African-American Films

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1.
Big Fella (1937)
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In this musical comedy, Paul Robeson stars as Joe, a Marseilles docker hired by a wealthy English couple to find their missing son... (73 mins.)
Director: J. Elder Wills
 
2.
Song of Freedom (1936)
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A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga. (80 mins.)
Director: J. Elder Wills
 
3.
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
“ Racial Tension spreads across residents on the hottest day in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. ” - Riverbends1
 
4.
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
“ Story about three friends (two of them half-brothers, one raised by his father) growing up in the streets of South Central Los Angeles. ” - Riverbends1
 
5.
Cooley High (1975)
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In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
“ The story about two black friends whose carefree lives take a turn for the worse in 1960s Chicago. ” - Riverbends1
 
6.
Shaft (1971)
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. (100 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
“ Private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to retrieve his daughter. ” - Riverbends1
 
7.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Black detective Virgil Tibbs helps White Southern sheriff Bill Gillespie investigate a murder in the racist town of Sparta, Mississipi. ” - Riverbends1
 
8.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
“ Story about an abused black woman living in the South. Based on the novel by Alice Walker. ” - Riverbends1
 
9.
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
“ The life story of Malcolm X, a two-bit hustler who would become the controversial Civil Rights leader and the member of the Nation of Islam. ” - Riverbends1
 
10.
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ The rise of musicians Ike and Tina Turner. ” - Riverbends1
 
11.
A Soldier's Story (1984)
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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II. (101 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ During WWII, an army officer has to investigate the murder of a sergeant in the deep south. ” - Riverbends1
 
12.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Col. Robert Gold Shaw trains and leads an all-black regiment into battle during the U.S. Civil War. ” - Riverbends1
 
13.
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
“ The life story of famous musician/pianist Ray Charles. ” - Riverbends1
 
14.
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.)
“ A young street hustler growing up in South Central Los Angeles tries to escape his troubled ways for a better life. ” - Riverbends1
 
15.
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
“ The film about boxing legend Muhammad Ali who battles Joe Fraizer, Sonny Liston and George Foreman and causes controversy outside the ring. ” - Riverbends1
 
16.
Claudine (1974)
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In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare. (92 mins.)
Director: John Berry
“ In Harlem, a woman taking care of her children falls for a garbageman. ” - Riverbends1
 
17.
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
“ An African prince and his royal servant travel to Queens, New York to find the woman of his dreams. ” - Riverbends1
 
18.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ In Harlem, a pregnant teenager enrolls to an alternative school for better direction in her life. ” - Riverbends1
 
19.
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
“ A man from South Central spends his Friday smoking weed with his friend after getting fired from his job. ” - Riverbends1
 
20.
Amistad (1997)
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In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
“ U.S. lawyers defend African slaves who revolted against their Spanish captors aboard the 1839 slave ship. ” - Riverbends1
 
21.
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
“ Hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina saves Tutsi refugees from the Rwandan genocide by hiding them in his hotel. ” - Riverbends1
 
22.
Sounder (1972)
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The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ A sharecropper's wife keeps the family together after he goes to prison in 1930s Louisiana. ” - Riverbends1
 
23.
Foxy Brown (1974)
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A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. (92 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
“ A voluptuous black woman is out for revenge after her boyfriend is murdered. ” - Riverbends1
 
24.
American Gangster (2007)
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (157 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The story of how Frank Lucas became the most powerful crime boss in 1970s Harlem, and the detective that tried to stop him. ” - Riverbends1
 
25.
Imitation of Life (1934)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
“ The story about a widow and her daughter who take in a Black housekeeper and her daughter, and start a business together. ” - Riverbends1
 
26.
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.)
“ Based on the true story of Joe Louis Clark, a man who tries to improve an inner-city school in Paterson, New Jersey. ” - Riverbends1
 
27.
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
“ Based on the True Story of Herman Boone, a coach who in 1971, is hired by a Virignia high school to coach their racially integrated football team. ” - Riverbends1
 
28.
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.)
“ Melvin B. Tolson inspires students of Wiley College to start a debate team. ” - Riverbends1
 
29.
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.)
“ Story about a young photographer and a sadistic drug dealer growing up in the violent streets of Rio De Janiero. ” - Riverbends1
 
30.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. (128 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
“ A Black family in Chicago argues over a $10,000 insurance windfall. Based on the Lorraine Hansberry play. ” - Riverbends1
 
31.
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
“ In Brooklyn, a veteran detective investigates a murder and accuses a young drug dealer of doing the crime. ” - Riverbends1
 
32.
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
“ Lies and deceit rip apart a middle class African American family in 1960s Louisiana. ” - Riverbends1
 
33.
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.)
“ New York City detectives vow to bring down the drug empire of crime lord Nino Brown. ” - Riverbends1
 
34.
Cool Runnings (1993)
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When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. (98 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Based on the true story of the first ever Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics. ” - Riverbends1
 
35.
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
“ A young girl from South Central Los Angeles trys to win the National Spelling Bee. ” - Riverbends1
 
36.
Paid in Full (2002)
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A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience. (97 mins.)
“ A young man builds an illegal drug empire during the Crack Epidemic in 1980s Harlem. ” - Riverbends1
 
37.
Blood and Bone (2009)
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In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend. (93 mins.)
Director: Ben Ramsey
“ An ex-con joins an underground fighting circuit in Los Angeles. ” - Riverbends1
 
38.
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
“ Two streetball players, white and black, team up to hustle other players and double their chances. ” - Riverbends1
 
39.
Black Dynamite (2009)
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Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
“ A former CIA agent must avenge his brother's death. ” - Riverbends1
 
40.
Antwone Fisher (2002)
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Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins. (120 mins.)
“ A young navy man who has violent outbursts must see a psychiatrist and reveals his troubled past. ” - Riverbends1
 
41.
A Time to Kill (1996)
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In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting a revolt by local racist groups. (149 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ A Southern lawyer and his legal assistant defend a Black man who shot and killed two racist rednecks who raped his daughter. ” - Riverbends1
 
42.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ South African film about a young Johannesburg street thug who steals a car and discovers a baby in the back seat. ” - Riverbends1
 
43.
Carmen Jones (1954)
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ An African-American version of the Bizet opera. ” - Riverbends1
 
44.
Cry Freedom (1987)
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
“ South African journalist Donald Woods helps Steve Biko fight Apartheid. ” - Riverbends1
 
45.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. (108 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ A white couple find out that their daughter is engaged to a Black fiancee. ” - Riverbends1
 
46.
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.)
“ The story of two next-door neighbors who grew up in Los Angeles together, playing basketball and falling in love with each other. ” - Riverbends1
 
47.
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
“ An imprisoned father of a High School basketball player must try to convince him to go to college for a shorter sentence. ” - Riverbends1
 
48.
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.)
“ Four inner-city teenagers from Harlem get caught up in the life of crime. ” - Riverbends1
 
49.
Stormy Weather (1943)
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The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s. (78 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stone
“ The story about a relationship between a dancer and a singer in the early 1900s. ” - Riverbends1
 
50.
Nothing But a Man (1964)
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A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Roemer
“ A black man and his wife face discrimination in 1960s America. ” - Riverbends1
 
51.
Sparkle (1976)
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A girl group experiences turmoil after one of their members turns to drugs and another achieves their desired fame all by herself. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam O'Steen
“ A female group experiences problems after one of the singers turn to drugs and fame by herself in 1960s Harlem. ” - Riverbends1
 
52.
Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)
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A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player. (95 mins.)
Director: Joseph Manduke
“ A young boy is shocked by the murder of a basketball player. ” - Riverbends1
 
53.
Hustle & Flow (2005)
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With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ A Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis tries to become a rapper. ” - Riverbends1
 
54.
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.)
“ Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a salesman-turned-stockbroker who was low on change, looking for a job and trying to make life better for him and his son. ” - Riverbends1
 
55.
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.)
“ A film that focuses on a dysfunctional African-American family who were held together by family traditions which begin to fade away. ” - Riverbends1
 
56.
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
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An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
“ A black actor hopes to become successful in the business, although he takes many stereotypical roles. ” - Riverbends1
 
57.
Coffy (1973)
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A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
“ A nurse seeks revenge on a drug pusher that got her sister involved in drugs. ” - Riverbends1
 
58.
The Mack (1973)
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Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Campus
“ A drug dealer recently released from prison becomes a big time pimp. ” - Riverbends1
 
59.
Super Fly (1972)
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The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire. (93 mins.)
“ A black cocaine dealer tries to quit the underworld drug business. ” - Riverbends1
 
60.
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
“ A frustrated Black TV writer creates a minstrel show featuring Black actors in Blackface makeup. ” - Riverbends1
 
61.
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
“ A former war hero looking for a job becomes a private eye in 1948 Los Angeles. ” - Riverbends1
 
62.
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
“ An Indian woman, who along with her family travels from Uganda to Mississippi falls in love with a Black carpet cleaner. ” - Riverbends1
 
63.
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
“ A young Scottish doctor visiting Uganda becomes the personal physician of brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. ” - Riverbends1
 
64.
Dolemite (1975)
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Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs... (90 mins.)
“ A pimp named Dolemite gets set up and is sentenced 20 years in jail. ” - Riverbends1
 
65.
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
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In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. (88 mins.)
“ A man from the army returns to battle a crime lord in this parody of Blaxploitation films. ” - Riverbends1
 
66.
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
“ A jazz trumpeter tries to juggle the problems in his life such as relationships with women, his band and his music career. ” - Riverbends1
 
67.
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.)
“ A young Vietnam veteran returns home and finds himself turning to a life of crime. ” - Riverbends1
 
68.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Nelson Mandela tries to unite South Africa through the sport of Rugby. ” - Riverbends1
 
69.
South Central (1992)
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A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime... (99 mins.)
Director: Steve Anderson
“ A man who was recently released from prison tries to live a normal life, but finds out his son has followed his criminal path. ” - Riverbends1
 
70.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ The life story of troubled jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker. ” - Riverbends1
 
71.
The Long Walk Home (1990)
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Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
“ A white woman gets involved with carpooling after helping her African American maid during the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. ” - Riverbends1
 
72.
Get on the Bus (1996)
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A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ A group of African American men take a cross country trip from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Million Man March. ” - Riverbends1
 
73.
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
“ In 1932, two New Yorkers are wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. ” - Riverbends1
 
74.
Purple Rain (1984)
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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
“ A young musician battles his rival for a singer and rock band success in Minneapolis. ” - Riverbends1
 
75.
Undercover Brother (2002)
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When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue. (86 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
“ A cool, hip protector named Undercover Brother helps the Brotherhood stop "the Man" from destroying a Black candidate's presidental campaign. ” - Riverbends1
 
76.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother... (114 mins.)
“ A 14-year-old and her caregiver move in with three Black sisters. ” - Riverbends1
 
77.
Talk to Me (2007)
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The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. (118 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
“ Based on the true story of radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con turned radio talk show host. ” - Riverbends1
 
78.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ A Brooklyn teen and three Canadians help boxer Rubin Carter fight for his freedom after long imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. ” - Riverbends1
 
79.
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
“ A writer travels to New York to be his friend's best man at a wedding. ” - Riverbends1
 
80.
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
“ Four black women who are suffering from money problems turn to robbing banks. ” - Riverbends1
 
81.
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
“ A film that follows the rise and fall of an African-American music group. ” - Riverbends1
 
82.
Glory Road (2006)
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In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. (118 mins.)
Director: James Gartner
“ Based on the true story of Don Haskins, the coach of the Texas Western basketball team who leads the first all-Black starting lineup to the NCAA national championship in 1966. ” - Riverbends1
 
83.
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
“ A young man is sent by his mother to live with his father in this parody of inner city films such as "Boyz n the Hood," and "Menace II Society." ” - Riverbends1
 
84.
The Emperor Jones (1933)
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Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island. (72 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
“ A man escapes from jail after killing a guard and finds himself an emperor of an island. ” - Riverbends1
 
85.
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces... (76 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ The life story of Jackie Robinson, the first Black major league baseball player of the modern era and his struggle with racism and making it big. ” - Riverbends1
 
86.
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.)
“ A romance forms between a young Black poet and a talented photographer. ” - Riverbends1
 
87.
Baadasssss! (2003)
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Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. (109 mins.)
“ A biopic based on Melvin Van Peebles and his struggle to film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." ” - Riverbends1
 
88.
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
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After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels. (97 mins.)
“ A black man goes on the run from "The Man." ” - Riverbends1
 
89.
Gridiron Gang (2006)
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Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together. (125 mins.)
Director: Phil Joanou
“ Juvenile delinquents at a detention center are united through the sport of football with the leadership of their counselor. ” - Riverbends1
 
90.
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
“ Two Miami detectives investigating a case of stolen heroin must protect a murder witness. ” - Riverbends1
 
91.
Barbershop (2002)
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A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop. (102 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
“ A man from South side Chicago sells his family Barbershop to a loan shark. ” - Riverbends1
 
92.
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.)
“ A half-man, half-vampire must protect Earth from evil vampires. Based on the Comic book. ” - Riverbends1
 
93.
Fresh (1994)
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Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who puts his employer's against each other. (114 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ A young drug dealer wants to get out of his life of crime. ” - Riverbends1
 
94.
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
“ A writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends on the day of his wedding. ” - Riverbends1
 
95.
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
“ Based on the true story of Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach who benches his whole team for their poor academic results. ” - Riverbends1
 
96.
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
“ A teenager tries to get to his friend's house party, despite being grounded by his father. ” - Riverbends1
 
97.
The Great White Hope (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ An African American boxer and his white fiancee experience racism and tension inside and outside the ring. ” - Riverbends1
 
98.
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
“ A trio of black soul singers become huge sensations in the 1960s. ” - Riverbends1
 
99.
Imitation of Life (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ Remake of the 30s classic, where a young actress and her daughter set up housekeeping with a Black widow and her light-skinned daughter. ” - Riverbends1
 
100.
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Story of a woman and her three lovers. (84 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ A young Black woman living in Brooklyn juggles relationships with three different men. ” - Riverbends1