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The Best '90s Hood Movies

Updated January 27, 2021 2.7k votes 763 voters 43.8k 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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  • Boyz n the Hood1

    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
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  • Menace II Society2

    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
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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
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  • Friday4
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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
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  • New Jack City5
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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
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  • Dead Presidents6

    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
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  • Above the Rim7

    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
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  • Fresh8
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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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  • He Got Game9
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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
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  • New Jersey Drive10

    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
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  • Clockers11
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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
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  • Who’s the Man?12

    ActorsIce-T, Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

    Directed byTed Demme

    Who's the Man? is a 1993 thriller comedy film, directed by Ted Demme, in his feature film...  more
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  • One Eight Seven13

    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
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  • South Central14

    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
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  • House Party15
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    ActorsMartin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Clifton Powell

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play...  more
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  • Crooklyn16
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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
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  • Blood In, Blood Out17

    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
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  • Hot Boyz18
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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
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  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood19

    ActorsVivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans

    Directed byParis Barclay

    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American...  more
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  • Gridlock'd20
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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
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  • Caught Up21
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    ActorsSnoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tony Todd, Marques Johnson

    Directed byDarin Scott

    Caught Up is a 1998 American crime-drama film written and directed by Darin Scott. The film...  more
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  • Belly22
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    Belly

    1998

    ActorsNas, DMX, Method Man, Sean Paul, AZ

    Directed byHype Williams

    Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film...  more
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  • Booty Call23

    ActorsJamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Amanda Tapping, Tamala Jones

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Booty Call is a 1997 comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker and Takashi Bufford, and...  more
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  • B*A*P*S24
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    ActorsHalle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau, Faizon Love, Ian Richardson

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film written by Troy Beyer, directed by Robert Townsend, and starring...  more
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  • Candyman25
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    ActorsVirginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams, Xander Berkeley, Ted Raimi

    Directed byBernard Rose

    Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the...  more
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