The Best Ghetto Movies Films

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

    the people's #1 & added by Bootsdad
    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Friday


    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Menace II Society


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

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    Juice


    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    + 265
    - 43
    Training Day


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    + 219
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    New Jack City


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Above the Rim


    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Next Friday


    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Paid in Full

    added by wiabux
    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    8 Mile


    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    City of God


    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    Colors


    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Baby Boy

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

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    Set It Off

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

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    South Central


    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood


    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    added by wiabux
    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    Belly

    added by ashketchumdurag
    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Poetic Justice

    ranked low on reranks & added by Dbo878
    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    The Warriors

    added by Bootsdad
    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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

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    Fresh

    added by ManseebArik
    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

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    Waist Deep

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

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    added by Tom Islava
    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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    Notorious

    added by ManseebArik
    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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    Dangerous Minds


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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    Kids


    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    King of New York

    added by gangstarblack
    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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    Clockers

    added by ManseebArik
    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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    Foxy Brown

    added by srjthnk
    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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    added by srjthnk
    Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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    Straight Out of Brooklyn

    added by Bootsdad
    Matty Rich, George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders

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    Dope

    added by carlybobarly
    Charles Villiers

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    - 25
    B*A*P*S

    added by TomicaHarding
    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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    Judgement Night

    added by bojanthebest

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    One Eight Seven

    added by Samantha Malcou
    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    The Wood

    added by nicole-ingram
    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Friday After Next

    new! & added by but chickens double d
    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Madea's Big Happy Family

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

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