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1. Menace II Society (1993)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
Votes: 46,941 | Gross: $27.90M
2. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 113,101 | Gross: $57.50M
4. Paid in Full (2002)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.
Votes: 9,505 | Gross: $3.04M
5. The Warriors (1979)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
Votes: 86,103 | Gross: $22.49M
6. Above the Rim (1994)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Votes: 12,670 | Gross: $16.04M
7. Fruitvale Station (2013)
R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Votes: 68,449 | Gross: $16.10M
8. Coach Carter (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
Votes: 112,726 | Gross: $67.26M
9. Gridiron Gang (2006)
PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Votes: 42,243 | Gross: $38.43M
R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
A parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice".
Votes: 44,793 | Gross: $20.11M
12. Step Up (2006)
PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.
Votes: 104,602 | Gross: $65.33M
13. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
Votes: 166,002 | Gross: $161.20M
14. 8 Mile (2002)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.
Votes: 229,432 | Gross: $116.72M
15. Notorious (2009)
R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.
Votes: 38,363 | Gross: $36.84M
18. Lockdown (2000)
R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller
Avery (Jones) returns to college as a competitive swimmer after getting his life back on track. But his life takes another unexpected turn when he and his two friends (Bonds, Casseus) are wrongly accused of murder and end up in prison.
Votes: 2,309 | Gross: $0.45M
19. CB4 (1993)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Music
A guy makes a documentary of the rap band CB4 by following them. CB4 got popular by stealing Gusto's name, background and image. He wants them dead.
Votes: 8,227 | Gross: $17.95M
20. Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Drama, Crime
Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's ... See full summary »
21. How High (2001)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam.
Votes: 50,092 | Gross: $31.16M
22. South Central (1992)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama
A former gangster fresh out of prison wants to change his life for the better and must save his 10 year old son whose already chosen a gang life.
Votes: 4,472 | Gross: $1.37M
23. Squeeze (1997)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang ... See full summary »
Votes: 280 | Gross: $0.01M
24. Jacked (2001)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Dre gets caught up gang activity and accidentally murders an innocent person. Plagued by a guilty conscience, he does everything he can to make things right--and avoid falling back in with the gang.
26. Before I Self Destruct (2009 Video)
R | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a ... See full summary »
28. State Property (2002)
R | 88 min | Drama, Crime, Action
Frustrated with being broke, Beans (Beanie Sigel) decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it. The film follows Beans and his crew, the ABM, as they take over the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,812 | Gross: $2.10M
30. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 22,497 | Gross: $46.62M
31. Imperial Dreams (2014)
87 min | Drama
A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
33. Brotherly Love (III) (2015)
R | 89 min | Drama
Set on the backdrop of Philadelphia's famed Overbrook High School, we track the lives of the nations number one high school basketball player Sergio Taylor as he deals with the early pressures of hood fame.
Votes: 1,595 | Gross: $0.44M
35. Kicks (II) (2016)
R | 80 min | Adventure, Drama
Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Votes: 3,808 | Gross: $0.15M
36. Roxanne Roxanne (2017)
TV-MA | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music
In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne ... See full summary »