My Top Movies

A List of my Favorite Movies.
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1.
Coming to America (1988)
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An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
2.
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
 
3.
Boomerang (1992)
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A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is. (117 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
 
4.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
5.
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 10pm 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
 
6.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
 
7.
The Women of Brewster Place (1989 TV Series)
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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown... (200 mins.)
Director: Donna Deitch
 
8.
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
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Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. (160 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
9.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
10.
Eve's Bayou (1997)
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The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz... (109 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
 
11.
Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)
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In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York. (95 mins.)
Director: George C. Wolfe
 
12.
The Best Man (1999)
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Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance... (120 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
 
13.
The Wood (1999)
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While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
 
14.
Lean on Me (1989)
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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve. (108 mins.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Ray (2004)
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
18.
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
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The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
 
19.
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
 
20.
Training Day (2001)
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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
 
21.
Rush Hour (1998)
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Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
22.
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
 
23.
Jungle Fever (1991)
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary. (132 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
24.
John Q (2002)
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John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. (116 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Temptations (1998 TV Series)
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations. (175 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
 
27.
Baby Boy (2001)
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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
 
28.
Booty Call (1997)
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Two friends who have gone too long without sex set out to get some. (79 mins.)
Director: Jeff Pollack
 
29.
Hitch (2005)
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While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional "date doctor" finds that his game doesn't quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he's smitten. (118 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
30.
Love & Basketball (2000)
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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad... (124 mins.)
 
31.
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
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Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender. (124 mins.)
Director: Forest Whitaker
 
32.
How to Be a Player (1997)
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A playboy gets the tables turned on him when a party is arranged with all of the women he has been two-timing are in attendance. (93 mins.)
 
33.
Money Talks (1997)
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Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection. (97 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Mississippi Masala (1991)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes... (118 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
36.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
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An African American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. (102 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
37.
The Book of Eli (2010)
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A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. (118 mins.)
 
38.
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
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An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests... (108 mins.)
Director: Martin Lawrence
 
39.
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
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"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
 
40.
Bamboozled (2000)
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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
41.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate. (116 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
42.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. (144 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie