Boyz N’ The Hood
1991
****
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Larry Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Ice Cube

A tough and gripping drama about the lives of young black men in the violent reality of Los Angeles. The young cast is good, but Larry Fishburne steals the scenes as the hero’s principled father. Since his directorial debut John Singleton hasn’t made anything this powerful.