Urban ghetto life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant urban ghetto life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, bleak, captivating and gloomy films and TV shows about / with urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, society, crimes, gang, youth, profanity, gangsters and drugs/alcohol plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as urban ghetto life: Menace II Society (1993), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Kids (1995), City of God (2002), The Wire (2002), Adulthood (2008), Ill Manors (2012), Gomorrah (2014), Kidulthood (2006), La Haine (1995).

List of urban ghetto life movies

Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, crime, hip hop, coming of age, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 122K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, tense, gloomy, thought provoking, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, street gang, poverty, coming of age, friendship, crimes, tragic event, party ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
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 7.1
 72K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underage sex, coming of age, puberty, virginity, strong sexual content, first sex, urban ghetto life, innocence lost, street kid, youth, teenage life, loss of virginity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 8.6
 686K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, gang war, society, street gang, life is a bitch, social decay, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 9.3
 274K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, cynical, suspenseful, clever, rough ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, police investigation, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, working undercover, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, wiretap, drug lord, shooting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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.
Style: epic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, criminal heroes, gang war, drug lord, drug dealing, thief, group of criminals, ambition, gang, life is a bitch, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
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 6.6
 12K
Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, gloomy, realistic, serious, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, criminal's revenge, youth, crime, urban ghetto, vengeance, starting over, crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
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 7.1
 10K
Ill Manors (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ensemble film revolving around characters living in Forest Gate, London. Over the course of a few days, six inter-linking stories explore issues of drug use, prostitution and urban poverty.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, crimes, society, drug dealer, police raid, drug addict, rivalry, danger, hip hop, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
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 8.7
 27K
Gomorrah (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Based on Robert Saviano's bestselling book, this gritty Italian crime drama paints a portrait of the brutal Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra, as seen through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzo, the obedient and self- confident right-hand man of ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: drug lord, mafia, rivalry, crime, crimes, urban ghetto life, gang war, criminal heroes, mob boss, life is a bitch, social decay, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, europe
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 6.8
 18K
Kidulthood (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.
Style: serious, rough, tense, dark, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, school, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, gang, social decay, friendship, teenage love, bullying, lifestyle, hardcase students, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe
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 8.1
 145K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, youth, skinhead, police brutality, urban ghetto life, poverty, protest, friendship, rebellion, racism, realism, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 6.8
 4K
Northwest (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Nordvest is a gangsterfilm set in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Casper (18), the oldest of 3 siblings, survives life on the streets by committing burglaries for the neighbourhood boss, Jamal. When Casper gets an offer to work for Jamal’s rival ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak, tense ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, crimes, life is a bitch, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, gang, friendship, family problems, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gang war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, 2000s, year 2005 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
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Dead Presidents (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, urban ghetto life, vietnam war, militant, redemption, friendship, soldier, mercy killing, post traumatic stress disorder, crimes, crime, civil rights ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, bronx new york city ...
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 7.1
 245K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, tense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, underdog, follow your dream, music, street gang, musician's life, white rapper, urban ghetto life, human spirit, contests and competitions, racial slur, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 6.7
 40K
Notorious (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS ...
Style: serious, sincere, factual, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, rising to stardom, murder, urban ghetto life, fame, african american, music, ambition, success, drugs/alcohol, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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 6.1
 11K
God's Pocket (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, rough, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, uncover truth, investigation, life turned upside down, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, crimes, working class, death, suspicion, infidelity ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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 6.5
 8K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, sport, ambition, human spirit, urban ghetto life, against the odds, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
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 6.6
 7K
Paulette (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Paulette lives alone in a housing project in the Paris suburbs. With her meager pension, she can no longer make ends meet.
Style: humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic
Plot: drug dealer, marijuana, urban ghetto life, unlikely criminals, fish out of water, criminal heroes, elderly, crimes, drug dealing, life is a bitch, society, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france
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 6.5
 2K
Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, friendship, social decay, life is a bitch, going straight, kids in trouble, gang, crimes, society, rivalry, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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 7.1
 23K
Juice (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, urban ghetto life, gang, coming of age, friendship, murder, crime gone awry, violence, rivalry, ambition, basketball, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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Hood of Horror (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A hip hop horror anthology of three tales of terror told by the Hound of Hell (Snoop Dogg) that revolve around the residents of an inner-city neighborhood whose actions determine where they will go in the afterlife.
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, rough, humorous, anthology ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: social misfits, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, gory, vengeance, deadly, dealing with death, youth, slasher, crimes, supernatural, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary
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Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Raghuvaran, who is unemployed for years, gets his dream job but a powerful rival is keen to put him down. Can he take on his adversary?
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, psychological, realistic
Plot: unemployment, urban ghetto life, homecoming, fall in love, engineer, family relations, ransom, misfit, blackmail, down on your luck, family in crisis, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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May Allah Bless France (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters ...
Style: captivating, inspirational, psychological, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: rising to stardom, urban ghetto life, crimes, redemption, religions or cults, follow your dream, juvenile delinquency, hip hop, coming of age, ambition, life is a bitch, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
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 6.4
 28K
Hardball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
Style: serious, melancholic, suspense, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: gang, gambling, underdog, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, addiction, urban ghetto life, redemption, sport team, down on your luck, bet, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, new jersey
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 6.2
 469
Stolen Dreams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jessica, Sabrina and Daiane have dreams, just like all young people of any social class or place in the world. They live in a low-income neighborhood in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro and find in prostitution a way to survive and satisfy their ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, urban ghetto life, friends, life is a bitch, society, lifestyle, prostitution, friendship, rivalry, strong female presence, urban ghetto, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 5.4
 526
Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, crimes, teaching the ways of the world, society, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, drug dealing, youth, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Concrete Night (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger ...
Style: bleak, stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: coming of age, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, family problems, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, protecting from truth, urban ghetto, single parent, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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The Slim Shady Show (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The Slim Shady Show is an animated television series created by American rapper Eminem. Each episode is approximately five minutes in length. The shorts focus on the fictional adventures of Marshall Mathers' alter-egos Slim Shady, Eminem, Ken ...
Style: witty, humorous, surreal, not serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, lifestyle, musician's life, parody, ambition, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, partners, goofy hero, best friends, disorder, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, detroit, michigan
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 6.4
 390
Antonia (2006)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road to success is riddled with sexism, racism, and violence. One by one, they ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough
Plot: music, music band, hip hop, ambition, rise to the top, musician's life, rising to stardom, prodigy, friendship, society, artists and showbiz, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, brazil
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