The Best Rap Movies 

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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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Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy
8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more

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O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
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Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long
Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more

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50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
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Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton
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Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah
Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more

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Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke
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Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard
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Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.
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Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady
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Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan
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Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies
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Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones, Dennis Quaid
Gang Related is a 1997 American crime thriller film written and directed by Jim Kouf starring James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon, David Paymer and James Earl Jones. The film ...more
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Halle Berry, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Rock
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Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid
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Snoop Dogg, Bo Derek, Giuliana Rancic
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Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash
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Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX
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Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man
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DMX, Aisha Tyler, David Arquette
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Chris Rock, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T, Christopher McDonald
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Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight
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