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1. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 109,133 | Gross: $169.37M

2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 494,485 | Gross: $56.67M

3. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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89 Metascore

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 68,687 | Gross: $52.07M

4. The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 94,040 | Gross: $116.63M

5. 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: 106,458 | Gross: $26.83M

6. 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: 68,366 | Gross: $48.17M

7. 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: 8,985 | Gross: $2.19M

8. Fly (2018– )

Action, Drama, Romance | Announced

Inspired by the real life situation of the first all African-American females to crew a commercial flight, FLY chronicles the lives of 4 young black women in 2009 living in Atlanta as they ... See full summary »

Stars: Tatyana Ali, Bruce Boxleitner, Cristián de la Fuente, Gary LeRoi Gray

9. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

88 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, Elizabeth Acker, Melissa Bisagni

Votes: 1,557 | Gross: $0.11M

10. Black Wall Street (2018)

Biography, Drama | Announced

As the nation is ignited in extreme racism, Negros from across the country seek prosperity in the Promised Land, Tulsa, Oklahoma,

Director: Dennis Delemar | Star: Yasmine Mejia

11. Freedom Road (1979 TV Movie)

186 min | Drama

5.9
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Muhammad Ali, in a rare acting role, plays Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave in 1870's Virginia who gets elected to the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. and battles other former slaves and white ... See full summary »

Director: Ján Kadár | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Kris Kristofferson, Ron O'Neal, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 108

12. Hate Crimes in the Heartland (2015)

60 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.9
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"Hate Crimes in the Heartland," a feature documentary explores the 250,000 hate crimes committed in America each year through the powerful stories of two crimes committed in Tulsa, Oklahoma... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Lyon | Stars: Dewey Bartlett, Warren G. Blakney Sr., Clark Brewster, David Hall

Votes: 49

13. Assata aka Joanne Chesimard (2008)

93 min | Drama

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Assata Shakur, the firebrand revolutionary Black Panther, was falsely convicted and sentenced to life in a widely publicized case involving a 1973 shootout on the NJ Turnpike, which ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Baker | Stars: Will Blagrove, Rick Borgia, J.D. Brown, Kathleen Cleaver

14. Brother Future (1991 TV Movie)

103 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.1
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A young street rapper is transported back in time to the pre-Civil War South, where he finds himself in the middle of a slave revolt.

Director: Roy Campanella II | Stars: Phillip David Lewis, Carl Lumbly, Michael Burgess, Akosua Busia

Votes: 134

15. The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story (2000 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

8.3
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This is a Documentary of the infamous Tulsa Massacre of 1921, locally called "The Tulsa Race Riot." Most of the Black section of town was burned and many Black citizens were murdered by ... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael Wilkerson | Stars: Roscoe Lee Browne, Nell Carter, Bill Cosby, Rocky Frisco

Votes: 11

16. Before They Die! (2008)

92 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.8
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This is the story of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, the worst case of domestic terrorism in American history. It is about the few remaining survivors and their fight for justice and ... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Turner, St. Clair Bourne, J. Denise Clement, Michael Hausfeld, John Rogers | Stars: Franklyn Ajaye, Otis Clark, Olivia Hooker, Charles Ogletree

Votes: 8

17. Sud (1999)

71 min | Documentary

6.8
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A documentary examining the effect of a man dragged to death on the residents in Jasper, Texas.

Director: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 148

18. 1968 (2017)

7 min | Short, Drama, History

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After being badly injured as a result of police brutality, a member of the Black Radical Movement is sheltered in a warehouse by a wealthy college student and Marxist. The two young ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Rota | Stars: Warren Belle, Dan Krantz, Richard D. Leko, Daniel Krmpotic

19. The Making of a Judge (2010 TV Movie)

49 min | Documentary

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The story of The Honourable Justice George E. Carter as told by his daughter Linda V. Carter. Ms. Carter narrates and moderates conversations with her father and his peers as they talk of ... See full summary »

Director: Linda V. Carter | Stars: Doris Brooks, Evan Carter, George E. Carter, Maryce Carter

20. 11-04-08: The Day of Change (2009 TV Movie)

30 min | History

6.4
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Director: Ulysses Porter Brown | Stars: Laila Ali, Tatyana Ali, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Curtis Conway

Votes: 8

21. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

68 min | Documentary

8.7
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Faubourg Treme documents the enduring legacy of one of the United States' oldest African American communities, an area just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Director: Dawn Logsdon | Stars: Glen David Andrews, Harold Evans, Eric Foner, John Hope Franklin

Votes: 62

22. Cracker Crazy: Invisible Histories of the Sunshine State (2007)

93 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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Renegade filmmaker Georg Koszulinski takes on Florida's history from a decidedly different point of view. Blending archival and original footage, he brings to life a cast of historical ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Koszulinski | Stars: Scott Camil, Renee Cranford, Georg Koszulinski, Shamrock McShane

Votes: 50

23. A Time to Be Remembered (A Juneteenth Story) (1997)

58 min | History

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A Time to be Remembered is a documentary film about slavery in America and the people and events that led to slavery's abolition. Included in the film is the history of famous real people ... See full summary »

Stars: Carry Farley, Mary Galde, Gail Fisher, Etha Gray

24. Sammy-Gate (2016)

Biography

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A dark political satire about how Sammy Davis, Jr. caused Watergate.

Director: Noel Lawrence | Stars: Richard Beatty, Phil Proctor, Peter Henry Schroeder, Durga McBroom

25. Walls That Bleed (2011)

109 min | Documentary, Biography, History | Post-production

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Corrupt Politics is the origin of a Revolution! This documentary tells the story of the 1969 Dudley-A&T Uprising. This event will go down as the most successful student-lead revolt in the history of the United States.

Director: Michael Williams

26. 68 (2008 TV Movie)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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From Washington to Saigon, Rome to Mexico, Paris to London, a wave of demonstrations shakes the world. 68 travels back in time to war torn Vietnam, freed and occupied Prague, Paris demonstrating, revolution in the Americas.

Director: Patrick Rotman | Stars: Edouard Balladur, The Beatles, Claude Berri, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 50

27. Walter Tull: Forgotten Hero (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

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Director: John MacLaverty | Stars: Nicholas R. Bailey, Garth Crooks, Phil Vasili, Hakim Adi

28. Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Director: Tylon Usavior Washington | Stars: Jonathan Adelstein, Cody Anderson, Pat Atwell, Chuck D.

Votes: 5

29. The First Black Britons (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | History

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Director: Cath Sheehan | Stars: Charles Abomeli, Rick Bacon, Jim Barclay, Alister Barton

30. Nuttin Bafflin (2011)

68 min | Documentary

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A small community of 5000 former slaves on a tiny island in the North Eastern Caribbean, mold the accidents of history with their struggle for survival and develop a unique brand of boat ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Wilmarth

31. Reparations... Who Should Pay? (2009)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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'Reparations ... Who Should Pay?' examines the history of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. It boldly acknowledges that the U.S. could have had many black presidents ... See full summary »

Director: Nina May

32. A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary, History, War

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The role of African American soldiers during the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy.

Star: Josh Harraway

Votes: 9

33. From Selma to New York (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Director: Monika Watkins | Star: Dabney Montgomery

34. I is Proper (2017)

4 min | Short

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Directors: Jesse Camper, Chris Kennedy | Stars: Jesse Camper, Chris Kennedy

35. The Dancing Man (1992)

58 min | Documentary

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When adolescent Clayton Bates lost his leg in a cotton gin accident, he thought his dreams of dancing were over. His life story shows amazing spirit and athleticism, and an incredible ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Davidson | Stars: Peg Leg Bates, James 'Buster' Brown, Ralph Brown, Ruth Brown

36. A Defining Moment: Four Tuskegee Airmen and the Inauguration of Barack Obama (2011)

Documentary

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Overcoming the history of racism and legacy of inequality, four men from across the nation will make the journey to witness first-hand what they never dared to dream. On January 20, 2009, a... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Rubeck, Monika Watkins | Stars: Brandon Craig, William T. Fauntroy, Dabney Montgomery, Barack Obama

37. #HeroIsTheNewBlack! (2015)

2 min | Short

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Director: Christi Luv | Star: Christi Luv

38. Black History Month 2010 (2010– )

History

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39. Black Theory (2014)

5 min | Short

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a film piece that takes a look at the recent Ferguson uproar and other racism in the media. The film is about an African American man who gets a little lost in his own head as he watches ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Williams II

40. Did You Know? Well You Should! (1988)

G | 60 min | Documentary

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Celebrate Black History with an hour-long special, highlighting the people, places and events, from the past to the present, and from near and far, that have had a significant impact on ... See full summary »

Director: Trudy Perkins | Stars: Trudy Perkins, Christi Luv, Jim R. Coleman, Robb Edward Morris

41. By Poison (2006)

11 min | Short

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Phillis and Mark are two souls trapped in limbo. Two servants in 1755 Boston occupying an ominous and dynamic landscape, struggle to make sense of the memories of their past lives. Who were... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Ward | Stars: Frances Uku, Emanuel Ward

42. The Tell-Tale Heart (I) (2006)

15 min | Animation, Short, Horror

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A slaves memories of repressed abuse at the hands of his master fuels him to murder.

Director: Lawrence 'Law' Watford | Stars: Dave Hobbs, Antwon Smallwood

43. Dramatic Moments in Black Sports History (1995 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Sport

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Highlighting the achievements of seven athletes who helped changed the perspective of what was possible for African Americans both in the United States and around the world. The athletes ... See full summary »

Director: Darryl Pitts | Stars: Hank Aaron, William Cayton, Ossie Davis, Vince Evans

44. From Betty to Barack (2009)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Vasco Dones

45. Robin Campbell: Old Fella Now, Memories of a Muruwarr (1978)

Documentary, Short

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Old Robin Campbell lives in a humpy beside the Barwon river outside Brewarrina township. The last language speaker of the Murawarri , he talks about his early days on the land and recalls the legend of the Blue Crane Lady.

Director: Alec Morgan | Stars: Robin Campbell, Charlie, Albert Coffey, Clancy Coffey

46. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2014)
Episode: Episode #21.104 (2013)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Director: Anthony Caleca | Stars: Jay Leno, Rickey Minor, Steve Carell, Joey King

47. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2015)
Episode: Episode #7.98 (2011)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Director: Brian McAloon | Stars: Craig Ferguson, Cornel West, George Clinton, The P-Funk All-Stars

48. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Frederick Douglass (1996)

Documentary, Biography

8.0
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The life, times, and accomplishments of American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

Director: Craig Haffner | Stars: Thomas Battle, David W. Blight, Peter Graves, William Gwaltney

Votes: 50

49. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994)

150 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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Director: Orlando Bagwell | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Sharon 10X, Benjamin 2X, Mohmaed Al-Faysal

Votes: 114

50. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
Episode: The Ethnic Tip (1991)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy

7.4
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Will proposes a black history class be instituted at Bel-Air Academy, and gets a surprise when Aunt Viv arrives to teach it.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 244