crime The Best Hood Movies  

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List Rules 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 Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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

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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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

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

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Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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

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Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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

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Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man

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

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American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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

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

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

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

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Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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Sugar Hill Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Shottas Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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Blue Hill Avenue William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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Tales from the Hood David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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

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State Property 2 Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez

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Hot Boyz Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P