This list of the best ‘80s hood movies includes some influential films and at least one masterpiece. These 1980s hood films reflect the urban experience and each offers something unique, but they were all also overshadowed when the sub-genre exploded in the early 1990s. Still, several important hood movies were released in the '80s, depicting street life, drugs, gangs, music, violence, and a host of other topics.
No discussion of top ‘80s hood movies would be complete without Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. This 1989 hit influenced all subsequent hood movies, and it is even more relevant more than 25 years later. Another important ‘80s hood film is Stand and Deliver, starring Edward James Olmos as an inner-city teacher attempting to reach his students through calculus. While those '80s movies about the hood are serious dramas, this list of 1980s hood movies also includes Coming to America, the seminal comedy about an African prince looking for love in Queens, New York.
Here you’ll also find hip-hop-influenced films like Breakin’ and Krush Groove. So what are your favorite ‘80s hood movies? Help us rank this list however you want by voting up your favorites. Don’t forget to check out the list of the best ‘90s hood movies to see how the genre progressed, then check out our list of funny hood movies.
Directed by: Ramón MenéndezStand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math... more
Directed by: John LandisComing to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story... more
Directed by: John G. AvildsenLean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by... more
Directed by: John SingletonBoyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men... more
Directed by: Stan LathanBeat Street is an American 1984 drama film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the... more
Directed by: Rick RosenthalBad Boys is a 1983 drama film written by Richard Di Lello and directed by Rick Rosenthal.... more
Directed by: Spike LeeDo the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed... more
Directed by: Stephen Milburn AndersonSouth Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn... more
Directed by: Michael SchultzKrush Groove is a 1985 Warner Bros. film that was written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by... more
Directed by: Dennis HopperColors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall,... more
Directed by: Franco RossoBabylon is a 1980 British film co-written by Martin Stellman and Franco Rosso, who also... more
Directed by: Keenen Ivory WayansI'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 parody film of blaxploitation movies written, directed by,... more
Directed by: Joel SilbergBreakin', released as Breakdance: The Movie or Break Street '84 in some countries, is a 1984... more