Movies give us an insight into the different types of lives people lead, the obstacles they go through, the landscapes they gaze at, the hands they shake or cheeks they kiss. As we all know, societies tend to be divided into leveled sections of citizens, a phenomenon that started way back in time and that keeps shaping people’s lives on and on. Almost every city has a richer neighbourhood and a poorer neighbourhood and we often call these outcasted areas where the lives of people are harder, tougher and usually involved with drugs, violence and crime, “the hood”. Some suffer an unfortunate fate, others manage to move on and lead a better life while others even find fame and make history. There’s a lot more to that when examining the life on the streets or in the hood and that’s what these movies are here to do. Having that said, let me start the countdown and introduce the list of top hood and ghetto movies ever. You can watch some of these best hood movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Friday (1995)
Rapper Ice Cube and comedian Chris Tucker lead the way into this comedic and straightforward film that takes a light and humorous approach on the ghetto life and the conflict one can face. Most commonly known as the top “stoner film”, it contains a handful of hilarious characters and even gives space for some good advice and some moral lessons to take in mind. Craig Jones has recently become unemployed and his friend Smokey insouciantly works as a drug dealer, selling weed from the“big boss”. Having nothing better to do with their time, they spend the day sitting on the front porch commenting on the neighbourhood’s passersby. However Smokey has been smoking the products he’s supposed to sell and after confronted by his boss and entangling Craig into the situation, only one chance is given to them in order to save themselves from this mess : find 200 dollars by 10pm that same night to pay back the smoked merchandise.
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11. Notorious (2009)
Alongside Tupac and others, once cannot disagree with the fact that “The Notorious B.I.G” or also called “Biggie Smalls”, was and still remains one of the biggest and widely known artists from the rap industry. Just like many other black American men who rose to prominence in the music sector, he also grew up in a drug-involved neighbourhood (Brooklyn), which he quickly became associated to when starting to deal drugs at an early age. The film relates the life and death of this iconic figure, highlighting the struggles and violence that stuck to the character, even when achieving fame and success. This naturally includes the East Cost-West Coast rivalry and the conflictual relationship with Tupac, not to mention the various romantic relationships with women he carelessly started and ended. A great depiction of this rap genius as a person living in a world where much is still to be changed.