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The Best Hood Movies

Updated November 23, 2020 99.3k votes 20.2k voters 1.9m views105 items

List RulesMovies must take place in an urban ghetto.

This list of the 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 top hood movies list would be incomplete without a mention of Friday or Next Friday - both funny and 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, the 1980s and 1990s good old hood movies are a testament to top-quality and low budget film making - even hood movies from the 21st century are popular and entertaining to audiences. Other new hood movies include Straight Outta Compton, Moonlight, and Dope. You can also find some of these movies on the best hip hop movies of the 2010s list. And movies like Dead Presidents can also be found on this list of the best Black heist movies.

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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    Jason's Lyric
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker

    Released1994

    Directed byDoug McHenry

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    Four Brothers
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    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

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

    Released1996

    Directed byParis Barclay

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    Coach Carter
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    Love & Basketball
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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    He Got Game
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    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

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    Shottas
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    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled

    Released2002

    Directed byCess Silvera

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    How High
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    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    Moonlight
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    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

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    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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    Dope
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    Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori

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    Fruitvale Station
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    Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz

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    8 Mile
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    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Released2002

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    Bound by Honor
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    Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames

    Released1993

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    The Wood
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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan

    Released1999

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

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    Crooklyn
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    Crooklyn

    RuPaul, Spike Lee

    Released1994

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    State Property
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    State Property

    Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel

    Released2002

    Directed byAbdul Malik Abbott

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    Sugar Hill
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    Wesley Snipes, Abe Vigoda

    Released1994

    Directed byLeon Ichaso

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    Tales from the Hood
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    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1995

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    New Jersey Drive
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    Christine Baranski, Heavy D

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Gomez

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    3 Strikes
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    3 Strikes

    Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson

    Released2000

    Directed byDJ Pooh

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    Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe

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    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man

    Released1997

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    Blue Hill Avenue
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    William Forsythe, Allen Payne

    Released2001

    Directed byCraig Ross Jr.

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