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 favorite gangsta movies, whether they're 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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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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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


    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


    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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


    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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


    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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


    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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


    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Don't Be a Menace to South... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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

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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    ATL is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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


    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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


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

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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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


    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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    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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    Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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    Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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    State Property is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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    American Me is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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    New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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    Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Shottas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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    Blue Hill Avenue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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    Freedom Writers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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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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    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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    State Property 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez

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    Beat Street is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hood Movies

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    Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Alice, Kadeem Hardison

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    Hot Boyz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hood Movies


    Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P

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