90s The Best '90s Hood Movies  

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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, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.   

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Boyz n the Hood 1991 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
Menace II Society 1993 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
Friday 1995 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
Juice 1992 Juice is a 1992 American crime 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 ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
New Jack City 1991 New Jack City is a 1991 American crime 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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South Central is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
South Central 1992 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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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Dead Presidents 1995 Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy ...more

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Above the Rim 1994 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
New Jersey Drive 1995 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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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
He Got Game 1998 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 killing his wife. He is also ...more

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Fresh 1994 Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fresh is a 1994 crime 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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House Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
House Party 1990 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
Clockers 1995 Clockers is a 1995 American crime 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 ...more

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Class Act is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Class Act 1992 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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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Crooklyn 1994 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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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
One Eight Seven 1997 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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who’s the man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
Gridlock'd 1997 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
Hot Boyz 2000 Hot Boyz is a 1999/2000 action crime film written and directed by Master P. It stars Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder and Mystikal. This film started a brief rivalry between No Limit ...more