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The Best Hood Movies

Updated January 29, 2021 97.0k votes 20.5k voters 1.9m views159 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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  • Boyz n the Hood1
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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  • Friday4
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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

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  • South Central6
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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly

    Released1992

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

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    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

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  • Set It Off9
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

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  • Poetic Justice10
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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • Above the Rim11
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

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  • Dead Presidents13
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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  • American Gangster14
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

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  • Belly15
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    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

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  • New Jack City16
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    Chris Rock, Ice-T

    Released1991

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  • Baby Boy17
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

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  • Hustle & Flow18
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    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

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  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'19
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    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

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  • Friday After Next20
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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

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  • ATL21
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  • Do the Right Thing22
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

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  • Colors23
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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall

    Released1988

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  • In Too Deep25
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    LL Cool J, Nas

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