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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 Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick ...more

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Thirteen Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 biographical film.

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The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
bigcraig added The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Dope Rakim Mayers, Blake Anderson, Bruce Beatty

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Dangerous Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés Dangerous Minds is a 1995 American drama film directed by John N. Smith, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It is based on the autobiography My Posse Don't Do Homework by retired ...more

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American crime drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast ...more

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Higher Learning Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and starring an ensemble cast. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional ...more

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Adulthood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
bigcraig added Adulthood Danny Dyer, Ben Drew, Noel Clarke Adulthood is a 2008 British drama film. It was directed and written by Noel Clarke, who also stars as the protagonist, Sam Peel. Adulthood is a sequel to the 2006 film Kidulthood, which Clarke ...more

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard Get Rich or Die Tryin '​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and ...more

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more

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Maria Full of Grace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Maria Full of Grace Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Rae, Jaime Osorio Gómez Maria Full of Grace is a 2004 joint film production between Colombia and the U.S. written and directed by Joshua Marston, who went on to win the Independent Spirit Award for Best First ...more

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Kidulthood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Kidulthood Nicholas Hoult, Jaime Winstone, Noel Clarke Kidulthood is a 2006 British drama film about the life of several teenagers in Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road area of inner west London. It was directed by Menhaj Huda and written by Noel ...more

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High School High is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
High School High Tia Carrere, Jon Lovitz, Louise Fletcher High School High is a 1996 comedy film about an inner city high school in the Los Angeles, California area, starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Louise Fletcher, Malinda Williams, and ...more

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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 Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn. It is loosely based on the ...more

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Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Zebrahead Michael Rapaport, N'Bushe Wright, Kevin Corrigan Zebrahead is a 1992 drama film, produced by Oliver Stone, written and directed by Anthony Drazan and starring Michael Rapaport and N'Bushe Wright. Set in Detroit, Michigan, the film is about an ...more

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City of Men is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
City of Men Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen City of Men is a 2007 Brazilian drama film directed by Paulo Morelli. The screenplay was written by Elena Soarez based on a story by Morelli and Soarez. It is a film version of the TV series ...more

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Fresh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Fresh Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright Fresh is a 1994 crime film written and directed by Boaz Yakin in his film directorial debut, also produced by Randy Oslow and Lawrence Bender. It was scored by Stewart Copeland, a member of The ...more

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Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Harsh Times Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons Harsh Times is a 2005 American crime film set in South Los Angeles. The film stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, and was written and directed by David Ayer, who wrote the script for the ...more

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ATL is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
ATL T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi ATL is a 2006 American drama film, and the feature film directorial debut of music video director Chris Robinson. The screenplay was written by Tina Gordon Chism from an original story by ...more

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Fish Tank is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Fish Tank Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Anthony Geary Fish Tank is a 2009 British drama film written and directed by Andrea Arnold. The film is about Mia Williams, a volatile and socially isolated 15-year-old who lives with her single mother, ...more

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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Crooklyn RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place in Brooklyn, New York and the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant during the summer of ...more

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Hurricane Season is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Hurricane Season Lil Wayne, Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker Hurricane Season is a sports drama film directed by Tim Story and starring Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Isaiah Washington, and Bow Wow. The screenplay was written by Robert Eisele and the ...more

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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalem... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema Rapulana Seiphemo, Robert Hobbs, Kenneth Nkosi Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, originally titled Jerusalema, is a 2008 South African crime film written and directed by Ralph Ziman. The film was submitted to the Academy Awards to qualify as ...more

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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 New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about joy riding working class teenagers in 1990s Newark, New Jersey, the former "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of ...more

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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 Raising Victor Vargas is a 2002 film directed by Peter Sollett, written by Sollett and Eva Vives. The film follows Victor, a Lower East Side teenager, as he deals with his eccentric family, ...more