best gang/youth culture films?

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  1. eric tengren

    eric tengren Stunt Coordinator

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    I have been watching a lot of films about gangs and youth cultures lately and I was wondering if anybody has some recommendations?
    such as... over the edge, mayor of hell,los oldivados,lords of flatbush,blackboard jungle
    the warriors
    the wanderers
    city of god
    rumble fish
    quadrophenia
    scum
    trainspotting
    cooley high
    babylon
    romper stomper
    class of 1984
    american graphitti
    roadracers, and IF...
     
  2. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

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    Bully
    Once Were Warriors
    American History X
    Rivers Edge
     
  3. Bill Williams

    Bill Williams Screenwriter

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    Two more to recommend would be "West Side Story" and Francis Ford Coppola's version of "The Outsiders".
     
  4. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Producer

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    REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
     
  5. Lynda-Marie

    Lynda-Marie Supporting Actor

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    All time favorites [How "realistic" is in the eyes of the readers]

    Sixteen Candles
    The Breakfast Club
    Weird Science
    Ferris Beuller's Day Off

    Hopeless John Hughes geek! [​IMG]
     
  6. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

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    Lord of the Flies - not exactly "gangs", but a great social commentary.

    Definitely check out American History X.

    Suburbia
    Sid & Nancy
    SLC Punk
    Spun
    Bad Boys
    Boyz N the Hood

    Colors (bad movie)
     
  7. Seth--L

    Seth--L Screenwriter

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    One thing to consider is that a lot of youth/gang culture films are much more about the times when they were made, not youth/gang culture. For instance, Rebel Without A Cause is about fears of emasculation in white 1950s suburbia. It's depiction of gangs is rather comical.
     
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    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Switchblade Sisters
    Fighting Elegy
    Boyz In The Hood
    The Born Losers
    La Haine
     
  9. Ben_@

    Ben_@ Stunt Coordinator

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    surprised no one else has mentioned KIDS yet.
     
  10. Charles M Berry

    Charles M Berry Stunt Coordinator

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    I will second,

    (1) KIDS
    (2) Boyz in the Hood
    (3) American History X

    and add:

    (4) Juice
    (5) Black and White
     
  11. Gary->dee

    Gary->dee Screenwriter

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    MY BODYGUARD: love this movie.
     
  12. Ocean Phoenix

    Ocean Phoenix Supporting Actor

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    Don't watch The Outsiders, it's a horrible movie. I can't believe it's directed by the same guy who did the first two Godfather movies (I haven't seen the third). It's boring, with annoying, one-dimensional characters, and dull, pointless violence.
     
  13. TonyD

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  14. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Good call on Blood In, Blood Out. I really enjoy the scope of this film. Seeing that title in this thread reminds me of a 'competing' film that was in production around the same time frame; American Me. I prefer Blood In, Blood Out but this film makes for an interesting companion piece.

    Two other titles that come to mind are Menace II Society and Mi Vida Loca

    - Walter.
     
  15. Gary->dee

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    Uuuuuuuuuuh no. It's far from being a horrible movie.
     
  16. JonZ

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    "MY BODYGUARD: love this movie."

    This was on cable last nite.I havent seen this film prob since 1984 or so.
     
  17. Mike Brogan

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    "A Clockwork Orange" for some gangs of the future.

    "Gangs of New York" for some gangs of the past.

    "Deuces Wild" for some gangs of lame straight to video.
     
  18. Rhett_Y

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    One of my favorite is Russell Crows film "Romper Stomper"

    Love that film!!!

    R~
     

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