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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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Bootsdad added Boyz n the Hood 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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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

344 76
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New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

562 63
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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

334 130
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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

343 50
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wiabux added Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

213 33
Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
Tom Islava added Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

327 70
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Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

283 47
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Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

143 29
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
wiabux added Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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ashketchumdurag added Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man

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Bootsdad added The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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

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

184 30
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Dbo878 added Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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South Central Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly, Byron Minns

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ManseebArik added Notorious Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke

184 22
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Dbo878 added Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

103 51
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Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés

76 29
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gangstarblack added King of New York Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

108 17
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ManseebArik added Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright

130 37
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wiabux added Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

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ManseebArik added Clockers Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

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carlybobarly added Dope

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Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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but chickens double d added Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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srjthnk added Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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jerel78 added Hoodlum Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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

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bojanthebest added Judgement Night

38 25
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ghetto Movies
srjthnk added Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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

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nicole-ingram added The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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

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Toshihiro Tanaka added First Time Felon Omar Epps, Rachel Ticotin, William Forsythe

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Brit Powell added Sprung Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Witherspoon, Joe Torry

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teddybear1029 added State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash

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bigcraig added Kidulthood Nicholas Hoult, Jaime Winstone, Noel Clarke

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bigcraig added Neds 피터 뮬란, Gary Lewis, David McKay

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bigcraig added Sweet Sixteen Martin Compston, William Ruane, Jon Morrison

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

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Malik Gwitty Otw Burruss added New Jersey Drive Christine Baranski, Heavy D, Donald Faison

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ZamanFou added Gridlock'd Lucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton

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Malik Gwitty Otw Burruss added 3 Strikes Meagan Good, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, David Alan Grier

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ZamanFou added La Haine Vincent Cassel, Saïd Taghmaoui, Benoît Magimel