My favorite African American movies

These are some of my favorite movies featuring a predominately African-American cast. In no particular order....
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1.
Cooley High (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
“ My favorite movie of all time, I really dont know why because its not the best movie ever made....not even close actually. But the message in the film speaks to me far deeper than any other film I've seen! ” - flint_balla
 
2.
Baadasssss! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. (109 mins.)
“ A true history lesson in blaxploitation films. A must see for fans of the genre. ” - flint_balla
 
3.
Coming to America (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Eddie Murphy's best film ever, and a favorite in the African American community to this day! ” - flint_balla
 
4.
Antwone Fisher (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins. (120 mins.)
“ Denzel Washington's directorial debut, and a phenomenal picture. If you aren't moved by Antwone Fisher's story by the end of the film then there is truly something wrong with you. ” - flint_balla
 
5.
New Jack City (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. (97 mins.)
“ A dangerous look into an impoverished neighborhood that begs the question......"Am I My Brothers Keeper?"


The answer is simple....."Yes I Am! (Gun shot)" ” - flint_balla
 
6.
Friday (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. In that time, they smoke more weed and get jacked and shot at in a drive-by. (91 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ If you want to argue with me about including this as one of the better African-American movies ever made.......Kill yourself! ” - flint_balla
 
7.
Soul Food (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart. (115 mins.)
“ A-list cast (at the time), excellent writing and re memorable performances from everyone. A film that will stay in my collection until the Lord calls me home. ” - flint_balla
 
8.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. (112 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ A controversial look at life in the hood. The film is real in every aspect and deserves a look. ” - flint_balla
 
9.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ No description necessary, the film speaks for itself. ” - flint_balla
 
10.
Paid in Full (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience. (97 mins.)
“ A hood classic, IMO! ” - flint_balla
 
11.
This Christmas (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years. (117 mins.)
“ A Christmas movie for the ages. I play it on repeat from 8:00PM on Christmas Eve to 8:00PM on Christmas day.......I was getting tired of watching A Christmas Story every year. ” - flint_balla
 
12.
The Mack (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Campus
“ A classic! ” - flint_balla
 
13.
Death at a Funeral (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies. (92 mins.)
Director: Neil LaBute
“ Not a great film, and by no means any comparison to the original film of the same title. But when you put Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan in a movie together, you get exactly what you expect. I laughed throughout, maybe everyone else didn't but hey, this is my list. If you have a problem, make your own. ” - flint_balla
 
14.
Undercover Brother (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue. (86 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
“ A clever satire of various stereotypes. Again, not the best movie made but very funny and worth watching WITH AN OPEN MIND! ” - flint_balla
 
15.
Rosewood (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community. (140 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ I remember seeing this film in high school and being distraught over the mistreatment of African-Americans in this film. If you are an African-American history buff this film is a must see. ” - flint_balla
 
16.
Baby Boy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years... (130 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ A movie that a lot of African-American men can relate to, to some extent. I say that as a young African-American man myself. ” - flint_balla
 
17.
House Party (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Young Kid has been invited to a party at his friend Play's house. But after a fight at school, Kid's father grounds him... (100 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
“ Hey I love this movie, so what. I still do the Kid N Play kick dance at all weddings and house partys! ” - flint_balla
 
18.
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S... (89 mins.)
Director: Paris Barclay
“ A clever satire on "hood" movies. Extremely funny! ” - flint_balla
 
19.
Juice (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice". (95 mins.)
“ This movie is included for the sole reason that it was one of Tupac's best performances ” - flint_balla
 
20.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)