Ghetto movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant ghetto movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, tense, rough, intense and harsh films and TV shows about / with ghetto, gangsters, violence, gang, black, african american, urban, drugs, gun and drug dealer plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
ghetto movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as ghetto: The Hate U Give (2018), Street Flow (2019), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Blue Story (2019), Killer of Sheep (1978), Menace II Society (1993), Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), Training Day (2001), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), Friday (1995).

List of ghetto movies

The Hate U Give (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her ...
Style: sad, captivating, disturbing, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: racism, ghetto, african american, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, private school, loss of friend, coming of age, teenager, witness, women, friendship ...
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Street Flow (2019)
Genre: Crime
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Noumouké, from the suburb of Paris, is about to decide which brother's foot steps to follow - the lawyer student Soulaymaan or the gangster Demba.
Style: sincere, captivating, tense, psychological, disturbing
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ghetto, three brothers, poverty, life is a bitch, ambition, youth, escapades, society, life philosophy, rivalry, culture clash, small town ...
Place: france
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Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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: thought provoking, disturbing, tense, brutal, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: hip hop, african american, ghetto, poverty, gang, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, street gang, coming of age, gangsters, rapper, rap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1991, year 1984
Place: los angeles, california, cuba, usa, south central los angeles ...
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Blue Story (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Feature adaptation of Rapman's YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war.
Style: thought provoking, dark, tense, heartbreaking, controversial
Plot: ghetto, gang, gangsters, street gang, gang member, gunfight, gang violence, youth, teenager, friends, rivalry, friendship ...
Place: london
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Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, political ...
Plot: ghetto, friendship, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, human nature, parents and children, family life, couple relations, family problems, african american, gangsters, social justice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, africa
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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, teen drama
Plot: african american, ghetto, urban ghetto life, gangsters, hip hop, murder, police brutality, friendship, coming of age, street gang, organized crime, drugs ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, north america
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Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.
Style: funny, humorous, melancholic, intense, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghetto, gangsters, hip hop, fish out of water, street gang, justice, betrayal, father son relationship, disorder, family relations, partners, gang ...
Place: california, los angeles, malibu california, south central los angeles, usa
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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: neo noir, realistic, tense, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, gang, gunfight, drug dealer, police, african american, rookie, mentor, ghetto, corrupt cop, gang member, drugs ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.
Style: stylized, harsh, serious, rough, dramatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, rap, rapper, ghetto, gang, urban ghetto life, music, redemption, rags to riches, going straight, hip hop culture ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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Friday (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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.
Style: funny, feel good, humorous, light, semi serious ...
Plot: african american, weed, marijuana, hip hop, ghetto, rap, rapper, friendship, gang, friends, hip hop culture, drugs ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, south central los angeles
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Kicks (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 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.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, tense
Plot: ghetto, african american, poverty, violence, illegal drugs, criminal, surrealism, breaking and entering, friendship, boy, shoplifting, uncle nephew relationship ...
Place: usa, oakland california
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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, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, gang, undercover cop, ghetto, tough guy, parkour, bomb, race against time, urban ghetto, heroes, distopia ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, year 2010
Place: france, paris france, hong kong, europe
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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: realistic, intense, inspirational, lyrical, talky ...
Plot: hip hop, music, racism, rags to riches, rap, gangsters, rapper, ghetto, fighting the system, police brutality, violence, african american ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1993, year 1986 ...
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, milwaukee wisconsin, usa ...
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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, dark, tense, rough, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, bullying, gang, school, gangsters, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, ghetto, social decay, teenage love, friendship ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
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Hate (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
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, art house, disturbing, thought provoking, rough ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: poverty, racism, drugs, skinhead, rebel, ghetto, youth, police brutality, police, friendship, rebellion, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Snowfall (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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Story: Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and it's name is crack. Set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, the story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course.
Style: dark drama, sexy, realistic, cynical, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealer, african american, dea, ghetto, u.s. government, latinx lead, illegal drugs, gangsters, drug crime, black cast, spy, couples ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: usa, los angeles, central america, california, south central los angeles ...
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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, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, gangsters, organized crime, drugs, rise and fall, drug dealing, street life, cocaine, criminal heroes, social decay, friends, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Brick Mansions (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a dystopian Detroit, grand houses that once housed the wealthy are now homes of the city's most-dangerous criminals. Surrounding the area is a giant wall to keep the rest of Detroit safe. For undercover cop Damien Collier, every day is a ...
Style: intense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, buddy movie ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, parkour, ghetto, gang, betrayal, gunfight, distopia, kidnapping, car chase, race against time, police corruption, undercover ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: new orleans, detroit, new jersey, canada
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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, tense, intense ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, nazi germany, jewish, ghetto, social worker, rescue, wartime life, life is a bitch, against humanity, historical figure, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: gang, tough heroes, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social decay, found footage, criminal heroes, teenage life, going straight, society, youth, kids in trouble ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Divines (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Qatar
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a ghetto where religion and drug trafficking rub shoulders, Dounia has a lust for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But her encounter with Djigui, a ...
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: ghetto, friendship, drug dealing, poverty, urban decay, slum, police, seduction, street gang, greed, dancer, gangsters ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france, france
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Road Dogz (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Boyz N the Hood" meets "Blood In, Blood Out" in this gritty tale of life on the streets of East L.A. Danny (Jacob Vargas), Alfonso (Greg Serano) and Raymo (Clifton Collins Jr.) are lifelong friends who have spent their days ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, tragic ending
Plot: ghetto, ex convict, tragedy, criminal, murder, drug dealer, robbery, friend, money, latinx lead, suspense, gang ...
Place: los angeles, california
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Black and Blue (2019)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Exposure follows a rookie Detroit African-American female cop who stumbles upon corrupt officers who are murdering a drug dealer, an incident captured by her body cam. They pursue her through the night in an attempt to destroy the footage, but to ...
Style: tense, bleak, surprise ending, neo noir, slang
Plot: corrupt cop, police, suspense, ghetto, african american, corruption, betrayal, rookie, drug lord, police corruption, organized crime, drug dealer ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, detroit
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Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: surprise ending, rough, tense, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: racism, police violence, murder, african american, police, police brutality, motel, riot, suspense, racial tension, corruption, justice ...
Time: 60s, year 1967, year 1943, year 1969
Place: detroit, michigan
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Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: depressing, talky, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, drugs, teachers and students, student, friendship, addiction, drug addiction, ghetto, loneliness, school, mentor, existentialism ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
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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: stylized, intense, harsh, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, drugs, mafia, ghetto, chase, betrayal, hip hop, addiction, gang war, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, california, new jersey ...
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Colors (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.
Style: realistic, psychological, exciting, serious, visually appealing ...
Plot: police, gangsters, gang, killed during sex, chase, gunfight, ghetto, mafia, hip hop, partners, gang war, buddy cop ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey, south central los angeles ...
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American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, harsh, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, heroin, mob boss, drug lord, police, drugs, gang, crime boss, drug traffic, criminal ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, new jersey, bronx new york city, harlem, usa ...
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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, coming of age, drugs, drug dealing, gangsters, drug lord, gang, drug addiction, father son relationship, ghetto, hip hop ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, africa, brooklyn new york city, usa, new jersey
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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: inspirational, feel good, serious, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, underdog, follow your dream, rap, success, urban ghetto life, musician, street gang, hip hop culture, musician's life, hopes ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, los angeles, usa
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