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The Best Rap Movies

Updated May 1, 2020 14.8k votes 3.7k voters 225.7k views38 items

List RulesMovies must feature rap as a plot point.

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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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    8 Mile
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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Straight Outta Compton
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    Straight Outta Compton

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Friday
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    Friday

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Boyz n the Hood
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Menace II Society
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Notorious
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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Released2009

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    Hustle & Flow
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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    House Party
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    House Party

    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton

    Released1990

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

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    Juice
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    All Eyez On Me
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    All Eyez On Me

    Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham

    Directed byBenny Boom

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    How High
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    House Party 2
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    House Party 2

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence

    Released1991

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

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    CB4
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    CB4

    Halle Berry, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1993

    Directed byTamra Davis

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    Tupac: Resurrection
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    Brown Sugar
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    Brown Sugar

    Queen Latifah, Mos Def

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

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    Gang Related
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    Gang Related

    Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Kouf

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    Welcome to Death Row
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    Welcome to Death Row

    Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight

    Released2001

    Directed byS. Leigh Savidge, Jeff Scheftel

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    Krush Groove
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    Krush Groove

    Chris Rock, LL Cool J

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Schultz

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    Malibu's Most Wanted
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    Malibu's Most Wanted

    Snoop Dogg, Bo Derek

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

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    State Property
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    State Property

    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel

    Released2002

    Directed byAbdul Malik Abbott

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    Breakin'
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    Breakin'

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T

    Released1984

    Directed byJoel Silberg

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    Romeo Must Die
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    Romeo Must Die

    Grace Park, Aaliyah

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

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    Bones
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    Bones

    Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier

    Released2001

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    House Party 3
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    House Party 3

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byEric Meza

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