Urban Delights - Some Of The Best Inner City Movies

A Listmania! list by Cynical and Critical (Back Row Of The Movies Somewhere)
 
Trainspotting [DVD] [1996]
1.  Trainspotting [DVD] [1996] DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
The list author says:
  "Funny, disturbing and thought provoking. Maybe not the best advert for Scotland that there is, but there’s no denying this is a very powerful film adapted from an even better book. Excellent."
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Summer Of Sam [DVD] [2000]
2.  Summer Of Sam [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ John Leguizamo
The list author says:
  "Spike Lee's ambitious film does more than re-create the events that unfolded during the summer of 1977; it also deals graphically with the concept of the mob mentality. Superb."
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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels: Directors Cut [DVD] [1998]
3.  Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels: Directors Cut [DVD] [1998] DVD ~ Jason Flemyng
The list author says:
  "Guy Ritchie captured the real East End in this classic ‘mockney’ comedy drama that, in itself, tips its hat to some of the finest British gangster movies of the past. Ritchie at his very best."
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Boyz N the Hood [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
4.  Boyz N the Hood [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
The list author says:
  "John Singleton’s urban masterpiece focuses on life in South Central, LA and gives a true account of the gang mentality and the senseless killings that go together. Emotional, powerful and brilliant."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

To Sir, With Love [DVD] [1967]
5.  To Sir, With Love [DVD] [1967] DVD ~ Sidney Poitier
The list author says:
  "A surprise choice for this list, but at least director James Clavell gave a more truthful insight into inner city London life of the 1960s rather than the stereotypical “Swinging London” slant."
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Last Exit To Brooklyn [DVD] [1990]
6.  Last Exit To Brooklyn [DVD] [1990] DVD ~ Jennifer Jason Leigh
The list author says:
  "A great adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr’s classic novel. Focusing on the seedier elements in life, this often disturbing look at life in 50s Brooklyn is modern film noir at it’s very best."
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Do The Right Thing [DVD] [1989]
7.  Do The Right Thing [DVD] [1989] DVD ~ Danny Aiello
The list author says:
  "Spotlighting the habitually difficult subject matter of racial anxiety in an unbiased way, Spike Lee truly excels with this stunning insight of ethnic unrest in 80s America.  A masterpiece."
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Saturday Night Fever [DVD]
8.  Saturday Night Fever [DVD] DVD ~ John Travolta
The list author says:
  "Unjustly described as a movie focusing on ‘disco’ music, SNF is actually a depiction of one man’s endeavour to break free from the humdrum life he leads and the anxiety that stems from it."
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American History X [DVD] [1999]
9.  American History X [DVD] [1999] DVD ~ Edward Norton
The list author says:
  "If you think this movie’s intent was to exalt white supremacy beliefs then you’re missing the point. It’s a powerful and upsetting lesson that you can learn to hate and learn to accept."
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Quadrophenia [DVD] [1979]
10.  Quadrophenia [DVD] [1979] DVD ~ Phil Daniels
The list author says:
  "Another candid depiction of life in 60s London.  This time, the subject matter depicts the asinine rivalry between the Mods and Rockers that culminates in an explosive finale."
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Romper Stomper (Special Double Disc Edition) [DVD] [1992]
11.  Romper Stomper (Special Double Disc Edition) [DVD] [1992] DVD ~ Russell Crowe
The list author says:
  "Similar to American History X, if you can see past the pro neo-Nazi façade, you’ll discover that social neglect and depravation contributes more to hatred than racial odium does."
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New Jack City [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
12.  New Jack City [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
The list author says:
  "Blaxploitation, maybe, but this movie illustrating the rise of crack cocaine in the ghettos of 80s New York is as powerful and insightful as they come. Snipes at his best."
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Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]
13.  Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993] DVD ~ Michael Douglas
The list author says:
  "A little known, yet critically acclaimed depicture of a guy who usually resists confrontation until one day he decides he can take no more.  Michael Douglas shines in this brilliant movie."
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Colors [DVD] [1988]
14.  Colors [DVD] [1988] DVD ~ Sean Penn
The list author says:
  "Made in the same vein as ‘Boyz In The Hood’, this is an insight of gang dominance in East Los Angeles as seen through the eyes of two LAPD officers.  Gritty, compelling and outstanding."
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Blackboard Jungle [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
15.  Blackboard Jungle [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
The list author says:
  "Still agonizingly relevant today as it was back in 1955 when released, this iconic movie chronicles the discord faced by a decent middle aged school teacher who goes to teach in an unruly school."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Warriors: Ultimate Director's Cut [1979] [DVD]
16.  The Warriors: Ultimate Director's Cut [1979] [DVD] DVD ~ Michael Beck
The list author says:
  "Urban gang movies don’t come much better than this. It might’ve lost its way in terms of realism towards the end, but it gives an insight of the importance of being a member of a gang."
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Brighton Rock [1947] [DVD]
17.  Brighton Rock [1947] [DVD] DVD ~ Richard Attenborough
The list author says:
  "A sublime performance by Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown is the cherry on the cake in this fantastic adaptation of Graham Green's novel."
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Menace II Society [DVD]
18.  Menace II Society [DVD] DVD ~ Tyrin Turner
The list author says:
  "A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. Unfairly compared to Boyz In The Hood, this is just as powerful and gripping."
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The Wanderers [DVD]
19.  The Wanderers [DVD] DVD ~ Ken Wahl
The list author says:
  "Taking the gangs out of The Blackboard Jungle and onto the streets for this fantastic movie concentrating on gang warfare in early 60s New York. It also boasts a terrific soundtrack too."
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The Long Good Friday (Special Edition) [DVD]
20.  The Long Good Friday (Special Edition) [DVD] DVD ~ Bob Hoskins
The list author says:
  "The Long Good Friday was and still is a great piece of British Cinema. After watching the film after a good many years it still holds the power to shock, amuse and thrill."
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Scum [1979] (Ray Winstone) [DVD]
21.  Scum [1979] (Ray Winstone) [DVD] DVD ~ Ray Winstone
The list author says:
  "'Scum' is powerful stuff, and a voice on behalf of the young and powerless.  It should be shown to youngsters as a reason not to turn to crime."
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Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD]
22.  Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] DVD ~ Danny Dyer
The list author says:
  "Tackling the often ignored subject of football hooliganism, Nick Love gets it spot on as he doesn’t just make a movie about these hooligans, he manages to get into their minds too."
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Kes [DVD] [1969]
23.  Kes [DVD] [1969] DVD ~ David Bradley
The list author says:
  "Another movie focusing on the desperation many of Britain’s youth faced in the not-so-swinging 60s. Set in a bleak Northern town, Ken Loach brings to life a truly remarkable film."
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