90s Movies 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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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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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Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
4
144 25
Juice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1992
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
5
121 19
New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1991
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
6
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995
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
7
68 17
Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
8
75 24
Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
9
78 27
South Central is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
10
50 13
New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
11
41 10
He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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 an act against his wife. He is ...more
12
45 14
Fresh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1994
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
13
42 17
House Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
14
31 10
Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
15
36 14
Clockers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
1995
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
16
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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
17
40 20
who’s the man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
who’s the man
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Class Act is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
19
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Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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
20
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Hot Boyz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
2000
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