the 20 best uplifting moviesby ayokaishola | created - 02 Dec 2010 | updated - 22 Oct 2011 | Public
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1. American Violet (2008)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama
A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.
Votes: 2,196 | Gross: $0.55M
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
TV-PG | 96 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate and the segregarding of all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black... See full summary »
5. Meet the Browns (2008)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father -- a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.
Votes: 5,967 | Gross: $41.94M
6. Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Romance
A mechanic (Idris Elba) enlists the help of a successful, but lonely, attorney (Gabrielle Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife and her ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,300 | Gross: $31.34M
7. For Colored Girls (2010)
R | 133 min | Drama
Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.
Votes: 6,417 | Gross: $37.72M
8. The Fighting Temptations (2003)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.
Votes: 6,102 | Gross: $30.24M
9. Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.
Votes: 61,032 | Gross: $103.37M
10. Set It Off (1996)
R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.
Votes: 11,423 | Gross: $36.05M
11. Constellation (2005)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama
A painter living in exile returns home where his family endured generations of racial violence. There he begins to fantasize the people around him as a series of portraits in order to bury the pain and find something beautiful to feel.
Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.31M
12. Mooz-Lum (2010)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Family
Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.
Votes: 949 | Gross: $0.33M
14. I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama
When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,722 | Gross: $51.73M
16. The Karate Kid (2010)
PG | 140 min | Action, Drama, Family
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.
Votes: 134,601 | Gross: $176.59M
18. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Votes: 21,440 | Gross: $37.77M
19. The Preacher's Wife (1996)
PG | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $48.10M
20. The Bodyguard (1992)
R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Music
A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.
Votes: 99,763 | Gross: $121.95M