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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
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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
 
7.
Jason's Lyric (1994)
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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love... (119 mins.)
Director: Doug McHenry
 
8.
The Inkwell (1994)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Matty Rich
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
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Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful... (124 mins.)
 
12.
October Sky (1999)
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The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
13.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
All About You (2001)
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Two people run from the pain of their broken past. When they discover each other, they find themselves at a crossroad where the only thing that stands between them and a second chance is each other. (100 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
20.
Radio (2003)
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The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Tollin
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Jarhead (2005)
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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Lincoln Heights (2006 TV Series)
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A family moves to a crime-filled area of the heights and tries to help the community and the convicts living there. (60 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
Pride (2007)
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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. (104 mins.)
Director: Sunu Gonera
 
29.
Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
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A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest... (100 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
30.
Under the Same Moon (2007)
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A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away. (106 mins.)
Director: Patricia Riggen
 
31.
Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
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Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city. (88 mins.)
Director: Barry Jenkins
 
32.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
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Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. (102 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
33.
Cadillac Records (2008)
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Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
 
36.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
37.
Just Wright (2010)
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A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. (100 mins.)
Director: Sanaa Hamri
 
38.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
41.
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
 
42.
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
 
43.
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
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42 (2013)
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The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland