The Best Ghetto Movies

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List Criteria: Films set in or about the urban ghetto

The best ghetto movies explore life in urban communities. This list includes black ghetto movies, hood movies, and ghetto comedies. Characters that live in the ghetto are often depicted as impoverished, engaged in or concerned about gang activity, and mixed up in drugs and other bad behaviors. While some want to escape the lives the were born into, others want to stick around and rule their neighborhoods. This list includes the top ghetto films, but if you believe we missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Ghetto films began appearing in the late '80s and early '90s with one of the most widely known examples being Menace II Society and Boyz in the Hood. These movies focus on African-American characters who were born and raised in the ghetto mentality. Newer movies like Training Day and City of God tackle life in the ghetto from other perspectives.

What are the best ghetto movies? What are some example of hood films? Ghetto films deal with the urban culture of minorities, and frequently with the plight of growing up in that type of environment. Use this ghetto movie list as a starting off point to vote on what you think are the best films in the genre and to find new movies that you'd enjoy watching.
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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Friday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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    Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Colors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    Belly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Notorious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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    Fresh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

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    Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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    King of New York is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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    Dangerous Minds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    Dope is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Charles Villiers

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    Kids is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    Straight Out of Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Matty Rich, George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders

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    Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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    B*A*P*S is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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    The Wood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Hoodlum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    Judgement Night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Sprung is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Witherspoon, Joe Torry

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    First Time Felon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Omar Epps, Rachel Ticotin, William Forsythe

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    Madea's Big Happy Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Tyler Perry, Bow Wow, Lauren London 2011

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