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The Best Rap Movies

Updated January 23, 2021 14.1k votes 3.8k voters 226.7k views55 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

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis...  more
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    Straight Outta Compton

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • Friday3
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    Friday

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'4
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    This film​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50...  more
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  • Boyz n the Hood5
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men...  more
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Released2009

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Notorious is a 2009 American biographical film about the life of Christopher Wallace, an...  more
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Hustle & Flow is a 2005 American independent drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer...  more
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    House Party

    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton

    Released1990

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play...  more
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  • Juice10
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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  • All Eyez On Me11
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    All Eyez On Me

    Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham

    Released2017

    Directed byBenny Boom

    All Eyez on Me is a 2017 American biographical drama film about hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur,...  more
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    House Party 2

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence

    Released1991

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

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  • How High13
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

    How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham,...  more
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    CB4

    Halle Berry, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1993

    Directed byTamra Davis

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  • Tupac: Resurrection15
    Tupac: Resurrection is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and death of rapper...  more
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  • Brown Sugar16
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    Brown Sugar

    Queen Latifah, Mos Def

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

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    Krush Groove

    Chris Rock, LL Cool J

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Krush Groove is a 1985 Warner Bros. film that was written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by...  more
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    Gang Related

    Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Kouf

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    State Property

    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel

    Released2002

    Directed byAbdul Malik Abbott

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    Malibu's Most Wanted

    Snoop Dogg, Bo Derek

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

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  • Welcome to Death Row21
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    Welcome to Death Row

    Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight

    Released2001

    Directed byS. Leigh Savidge, Jeff Scheftel

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    Beat Street

    Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice

    Released1984

    Directed byStan Lathan

    Beat Street is an American 1984 drama film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the...  more
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    Breakin'

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ice-T

    Released1984

    Directed byJoel Silberg

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    House Party 3

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byEric Meza

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    Romeo Must Die

    Grace Park, Aaliyah

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

    This film is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his...  more
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