The Best Hood Movies Films

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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    - 287
    Boyz n the Hood

    the people's #1
    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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  2. 2
    + 2862
    - 257
    Friday

    added by zxray
    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  3. 3
    + 2911
    - 191
    Menace II Society


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

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  4. 4
    + 2157
    - 225
    Juice


    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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  5. 5
    + 1611
    - 258
    New Jack City


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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  6. 6
    + 1786
    - 267
    Training Day


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  7. 7
    + 1081
    - 182
    Dead Presidents


    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  8. 8
    + 1384
    - 259
    Set It Off


    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  9. 9
    + 1263
    - 232
    Baby Boy


    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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  10. 10
    + 1165
    - 238
    Above the Rim


    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  11. 11
    + 1448
    - 310
    Paid in Full


    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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  12. 12
    + 1185
    - 250
    Belly


    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  13. 13
    + 1093
    - 198
    Poetic Justice


    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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  14. 14
    + 1073
    - 243
    Hustle & Flow


    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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  15. 15
    + 1066
    - 238
    Four Brothers


    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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  16. 16
    + 782
    - 110
    American Gangster

    added by shjaalsz
    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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  17. 17
    + 1300
    - 431
    8 Mile

    most listed
    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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  18. 18
    + 909
    - 158
    South Central


    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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  19. 19
    + 941
    - 222
    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

    added by zxray
    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  20. 20
    + 1024
    - 291
    Get Rich or Die Tryin'


    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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  21. 21
    + 736
    - 219
    In Too Deep


    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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  22. 22
    + 633
    - 129
    Colors

    added by AllenAlbossDay
    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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  23. 23
    + 472
    - 71
    Friday After Next

    added by teddybear1029
    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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  24. 24
    + 829
    - 298
    ATL


    T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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  25. 25
    + 695
    - 230
    Coach Carter


    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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  26. 26
    + 575
    - 181
    Do the Right Thing


    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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  27. 27
    + 678
    - 228
    Fresh


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

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  28. 28
    + 465
    - 58
    Next Friday

    ranked low on reranks & added by teddybear1029
    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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  29. 29
    + 556
    - 185
    Jason's Lyric


    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

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  30. 30
    + 584
    - 249
    He Got Game


    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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  31. 31
    + 419
    - 102
    How High

    added by DǝVa
    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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  32. 32
    + 554
    - 203
    Waist Deep


    Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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  33. 33
    + 421
    - 151
    Sugar Hill


    Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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  34. 34
    + 419
    - 149
    American Me

    added by zxray
    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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  35. 35
    + 435
    - 197
    Gridiron Gang


    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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  36. 36
    + 453
    - 189
    New Jersey Drive


    Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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  37. 37
    + 430
    - 195
    State Property

    added by AllenAlbossDay
    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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  38. 38
    + 325
    - 75
    Love & Basketball

    ranked low on reranks & added by TianaVenable
    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  39. 39
    + 375
    - 195
    Freedom Writers


    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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  40. 40
    + 198
    - 74
    Tales from the Hood

    added by teddybear1029
    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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  41. 41
    + 272
    - 105
    Shottas

    added by DariusKing
    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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  42. 42
    + 304
    - 151
    Blue Hill Avenue

    added by bigbaby0513
    William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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  43. 43
    + 306
    - 167
    One Eight Seven


    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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  44. 44
    + 327
    - 196
    Clockers


    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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  45. 45
    + 249
    - 124
    3 Strikes

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

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  46. 46
    + 242
    - 126
    City of God

    added by harrychessman
    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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  47. 47
    + 304
    - 211
    Hot Boyz


    Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P

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  48. 48
    + 265
    - 189
    State Property 2

    added by rieeriee
    Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez

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  49. 49
    + 194
    - 125
    Next Day Air

    added by 2humble_
    Mos Def, Lauren London, Mike Epps

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  50. 50
    + 211
    - 143
    I'm Bout It

    added by PeterBennett
    I'm Bout It

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