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Mos Def's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Mos Def movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Mos Def movies will be at the top of the list. Mos Def has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Mos Def movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Mos Def films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Mos Def role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Mos Def performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Blow! DVD Magazine: Vol. 5: Pushin the Raw and Uncut and Carmen: A Hip Hopera are included on this list along with many more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Mos Def movies?" and "What are the greatest Mos Def roles of all time?"

If you're a fan of Mos Def, then check out our lists of the best Dr. Dre and Common movies as well.

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  • Something the Lord Made
    1
    Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent
  • The Italian Job
    2
    Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • 16 Blocks
    3
    Bruce Willis, Yasiin Bey, David Morse
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Brown Sugar
    4
    Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
  • Cadillac Records
    5
    Adrien Brody, Beyoncé, Jeffrey Wright
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Darnell Martin
  • Be Kind Rewind
    6
    Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Michel Gondry
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    7
    Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Garth Jennings
  • Monster's Ball
    8
    Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Marc Forster
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    9
    Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party
    10
    Common, Mos Def, Dave Chappelle
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Michel Gondry
  • Bamboozled
    11
    Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Lackawanna Blues
    12
    S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: George C. Wolfe
  • Delete
    13
    Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, Mos Def
    • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Showtime
    14
    Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Tom Dey
  • Next Day Air
    15
    Mos Def, Lauren London, Mike Epps
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Benny Boom
  • The Woodsman
    16
    Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Eve
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Nicole Kassell
  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera
    17
    Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def, Bow Wow
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Robert Townsend
  • Journey to the End of the Night
    18
    Scott Glenn, Brendan Fraser, Yasiin Bey
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Eric Eason
  • Civil Brand
    19
    Yasiin Bey, N'Bushe Wright, Monica Calhoun
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Neema Barnette
  • Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
    20
    Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Talib Kweli
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Byron Hurt
  • Island of the Dead
    22
    Mos Def, Malcolm McDowell, Talisa Soto
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Tim Southam
    • Released: 2005
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Bill Duke, Andrea Kalin