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Urban teen movies amplify all of the struggles of adolescence with the added pressure of a sometimes unstable environment. The top urban teen movies feature stories about friendship, relationships, and becoming adults. This is a list of the top movies about inner city teenagers, featuring everything from Do the Right Thing to Kids to Save the Last Dance.

What movies will you find on this list of films focusing on urban teens? You might vote Boyz n the Hood up to the very top. John Singleton's 1991 classic follows a group of friends growing up in South Central Los Angeles as they make plans for their futures. Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lawrence Fishburne, Nia Long, Ice Cube, and many more talented actors appeared in this groundbreaking movie. Dope is another good film featuring urban teenagers.

Young men are often the stars of urban teen films, but in Thirteen, Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed took the spotlight. Other good movies featured on this list of films about inner city teenagers include Harsh Times, Menace II Society, and Higher Learning.

Which urban teen movie deserves the top spot on this list? Decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Thirteen Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter

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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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Dangerous Minds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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Adulthood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Adulthood Danny Dyer, Ben Drew, Noel Clarke

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Dope Rakim Mayers, Blake Anderson, Bruce Beatty

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Higher Learning Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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ATL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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City of Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
City of Men Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen

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Kidulthood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Kidulthood Nicholas Hoult, Jaime Winstone, Noel Clarke

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Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

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Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Harsh Times Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons

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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Crooklyn RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard

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Fish Tank is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Fish Tank Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Anthony Geary

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Maria Full of Grace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Maria Full of Grace Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Rae, Jaime Osorio Gómez

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High School High is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
High School High Tia Carrere, Jon Lovitz, Louise Fletcher

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Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Zebrahead Michael Rapaport, N'Bushe Wright, Kevin Corrigan

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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalem... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema Rapulana Seiphemo, Robert Hobbs, Kenneth Nkosi

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Hurricane Season is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Hurricane Season Lil Wayne, Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker

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New Jersey Drive is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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Raising Victor Vargas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Raising Victor Vargas Melonie Diaz, Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte