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The Best '90s Hood Movies

Updated October 8, 2019 2.4k votes 736 voters 42.4k views20 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...
 
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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton, Khandi Alexander, Bill Duke

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsIce Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    Juice

    1992

    ActorsTupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Omar Epps, Donald Faison

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    1995

    ActorsIce Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsChris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Wesley Snipes, Flavor Flav

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

    New Jack City is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Mario Van Peebles. In his rise... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsMartin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker, Keith David, Isaiah Washington

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsTupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans, Wood Harris, Henry Simmons

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsLucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Tim Roth, John Sayles

    Directed byVondie Curtis-Hall

    Gridlock'd is a 1997 comedy-drama film starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, and Thandie Newton. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsGlenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, LaRita Shelby

    Directed byStephen Milburn Anderson

    South Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Fresh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    Fresh

    1994

    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright, Yul Vazquez, Sean Nelson

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsJesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Damian Chapa

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Blood In Blood Out (a.k.a. Bound by Honor) is a 1993 American crime-drama film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsMichael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich, Denzel Washington, Charles Barkley

    Directed bySpike Lee

    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsChristine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison, Oran 'Juice' Jones, Arabella Field

    Directed byNick Gomez

    New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about joy riding working class teenagers in 1990s Newark, New... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    House Party is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsMartin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Clifton Powell

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsSpike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Keith David, Isaiah Washington

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies

    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins, Jr., Richard Riehle

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    One Eight Seven is a 1997 drama/crime/thriller film directed by Kevin Reynolds. It was the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Class Act is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsPauly Shore, Karyn Parsons, Loretta Devine, Rhea Perlman, Meshach Taylor

    Directed byRandall Miller

    Class Act is a 1992 comedy film, directed by Randall Miller and starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsRuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hot Boyz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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    ActorsSnoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P, C. Thomas Howell, Leila Arcieri

    Directed byMaster P

    Hot Boyz is a 1999/2000 action film written and directed by Master P. It stars Silkk the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    who’s the man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Hood Movies
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