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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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Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hood Movies
zxray added Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long 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

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. 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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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hood Movies
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime 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

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton 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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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...more

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith Set It Off is a 1996 American crime action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and ...more

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American crime 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 ...more

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Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson Baby Boy Production NotesIn 1991, 23-year-old director John Singleton guided viewers through South Central Los Angeles, taking for the first time an unflinching look at the devastating impact of ...more

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy ...more

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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez Paid in Full is a 2002 American crime drama film that was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and directed by Charles Stone III. It takes place in Harlem just before the Crack Epidemic that hit during ...more

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans 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

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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. The main character, Justice, ...more

List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film directing debut. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, ...more

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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Four Brothers Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more

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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hood Movies
8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy 8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more

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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow is a 2005 American independent drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. It was released on July 22, 2005. Terrence ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hood Movies
shjaalsz added American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

The Best Rockumentaries of All Time

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard Get Rich or Die Tryin '​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and ...more

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Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hood Movies
zxray added Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Paris Barclay, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written by Wayans ...more

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hood Movies
In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long In Too Deep is a 1999 American crime-thriller-drama film written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer and starring Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Stanley Tucci with Pam ...more

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South Central is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hood Movies
South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns 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

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ATL is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hood Movies
ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi ATL is a 2006 American drama film, and the feature film directorial debut of music video director Chris Robinson. The screenplay was written by Tina Gordon Chism from an original story by ...more

Actors of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Where Are They Now?

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Colors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hood Movies
AllenAlbossDay added Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action crime film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright Fresh is a 1994 crime 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

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Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hood Movies
teddybear1029 added Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams Friday After Next is a 2002 comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. It is the third film in the Friday series, and the sequel to the 2000 film Next Friday. As of ...more

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Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Jason's Lyric Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin Jason's Lyric is a 1994 romantic drama film, written by Bobby Smith, Jr, and directed by Doug McHenry, who co-produced the film with George Jackson and Marilla Lane Ross. Both Jackson and ...more

A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hood Movies
zxray added Straight Outta Compton O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 American biographical film directed by F. Gary Gray. The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and ...more

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hood Movies
He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich 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 killing his wife. He is also ...more

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Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson Waist Deep is a 2006 drama-action film directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, starring Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good. It is loosely based on the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, including some similar ...more

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How High is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hood Movies
DǝVa added How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham, and director Jesse Dylan's debut feature film. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film ...more

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hood Movies
teddybear1029 added Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. The ...more

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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Sugar Hill Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda, Ernie Hudson Sugar Hill is a 1994 American crime film starring Wesley Snipes and Michael Wright as brothers Roemello and Raynathan Skuggs. The film focuses on the two brothers, who are major drug dealers in ...more

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State Property is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hood Movies
AllenAlbossDay added State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash State Property is a 2002 American crime film starring Beanie Sigel, Omillio Sparks, Memphis Bleek and Damon Dash. Rapper Jay-Z appears in a cameo role. It was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and ...more

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New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hood Movies
New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison 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

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Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn. It is loosely based on the ...more

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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American Me is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hood Movies
zxray added American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa American Me is a 1992 biographical crime drama film produced and directed by Edward James Olmos, his first film as a director, and written by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano. Olmos also stars as ...more

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Shottas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hood Movies
DariusKing added Shottas Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley Shottas is a 2002 Jamaican crime film about two young men who participate in organized crime in Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. It stars Kymani Marley, Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell and ...more

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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hood Movies
One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins 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

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hood Movies
TianaVenable added Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hood Movies
teddybear1029 added Tales from the Hood David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans Tales From the Hood is a 1995 horror anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, and executive produced by Spike Lee. The film presents four short African American-themed horror stories, ...more

The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Blue Hill Avenue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hood Movies
bigbaby0513 added Blue Hill Avenue William Forsythe, Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III Blue Hill Avenue is a 2001 American crime film directed and written by Craig Ross, Jr., and starring Allen Payne. Ross Jr. also edited and executive produced the film.

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hood Movies
MichaelChoi added Moonlight Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more

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Freedom Writers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton Freedom Writers is a 2007 drama film starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote ...more

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Clockers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro Clockers is a 1995 American crime 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 ...more

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3 Strikes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hood Movies
harrychessman added 3 Strikes Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, David Alan Grier 3 Strikes is a 2000 American screwball comedy film, written and directed by DJ Pooh. The film stars Brian Hooks as Rob Douglas, a man just released from a one-year sentence in jail, who already ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hood Movies
harrychessman added City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hood Movies
Kamica Jones added Crooklyn RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Zelda Harris

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