‘Cuz Everybody Loves A Bit Of Ratchetness From Time To Time: 15 Of Our Fave Hood Classic Movies

December 21, 2012  |  
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When it’s time to spend some time at home with friends and fam, these are the movies you play over and over again until you know half the words. We have 15 of our favorite hood classics here. If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments section.

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This movie was the moment when most of us found out that T. I. could act. But to me, Big Boi stole the show: “Ain’t nobody told ya’ll light skinned dudes ain’t in style no mo?” Classic.

Baby Boy

“Jody, My Jody!!”

This is the classic hood coming of age story, and Taraji Henson’s role as Tyrese’s crazy baby mama is still my favorite.


You got the Juice? This was the movie back in the day. And Tupac went really hard: “I’m the one ya’ll need to be worried about. Patna.” Did you know he was just 21 when he starred in it? He should’ve won an Oscar for this. R.I.P.

Hustle and Flow

It’s hard out there for a pimp. They robbed Terrence Howard by not giving him an Oscar. That soundtrack was bangin’ though. Shout out to Three Six Mafia.

The Player’s Club

You gotta use what you got to get what you want. Your girl Lisa Raye played the mess outta that role. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene.

Love Jones

Man, this is my movie. Nia long and Larenz Tate play out a beautiful, classy urban love story. Just don’t watch it when you’re single.

Jason’s Lyric

He washed my feet! This movie hits in all the right places.


Miss Parker, Miss Parker. I laughed so hard the first time I saw this I thought something was gonna bust. “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” also belong on this list. If Ice Cube is telling the truth about a fourth “Friday,” I’m sure that will be hilarious too, but Chris Tucker knows he needs to get in on this.


All of your favorite ’90s east coast rappers in one place. This movie was dark and beautiful and it’s one of my favorite hood movies to this day. And if you love east coast classics the soundtrack is one of the best out there.

Harlem Nights

“That n***a shot me in my pinky toe.” Man I love this movie. It has Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Della Reese, Eddie Murphy when he was still funny, and Charlie Murphy. This isn’t just a hood classic it’s a comedy classic.

American Pimp

You on the right track but the wrong train. You know we had to put at least one documentary on the list. And this Hughes Brothers classic is full of some of the coldest quotables in movie history. It put Bishop Don Magic Juan on the scene and put a real face to the game.

Training Day

Denzel playing the bad guy for once? You know every man and woman had to love the way he switched it up on us. We were trippin’ as bad as Ethan Hawke and we weren’t even in the movie!

Boyz N’ the Hood

I still can’t watch this movie without tearing up.

House Party

If you’ve ever been to a house party in your life, you have to love this movie. Unfortunately, I still know how to do that dance — any of them.


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  • Yeah yall missed Menace II Society..Thats up there with Boys and the Hood and Juice!

  • Cassie04

    WHATT!!! NO Poetic Justic, No shoters, NO waste deep??? alll great moviess

  • Jkrma

    Some of these movies listed are not HOOD MOVIES. They are simply black cinema. Such as, Love Jones and House Party. These movies are far from Hood. Please do another list….

  • ijs

    UMM…ok lol there is NOTHING abt love jones that says hood…Belly was a lot of things but beautiful was not one of them lol that is the last thing that pops in my head when someone mentions that movie. and Harlem nights is the longest movie ever!!! lol

  • Sha

    Poetic Justice needs to be on the list!

  • britchick91

    I looooooove training day

  • No “Gone With the Wind”? Frankly my dear, I don’t give a D@@

  • How da HELL ATL make it in over Set It Off!!!!!!!

  • akilahh

    Where’s Love & Basketball!?!?!?

  • coryb

    No Life, The Wood, Crooklyn, Do the right thing, Thin line, New Jack City, Best Man, but you put Hustle and Flow. Get out of here, Bossip who comes up with that crap. I demand a redo

    • BobbyBrownsUnhingedLowerJaw

      i concur

  • Aaron

    Im gonna get you sucka

  • tracy


  • wtf no menace to 2 society by but u put boyz the hood i forgive you for that

  • media

    No three 6 mafia, Choices?

  • Luvn_it

    What happend to lean on me,cooley high,above the rim,and dead presidents. Oh I forgot menace II society

  • No Poetic Justice??Although, Poetic justic is really more of a hood romance…but since you put Love Jones on there…poetic justice should’ve been on there.And…Menace II Society?? Wow.. Wouldn’t “Dead Presidents” be considered a “hood classic also?

  • Corduroy

    No menace? This whole list is disqualified

  • wow ya’ll slipping no New Jersey Drive or Menace too society….like a duh what about New Jack City, paid in full too that was the best movie. What about State Property like who did this column. I get really mad about the state property cause I can’t even watch it on HBO,Starz, cinemax or encore

  • Janee

    “Riiiiccckkkkkyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!” Boyz in the Hood is my movie! Although Morris Chestnut wasn’t as fine in that movie as he is in others like The Best Man

  • jferthefab

    set it off…okay no

  • jferthefab

    set it off…okay no

  • jferthefab

    set it off…okay no

  • toya

    NOTHING was more hood than ‘State Property’

  • thegoodluckpig

    lol as we add to the list of missing movies i still love state property and state property 2. while it lacks the good acting and cinematography many of these films have it gave us great lines.

  • rzakia

    No Menace II Society huh? Surprising.

  • PrettyBrownEyes

    what about paid in full?

  • Kaori

    I’ve watched several of these movies before, but that doesn’t make me ‘hood’ at all.

  • heyheynow

    yea I loved Training Day and Love Jones but I wouldn’t classify them as hood movies..but what about BAPS lol

    • BAPS wasnt on the list??!? Dang, i thought i saw it on there…

    • kaf

      BAPS is my film!!!!

    • Dezzy

      What about The Wood?

  • IllyPhilly

    Dammmn, Why Training Day and Love Jones on the list? Harlem Nights is still in rotation on my TV.