Best Black Movies Of The 90s

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1.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
2.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
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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
 
3.
Friday (1995)
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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
 
4.
Above the Rim (1994)
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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Pollack
 
5.
New Jack City (1991)
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A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. (97 mins.)
 
6.
Menace II Society (1993)
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A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. (97 mins.)
 
7.
Higher Learning (1995)
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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. (127 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
8.
Dead Presidents (1995)
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A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed. (119 mins.)
 
9.
Poetic Justice (1993)
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In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run. (109 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
10.
Posse (1993)
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A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They... (111 mins.)
 
11.
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation... (100 mins.)
 
12.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
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Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances. (115 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
13.
Malcolm X (1992)
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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. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
14.
Mo' Money (1992)
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Trying to get his act together, a con artist gets a job in a credit card company. He falls in love with a fellow employee... (89 mins.)
Director: Peter Macdonald
 
15.
Set It Off (1996)
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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. (123 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
16.
Life (1999)
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The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
17.
Juice (1992)
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Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice". (95 mins.)
 
18.
Jackie Brown (1997)
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A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
 
19.
Jason's Lyric (1994)
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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love... (119 mins.)
Director: Doug McHenry
 
20.
Clockers (1995)
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Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. (128 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
21.
House Party (1990)
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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
 
22.
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
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Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond--this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
23.
House Party 2 (1991)
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When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence. (94 mins.)
 
24.
Bad Boys (1995)
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Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
25.
Deep Cover (1992)
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A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling... (107 mins.)
Director: Bill Duke
 
26.
Hoodlum (1997)
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Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Duke
 
27.
Class Act (1992)
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Duncan is a genius straight A student, Blade is juvenile delinquent. But because of a mix up with their school records... (98 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller
 
28.
Panther (1995)
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A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense. (124 mins.)
 
29.
Gridlock'd (1997)
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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program... (91 mins.)
 
30.
Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
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A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group. (88 mins.)
Director: Rusty Cundieff
 
31.
Crooklyn (1994)
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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn. (115 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
32.
He Got Game (1998)
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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence. (136 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee