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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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    Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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


    Friday 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


    Menace II Society 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


    Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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


    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    South Central is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    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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    Belly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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    Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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

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    The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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

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    Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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

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

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

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    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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    Kids is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies


    Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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


    Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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    King of New York is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    King of New York Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

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

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    Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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

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    Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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    Coffy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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

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    Charles Villiers

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    Straight Out of Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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

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    B*A*P*S is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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    Judgement Night is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    The Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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

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    Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Witherspoon, Joe Torry

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

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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Madea's Big Happy Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies

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    Madea's Big Happy Family Tyler Perry, Bow Wow, Lauren London 2011

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