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List Rules 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 Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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

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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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

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Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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

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Notorious Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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

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

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Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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Dope Charles Villiers

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Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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Hoodlum Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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Straight Out of Brooklyn Matty Rich, George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders

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B*A*P*S Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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First Time Felon Omar Epps, Rachel Ticotin, William Forsythe

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Sprung Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Witherspoon, Joe Torry

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Neds 피터 뮬란, Gary Lewis, David McKay

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State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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Kidulthood Nicholas Hoult, Jaime Winstone, Noel Clarke

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Sweet Sixteen Martin Compston, William Ruane, Jon Morrison

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

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New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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3 Strikes Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, David Alan Grier