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Best Black Gangster Movies to Watch Right Now

Best Black Gangster Movies to Watch Right Now

Guns, drugs, sex, blood…All are in scenes of black gangster movies in my mind. Intense fights and bloody backdrops have become stereotypes when it comes to black gangster movies. But in fact, gangster movies are not only limited to the category of action movies, but many of them also even have a lot of educational or motivational significance.

Best Black Gangster Movies to Watch

Let’s explore 10 best black gangster movies to watch right now:




1.Menace II Society


Clifton Collins Jr. , Charles J. Grube , Mike Kelly , Rolando Molina , Tony Valentino , and Daniel Villarreal  in Menace II Society (1993)


Menace II Society is the more brilliant work of black gangster movies.


Two black people went to a Korean-owned grocery store to buy things. It was good, but the two Korean couples treated them as thieves from beginning to end. After a little argument, they shot and killed the staff in the store. After that, they were on the road of no return. 


This black gangster movie by the Hughes Brothers directly and vividly shows the gun violence in the black community in Los Angeles. From the emergence of violence in the affirmative action in the 1970s to the proliferation of community violence in the 1980s, gun killings are like commonplace. As an audience, we have witnessed once this brutal shooting, the corpse lying in a pool of blood and the black holes pierced by bullets, but what about the people in the play? 


Whether it was the perpetrators of the shooting or the bystanders, who seemed to be accustomed to it all, cheering and jumping like dehumanizing machines. The Hughes brothers portrayed a series of characters, some who believed in religion and non-violence, some who wanted to use Religion achieves inner peace, and some just want to escape. Another city’s stable job is an illusion of a better future. How does the protagonist change from a bystander to the perpetrator of violence, and how does he change from the perpetrator to the victim? In the short period of time this series of transformations took place, he seemed to fight, but eventually succumbed to the illusion of violence, and the last behavior in his life proved that he still retains the remnants of humanity.



2.Boyz n the Hood


Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut in Boyz n the Hood (1991)


Hood movies like Boyz n the Hood features the cultural life of African American city dwellers, including their reflections on hippie music, street gangs, racism, poverty, and the problems they encountered in white society.


In the south-central neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tré's parents divorced, and he was sent to live at his father's house by his mother. Tré befriends two neighbors, Ricky and Doughboy. The two brothers have opposite personalities: Ricky acts cautiously, while Doughboy acts recklessly and is soon arrested by the police for causing trouble. Seven years later, Tré and childhood friends dined outdoors to welcome Doughboy, who had returned from prison. That night, at a neighborhood gathering of teens, a blood gang member attempted to attack Ricky, but was repelled by Doughboy. Afterwards, Ricky and Tré are attacked by an armed gang of blood gangsters. Tré narrowly escaped, while Ricky was shot. Tré and Doughboy go around searching for Ricky's killer. Doughboy was killed by gunmen two weeks later. In the end, Tré and Brandi entered two different universities to study.


The story of the protagonist Tré in those gangster hood movies is very inspiring. The young man who grew up in a chaotic and poor neighborhood grew up under the guidance of his father and was of good character. Tré managed to escape but lost two childhood friends as the Blood Gang retaliated. Finally, he was admitted to Morehouse College in Atlanta and walked out of the black neighborhood.



3.Straight Outta Compton


Ice Cube , Dr. Dre , and F. Gary Gray  in Straight Outta Compton (2015)


Some new black gangster movies showed up in recent years. Straight Outta Compton is definitely the outstanding one. It also represents Hip-hop spirits in those black gangster movies.


The film is an autobiographical film of N.W.A. Judging from the overall rhythm of the film, I personally feel that it is quite satisfactory. There are three relatively big emotional scenes in the movie: the death of Dre.'s younger brother, the car accident, and the hospitalization and death of EAZY-E, all of which are unexpected and reasonable, and the scene effects are very good to mobilize the audience. In terms of movie content, N.W.A has too many aura bonuses for its own protagonist. Through N.W.A, this film also involves the racial conflicts that are very sensitive in the United States, mainly the conflicts between blacks and the police, which makes the film have a different flavor. Regarding the conflict with the police, there is one detail that I remember very well. When N.W.A first started recording at Jerry's place, he was detained by the police on the side of the street. From the perspective of the movie, the director and screenwriter blamed the first disintegration of N.W.A on the conflict of interest, and the fuse of this conflict of interest was also the attitude towards the police - it can be said that the issue of race runs through the movie.


This is a successful commercial film, which can quickly attract people who are interested in the origins of gang rap, and even start to fall in love with these old school hardcore lyrics after watching it. But for those who really know this history, for the participants in this history, and more importantly for Eazy E, there is not enough respect.



4.American Gangster


Russell Crowe , Denzel Washington , and Yul Vazquez  in American Gangster (2007)


This is one of the best drug hood movies and also the best black gangster movies. In the black neighborhood of Harlem in the 1970s, Frank Lucas looked like an ordinary black man walking back and forth on the street, but his real identity turned out to be one of the many leaders of black criminal organizations in the city.


Lucas established a drug kingdom of his own, monopolized the drug trade in the entire city by introducing a brand-new drug, and quickly swept every street in New York with a purer but cheaper heroin. He not only became the source of the city's supply of drugs, but also made deals with American officers, using the corpses of American soldiers as carriers to transport drugs, and his morality was completely reduced to the lowest point.


Contrary to the Lucas scene, Richie Roberts is an outcast cop. Roberts spends most of his time on the streets, so he knows better than anyone how gangs work here. Roberts believed that a black man was in control, so he launched an undercover investigation, and the core answers to all his questions all pointed to the same person - Frank Lucas.??


Although Lucas and Roberts are in completely different worlds, they have a lot in common, and they are both excluded from their peers by doing the opposite, which separates them from the group with which they should be closely related. Come. As Roberts' investigation deepens and the distance between him and Lucas shrinks, the fates of the two men are ultimately tightly intertwined, especially as they inevitably walk into the final battle. In a situation, it is determined that only the person who stands at the end is the real winner.




Mekhi Phifer, Wes "Maestro" Williams (passenger) and Wood Harris (back)


This old school black gangster movie is based on the stories of three Harlem brothers in the 1980s, Alpo, Rich and AZ (corresponding to Rico, Money Making Mitch and Ace in the movie respectively). They were the famous drug lords in Harlem back then, but in the end, due to various reasons, the three brothers became disabled, one was killed, and the other was sentenced to 35 years.


Ace, who lives in a black neighborhood, is a kid who works in a dry cleaner. He is honest and shrewd. He worked hard for that tiny salary, but he found his friends in the drug trade, especially his best friend Mitch, who drove luxury RVs, wore nice fur coats, and always had fancy women. Surround yourself. When fate threw Ace into a pile of heroin, he decided to get into the drug trade, keeping a low profile in all dealings according to his personal creed. He connected with a mysterious supplier named Lulu and quickly became a shrewd entrepreneur. When Mitch was suddenly arrested and imprisoned, Ace naturally became the boss of their drug cartel. Soon he was building a multi-million-dollar drug empire, successfully escaping legal action, and rivaling his rivals. Just as Ace is smug, he will face a huge test. Mitch is out of prison and back to the world of drugs with his new partner Rico. The furious Mitch will launch a bloody fight for territory.



6.Get Rich or Die Tryin'


Joy Bryant  and 50 Cent  in Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)


Among all black gangster movies, this film is based on the growth story of 50 Cent, an evergreen tree in the American music scene. 50 Cent, who was homeless when he was a child, never imagined that he would be successful today. 


The story tells how a drug dealer who loves music broke away from the smoky underworld and worked hard in the music scene. 50 Cent never knew who his father was. His mother sold drugs. He was bullied by his brother. His mother died on the street. There’s no escape for him. Selling drugs for a living, buying guns, joining gangs, robbing, killing, going to jail, and then got shot by nine bullets, and finally insisted on rap until he became a superstar. This life is too bloody, too legendary. I personally think it is a perfect template for a Hip-hop route.


Although the film doesn't say much about the music, the presence of the music cannot be ignored, especially at the beginning of the film where the robbery is in the car, the music combined with the shaking of the picture is very tense and sensible.



7.Belly


Louie Rankin  in Belly (1998)


Belly stars rapper DMX as an ambitious con man desperate for money, power, and respect while his best friend Nasir Jones tries to stop his illicit behavior. This movie vividly demonstrates the forces driving the culture of today's urban youth.


Nominated for the 1999 Independent Spirit Award, Belly is a dark, poignant urban thriller whose biggest gimmick is an all-star cast of platinum rap performers -- acclaimed Earl Simmons (aka DMX) plays an ambitious, a street pimping upstart desperate for money, power, and respect; Nasir Jones, aka NAS, plays his best friend, determined to clear his name. Dazzling in technology, brutal in realism, and hypnotic throughout, Belly captures the power of despair that guides today's urban youth culture.



8.Baby Boy


Tyrese Gibson  in Baby Boy (2001)


In black gangster movies, Baby Boy must be unique one. Born in a black neighborhood, Jody is a true street youth. He is rebellious, cynical, and glib. He refuses to take any responsibility and is essentially a boy at his mental age, so despite being 20, Jody has no fixed career and lives with his 36-year-old mother, all day long, hanging out on the street to pass the time.??


It is such a young man who is not doing his job properly, but there are two young and beautiful ladies are willingly to give birth to a child for him each, and since Jody does not have to take any responsibility, he is satisfied. To be this kind of dad, he walks and mediates between these two infatuated women, carefully seeking balance, but he never tires of it. The only thing that gives him a headache is his violent friend Sweetpea, this guy usually gets them into trouble at the end of the day and is already a regular visitor to the police station at a young age.??


Meanwhile, Jody's mother, Juanita, finally realizes that her life has not yet come to a conclusion. She is determined to start her life again. She starts dating Melvin, a thug who quit the world. It's hot - Melvin moves into Junita's house, which is no doubt a subtle hint to Jody that he can't be a baby forever. He's got to go from a boy to a really responsible man.



9.State Property


Abdul Malik Abbott , Dee Lee , Stephen 'X' Baker , and Rashie Constantine  in State Property (2002)


In all black gangster movies, State Property is also a typical one. Frustrated with bankruptcy, "Bean" (Beanie Siegel) decided the only way to capture the American Dream was to embrace it. State Property follows Beans and his team as the ABM take over the city, creating chaos as their empire is built. Beans now struggles to maintain his family life while clashing with rival gangsters and police. It all came to a head when he couldn't get past the city's most notorious crew run by Untouchable J (Jay-Z) and Dame (Damon Dash).



10.Hoodlum


Laurence Fishburne , Chi McBride , Kevyn Morrow , J.W. Smith , and John Toles-Bey  in Hoodlum (1997)


In the rank of 90s black gangster movies, Hoodlum can’t be the one missed.


I like you, I think you like me too, let's dance.The black version of the jazz-age gangster story between the determined careerist Fishburne and the white gangster Tim Ross.


Bumpy Johnson is entrusted by the imprisoned female gangster to manage the gambling and drug business. First cooperated with other gangs, and then fought with each other, until the blood flowed into the streets. The reason is that as a black man, he doesn't follow the lead of the white man, and he doesn't let the so-called rules and regulations bind him. Therefore, underworld figures represented by white Schultz also regard him as an outlaw in the circle. From the film, we can see that although Bumpy makes black money, a lot of this money is given back to the society. People regard him as a Robin Hood who is righteous and wealthy in Harlem and a hero who has contributed to society.


Some of the details of the film are interesting, such as the black godmother who is so miserable that she speaks her native language, the pickaxe who plays the quiz game, and the Cotton Club; the overall performance of the art is not bad, the service is excellent, and the location switches are frequent.