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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.

The Best Ghetto Movies Films
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    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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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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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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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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

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    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Tyler Perry, Bow Wow, Lauren London 2011

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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