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The Best '90s Hood Movies

Updated June 4, 2021 3.0k votes 795 voters 45.7k views60 items

List RulesVote up your favorite gang films that were released in the 1990s

The best 1990s hood movies show us what it's like to grow up in an urban setting. 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 sh*t." 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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    ActorsIce Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    More Menace II Society 

    #539 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#9 of 36 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents

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    Juice

    1992

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

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    #681 of 863 The Best Albums of the 1990s#273 of 290 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    Friday

    1995

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

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    #436 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#76 of 115 The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

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    ActorsChris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Wesley Snipes, Flavor Flav

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

    More New Jack City 

    #349 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s#284 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys

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

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    More Dead Presidents 

    #17 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#62 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s

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

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    More Above the Rim 

    #302 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks#6 of 52 The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made

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

    Directed byNick Gomez

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

    Directed byTed Demme

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    ActorsMichael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich, Denzel Washington, Charles Barkley

    Directed bySpike Lee

    More He Got Game 

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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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    More Fresh 

    #154 of 216 The Best R-Rated Thriller Movies#27 of 27 The Best Chess Movies

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

    Directed byStephen Milburn Anderson

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    ActorsLucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Tim Roth, John Sayles

    Directed byVondie Curtis-Hall

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

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    More House Party 

    #107 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#572 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byParis Barclay

    More Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 

    #491 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#83 of 94 The Worst January Movie Releases

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    ActorsRuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo

    Directed bySpike Lee

    More Crooklyn 

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    ActorsSpike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Keith David, Isaiah Washington

    Directed bySpike Lee

    More Clockers 

    #173 of 248 The Best Whodunit Movies#86 of 100 Movies Turning 25 In 2020

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

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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    ActorsSnoop Dogg, Gary Busey, Master P, C. Thomas Howell, Leila Arcieri

    Directed byMaster P

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    ActorsJesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Damian Chapa

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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

    Directed byJeff Pollack

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    ActorsChristina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Tamala Jones

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

    More The Wood 

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    Belly

    1998

    ActorsNas, DMX, Method Man, Sean Paul, AZ

    Directed byHype Williams

    More Belly 

    #82 of 175 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals#14 of 20 20 Action Movies That Are Way Better Than The Oscar Winners That Beat Them

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    ActorsGwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    #17 of 17 Great Movies About Neo-Nazis & Skinheads#40 of 113 The Best Black Thriller Movies

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    ActorsQueen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid, Tisha Campbell-Martin, William Schallert

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

    More House Party 2 

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