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List Rules Movies must feature rap as a plot point.

A list of the best rap movies. All of the top films involving rap have been included, but if you believe we missed one please feel free to add it to the list yourself. This list includes all types of rap: east coast, west coast, gangsta, hip hop, pop, etc. While rap itself might not be for everyone, the films that use rap as a central theme are surprisingly accessible. "8 Mile" is not just a great rap movie, it's great film in general. While the majority of the films on this list are dramas, some are also comedies. If you enjoy rap, or movies in general, you're bound to love at least some of the films on this list.

You might also like this list of the best '90s Hip Hop movies.

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Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Eric Meza

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Damon Dash

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Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold

Released: 2018

Directed by: Joseph Khan

Bodied is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Joseph Kahn. A progressive graduate student (Calum Worthy) finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis ...more
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

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Ice-T, Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ted 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 ...more
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Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Malik Yoba

Released: 1998

Directed by: Millicent Shelton

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Sean Combs, E-40, MC Eiht

Released: 1997

Directed by: Peter Spirer

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Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, André 3000

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Barber

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The After Party Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer, Shelley Hennig

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ian Edelman

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough

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