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The Best Hood Movies

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

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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    Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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    Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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    Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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    William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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

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    Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P

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