Movies Similar To Boyz N The Hood Are 1. Menace II Society 2. Straight Outta Compton 3. Juice 4. The Wood and 6 others. 

Boyz N The Hood is a crime drama directed and written by John Singleton. It presents friendship, life, coming of age, and crime in a heart-touching way.

The film premiered at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. It became a commercial success and made $57.5 million at the box office.

The cinema was declared culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant by the US Library of Congress. It was also selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

The moving picture starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne in lead roles. It was praised and remembered for its outstanding storyline.

Still, people seek a similar type of flick like the above mentioned film. That is why we have brought you a list of movies to pick from with similar plots. 

Films Like Boyz N The Hood With Their Release Dates

1. Menace II Society26 May 1993
2. Straight Outta Compton14 August 2015
3. Juice17 January 1992
4. The Wood16 July 1999
5. New Jack City8 March 1991
6. Baby Boy29 July 2001
7. Poetic Justice23 July 1993
8. Dope13 October 2015
9. Fresh15 June 1994
10. Clockers5 September 1995

1. Menace II Society (1993)

Menace II Society Poster Featuring Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate
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Menace II Society is a crime drama thriller directed by Hughes Brothers in their debut. It earned fame for its violence, profanity, and drug-related content.

The film features Caine Lawson and his best friend Kevin Anderson. They enter a liquor store to buy some malt where a Korean cashier and his wife suspect that they might be stealing.

Kevin gets into an argument with the couple and he shoots them fatally, takes the surveillance footage, and robs their corpse. In another scene, where they try to steal a car they get detained by the police.

The police can not link them to the murder and they walk free. Caine moves to Atlanta with his friend Ronnie and while leaving the state, he gets into a drive-by shootout and loses his life.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, and Thriller
  • Cast: Tyrin Turner, Toshi Toda, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
  • Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Tubi, Just Watch

2. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

 Straight Outta Compton Was Nominated For 2016 Oscar For Best Writing, Original Screenplay
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Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 film directed by F. Gary Gray. It follows the story of the rise and fall of the hip-hop group N.W.A.

It opens with a chaotic dystopia surrounding Compton, California. The reason behind the chaos is revealed to be street gangs, drug dealers, and police brutality. 

Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella form a group and start a recording label Ruthless Records. They make music their powerful weapon to expose the life in the hood.

Their music brings a social revolution until they part ways one after another. Their downfall begins and they can no longer impact the audience as they used to.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Genre: Biography, Drama, and History
  • Cast: Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Netflix, Google Play Movies, Amazon Prime, Roku

3. Juice (1992)

Juice Was Nominated For The Best Film At 1993 Mystfest
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Juice is a 1992 crime thriller film and the directorial debut of Ernest R. Dickerson. It was mostly filmed in New York City and Harlem.

It presents four teenagers of color along with their families and daily activities. It also sheds light on police harassment towards them and rival gangs from the neighborhood.

The teenagers start skipping school and realize that they have no respect in society. To earn it, they chose the wrong path and rob a grocery store on the corner.

Bishop unexpectedly shoots the owner and one of his friends named Raheem. Q and Steel stow away from him and at last, Bishop passes away after falling from a rooftop.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
  • Genre: Action, Crime, and Drama
  • Cast: Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain, Jermaine Hopkins
  • Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Vudu, Tubi, Hulu, Just Watch

4. The Wood (1999)

The Wood Received 2001 ASCAP Awards For The Song 'I Wanna Know'
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The Wood is a romantic comedy movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa. It earned $25 million at the box office and was made with a budget of $6 million.

The story portrays writer Mike and tells his story. His friend Roland is getting married but he is nowhere to be found and the wedding is hours away.

The film goes to a flashback about Mike's youth and his encounter with Slim and Roland. It shows all the experiences of them growing up together.

At some point, Roland's friends get a call from his ex-girlfriend Tanya stating that he is drunk and lying at her home. Mike and Slim bring Roland back and he gets wedded to Lisa.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
  • Genre: Rom-com and Drama
  • Cast: Sean Nelson, Duane Finley, Omar Epps, Elayn J. Taylor
  • Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Roku, Tubi, Just Watch

5. New Jack City (1991)

New Jack City Star Wesley Sniped Won The NAACP Image Awards In 1993
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New Jack City is an action crime drama directed by Mario Van Peebles. It is based on the story written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper.

It pictures the story of a gangster named Nino and his gang members who go by Cash Money Brothers. They get into the drug business and make million dollars every week.

They get noticed by a cop named Scooty who tries to infiltrate the gang with the help of a former drug addict. He fails in his attempt but he does not lose hope.

Scooty takes matters into his own hands and becomes a drug pusher. He launches a sting operation and catches Nino red-handed who gets a year in prison. 

While speaking with reporters outside of the courtroom, Nino gets shot and perishes.

  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Genre: Action, Crime, and Drama
  • Cast: Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Ice-T, Allen Payne
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Apple TV, Tubi, Vudu, Just Watch

6. Baby Boy (2001)

Baby Boy Won An Award At The 2001 Locarno International Film Festival
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Baby Boy is a hood comedy-drama by John Singleton. The motion picture predominantly received positive reviews but was not a commercial success.

It marked the last feature film written by John. It follows the story of an unemployed man of color Jody who lives with his mother.

Jody has two baby mamas Peanut and Yvette with whom he shares Lil'Nut and JoJo respectively. When Yvette finds out about his infidelity, she kicks him out of the house.

Yvette comes to know about her love for Jody when her ex-boyfriend Rodney tries to physically assault her. The couple later reconcile, get married, and live happily ever after.

  • IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, and Romance
  • Cast: Alexsandra Wright, Tamara Bass, Tyrese Gibson, Snoop Dogg
  • Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tubi, Vudu, Roku

7. Poetic Justice (1993)

Poetic Justice Was Nominated For The Academy Awards In 1994 For Best Music, Original Song
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Poetic Justice was written and directed by John Singleton. It earned $27.5 million and reached No. 1 place in the box office opening weekend.

The film featured a young woman named Justice who witnesses the killing of her boyfriend Markell. She leaves her college but continues her job as a hairdresser.

Justice writes and narrates poems to ease her pain. A postal worker named Lucky hits her at the job but she does not get along with him.

The lady is forced to join a ride to Oakland with her friends and Lucky. On the way, they start opening up about the life incidents and form a stronger bond.

  • IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
  • Genre: Drama and Romance
  • Cast: Janet Jackson, Khandi Alexander, Regina King, Tupac Shakur, Joe Torry
  • Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Tubi, Roku

8. Dope (2015)

Dope Opened At The Sundance Film Festival On 24 January 2015 In Park City, Utah
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Dope is a comedy-drama made by director Rick Famuyiwa. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2015 in Utah.

It follows a geek named Malcolm and his friend's adventure in Los Angeles. Malcolm lives in a neighborhood filled with gangsters and drug dealers.

The only dream that he has is to attend Harvard but the school counselor gets skeptical and tells him to meet alumnus Austin. On his way, he is stopped by a dealer named Dom.

Dom puts drugs and guns in Malcolm's bag. When a gunfight begins between Dom and their rivals, police arrest the dealer but Malcolm fortunately escapes and later realizes about the contents in his bag.

Malcolms plays smart with the dealer and finally he gets accepted to his dream university.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, and Crime
  • Cast: Shameik Moore, Kimberly Elise, ASAP Rocky, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
  • Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Roku, Just Watch

9. Fresh (1994)

Official Trailer Of Fresh 1994 ( Source : youtu )

Fresh is a 1994 crime drama thriller directed and written by Boaz Yakin. The film received critical acclaim and Boaz was praised for his work.

It follows the story of a 12-year-old drug dealer named Fresh from Brooklyn. He is trapped between poverty, corruption, as well as racial tension.

The boy finds out that his addict sister Nichole has an intimate relationship with the drug lord Esteban. Following that, he tries to free himself and Nichole from Esteban's trap.

Fresh recalls the chess-playing skills that he learned from his alcoholic father Samuel. Then, he curates a complex strategy to get rid of Esteban from coming after his family.

  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, and Thriller
  • Cast: Sean Nelson, Ron Brice, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tubi, Roku, Just Watch

10. Clockers (1995)

Official Poster Of Clockers Starring Harvey Keitel and Delroy Lindo In Lead Role
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Clockers is a directorial by Spike Lee based on Richard Price's novel of the same name. It was made on a budget of $25 million.

It revolves around the story of a drug lord Rodney Little and his group of clockers. Ronald Strike is his lead dealer and he wants Strike to kill another dealer Darryl Adams.

Rodney reveals the news to his brother Victor and asks if he knows any hitmen. After the murder, Victor confesses to the crime and gets detained by the detective.

Detective Rocco who wants to solve the homicide checks on Victor's background. He gets an arrest warrant for Ronald since he believes that he is involved.

The story ends with Strike having a fallout with the drug lord, Victor getting punished, and Ronald finally leaving the town. 

  • IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, and Mystery
  • Cast: Harvey Keitel, Mekhi Phifer, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Isaiah Washington
  • Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes
  • Where To Watch: Amazon Prime, Just Watch, Tubi, Roku

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