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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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