Urban ghetto movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant urban ghetto movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, stylized, suspenseful and bleak films and TV shows about / with urban ghetto, crimes, gangsters, gang, dialogue, mentor, redemption, brutality, violence and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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urban ghetto movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as urban ghetto: End of Watch (2012), Paid in Full (2002), New Jack City (1991), Training Day (2001), A Bronx Tale (1993), Bullet (1996), District B13 (2004), Fresh (1994), Sugar Hill (1993), Sleepers (1996).

List of urban ghetto movies

 7.6
 246K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: emotional, tense, suspense, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: street gang, latinos, police officer, gang member, police, gang war, gangsters, brutality, friendship, fighting crime, gunfight, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s, year 2011
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, california, usa
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 7.0
 13K
Paid in Full (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, rough, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, urban ghetto, gangsters, organized crime, street gang, drugs, drug dealing, rise and fall, street life, cocaine, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.6
 35K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: suspense, intense, harsh, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, hip hop, crimes, urban ghetto, organized crime, chase, betrayal, ghetto, gang war, drug dealing, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, california, new jersey ...
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 7.7
 430K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, african american, lone hero, corrupt cop, gang member, gunfight, gang, drug dealer, rookie, mentor, police, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 140K
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, stylized, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, coming of age, mentor, organized crime, white male black female relationship, gang leader, friendship, father son relationship, crimes, loyalty, brutality ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1968
Place: new york, bronx new york city, usa, new york state, new jersey
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 6.4
 8K
Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tough, Jewish ex-con just released from prison crosses a powerful drug dealer and former prison rival in his return to a life of crime.
Style: realistic, rough, stylized, disturbing, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, violence, hip hop, life philosophy, life, character study, drugs, gangsters, dysfunctional family, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california, brooklyn new york city
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Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: parody, absurd, funny, humorous, satirical ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: gang, dumb, friendship, youth, gangsters, sarcasm, urban ghetto, social satire, teenage life, stupidity, hip hop, family relations ...
Time: 90s
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 7.1
 70K
District B13 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.
Style: exciting, stylized, buddy movie, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, fight, parkour, undercover cop, ghetto, crimes, tough guy, bomb, race against time, bully, betrayal ...
Time: future, near future, year 2010, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, hong kong, europe
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 7.5
 13K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: chess, african american, crimes, coming of age, drug dealing, drug lord, urban ghetto, revenge, drug addiction, father son relationship, adolescence, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, new jersey
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 5.8
 5K
Sugar Hill (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the Mafia steps in when a drug dealer quits his partner brother to lead a straight life with his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: crimes, urban ghetto, gangsters, drug dealing, going straight, gang, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, siblings relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 219K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, harsh, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, childhood, vengeance, rape, pedophilia, courtroom drama, lawyer, prison rape, pedophile, sexual abuse, homosexual rape, haunted by the past ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees
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 8.6
 747K
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, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Snoop Dogg's 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: slasher, semi serious, suspenseful, humorous, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: social misfits, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, crimes, supernatural, dealing with death, youth, urban ghetto, vengeance, afterlife, rivalry, zombie ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
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Around the Block (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, sexy ...
Plot: urban ghetto, school, dysfunctional family, idealism, youth, hopes, society, lesbian, fall in love, stereotypes, estranged father, racial discrimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, new south wales
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 5.5
 33K
Fighting (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When ...
Style: feel good, atmospheric, suspense, intense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: street fighter, streetfighting, fight, boxing, martial arts, kickboxing, athlete and trainer, kickboxer, underground fighting, brutality, hip hop, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, alabama, manhattan new york city ...
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District 13: Ultimatum (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.
Style: harsh, entertaining, stylized, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, martial arts, undercover cop, fight, fighting the system, gang, fistfight, corruption, gang war, prison escape, conspiracy, destiny ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, hong kong, europe
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 7.1
 285K
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: realistic, inspirational, lyrical, feel good, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, underdog, success, follow your dream, street gang, rap, urban ghetto life, hip hop culture, musician's life, musician, hopes ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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Have a Little Faith (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At age 82, Mitch Albom's former rabbi Albert Lewis wants the famous Detroit sportswriter to give his eulogy when the time comes. Albom makes a visit to his former home town in New Jersey, where Rabbi Lewis has served a congregation for about 50 ...
Style: sincere, captivating, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rabbi, urban ghetto, religions or cults, redemption, clergy, starting over, friendship, faith, priest, personal growth, christian, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit, new jersey
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 6.9
 2K
Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, political
Plot: coming of age, youth, single parent, family relations, obsession, society, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela, africa
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Dangerous Ground (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to find him, but at ...
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, justice, homecoming, prostitute, drug dealing, police corruption, urban ghetto, fighting the system, crimes, drug abuse, family relations, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa, san francisco
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Nothing to Lose (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Advertising executive Nick Beame learns that his wife is sleeping with his employer. In a state of despair, he encounters a bumbling thief whose attempted carjacking goes awry when Nick takes him on an involuntary joyride. Soon the betrayed ...
Style: funny, buddy comedy, humorous, absurd, entertaining ...
Plot: on the road, culture clash, friends, chase, infidelity, desert, criminal heroes, society, social differences, rivalry, urban ghetto, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, arizona
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 4.3
 8K
Bones (2001)
Genre: Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Over 20 years after his death by a gunshot, Jimmy Bones comes back as a ghost to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up his neighborhood.
Style: slasher, scary, bloody, stylized, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, afterlife, dog, betrayal, ghost, vengeance, revenge, haunted house, haunted by the past, brutality, black people, urban ghetto ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 2000s
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 8.7
 80K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, law enforcement, police brutality, corrupt cop, murder, tough law enforcer, crimes, partners, dirty cop, dishonesty, cruelty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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White Elephant (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gerónimo is a 45 year old man devastated by a tragic event. His friend Julian tries out afloat by encouraging him to participate in the project of a marginal town near Buenos Aires. Both are Catholic priests who decided to dedicate their life to ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, political ...
Plot: sex with a priest, fighting the system, rebellion, society, life is a bitch, social decay, urban ghetto, changing lives, hopes, against the odds, liberation theology, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: argentina, latin america
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 5.1
 197
Cost of a Soul (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Wounded in the war, Tommy Donahue and DD Davis return home from Iraq to the slum neighborhood they grew up in. Tommy returns to his wife, Faith, whom he abandoned while she was pregnant to escape a life of crime. Tommy meets his disabled six ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: racism, murder, iraq war, crimes, urban ghetto, haunted by the past, homecoming, society, gang, family problems, war veteran, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
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My Crazy Life (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, bleak, poignant ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, coming of age, friendship, juvenile delinquency, teenager, unlikely friendships, poverty, urban ghetto, drug dealing, gang member, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, new jersey, california, usa
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 7.0
 3K
Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: juvenile delinquency, youth gang, street gang, coming of age, gang, friendship, crimes, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, parents and children, high school life, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film follows Victor, a Lower East Side teenager, as he deals with his eccentric family, including his strict grandmother, his bratty sister, and a younger brother who completely idolizes him. Along the way he tries to win the affections of Judy, ...
Style: touching, cynical, harsh, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, dysfunctional family, relationships, teenage love, love story, loneliness, family relations, love and romance, youth, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, dominican republic ...
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Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When rebellious street dancer Andie lands at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, she finds herself fighting to fit in while also trying to hold onto her old life. When she joins forces with the schools hottest dancer, Chase, to form a crew of ...
Style: feel good, romantic, entertaining, inspirational, captivating ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: dancing, hip hop, teenage love, dancer, dancer's life, youth, ballet, contests and competitions, breakdance, dance contest, high school, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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 6.6
 26K
Take the Lead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom ...
Style: inspirational, sexy, feel good, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: dancing, dancer, dancer's life, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, hip hop, music, respect, ambition, teachers and students, prejudice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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