Best African American Peformances

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1.
Training Day (2001)
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On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Denzel Washington ” - horne_jeffrey
 
2.
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
“ Jamie Foxx ” - horne_jeffrey
 
3.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
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A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. (124 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Louis Gosslett JR ” - horne_jeffrey
 
4.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Bubba ” - horne_jeffrey
 
5.
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
“ James Earl Jones and Diane Carol ” - horne_jeffrey
 
6.
The River Niger (1976)
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An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet... (105 mins.)
Director: Krishna Shah
“ James Earl Jones ” - horne_jeffrey
 
7.
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
“ Denzel Washington ” - horne_jeffrey
 
8.
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.)
“ MORGAN FREEMAN ” - horne_jeffrey
 
9.
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
“ Morgan Freeman ” - horne_jeffrey
 
10.
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
“ Eddie Murphy ” - horne_jeffrey
 
11.
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences... (120 mins.)
Director: Eriq La Salle
“ Don Cheadle ” - horne_jeffrey
 
12.
Ghost (1990)
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After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. (127 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
“ WHOOPI GOLDBERG ” - horne_jeffrey
 
13.
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
“ TERRANCE HOWARD ” - horne_jeffrey
 
14.
Monster's Ball (2001)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ HALLE BERRY ” - horne_jeffrey
 
15.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ MORGAN FREEMAN ” - horne_jeffrey
 
16.
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.)
“ SAMUEL JACKSON ” - horne_jeffrey
 
17.
Sparkle (2012)
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In the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. (116 mins.)
Director: Salim Akil
“ MIKE EPPS ” - horne_jeffrey
 
18.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ DENZEL WASHINGTON ” - horne_jeffrey
 
19.
Men of Honor (2000)
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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him. (129 mins.)
“ CUBA GOODING JR ” - horne_jeffrey
 
20.
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
“ KUNTA ” - horne_jeffrey
 
21.
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
“ Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut ” - horne_jeffrey
 
22.
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.)
“ Wesley Snipes ” - horne_jeffrey
 
23.
Sugar Hill (1993)
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Hardened, uncomprimising drug dealer Roemello Skuggs decides to quit his scumbag profession so he may start a new life with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Leon Ichaso
“ Wesley Snipes ” - horne_jeffrey
 
24.
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
“ Robert Townsend, Leon, and other African American stars ” - horne_jeffrey
 
25.
The Temptations (1998 TV Series)
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations. (175 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
“ Leon and African American stars ” - horne_jeffrey
 
26.
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
“ Cuba Gooding Jr ” - horne_jeffrey
 
27.
Crooklyn (1994)
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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn. (115 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Alfre Woodward and Delroy Lindo ” - horne_jeffrey
 
28.
Holiday Heart (2000 TV Movie)
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A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
“ Ving Thames and Alfre Woodward ” - horne_jeffrey
 
29.
Sometimes in April (2005 TV Movie)
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Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide. (140 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck