Ghetto Movies

List of the best ghetto movies selected by visitors to our site: Biggie and Tupac, Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Wash, Hustle & Flow, Dead Presidents, Rhyme & Reason, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, American Gangster, Tupac: Resurrection, Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake.

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

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.

Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 5.4)
Genredrama, crime, music, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
PlotHip Hop, Robbery, Music

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

The Wash (2001)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.8)
CharactersLosers, Partners
PlotHip Hop, Music

With the rent due and his car booted, Sean (Dr. Dre) has to come up with some ends...and fast. When his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg), suggests that Sean get a job busting suds down at the local car wash.

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, crime, music
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotHip Hop, Dreams, Music
StyleTouching, Heavy, Soulful, Depressive

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

Dead Presidents (1995)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, military
CharactersSoldier, Friends
PlotMoney, Justice, Robbery
PlaceGhetto, New York
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn". However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent disillusionment with progress in social issues and civil rights back home in the United States, during the 1960s.

Rhyme & Reason (1997)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, music

A study in the world of hip-hop, done mostly with interviews, in order to see why it is as popular as it is today and what the future holds.

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.3)
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountrySouth Africa
CharactersGangsters, Friends, Thieves
PlotOn real events
StyleHeavy, Fascinating

This South African movie tracks the rise of a once-petty criminal to the heights of the criminal underworld. After cutting his teeth on hijacking, before moving onto bigger game, an ambitious man hits a setback when most of his gang are shot.

American Gangster (2007)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Police, Businessmen, Gangsters, Lawyers
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit, Death, On real events
PlaceGhetto, New York, USA
StyleAction, 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.

Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 7.9)
Genredocumentary, music, biography

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.

Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake (2001)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredocumentary, music
PlotHip Hop, Music

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

In Too Deep (1999)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
PlotBoxing, Chase, Undercover, On real events
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

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.

South Central (1992)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, crime
PlaceGhetto, Prison, Los Angeles
StyleFascinating, Action, Heavy

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.

Juice (1992)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrethriller, drama, crime

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.

Menace II Society (1993)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, crime
PlotSkirmishes, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Sobering and incisive, this cautionary drama centers on a street tough 18-year-old facing a moral quandary while trying to turn his life around.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sri Lanka
CharactersPoor, Celebrities, Cats, Journalists, Psychologists, Turtles
PlotSuccess, On real events, Love, Motorcycles
PlaceGhetto, Sea, Aircraft, India, Beach
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.

Mid90s (2018)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Friends, Single mothers
PlotMoney, Chase
PlaceGhetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleDeep Meaning, Makes me think, Light

Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop.

Schindler's List (1993)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.9)
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersJews, Heroes
PlotWar, Survival, On real events
PlaceGhetto, Germany, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleWorth watching, Touching, Depressive, Fascinating

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

The Pianist (2002)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.5)
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryPoland, France, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersMusicians, Pianists, Jews
PlotOn real events, War, Survival, Hunger, Music
PlaceGhetto, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Tense

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Girlhood (2014)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.9)
CharactersTeens, Girlfriends, Friends
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, France
StyleTo cry, Touching, Fascinating

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.

In Time (2011)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersPoor, Thieves
PlotRevolution, Love, Money, Survival, Fate, Hostage, Chase
PlaceGhetto, USA
StyleTense, For men

In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.