If you’re in the mood for a good black hood movie, then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will share with you our top 10 picks for the best black hood films. These films are sure to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat! So without further ado, let’s get started.
Boyz N The Hood 
Three young men in a poor Los Angeles neighborhood struggle to stay out of trouble and make something of their lives. Despite the obstacles they face, they try to live by a code of honor and respectability. But when one of them is killed in a drive-by shooting, the others are forced to confront the realities of gang life in their community.
American Gangster 
American Gangster is a film about the rise and fall of a Harlem drug lord. The film chronicles his efforts to build an empire, as well as the law enforcement’s attempt to bring him down.
State Property 
Beans (Sigel) is frustrated that he can’t make ends meet, and so he decides that the only way to achieve the American Dream is by taking it. State Property follows Beans and his gang as they take over a city and cause mayhem while building their empire. While attempting to balance family life with competing criminals and cops, Beans runs his own code of ethics and ultimately learns that crime may not pay.
Paid in Full 
Paid in Full is a 2002 film directed by Charles Stone III. It is based on the true story of three young African American men who become friends while working at a Harlem clothing store in the late 1980s. Together, they turn to a life of crime to make money and escape the poverty of their upbringing. The film follows their rise to power in the drug trade, as well as the inevitable fall that comes with it. Along the way, the friends must deal with betrayal, violence, and the consequences of their choices. Paid in Full is a gritty and realistic portrayal of the Harlem drug trade, and the cost of success in a world where the odds are stacked against you.
In the crime-ridden streets of Kingston, Jamaica, two young men pursue their dreams of becoming “shottas” (gangsters). Wayne (Ky-Mani Marley) and Biggs (Spragga Benz) have grown up in the ghetto, and know nothing else but violence and crime. They start out small, running errands for the local drug lord, but quickly move up the ranks. Wayne becomes the drug lord’s right-hand man, while Biggs becomes a successful drug dealer in his own right. But as their success grows, so does the rivalry between them, until it eventually erupts into all-out war.
New Jack City 
In New Jack City, drug kingpin Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, have taken over the streets of Harlem, dealing crack cocaine. The police, led by Captain Donald Gentry (Mario Van Peebles), are struggling to keep up with the drug dealers. Meanwhile, Brown’s right-hand man, Duh Duh Duh Man (Ice-T), is struggling with his own demons, as he is torn between his loyalty to Brown and his own conscience.
The film follows the story of four African American friends in Harlem, New York City, in the late 1980s. Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem are all high school friends who spend their days hanging out together. Bishop is the leader of the group and is involved in a number of illegal activities, including selling drugs. Q is a talented DJ and Steel is a talented basketball player. Raheem is the peacekeeper of the group and is in love with Steel’s sister, Shay. The film follows the friends as they navigate their way through the challenges of growing up in a tough neighbourhood. They must deal with the dangers of drug dealing, gangs and violence. They also must deal with the pressure of making something of their lives.
Belly is a crime drama film directed by Hype Williams and written by Nasir “Nas” Jones, Omilio Stanley, and Thomas Jones III It follows two childhood friends from the Queensbridge Projects in New York City who embark on a life of crime.
Menace II Society 
Menace II Society is a film about a young man who is trying to escape the ghetto. The film follows him as he tries to find a way out of the violence and poverty that surrounds him.
I Got The Hook Up 
Two friends start a business selling black market cell phones. The film follows their efforts to make it in the cutthroat world of the black market.
These are just a few of the great black hood movies that are out there. If you haven’t seen them, we highly recommend that you check them out! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them as much as we did. Thanks for reading and happy watching!
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