Top 20 Black Filmsby aashna-990-811192 | created - 28 Mar 2013 | updated - 09 Aug 2013 | Public
This is a list of the top 20 best black movies of the past 50 years. This list contains films that are written, directed or principally casted by African-Americans.
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1. The Minority (2006)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young African American, Jake Jackson, is a happy, honest, law-abiding citizen who through many unfortunate events, experiences a full array of prejudices until he captures single-handedly the serial killer, David Fletcher, and his luck changes.
2. Black Like Me (1964)
105 min | Drama
Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South.
3. Watermelon Man (1970)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!
Votes: 1,313 | Gross: $1.50M
4. Killer of Sheep (1978)
80 min | Drama
Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
Votes: 5,006 | Gross: $0.40M
5. Daughters of the Dust (1991)
TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance
Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,239 | Gross: $1.64M
6. Mahogany (1975)
PG | 109 min | Drama, Romance
Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,423 | Gross: $5.00M
8. The Harder They Come (1972)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
10. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.
Votes: 4,905 | Gross: $3.70M
12. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 10,607 | Gross: $13.03M
13. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
PG | 102 min | Action, Drama, Crime
A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.
15. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
R | 78 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 3,162 | Gross: $5.23M
17. Coming to America (1988)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 134,271 | Gross: $128.15M
19. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 104,728 | Gross: $57.50M
20. Do the Right Thing (1989)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 67,418 | Gross: $27.55M