Ghetto Movies

List of the best ghetto movies selected by visitors to our site: Straight Outta Compton, Training Day, Moonlight, Sprung, Motherless Brooklyn, Girlhood, Empire, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Freedom Writers, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

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.

Training Day (2001)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:02

On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.

Moonlight (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:59

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.

Sprung (1997)
Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA

Two pairs of best friends - Montel & Clyde and Brandy & Adina meet at the party, where Clyde makes Adina think he is very rich and gets her into bed the same evening. When Adina finds out that she's been fooled, she becomes Clyde's worst enemy. Meanwhile Montel and Brandy fall in love and plan to marry, and Adina and Clyde try to do everything to stop them.

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New York's power brokers.

Girlhood (2014)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:53

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.

Empire (2002)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:24

A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has been double crossed and his last option is to get revenge.

Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:57

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Freedom Writers (2007)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:03

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:29

When Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father (who appears to be the same age he is) and grandmother (who likes to talk tough and smoke reefer), he falls in with his gang-banging cousin Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans), who along with the requisite pistols and Uzi carries a thermo-nuclear warhead for self-defense. Will Ashtray be able to keep living the straight life?

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City of God (2002)
Duration02:10

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...

Fresh (1994)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:54

Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a junkie who sleeps with the dealers that Fresh sells for. As the story progresses Fresh realizes that he doesn't want to sell drugs anymore, he wants revenge.

8 Mile (2002)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:50

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke.

American Gangster (2007)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:37

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.

Juice (1992)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:35

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.

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:56

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

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.

Above the Rim (1994)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:36

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.

In Too Deep (1999)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

A fearless cop is taking on a ruthless crimelord. He knew the risks. He just didn't know how far he would have to go.

Dangerous Minds (1995)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom, she does so armed with a no-nonsense attitude informed by her military training and a fearless determination to better the lives of her students -- no matter what the cost.

One Eight Seven (1997)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:54

After surviving a stabbing by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. There, he resumes teaching as a substitute teacher. The education system, where violent bullies control the classrooms and the administration is afraid of lawsuits, slowly drives Garfield mad.

The Principal (1987)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:49

Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean up the school and stop the narcotics trade, they run up against a teenage mafia. A violent confrontation on the campus leads to a deadly showdown with the drug dealer's gang, and one last chance for Latimer to save his career... and his life.

South Central (1992)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

A man is put to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop with crime but his son has yet followed the criminal path of his father.

Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake (2001)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUSA

Music - Tupac Shakur's personal bodyguard and friend, Frank Alexander, narrates this documentary that recounts the final year of the rap star's life leading up to his tragic murder at the age of 25. The film chronicles Tupac's legal struggles, presents footage of recording sessions for "Until the End of Time," and includes interviews with hip-hop exert Michael Eric Dyson and Las Vegas homicide detective Brent Becker. - Tupac Shakur, Frank Alexander, Michael Eric Dyson

Biggie and Tupac (2002)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredocumentary, crime, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time.

Paid in Full (2002)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:17

Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. Of course, unfaithful employees and/or rivals conspire to bring about Ace's fall.

Kidulthood (2006)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:29

A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

The Tax Collector (2020)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, crime
CountryUSA

David Cuevas is a family man who works as a gangland tax collector for high ranking Los Angeles gang members. He makes collections across the city with his partner Creeper making sure people pay up or will see retaliation. An old threat returns to Los Angeles that puts everything David loves in harm’s way.

Kicks (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:23

When his hard-earned kicks get snatched by a local hood, fifteen-year old Brandon and his two best friends go on an ill-advised mission across the Bay Area to retrieve the stolen sneakers.




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