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The Best Rap Movies

Updated December 9, 2020 14.7k votes 3.7k voters 226.2k views47 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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    Calum Worthy, Jackie Long

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    Dr. Dre, Piper Perabo

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    Directed byMarc Levin

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    Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier

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    DMX, Aisha Tyler

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    Snoop Dogg, Jason Alexander

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    Directed byStacy Title

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    Ice Cube, Young Jeezy

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    Nadine Velazquez, Ray J

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    Directed byKirk Jones

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    Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva

    Released1999

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

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    Kanye West, Mariah Carey

    Released2005

    Directed byDamon Dash

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    Indiana Evans, Tyler James Williams

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    Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali

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    Jason Statham, Ja Rule

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    Directed byRobert Adetuyi

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    Ice-T, Terrence Howard

    Released1993

    Directed byTed Demme

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    Paula Patton, Terrence Howard

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Barber

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    Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer

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    Sean Combs, E-40

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Spirer

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    Naomi Campbell, Vanilla Ice

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Kellogg

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    Faizon Love, Kasi Lemmons

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    Lisa Kudrow, Jane Krakowski

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    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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