Top 20 Black Films

by 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

7.4
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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.

Director: Dwayne Buckle | Stars: Billoah Greene, Carson Grant, Ava Mateova, Bern Cohen

Votes: 79

2. Black Like Me (1964)

105 min | Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Carl Lerner | Stars: James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Al Freeman Jr.

Votes: 531

3. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,313 | Gross: $1.50M

4. Killer of Sheep (1978)

80 min | Drama

7.4
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett

Votes: 5,006 | Gross: $0.40M

5. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.5
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81 Metascore

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 »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,239 | Gross: $1.64M

6. Mahogany (1975)

PG | 109 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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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 »

Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson, Jack Wormser | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Votes: 1,423 | Gross: $5.00M

7. Addio zio Tom (1971)

Unrated | 123 min | Drama

6.9
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Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, Cicely Browne, Lewis E. Ciannelli

Votes: 1,127

8. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.0
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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 4,584

9. Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

Director: Matty Rich | Stars: George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Barbara Sanon

Votes: 505 | Gross: $2.71M

10. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez

Votes: 4,905 | Gross: $3.70M

11. Fresh (1994)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 10,531 | Gross: $8.09M

12. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Steve James

Votes: 10,607 | Gross: $13.03M

13. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

PG | 102 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.2
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A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Lawrence Cook, Janet League, Paula Kelly, J.A. Preston

Votes: 904

14. Juice (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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60 Metascore

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain

Votes: 19,363 | Gross: $20.15M

15. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

R | 78 min | Comedy

7.0
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin, Starletta DuPois

Votes: 3,162 | Gross: $5.23M

16. A Soldier's Story (1984)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier

Votes: 7,410 | Gross: $21.82M

17. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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47 Metascore

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.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 134,271 | Gross: $128.15M

18. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 26,500 | Gross: $47.62M

19. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 104,728 | Gross: $57.50M

20. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 67,418 | Gross: $27.55M