Ghetto Movies

List of the best ghetto movies selected by visitors to our site: American Gangster, Straight Outta Compton, Moonlight, BlacKkKlansman, Friday, Boyz n the Hood, Juice, White Water Summer, Fruitvale Station, Black Dynamite.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

American Gangster (2007)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Police, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Death, Pursuit
PlaceGhetto, USA, New York
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.

Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CharactersGangsters, Musicians, Rappers, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Travel, Music, Art, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, USA, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Serious

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Moonlight (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
CharactersTeens, Gay
PlotMoney, Drug addict
PlaceGhetto, Beach, USA
StyleHeavy, Serious, Sad ones

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CharactersPolice, Jews, Students, Partners
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Friendship, Weapon
PlaceUSA, Office
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Friday (1995)
Markimdb: 7.3
CharactersRappers, Friends, Partners
PlotFriendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.

Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime
CharactersTeens, Rappers, Poor
PlotFriendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Heavy, Explicit scenes, Makes me think

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.

Juice (1992)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
PlotFriendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, New York

Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ and happens to have a gig the night of the robbery. Unfortunately for him, Bishop isn't willing to take no for answer in a game where everything's for keeps.

White Water Summer (1987)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, adventure
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Friends
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceNature, Summer camp
StyleExciting, Soulful, Serious, Disturbing

When the experienced guide Vic accompanies the city boy Alan and his three friends on their first wilderness experience, he not only hope to teach the four boys lessons about the wilderness, but about themselves. Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon after alienating the boys, Vic finds himself in desperate need of help and must rely on his students in order to survive.

Fruitvale Station (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CharactersDogs, Good people
PlotLove, On real events, Birthday
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Black Dynamite (2009)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CharactersCIA, Veterans
PlotMartial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Justice
StyleExciting, Fancy, For men

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House...

10 more movies
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersPunks, Friends, Losers
PlotMoney, Hip Hop, Radio
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Smart, Fancy, Makes me think

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

City of God (2002)
PlotSurvival, Adventure

Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by the point of view of the narrator, Buscapé. Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...

Roadgames (1981)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, thriller, detective

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

The Son's Room (2001)
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Toy Soldiers (1991)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CharactersTeens, Terrorists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Death, Hostage
PlaceBoarding school
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

After federal agents arrest a drug czar and put him on trial, the cartel leader's vicious son storms a prep school and takes its students hostage. They rebel against the armed intruders and try to take back their academy by any means necessary.

Girlhood (2014)
Markimdb: 6.9
CharactersTeens, Friends, Sisters, Girlfriends
PlotDancing, American Football, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, France
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

Critical Thinking (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
CharactersTeachers, Heroes, Losers
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Chess, Contests, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sri Lanka
CharactersJournalists, Psychologists, Cats, Celebrities, Turtles
PlotLove, On real events, Motorcycles, Hostage, Success
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Ghetto, Beach, Hospitals
TimeNew Year

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

The Gamechangers (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersProgrammers, Journalists

This 90-minute factual drama goes behind the scenes of the hit video game Grand Theft Auto, arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park. The fastest-selling entertainment product in history comes not from Silicon Valley, but is driven by a bunch of British game designers. Friends since their school days, they are led by the game's mastermind-designer, Sam Houser. By 2002, Sam and his creative team have constructed for their fans a vast virtual world, teeming with a high-octane mix of criminal characters, lethal weapons and outrageous storylines. Here you can even shape and sculpt your avatar, crafting their character and appearance to your personal preference. This drama is for an adult audience and has not been authorised by the producers of Grand Theft Auto. Rather, it is based on court documents and interviews with many of those involved in the real events behind this compelling story.

The Immortal (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly, Germany
CharactersCriminals, Tough guys, Poor
PlotRobbery, Fight, Money, Conspiracies
PlaceGhetto, Italy
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men

Ciro's body is sinking in the dark waters of the Gulf of Naples. And as it sinks deeper and deeper, memories emerge. The sounds muffled by the water merge with the screams of fleeing people. It is 1980, the earth shakes, the palace collapses, but under the rubble you can hear the cry of a newborn baby still alive. Ten years later, we find that new-born baby as it survives as it can on the streets of Naples, nobody's son. Vivid memories of a criminal education that made him what he is: Ciro Di Marzio, the Immortal. Prequel of the "Gomorra" tv show.