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The Best Hood Movies

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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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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    South Central

    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Milburn Anderson

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    Friday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Friday

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Straight Outta Compton

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Belly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

    Directed byHype Williams

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Poetic Justice

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T

    Released1991

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byJeff Pollack

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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

    Released2002

    Directed byMarcus Raboy

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    ATL is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    ATL

    T.I., Lauren London

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Robinson

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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall

    Released1988

    Directed byDennis Hopper

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Fresh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    Fresh

    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito

    Released1994

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hood Movies
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    In Too Deep

    LL Cool J, Nas

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Rymer

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