The Best Hood Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must take place in an urban ghetto

Best hood movies includes some of the greatest hood films set in, and about, the 'hood. Hood films began appearing in the late '80s and early '90s, with the most widely-known examples being Boyz n the Hood and Hustle n Flow. These films explore themes of life in African-American urban communities, including poverty, violence, gang involvement, education, sports, and music. Any hood movies list would be incomplete without a mention of Friday or Next Friday - both classic hood movies. More recently, these types of films have fallen out of favor, as many became cliched, being parodied and even garnering criticism for promoting stereotypes. That said, 1980s and 1990s classic hood movies are a testament to top-quality film making - even hood movies from the 21st century are popular and entertaining to dedicated audiences. Hood films deal with urban black culture, often touching on the various struggles of growing up in that type of environment. Vote for your favorites, whether hilarious comedies or heart-wrenching dramas, and check out Ranker's list of the best black movies.
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    Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Four Brothers Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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    Belly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Don't Be a Menace to South... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    ATL is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    Fresh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Jason's Lyric Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

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    How High is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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    Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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    Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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    American Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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    Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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    State Property is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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    Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Shottas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Freedom Writers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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    Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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    Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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    Blue Hill Avenue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    3 Strikes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, David Alan Grier

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    Hot Boyz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Hot Boyz Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P

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    State Property 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez

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    Next Day Air is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Next Day Air Mos Def, Lauren London, Mike Epps

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