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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 Hood1
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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • Menace II Society2
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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  • Juice3
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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  • Friday4
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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • South Central5
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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Milburn Anderson

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Straight Outta Compton8
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    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • Set It Off9
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • Next Friday10
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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Carr

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  • Belly11
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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

    Directed byHype Williams

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  • Poetic Justice12
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    Poetic Justice

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • American Gangster13
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Dead Presidents14
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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  • Above the Rim15
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    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byJeff Pollack

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  • New Jack City16
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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T

    Released1991

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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  • Baby Boy17
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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • Hustle & Flow18
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'19
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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  • Friday After Next20
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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

    Released2002

    Directed byMarcus Raboy

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  • ATL21
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    T.I., Lauren London

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Robinson

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  • Do the Right Thing22
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • Fresh23
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    Fresh

    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito

    Released1994

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall

    Released1988

    Directed byDennis Hopper

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  • In Too Deep25
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    In Too Deep

    LL Cool J, Nas

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Rymer

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