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The Best '90s Hood Movies

Updated January 27, 2021 2.9k votes 785 voters 45.2k views60 items

List RulesVote up your favorite gang films that were released in the 1990s

Eazy E once rapped, "Cuz the boys in the hood are always hard/You come talking that trash and we'll pull your card/Knowin' nothin' in life but to be legit/Don't quote me boy, I ain't said shit." These '90s hood films, like Eazy E's raps, portrayed the harsh reality of life in the inner city.

In this list of the top ‘90s hood movies, you will also find a touch of comedy. Films such as Friday, starring rapper Ice Cube and comedian Chris Tucker, put a lighter spin on life in the hood. Friday was F. Gary Gray’s first film. Spike Lee also directed classic ‘90s hood movies, like Clockers and He Got Game, starring Denzel Washington and basketball star, Ray Allen.

Here, you’ll also find many popular ‘90s rappers in prominent roles. Tupac Shakur appeared in several good ‘90s hood movies, including Gridlock’d and Above the Rim. If only Eazy E had lived to see some of these...
Vote up the best '90s hood movies, then check out our list of funny hood movies.

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