My Favourite Films

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1.
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
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A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang... (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Duke
 
2.
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
 
3.
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
 
4.
Inside Man (2006)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
5.
Coming to America (1988)
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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
 
6.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
 
7.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
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A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. (109 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
 
8.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
9.
Barbershop (2002)
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A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop. (102 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
 
10.
Big Night (1996)
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A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
 
11.
Bridesmaids (2011)
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Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
 
12.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
13.
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
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A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common. (95 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
14.
Crooklyn (1994)
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Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973. (115 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
15.
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
 
16.
Father of the Bride (1991)
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With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go. (105 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
17.
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. (91 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
18.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
19.
Hairspray (2007)
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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (117 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
20.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
21.
Idlewild (2006)
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A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster... (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Barber
 
22.
James Dean (2001 TV Movie)
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A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend... (120 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
23.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
24.
Meet the Fockers (2004)
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All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. (115 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
25.
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
26.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
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A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. (126 mins.)
 
27.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
28.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
Rush Hour (1998)
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A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed LAPD detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
31.
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
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Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam. (90 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
32.
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
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Story of a woman and her three lovers. (84 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
33.
Sin City (2005)
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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
 
34.
The Dark Knight (2008)
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When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
 
35.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
36.
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
37.
Dreamgirls (2006)
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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. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
38.
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
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Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to... (123 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
39.
Bringing Down the House (2003)
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When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life. (105 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
40.
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
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
Love Jones (1997)
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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer... (104 mins.)
 
43.
Matilda (1996)
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
44.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career. (117 mins.)
 
45.
Notorious (2009)
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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm. (122 mins.)
 
46.
Maami (2011)
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Based on a Nigerian novel, this story takes place over two days and tells the story about a single mother and her young son... (93 mins.)
Director: Tunde Kelani
 
47.
La Haine (1995)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
 
48.
Mary and Max (2009)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
49.
Babymother (1998 TV Movie)
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A single mother determined to make it as a singer puts together an all girl reggae group named Neeta... (82 mins.)
 
50.
Belle (2013)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (100 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante