Originally Posted by lefty
I don't know about ass backwards, butWinter's BoneThe Grapes of WrathSullivan's TravelsMa and Pa KettleTo Kill a MockingbirdJohnny Belinda
all have aspects of what you're looking for.
Bellflower as well, although its set in an LA suburb there is no relation to the city in the film.
There was a recent film that took place in Baltimore... Putty Hill, it has that nihilistic theme as well.