Black Diaspora Films from the 80's to the 10's

by beaete | created - 27 Dec 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Films from the 1980's until present with majority black casts or black themes.

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1. 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: 132,223 | Gross: $128.15M

2. House Party (1990)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.3
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76 Metascore

Kid decides to go to his friend's house party, but even he can't predict what's in store for him.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence

Votes: 9,434 | Gross: $26.39M

3. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.6
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Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 9,073 | Gross: $16.15M

4. 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: 66,539 | Gross: $27.55M

5. School Daze (1988)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.8
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49 Metascore

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kyme

Votes: 5,094 | Gross: $14.55M

6. Class Act (1992)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

6.0
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A valedictorian and a juvenile delinquent have their school records switched and begin to be treated like the other.

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Andre Rosey Brown, Meshach Taylor

Votes: 4,458 | Gross: $13.27M

7. Boomerang (1992)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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45 Metascore

A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier

Votes: 21,905 | Gross: $70.10M

8. 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: 19,063 | Gross: $20.15M

9. 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: 103,432 | Gross: $57.50M

10. Menace II Society (1993)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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76 Metascore

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda

Votes: 43,222 | Gross: $27.90M

11. Dead Presidents (1995)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodríguez

Votes: 16,561 | Gross: $24.20M

12. Jason's Lyric (1994)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »

Director: Doug McHenry | Stars: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Anthony 'Treach' Criss

Votes: 2,870 | Gross: $20.85M

13. The Inkwell (1994)

R | 110 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.

Director: Matty Rich | Stars: Larenz Tate, Joe Morton, Suzzanne Douglas, Glynn Turman

Votes: 1,165 | Gross: $8.88M

14. Set It Off (1996)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 11,348 | Gross: $36.05M

15. House Party 2 (1991)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.1
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When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.

Directors: George Jackson, Doug McHenry | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Bowlegged Lou

Votes: 4,016 | Gross: $19.28M

16. House Party 3 (1994)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

4.1
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Come to a new House Party, where Kid, after a lifetime 'playing the field', falls in love and is about to get married. 'Play' plans to throw the rockin'est bachelor party ever - until '... See full summary »

Director: Eric Meza | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, David Edwards, Angela Means

Votes: 2,736 | Gross: $19.28M

17. Friday (1995)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 83,120 | Gross: $27.47M

18. Barbershop (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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66 Metascore

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 24,658 | Gross: $75.78M

19. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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59 Metascore

Why not spend another day with the crew at Calvin's shop in the South Side of Chicago?

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Queen Latifah

Votes: 11,444 | Gross: $65.11M

20. Love Jones (1997)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher | Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $12.51M

21. The Best Man (1999)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance, a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 7,181 | Gross: $34.10M

22. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.2
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70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 15,575 | Gross: $27.44M

23. Brown Sugar (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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58 Metascore

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey, Nicole Ari Parker

Votes: 6,519 | Gross: $27.36M

24. CB4 (1993)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Music

6.2
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49 Metascore

A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't ... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Chris Elliott

Votes: 7,761 | Gross: $17.95M

25. The Brothers (2001)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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50 Metascore

Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

Director: Gary Hardwick | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 3,512 | Gross: $27.46M

26. Two Can Play That Game (2001)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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35 Metascore

An arrogant career woman plays a series of heartless mind-games with her boyfriend to "put him in line," only to discover that he has a few tricks up his own sleeve.

Director: Mark Brown | Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 4,703 | Gross: $22.24M

27. Hav Plenty (1997)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.5
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Lee Plenty is an almost broke would-be novelist and Havilland Savage is rich and very beautiful woman and his friend. When she invites him to her home for New Year's Eve, they start to ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Scott Cherot | Stars: Christopher Scott Cherot, Chenoa Maxwell, Tammi Katherine Jones, Robinne Lee

Votes: 854 | Gross: $2.30M

28. The Players Club (1998)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

Director: Ice Cube | Stars: LisaRaye McCoy, Dick Anthony Williams, Judyann Elder, Chrystale Wilson

Votes: 4,738 | Gross: $23.03M

29. Harlem Nights (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.0
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16 Metascore

During the 1930s, a New York illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

Director: Eddie Murphy | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello

Votes: 15,798 | Gross: $60.86M

30. Higher Learning (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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54 Metascore

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 15,718 | Gross: $38.29M

31. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon

Votes: 8,044 | Gross: $67.05M

32. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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56 Metascore

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King

Votes: 5,850 | Gross: $37.67M

33. Disappearing Acts (2000 TV Movie)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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A couple in the midst of a tumultuous relationship fight to stay together.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli, Laz Alonso

Votes: 1,375

34. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.6
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62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 93,716 | Gross: $128.81M

35. The Wood (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Sean Nelson

Votes: 7,093 | Gross: $25.05M

36. Something New (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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64 Metascore

Kenya McQueen, an accountant finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Golden Brooks, Fuzzy Fantabulous

Votes: 11,174 | Gross: $11.43M

37. Drumline (2002)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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63 Metascore

A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts

Votes: 29,781 | Gross: $56.40M

38. Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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54 Metascore

The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba

Votes: 10,382 | Gross: $55.18M

39. The Family That Preys (2008)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

5.4
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49 Metascore

Two families from different walks of life learn to work together.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar

Votes: 6,118 | Gross: $37.02M

40. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.5
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Votes: 60,631 | Gross: $103.37M

41. Above the Rim (1994)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.6
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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 11,637 | Gross: $16.04M

42. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.9
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 76,165 | Gross: $68.86M

43. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 69,744 | Gross: $48.17M

44. For Colored Girls (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

6.0
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50 Metascore

Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 6,395 | Gross: $37.72M

45. Antwone Fisher (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 28,605 | Gross: $21.08M

46. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 81,705 | Gross: $50.67M

47. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 38,746 | Gross: $21.55M

48. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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78 Metascore

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle

Votes: 14,571 | Gross: $16.03M

49. The Mighty Quinn (1989)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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71 Metascore

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 3,825 | Gross: $4.56M

50. Big Momma's House (2000)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.1
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33 Metascore

In order to protect a beautiful woman and her son from a robber, a male FBI agent disguises himself as a large grandmother.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington

Votes: 71,736 | Gross: $117.56M

51. Soul Food (1997)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach

Votes: 5,827 | Gross: $43.49M

52. In Too Deep (1999)

R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

6.2
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53 Metascore

Jeff Cole is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati police academy who dreams of working undercover. His wish is granted and through success is given the task of taking down state-wide crack ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Nia Long, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 4,968 | Gross: $14.00M

53. Deliver Us from Eva (2003)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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46 Metascore

Eva Dandridge is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Hardwick | Stars: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Essence Atkins, Duane Martin

Votes: 4,948 | Gross: $17.33M

54. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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36 Metascore

A couple's seemingly solid marriage begins to crumble when the wife discovers that her husband intends to divorce her.

Director: Darren Grant | Stars: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson

Votes: 11,229 | Gross: $50.63M

55. Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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49 Metascore

A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife and her larcenous boy friend... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 6,286 | Gross: $31.34M

56. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 7,112 | Gross: $49.12M

57. The Gospel (2005)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Music

4.4
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46 Metascore

This is a story about a successful young R&B singer that has an unlikely homecoming when his father, the bishop, becomes ill.

Director: Rob Hardy | Stars: Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Idris Elba, Clifton Powell

Votes: 1,873 | Gross: $15.78M

58. Strictly Business (1991)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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Two black friends, one of lighter skin complexion than the other, try to use each other to improve their social and professional positions.

Directors: Kevin Hooks, Rolando Hudson | Stars: Tommy Davidson, Joseph C. Phillips, Anne-Marie Johnson, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 1,521 | Gross: $7.68M

59. Booty Call (1997)

R | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

5.3
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54 Metascore

Two friends who have gone too long without sex set out to get some.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones

Votes: 6,827 | Gross: $20.06M

60. Woo (1998)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

3.9
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Gorgeous and extravert Woo meets insecure and straight-laced law clerk Tim at a blind date.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Duane Martin, Michael Ralph

Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $8.03M

61. A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.7
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An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Lawrence | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Bobby Brown

Votes: 3,460 | Gross: $34.75M

62. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 4,430 | Gross: $29.39M

63. Mo' Money (1992)

R | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.4
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Trying to get his act together, a con artist gets a job in a credit card company. He falls in love with a fellow employee, he steals a couple of cards, everything is going great. But soon, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Damon Wayans, Stacey Dash, Marlon Wayans, Joe Santos

Votes: 5,938 | Gross: $40.23M

64. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 119,427 | Gross: $75.33M

65. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 83,846 | Gross: $58.20M

66. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,377 | Gross: $14.82M

67. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 66,061 | Gross: $98.47M

68. She Hate Me (2004)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

5.3
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28 Metascore

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 6,640 | Gross: $0.37M

69. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.5
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50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,093 | Gross: $2.19M

70. Get on the Bus (1996)

R | 120 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer

Votes: 4,339 | Gross: $5.73M

71. Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris

Votes: 6,665 | Gross: $13.64M

72. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 5,612 | Gross: $7.14M

73. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 345,437 | Gross: $130.16M

74. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 14,444 | Gross: $32.48M

75. Caught Up (1998)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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She caught his eye. He was caught off guard. Now Daryl Allen is caught in the line of fire. After six years behind bars, a reformed street hood(Bokeem Woodbine) puts down his gun and ... See full summary »

Director: Darin Scott | Stars: Bokeem Woodbine, Cynda Williams, Damon Saleem, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 765 | Gross: $6.72M

76. 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: 26,125 | Gross: $47.62M

77. Biker Boyz (2003)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama

4.6
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36 Metascore

A son of the leader of a legendary group of an urban biker gang tries to retain his championship title.

Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 11,600 | Gross: $21.70M

78. Baby Boy (2001)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.4
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55 Metascore

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton | Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding

Votes: 10,644 | Gross: $28.73M

79. Waist Deep (2006)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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37 Metascore

An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, Shawn Parr

Votes: 8,624 | Gross: $21.32M

80. Jumping the Broom (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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56 Metascore

Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.

Director: Salim Akil | Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine

Votes: 8,435 | Gross: $37.30M

81. Poetic Justice (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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51 Metascore

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.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry

Votes: 9,971 | Gross: $27.52M

82. Think Like a Man (2012)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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51 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy

Votes: 37,646 | Gross: $91.55M

83. Beauty Shop (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy

5.5
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53 Metascore

A determined hairstylist (Queen Latifah) competes with her former boss (Kevin Bacon) after opening her own business in Atlanta.

Director: Bille Woodruff | Stars: Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Djimon Hounsou, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 14,379 | Gross: $36.35M

84. B*A*P*S (1997)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

4.1
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Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses).

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Halle Berry, Natalie Desselle Reid, Martin Landau, Ian Richardson

Votes: 3,061 | Gross: $7.24M

85. Deep Cover (1992)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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A cynical drug enforcement agent uses an uniform cop to go undercover and infiltrated a drug smuggling ring.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel, René Assa

Votes: 7,246 | Gross: $16.64M

86. Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.1
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45 Metascore

While planning her family reunion, a pistol-packing grandma must contend with the other dramas on her plate, including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe

Votes: 9,472 | Gross: $63.26M

87. Just Wright (2010)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

5.9
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51 Metascore

A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr.

Votes: 11,230 | Gross: $21.52M

88. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 94,286 | Gross: $47.40M

89. Idlewild (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

6.2
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55 Metascore

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Barber | Stars: André Benjamin, Big Boi, Terrence Howard, Paula Patton

Votes: 4,782 | Gross: $12.55M

90. Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.4
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68 Metascore

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning

Votes: 35,114 | Gross: $22.20M

91. Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo, Andre Royo

Votes: 30,300 | Gross: $49.88M

92. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.1
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45 Metascore

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 38,982 | Gross: $30.98M

93. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

7.9
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In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 2,070

94. Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005 TV Movie)

113 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mel Winkler, Michael Ealy

Votes: 2,358

95. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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51 Metascore

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director: Biyi Bandele | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,440 | Gross: $0.05M

96. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

7.3
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 61,318 | Gross: $44.18M

97. ATL (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.0
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63 Metascore

As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

Director: Chris Robinson | Stars: T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross, Greg Andrews

Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $21.16M

98. South Central (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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 but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Glenn Plummer, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

Votes: 3,898 | Gross: $1.37M

99. Belly (1998)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams | Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins

Votes: 7,745 | Gross: $9.63M

100. Clockers (1995)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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71 Metascore

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 17,794 | Gross: $13.04M