The Best Ghetto Movies Films
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The Best Ghetto Movies

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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    added by Bootsdad Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Chris Rock, Judd Nelson, Ice-T

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    most listed Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Mary Sheyla

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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Mario López

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    added by Bootsdad Mercedes Ruehl, James Remar, Robert Townsend

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Cam'ron, Regina Hall, Angie Martinez

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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Lexie Bigham

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux 50 Cent, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis

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    often listed Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy García, Paula Garcés

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    added by wiabux Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    added by wiabux Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    added by wiabux Meagan Good, Tyrese Gibson, Jayceon Terrell Taylor

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    added by Dbo878 Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    added by Dbo878 Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    added by ashketchumdurag Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    added by Bootsdad Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Matty Rich, George T. Odom

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    added by gangstarblack Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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    added by srjthnk Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Robert Lee Minor

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    added by srjthnk Pam Grier, Gail Davis, Robert Lee Minor

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    added by TomicaHarding Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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    added by JagYienThiang Tyler Perry, Lauren London, Bow Wow 2011

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