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The Best '90s Hood Movies 

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Updated October 8, 2019 2.2k votes 722 voters 41.2k views 20 items

List Rules Vote 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...
 
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1991

Actors: Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, + more

Directed by: John Singleton

Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1993

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton, Khandi Alexander, Bill Duke, + more

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more

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Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995

Actors: Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker, + more

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1992

Actors: Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Omar Epps, Donald Faison, + more

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1991

Actors: Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Wesley Snipes, Flavor Flav, + more

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1993

Actors: Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Damian Chapa

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Blood In Blood Out (a.k.a. Bound by Honor) is a 1993 American crime-drama film directed by Taylor Hackford. The lives of three Chicano relatives intertwine from 1972 to 1984.
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995

Actors: Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker, Keith David, Isaiah Washington, + more

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more

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South Central is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1992

Actors: Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, LaRita Shelby, + more

Directed by: Stephen Milburn Anderson

South Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn Anderson. This film is an adaptation of the 1987 novel Crips by Donald Bakeer, a former high school ...more

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1994

Actors: Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans, Wood Harris, Henry Simmons, + more

Directed by: Jeff Pollack

Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995

Actors: Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison, Oran 'Juice' Jones, Arabella Field, + more

Directed by: Nick Gomez

New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about joy riding working class teenagers in 1990s Newark, New Jersey, the former "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of ...more

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1994

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright, Yul Vazquez, Sean Nelson, + more

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fresh is a 1994 film written and directed by Boaz Yakin in his film directorial debut, also produced by Randy Oslow and Lawrence Bender. It was scored by Stewart Copeland, a member of The ...more

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1998

Actors: Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich, Denzel Washington, Charles Barkley, + more

Directed by: Spike Lee

He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for an act against his wife. He is ...more

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House Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1990

Actors: Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Clifton Powell, + more

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from ...more

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Clockers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995

Actors: Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Keith David, Isaiah Washington, + more

Directed by: Spike Lee

Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars Harvey ...more

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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1994

Actors: RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo, + more

Directed by: Spike Lee

Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place in Brooklyn, New York and the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant during the summer of ...more

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Class Act is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1992

Actors: Pauly Shore, Karyn Parsons, Loretta Devine, Rhea Perlman, Meshach Taylor, + more

Directed by: Randall Miller

Class Act is a 1992 comedy film, directed by Randall Miller and starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. An urban retelling of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, the screenplay is by Cynthia ...more

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who’s the man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1997

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins, Jr., Richard Riehle, + more

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

One Eight Seven is a 1997 drama/crime/thriller film directed by Kevin Reynolds. It was the first top-billed starring role for Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a Los Angeles teacher caught with gang ...more

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Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1997

Actors: Lucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Tim Roth, John Sayles, + more

Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Gridlock'd is a 1997 comedy-drama film starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, and Thandie Newton. It was the directorial debut of Vondie Curtis-Hall, who also wrote the story and screenplay, and had a ...more

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Hot Boyz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
2000

Actors: Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P, C. Thomas Howell, Leila Arcieri, + more

Directed by: Master P

Hot Boyz is a 1999/2000 action film written and directed by Master P. It stars Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, and Mystikal. This film started a brief rivalry between No Limit Records and Cash ...more

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