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List Rules Movies must take place in an urban ghetto

Best hood movies includes some of the greatest hood films set in, and about, the 'hood. Hood films began appearing in the late '80s and early '90s, with the most widely-known examples being Boyz n the Hood and Hustle n Flow. These films explore themes of life in African-American urban communities, including poverty, violence, gangsters, education, drugs, sports, and music.

Any hood movies list would be incomplete without a mention of Friday or Next Friday - both classic hood movies. More recently, these types of films have fallen out of favor, as many became cliched, being parodied and even garnering criticism for promoting stereotypes. That said, 1980s and 1990s classic hood movies are a testament to top-quality film making - even hood movies from the 21st century are popular and entertaining to dedicated audiences. Other new hood movies include Straight Outta Compton, Moonlight, and Dope.

Hood films deal with urban black culture, often touching on the various struggles of growing up in that type of environment. Vote for your favorite gangsta movies, whether they're hilarious comedies or heart-wrenching dramas, and check out Ranker's list of the best black movies.

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Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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Four Brothers Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

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Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man

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Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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shjaalsz added American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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zxray added Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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AllenAlbossDay added Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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teddybear1029 added Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

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He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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Jason's Lyric Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

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Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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zxray added Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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DǝVa added How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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Sugar Hill Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson

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teddybear1029 added Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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AllenAlbossDay added State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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zxray added American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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DariusKing added Shottas Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

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One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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TianaVenable added Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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bigbaby0513 added Blue Hill Avenue William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III

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teddybear1029 added Tales from the Hood David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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harrychessman added City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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MichaelChoi added Moonlight

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harrychessman added 3 Strikes Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, David Alan Grier

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rieeriee added State Property 2 Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez

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