Best African-American Crime Dramasby muybueno16 | created - 02 Jan 2014 | updated - 11 Sep 2015 | Public
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4. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 105,679 | Gross: $57.50M
5. Baby Boy (2001)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,871 | Gross: $28.73M
6. Dead Presidents (1995)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.
Votes: 16,910 | Gross: $24.20M
7. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 338,084 | Gross: $76.63M
8. Menace II Society (1993)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
Votes: 43,936 | Gross: $27.90M
9. Lift (I) (2001)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama
This feature takes us into the world of "boosters" or shoplifters where a charismatic, intelligent young female booster from a dysfunctional family, notably her mother and grandmother, ... See full summary »
10. The Playaz Court (2000)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A gritty Tale of how the game of life out on the court of Inglewood. When a pickup game turns deadly, Reggie is out for blood as he track down his best friends killer and returns to the gym... See full summary »
11. Snitch (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.
Votes: 71,554 | Gross: $42.93M
12. A Day in the Life (II) (2009)
R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Bad blood between two urban crime families explodes into an all-out turf war in this gritty, hard-hitting drama set to rap and starring music legend Sticky Fingaz.
15. Lockdown (2000)
R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller
Avery (Jones) returns to college as a competitive swimmer after getting his life back on track. But his life takes another unexpected turn when he and his two friends (Bonds, Casseus) are wrongly accused of murder and end up in prison.
Votes: 2,190 | Gross: $0.45M
20. Squeeze (1997)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang ... See full summary »
Votes: 271 | Gross: $0.01M
22. Four Brothers (2005)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When their adopted mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigated the murder for themselves & look for the killers but not all is what it seems.
Votes: 119,854 | Gross: $74.49M
23. Shaft (2000)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Votes: 62,796 | Gross: $70.33M
24. Street Kings (2008)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.
Votes: 99,996 | Gross: $26.42M
25. Lorenzo & Monica (2012)
86 min | Crime, Drama
A young couple go on a crime spree holding up stores in hope of becoming famous while being pursued by a cop who recently rejoined the force after losing his fiancée to a violent crime.
26. King of New York (1990)
R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.
Votes: 26,272 | Gross: $2.55M
27. American Gangster (2007)
R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
Votes: 350,554 | Gross: $130.16M
33. Baller Blockin' (2000)
Not Rated | 54 min | Action, Crime
Showing the life(dramatization) of the hot boys or cash money millionaires and how it goes down in the magnolia,dirty cops,drug life and shoot outs with a twist of reality
34. Paid in Full (2002)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.
Votes: 8,536 | Gross: $3.04M
36. New Jersey Drive (1995)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama
Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,421 | Gross: $3.57M
38. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 21,088 | Gross: $46.62M
39. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama
Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Votes: 68,684 | Gross: $1.70M
40. Rude (1995)
R | 89 min | Crime, Drama
This is the Easter weekend. In an inner city project, three people struggle against their demons and try to find redemption. They are Maxine, a window dresser depressed since she had an ... See full summary »
43. Zooman (1995 TV Movie)
R | 95 min | Action, Drama
Just another typical day in the life of a shooter. Not one person in this fine neighborhood is willing to come forward with any clues as to the identity of the killer of an innocent little ... See full summary »
44. Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid.
Votes: 9,918 | Gross: $0.00M
45. In Too Deep (1999)
R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama
Jeff Cole is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati police academy who dreams of working undercover. His wish is granted and through success is given the task of taking down state-wide crack ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,049 | Gross: $14.00M
46. Hot Boyz (2000 Video)
R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Injustice begets a criminal. Kool is an artist without prospects, a black belt in karate, and in love with LaShawna, poised and college bound. One night she witnesses a stabbing and ... See full summary »
47. Luck of the Draw (2000)
R | 101 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
Jack Sweeny is a young man just trying to get a job. Turned down at another bank due to his criminal record he meets a girl, Rebecca, but also witnesses a 3 way shootout between 2 groups of... See full summary »
48. Jacked (2001)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Boy commits murder, gets away with it and a year later, he turns himself in, but before doing so, he confesses to the victim's family.
51. Streets of Blood (2009 Video)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama