The 90s were lit! Not only because of the music, but because of the movies that came out of this era. Where would the world be without hood classics like; "Boyz n the Hood," and "Friday?" These movies introduced the world to not only what it's like to grow up in the "hood," but to all-star comedians and actors like; Ice Cube, Tyra Ferrell, Christ Tucker - the list goes on and on!
If you've forgotten just how great these movies really were - take this time to jog your memory. Here are 10 of the best hood movies that came out of the 90s:
"Boyz N The Hood" (1991)
Cuba Gooding Jr., Nia Long, Larry Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut, and Ice Cube all star in this cult classic. The story follows the life and every day struggles of two, very different, half-brothers.
Tagline: "Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale."
"Friday" is about nothing - that's what makes it so special! Ice Cube was a genius for being able to write an entire comedy around two guys just hanging out in the neighborhood. Oh, and Chris Tucker is a main character, too. Needless to say, it's a comedy.
Tagline: "A lot can go down between Thursday and Saturday..."
This movie staring the late great Tupac and Omar Epps is about four Harlem teens who find out their friend was murdered in a shootout. After hearing this news, they decide to rob a grocery store in order to get respect (a.k.a juice). That was their first mistake!
Tagline: "In the Ghettos of Harlem you don't buy respect ...you earn it."
"Menace II Society" (1993)
The title of this movie accurately describes the plot! It's about an 18-year-old man who wants to escape the gang lifestyle. But learns just how difficult that will actually be. "Menace II Society" is directed by the famous Hughes Brothers and has their usual drama, meets violence, film style.
Tagline: "This is the truth. This is what's real."
Directed by Hype Williams, "Belly" stars Nas, DMX, and Taral Hicks. This movie is about two men who've always done whatever was necessary to survive. However, things change when one of them joins a black Muslim religious group, and the other is asked to kill the leader of that group.
Tagline: "Money, power, respect... but who's got your back?"
"Set It Off" (1996)
"Set It Off" might come off as a thriller. But, it's so much more than that. It focuses around a group of women facing the difficulties of being poor, black, and female. Not to mention, QUEEN Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise have starring roles.
Tagline: "Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take."
"Bad Boys" (1995)
Director, Michael Bay, never fails to impress his audience! "Bad Boys" is about two foul-mouthed Miami Narcotic cops blowing shit up and taking care of business. Basically, it's the ideal black action movie.
Tagline: "Whatcha gonna do?"
"Above The Rim" (1994)
Here's another movie with the infamous, Tupac Shakur. This time it's about a rising basketball star and his relationship with two men - one is a drug dealer, and the other is a security guard who used to be a basketball star.
Tagline: "The Hardest Part Of Winning Is Choosing Sides."
"Poetic Justice" (1993)
Janet Jackson stars in this movie. YAS! She plays a poet who's trying to get over the untimely death of her boyfriend. Not only did "Poetic Justice" prove how well Janet Jackson could act. It also showed Tupac Shakur in a different light.
Tagline: "A story of losing your fear and finding your way."
"The Players Club" (1998)
Bernie Mac and Jamie Foxx bring this comedy, written and directed by Ice Cube, to life. It's about female strippers, working to make a living, while trying to stay out of trouble.
Tagline: "Make the money. Don't let it make you."