"Positive" Movies & TV Shows with African Americans

Films featuring black americans, without the stereotypical roles of today (thuggish, gangs, etc.).
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1.
The Great Debaters (2007)
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A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
 
2.
A Raisin in the Sun (2008 TV Movie)
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An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry. (131 mins.)
Director: Kenny Leon
 
3.
The Cosby Show (1984 TV Series)
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The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family. (30 mins.)
 
4.
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 endeavor. (117 mins.)
 
5.
Reign Over Me (2007)
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A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. (124 mins.)
Director: Mike Binder
 
6.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
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A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. (112 mins.)
Director: Doug Atchison
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
Ali (2001)
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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
10.
Remember the Titans (2000)
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The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
11.
Coach Carter (2005)
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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. (136 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
12.
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
 
13.
I Am Legend (2007)
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Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
Think Like a Man (2012)
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Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
 
18.
Good Burger (1997)
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Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry. (103 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
 
19.
Kenan & Kel (1996 TV Series)
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The comic misadventures of teenagers Kenan and his dimwitted buddy Kel. (30 mins.)
 
20.
Smart Guy (1997 TV Series)
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Ten-year-old genius (Tahj Mowry) has skipped six grades into high school. This incredible promotion somewhat aggravates his teenage siblings. (30 mins.)
 
21.
Family Matters (1989 TV Series)
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Long-running Perfect Strangers spin-off series centering on the Winslow family and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. (30 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Soul Men (2008)
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Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader. (100 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
 
24.
Jumping the Broom (2011)
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Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding. (112 mins.)
Director: Salim Akil
 
25.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
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A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. (88 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
26.
Fat Albert (2004)
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids come to life and step out of their animated, inner-city Philadelphia world. (93 mins.)
Director: Joel Zwick
 
27.
Blade (1998)
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A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
 
28.
Blade II (2002)
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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires. (117 mins.)
 
29.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
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Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula. (113 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
 
30.
Everybody Hates Chris (2005 TV Series)
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A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s. (22 mins.)
 
31.
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
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A Doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands. (85 mins.)
Director: Betty Thomas
 
32.
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
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Dolittle must save a forest and a bear's life. (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Carr
 
33.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 TV Series)
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The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans... (22 mins.)
 
34.
Are We There Yet? (2005)
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Nick Persons is a selfish player who owns a collectables sports shop in New York. Everything in his life is perfect until he meets Suzanne Kingston... (95 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
 
35.
My Wife and Kids (2001 TV Series)
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Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream. (30 mins.)
 
36.
Sister, Sister (1994 TV Series)
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Tia and Tamera Mowry are twins separated at birth who learn of each other and come back together in their teen years. (30 mins.)
 
37.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001 TV Series)
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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children. (30 mins.)
 
38.
Brown Sugar (2002)
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Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory. (109 mins.)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
 
39.
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
 
40.
Mr 3000 (2004)
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Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal. (104 mins.)
 
41.
Soul Food (1997)
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One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart. (115 mins.)
 
42.
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
 
43.
Sister Act (1992)
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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
44.
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
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The sisters come back to Delores's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a... (107 mins.)
Director: Bill Duke
 
45.
Down to Earth (2001)
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After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman. (87 mins.)
 
46.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
47.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
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Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
48.
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
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Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles. (104 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
49.
Shaft (2000)
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New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder. (99 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
50.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
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A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
51.
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
 
52.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
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Grossly overweight professor Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight, takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
53.
Martin (1992 TV Series)
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Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole. (30 mins.)
 
54.
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
 
55.
Bad Boys II (2003)
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Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida. (147 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
56.
White Chicks (2004)
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Two disgraced FBI agents go way undercover in an effort to protect hotel heiresses the Wilson Sisters from a kidnapping plot. (109 mins.)
“ Oh, the irony. ” - Jacob Goldstein
 
57.
Scary Movie (2000)
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A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer. (88 mins.)
“ It's comedy, people. ” - Jacob Goldstein
 
58.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
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Four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house for a school project. (83 mins.)
 
59.
I, Robot (2004)
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In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
60.
The Wayans Bros. (1995 TV Series)
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The wacky escapades of brothers Shawn and Marlon Waynes, along with their wise but eccentric father. (30 mins.)
 
61.
Littleman (2006)
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A wannabe dad mistakes a vertically challenged criminal on the lam as his newly adopted son. (98 mins.)
 
62.
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
“ When used correctly. ” - Jacob Goldstein
 
63.
Rush Hour (1998)
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Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
64.
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
 
65.
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
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After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. (91 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
Red Tails (2012)
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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
 
68.
Hancock (2008)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
69.
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