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1. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 32,117 | Gross: $56.70M

2. Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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49 Metascore

A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott

Votes: 35,760 | Gross: $68.92M

3. Mississippi Masala (1991)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore

Votes: 4,143 | Gross: $7.31M

4. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 238,381 | Gross: $198.68M

5. The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama

6.6
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A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill

Votes: 1,961

6. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 66,561 | Gross: $27.55M

7. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 14,444 | Gross: $32.48M

8. Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Will Smith, Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen

Votes: 17,544 | Gross: $6.41M

9. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,237

10. Japanese War Bride (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Drama

6.9
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Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor

Votes: 78

11. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 355,544 | Gross: $169.71M

12. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 18,709 | Gross: $10.00M

13. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 83,655 | Gross: $23.69M

14. Sayonara (1957)

Unrated | 147 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

Votes: 4,757 | Gross: $26.30M

15. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 80,741 | Gross: $2.24M

16. Zoot Suit (1981)

R | 103 min | Drama, Musical

6.8
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A kind of musical accompanying the story of the early 1940's and the effect that the "zoot suit" (a man's suit of long jacket and pegged pants, always worn with a long keychain that looped ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly

Votes: 892 | Gross: $3.26M

17. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 113,034 | Gross: $90.40M

18. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 69,759 | Gross: $48.17M

19. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.5
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50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,094 | Gross: $2.19M

20. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 24,707 | Gross: $13.27M

21. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

7.1
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73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,196 | Gross: $0.62M

22. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 293,131 | Gross: $88.51M

23. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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57 Metascore

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 119,830 | Gross: $38.09M

24. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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73 Metascore

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos

Votes: 98,960 | Gross: $104.40M

25. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 196,542 | Gross: $120.62M

26. Making 'Do the Right Thing' (1989 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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The Behind-the-Scenes documentary of the dramatic comedy Do the Right Thing.

Director: St. Clair Bourne | Stars: Danny Aiello, Jennie Bourne, Nandi Bowe, Ossie Davis

Votes: 118

27. We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama (2010)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The Election of President Barack Obama began on March 5, 1770 at the Boston Massacre with the death of Crispus Attucks.

Director: Terrell Taylor | Stars: Erika Alexander, Marvin Arrington Jr., Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

28. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Smokey Robinson

Votes: 1,063

29. On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of (2010)

80 min | Documentary, History, Sport

6.7
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The NBA's All-Time Leading Scorer and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents On the Shoulders of Giants - the story of the greatest team you never heard of. The tale of the all-black ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Morales | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Maya Angelou, Carmelo Anthony, Charles Barkley

Votes: 21

30. Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2008)

Documentary

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Documentary portrays the saga of how Italian Americans went from being outsiders who were stereotyped as gangsters in American movies to insiders in Hollywood who took control of their own ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Fischler | Stars: Giorgio Bertellini, Paul Borghese, John Caglione Jr., Frank Capra Jr.

Votes: 57

31. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007 TV Movie)

130 min | Documentary

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This special is a recounting of the top 100 movies of all time, updated from the list of 10 years ago aired in the first AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies.

Director: Gary Smith | Stars: Tim Allen, Halle Berry, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 173

32. Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (2007 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Oprah Winfrey hosts a one-hour special chronicling her five-year effort in creating a leadership academy for disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

Stars: India Arie, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones

Votes: 47

33. The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) (2007)

Documentary

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Director: Matthew Hensley | Stars: Nick Cannon, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 11

34. Inside Men: Denzel & Spike - Man to Man (2006 TV Short)

20 min | Short, Talk-Show

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Director: Butch Robinson | Stars: Spike Lee, Denzel Washington

Votes: 23

35. The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999– )

Sport

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A show which takes sports most memorable blunders, bad calls, and questionable moments and sheds a new light on them to show why the party who made the mistake should be let off the hook.

Stars: Brian Kenny, Steve Hirdt, Bob Costas, Dave Kindred

Votes: 56

36. Movies That Shook the World (2005– )

Documentary

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Stars: Jeff Goldblum, George Lucas, Roger Ebert, Graham Nash

Votes: 40

37. How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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70 Metascore

Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

Director: Joe Angio | Stars: Marva Allen, Emanuel Azenberg, Shelley R. Bonus, St. Clair Bourne

Votes: 156

38. Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze' (2005 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Short

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Introduces behind-the-scenes of the movie, School Daze, along with interviews of the cast.

Director: Todd Williams | Stars: Darryl M. Bell, Barry Alexander Brown, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Ruth E. Carter

Votes: 9

39. By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X' (2005 Video)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Terence Blanchard, Barry Alexander Brown, Ruth E. Carter, Ossie Davis

Votes: 21

40. The Difference (2004 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Kelly McPherson | Stars: Lance Acord, Bill Bennett, John Bowring, Skip Chaisson

41. Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove (2004 Video)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Michael Palin, Roger Ebert, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers

Votes: 21

42. No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (2004 Video)

30 min | Short, Documentary

6.5
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A documentary about the historical context of 'Dr. Strangelove'

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: James B. Harris, Robert McNamara, Bob Woodward, Spike Lee

Votes: 58

43. Five Directors on 'The Battle of Algiers' (2004 Video)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh

Votes: 35

44. Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker (2003 Video)

22 min | Documentary, Short

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Spike Lee's filmmaking career is examined in this partial making-of for the film 25th Hour (2002). Interviews with cast members from this film and his past successes give us an idea what kind of dedicated person he truly is.

Director: Lorna Anozie | Stars: Spike Lee, Edward Norton, Martin Scorsese, Denzel Washington

Votes: 120

45. A Tribe Called Quest: The Video Anthology (2002 Video)

50 min | Music

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Directors: Paul Hunter, Jim Swaffield, Josh Taft, Hype Williams | Stars: Todd 1, Charlie Brown, Dinco D., Phife Dawg

Votes: 20

46. New York at the Movies (2002 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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Meryl Streep conducts us to a trip to New York City as presented in many films during the 20th Century, and how its cultural importance and impact are important to viewers. With a ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Davis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Lauren Bacall, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Brown

Votes: 103

47. It's Black Entertainment (2002 TV Special)

Documentary, Music

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Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Debbie Allen, Carl Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker

Votes: 61

48. The Making of 'Bamboozled' (2001 Video)

53 min | Documentary

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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Spike Lee's satirical take on the American entertainment industry, in which a black writer for a TV network, frustrated at his failure to get his ... See full summary »

Directors: Spike Lee, Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Budd Schulberg, Clyde Taylor, Jack Newfield, Stanley Crouch

Votes: 83

49. The World's Best Sellers: The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 170 min | Documentary

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In this unique film, Dennis Hopper sends Hermann Vaske on a mission around the world to find out about the crossover between creative disciplines, and how this is changing the creative and commercial arts.

Director: Hermann Vaske | Stars: Jon Amiel, Rowan Atkinson, Sandra Bernhard, David Bowie

Votes: 66

50. American Cinema (1995– )

Documentary

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Stars: John Lithgow, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Modine, Ethan Coen

Votes: 154

51. A Century of Cinema (1994)

72 min | Documentary

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Director: Caroline Thomas | Stars: Don Ameche, Richard Attenborough, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger

Votes: 255

52. Our Hollywood Education (1992)

Documentary

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This unique and thought-provoking documentary delves into the conflict between the art and business of filmmaking as it is enacted on the "battlefield" of Hollywood. Through a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Beltrami | Stars: Paul Bartel, Tom Bliss, Sherilyn Fenn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 48

53. Lonely in America (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

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The dreams and aspirations about America and life of Arun, a young Indian in his 20s, change as he struggles to fit into a new and alien culture. His strained relationship with his rigidly ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Alexander Brown | Stars: Ranjit Chowdhry, Tirlok Malik, Adelaide Miller, Robert Kessler

Votes: 78

54. Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood (1990 TV Special)

Documentary

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Stars: Debbie Allen, Charles Burnett, Al Chalk, Frank Dawson