30 of the best hood movies

my favorite movies set in the ghetto
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1.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
2.
Wassup Rockers (2005)
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Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills... (111 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
3.
New Jersey Drive (1995)
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Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world... (98 mins.)
Director: Nick Gomez
 
4.
Kidulthood (2006)
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. (89 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
5.
South Central (1992)
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A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime... (99 mins.)
Director: Steve Anderson
 
6.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
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An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
7.
Pixote (1981)
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
8.
Ill Manors (2012)
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The lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes. (121 mins.)
Director: Ben Drew
 
9.
The Wounds (1998)
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This film follows two Belgrade youths on their rise to gangster legends in a decaying society. (103 mins.)
 
10.
Adulthood (2008)
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Six years after KiDULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life... (99 mins.)
Director: Noel Clarke
 
11.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
12.
Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
13.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
14.
Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
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A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country. (98 mins.)
 
15.
City of Men (2007)
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Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas. (106 mins.)
Director: Paulo Morelli
 
16.
Dead Presidents (1995)
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A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed. (119 mins.)
 
17.
Bullet Boy (2004)
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In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street... (89 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
18.
Gridlock'd (1997)
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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program... (91 mins.)
 
19.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
20.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
 
21.
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz... (180 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
22.
Clockers (1995)
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Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. (128 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
23.
One Eight Seven (1997)
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High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly... (119 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
24.
Friday (1995)
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Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. In that time, they smoke more weed and get jacked and shot at in a drive-by. (91 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
25.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
26.
Training Day (2001)
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On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
27.
Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
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A young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. (119 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ziman
 
28.
Anuvahood (2011)
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Kenneth (who likes to call himself Kay) begins to realise he's just another wannabe bad boy... even less than a loser in fact... (88 mins.)
 
29.
Menace II Society (1993)
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A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. (97 mins.)
 
30.
Above the Rim (1994)
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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Pollack