10. Menace II Society(1993 | New Line Cinema)
Genius: With this film's released -- while the City of Angels still recovered from the ’92 race riots -- the Hughes Brothers bravely banked a film on South Central’s misunderstood and misguided youth. The flick managed to both humanize and demonize Caine and company without glorifying nor condemning their activity. A much needed respite in the aftermath.
What We Learned: In the end, it all catches up with you.