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1. The Equalizer (2014)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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57 Metascore

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour

Votes: 250,905 | Gross: $101.53M

2. Rosewood (2015–2017)

42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Miami pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., finds secrets in people's bodies using his state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

Stars: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle

Votes: 5,267

3. 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: 339,148 | Gross: $130.13M

4. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 169,498 | Gross: $115.65M

5. Deja Vu (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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59 Metascore

After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer

Votes: 254,904 | Gross: $64.03M

6. The Book of Eli (2010)

R | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Gary Oldman

Votes: 242,606 | Gross: $94.82M

7. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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52 Metascore

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 175,327 | Gross: $126.15M

8. The Haves and the Have Nots (2013– )

42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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The Haves and the Have Nots is a prime time cable Drama Show writer by Tyler Perry, focusing on the interacting lives of the Rich Cryer and Harrington families, and the poor Young family. ... See full summary »

Stars: Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal R. Fox, Angela Robinson

Votes: 2,046

9. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 277,453 | Gross: $93.75M

10. 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: 64,339 | Gross: $94.18M

11. Insecure (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Amanda Seales, Natasha Rothwell

Votes: 3,754

12. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 90,395 | Gross: $65.95M

13. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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44 Metascore

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada

Votes: 128,024 | Gross: $140.08M

14. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 134,362 | Gross: $234.76M

15. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 106,109 | Gross: $26.83M

16. 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: 116,702 | Gross: $75.31M

17. Unstoppable (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Thriller

6.8
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69 Metascore

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee

Votes: 158,221 | Gross: $81.56M

18. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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66 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 109,621 | Gross: $90.40M

19. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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55 Metascore

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj

Votes: 158,565 | Gross: $65.45M

20. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Approved | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 53,248

21. The Perfect Guy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

5.6
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36 Metascore

After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

Director: David M. Rosenthal | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell

Votes: 7,590 | Gross: $57.02M

22. 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: 82,312 | Gross: $58.18M

23. War Room (2015)

PG | 120 min | Drama

6.4
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26 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore

Votes: 9,979 | Gross: $67.79M

24. Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013– )

21 min | Comedy

7.7
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Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart's attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends.

Stars: Kevin Hart, Duane Martin, Nick Cannon, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

Votes: 3,529

25. House of Payne (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

3.4
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A multi-generational family lives together under one roof.

Stars: LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis, Allen Payne

Votes: 5,382

26. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

Votes: 89,627 | Gross: $153.67M

27. For Better or Worse (2011– )

22 min | Comedy, Drama

4.3
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Follows the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela.

Stars: Cocoa Brown, Kent Faulcon, Brad James, Jason Olive

Votes: 1,006

28. 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: 6,962 | Gross: $49.12M

29. 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: 14,113 | Gross: $32.48M

30. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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46 Metascore

Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery

Votes: 11,294 | Gross: $42.17M

31. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 49,772 | Gross: $30.23M

32. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 14,096 | Gross: $39.10M

33. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.4
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22 Metascore

Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls school to flush out a killer.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Michelle Ang

Votes: 21,050 | Gross: $37.91M

34. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 13,334 | Gross: $21.76M

35. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

4.9
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26 Metascore

An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Kim Kardashian West

Votes: 10,383 | Gross: $51.95M

36. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 12,852

37. Boat Trip (2002)

R | 94 min | Comedy

4.9
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18 Metascore

Two straight men mistakenly end up on a "gays only" cruise.

Director: Mort Nathan | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Roselyn Sanchez, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 27,387 | Gross: $8.59M

38. Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007– )

TV-Y | 23 min | Family

6.8
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Yo Gabba Gabba! is a fun live-action program for young children ages 1 and up. Join our host DJ Lance Rock as he introduces us to friendly toy monsters in a magical land full of music, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lance Robertson, Amos Watene, Erin Pearce, Christian Jacobs

Votes: 1,104

39. 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: 6,302 | Gross: $37.72M

40. 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: 6,429 | Gross: $13.64M

41. 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: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

Votes: 3,729 | Gross: $1.37M

42. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Queen Latifah, Bryan Greenberg, Michael Kenneth Williams, Tika Sumpter

Votes: 3,094

43. Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

4.9
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42 Metascore

A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold

Votes: 7,839 | Gross: $65.62M

44. Steel Magnolias (2012 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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Six Louisiana women (Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard) gather at a beauty salon for their daily dose of female bonding.

Director: Kenny Leon | Stars: Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Condola Rashad

Votes: 1,600

45. Not Easily Broken (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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43 Metascore

A car accident and shifting affections test the bond between a married couple.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart

Votes: 2,430 | Gross: $10.57M

46. 35 and Ticking (2011)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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A romantic comedy which looks at a group of thirty-somethings trying to figure out life, love and marriage.

Director: Russ Parr | Stars: Tamala Jones, Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart, Keith Robinson

Votes: 1,208

47. On Our Own (1994–1995)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Comedy/sitcom that aired on ABC in the early '90s. Seven siblings (the Jerrico family) are left orphaned by a tragic accident. To avoid being split up and put into foster care, the eldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Louis Harris, Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jussie Smollett

Votes: 133

48. Madea's Family Reunion (2002 Video)

134 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

4.3
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Just as Madea buries her sister, she must get ready for her granddaughter, Lisa, coming to get married at the house. As Madea must endure the craziness of her neighbor, Leroy Brown, and the... See full summary »

Directors: Tyler Perry, Elvin Ross | Stars: Tyler Perry, Isaac Caree, Sonya T. Evans, D'Atra Hicks

Votes: 1,139

49. Love Thy Neighbor (2013– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

4.2
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From Tyler Perry's plays, gun-toting Grandma Hattie has been given her own sitcom. Managing the Love Train Diner with her brother-in-law Floyd, she dishes out justice in the best way; with love.

Stars: Jonathan Chase, Palmer Williams Jr., Patrice Lovely, Kendra C. Johnson

Votes: 550

50. Up, Up, and Away! (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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The only normal member of a super-powered family feels left out and confused until he has the chance to use a talent of his own to save everyone.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael J. Pagan, Alex Datcher, Sherman Hemsley

Votes: 1,382