11 Best Black Gangster Movies To Watch in 2022

If you are a fan of action-packed gangster movies, then this article is for you. We have made a list of some of the Best Black Gangster Movies To Watch in Hollywood. Do Check them out!

Best Black Gangster Movies To Watch

Black gangster movies are popularly known as Hood films; It’s a film genre that features aspects of African-American culture such as good hip hop music, street gangs, racial discrimination, trafficking, drugs, etc. If you take a look at any of the gangster movies in Hollywood, you will find the struggles that the underprivileged have to go through, their revenge against those who try to suppress them, the crimes they commit, and the racial discrimination they face, and deadly end to their lives.

These movies offer the same thrill as action movies, but at the same time have some kind of emotional and sensitive thread hidden in them, which normally action movies lack.


  • Year: 1998
  • IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
  • Director: Hype Williams
  • Starring: Taral Hicks, DMX, Nas, Tyrin Turner
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 36 minutes

Ever since they were kids, Sincere and Buns have lived a life close to the edge, doing whatever it takes to survive. As adults, they build up their kingdom of crime on drug dealing and robbery. But Sincere grows weary of the criminal lifestyle and joins a black Muslim religious group. Buns, on the other hand, sink deeper into criminality and face serious prison time. The cops offer him a deal, however — assassinate the head of the Muslim group, and he will go free.

The belly is truly a great film that speaks living Testament to urban street identity. It centers the plot on two young African Americans from the streets of New York who knew life only via the streets. 

In Too Deep 

  • Year: 1999
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
  • Director: Micheal Rymer
  • Starring: Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Nia Long, Hill Harper, Stanley Tucci
  • Language: English   
  • Runtime: 1h 44 minutes

Jeffrey Cole goes deep undercover on a mission to catch a brutal crime boss who is responsible for the majority of the crimes in the city.

In Too Deep is a solid crime drama about an undercover cop struggling with his personal life plus his own mind. Being in too deep in the scheme makes him start to forget who he really is, although even that is not strongly developed. The movie runs for a short time and shows us what we need to know without dragging too much.

New Jack City 

  • Year: 1991
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
  • Director: Mario Van Peebles
  • Starring: Wesley Snipes, Mario Van Peebles, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Allen Payne
  • Language: English   
  • Runtime:  1h 37 minutes

Two cops take it on themselves to bring down a notorious drug lord who has gotten away from the law for much too long.

New Jack City hasn’t dated like the flat-top haircuts and formation dancing that both appear in the film. Still, certain scenes pop, and Wesley Snipes puts in an over-the-top performance as the insanely confident and driven Nino Brown that serves as the centerpiece of the film. It’s a superior example of what used to be called blaxploitation, with Van Peebles piling on corruption and carnage for all he’s worth.

South Central 

  • Year: 1992
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson
  • Starring:  Glenn Plummer, Byris Mins, Lexie Bigham, Alvin Hatcher, Vincent Craig 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 38 minutes

During a 10-year sentence for murdering the leader of a rival South Central Los Angeles gang, Bobby Johnson finds religion and rehabilitation with the help of Muslim inmate Ali. Upon his release, Bobby returns home to find that his young son, Jimmie, has joined the Deuces, his old crew. Tensions rise as Bobby struggles to convince Jimmie to leave the gang that was his only family during the painful years his absent father spent behind bars.

This movie is about a loving father doing whatever it takes to save his son from the same mistakes he made. Severely underrated and probably one of the few gangster movies with a more positive message. 

Dead Presidents 

  • Year: 1995
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Starring: Chris Tucker, Larenz Tate, Rose Jackson, Keith David, Freddy Rodriguez
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 59 minutes 

Anthony struggles to give direction to his life while trying to find the right job. Dejected, he teams up with his friends and tries to rob an armored truck carrying cash.

Dead Presidents hammers home its point in its final scene, a quite brilliant and excruciating in its execution scene in the sense we may want these characters to get away with what they’re doing. 

The film is most definitely a gritty look at the “black experience” during the Civil Rights era and the Hughes Brothers certainly pay a lot more attention to the details of the picture. It’s not better than “Menace,” but is certainly better-made, now that they have been given a more reasonable budget.

Paid in Full 

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Director: Charles Stone III
  • Starring: Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Cam`ron, Kevin Carroll
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 37 minutes 

A teen, envious of the high-rolling lifestyle of his drug-dealing friends, joins the business and moves to the top of the Harlem drug world while rivals conspire to bring about his fall.

The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way.

This movie pulls no punches. The characters on show will do anything for money , including betraying , kidnapping and murder and you don’t at any stage have much sympathy for those who carry out the crimes. It’s the families that inevitably suffer.


  • Year: 1994
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: Mimi Cave
  • Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Lauryn Kahn, Konica T. Gibbs, Charlotte Le Bon 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 54 minutes

Fresh is a 12-year-old drug dealer who finds himself trapped in a web of poverty, corruption and racial tension in Brooklyn, New York. When his drug-addict sister Nichole starts sleeping with local drug lord Esteban, Fresh calls upon the skills he learned playing chess with his alcoholic father and speed-chess champion Sam and devises a complex strategy that will free both himself and his sister.

This film never gets old and message behind it is still relevant in Today’s society. The best way to explain this classic is like Goodfellas, but on a very dark and realistic way. Just like Goodfellas, Fresh is timeless masterpiece. If you love watching a movie with strong acting, rememberable characters, cinematography is on point.

Menace II Society 

  • Year: 1993
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes
  • Starring: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel l. Jackson
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 37 minutes

Caine a drug dealer and car thief is kicked out of his grand-parents house due to his life of crime. His troubles don’t end there as he is wanted by the police for the killing of a Korean grocer.

This is an incredible movie. It perfectly balances the ugly crime life and murder of tough inner city neighborhoods, Caine’s own personal troubles, police brutality, and drugs. This is a powerful movie with a great story. It has a good message.

Boyz N The Hood 

  • Year: 1991
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Director: John Singleton
  • Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr , Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut
  • Language: English   
  • Runtime: 1h 52 minutes 

Three childhood friends, Darrin, Tre and Ricky, struggle to cope with the distractions and dangers of growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto. A gritty , realistic drama about 3 African American boys living in a violent neighborhood filled with drug dealers , gun toting goons and other bad elements of the society .

Boyz n the Hood have earned their message of peace a long time ago. And so they did their rightful place in the broader context of cinema as a classic and an example of a film with a powerful voice. A voice that has something very important to say and echoes without ever loosing its initial fury.

City of God 

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6
  • Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund 
  • Starring: Katia Lund, Alexandre Rodrigues, Alice Braga, Douglas Silva 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 2h 10 minutes

Two boys are brought up in a sadistic neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. They adopt diverse professional paths, with one of them becoming a photographer and the other boy becoming a drug dealer.

‘City of God’ is very well made, with some stunning and hard-hitting images, even if the budget is not high or enormous. It’s all audaciously shot and edited with a lot of gritty atmospheres and a sense of tension. The music fits well and has some haunting moments without being intrusive, while Fernando Meirelles’s direction, particularly in the visual style, is superb. The story is not hard to follow, with lots of provoking thought, tension, and emotion, while the action is positively explosive, frighteningly brutal, and designed with real meticulousness. In no way either does it glamorize crime and gives an unflinching view of gangland rivalry, provoking comparisons to Martin Scorsese and ‘Goodfellas’. Alexandre Rodrigues and Leandro Firmino da Hora are fabulous in their roles and carry the film and their compellingly real characters adeptly.

Wrapping up…

we hope you liked our list of Best Black Gangster Movies To Watch that’ll thrill you out of action and drama. if we miss any of your favorite horror movies do let us know in the comment down below!