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1. 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: 65,876 | Gross: $27.55M

2. 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: 25,942 | Gross: $47.62M

3. Harlem Nights (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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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: 15,656 | Gross: $60.86M

4. 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: 28,440 | Gross: $21.08M

5. 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: 5,318 | Gross: $7.14M

6. 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: 8,992 | Gross: $16.15M

7. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 16,014 | Gross: $50.50M

8. Sparkle (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Music

5.7
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Salim Akil | Stars: Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke

Votes: 5,357 | Gross: $24.40M

9. Cooley High (1975)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis

Votes: 2,337

10. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 3,627 | Gross: $15.18M

11. Blue Hill Avenue (2001)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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41 Metascore

A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.

Director: Craig Ross Jr. | Stars: Allen Payne, Angelle Brooks, Michael Taliferro, William L. Johnson

Votes: 1,116

12. I Like It Like That (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Luna Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado

Votes: 1,293 | Gross: $1.78M

13. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.3
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Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate

Votes: 3,124 | Gross: $12.41M

14. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.5
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81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,147 | Gross: $1.64M

15. Gayniggers from Outer Space (1992)

26 min | Comedy, Short, Sci-Fi

6.3
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Extraterrestrial beings travel the galaxy to free men "oppressed" by females to make way for an entirely-homosexual society.

Director: Morten Lindberg | Stars: Coco C.P. Dalbert, Sammy Salomon, Gbatokai Dakinah, Konrad Fields

Votes: 5,487

16. Trois (2000)

NC-17 | 93 min | Romance, Thriller

3.9
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Jermaine, a young struggling Atlanta lawyer, decides to spruce up his marriage with Jasmine, who's mentally recovering from an abusive previous relationship, by hiring Jade, a bisexual ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Hardy | Stars: Gary Dourdan, Gretchen Palmer, Kenya Moore, Soloman K. Smith

Votes: 547 | Gross: $1.16M

17. Posse (1993)

R | 111 min | Western

5.5
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A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Stephen Baldwin, Charles Lane, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 3,432 | Gross: $18.29M

18. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,242 | Gross: $0.13M

19. Together for Days (1972)

PG | 84 min | Drama

7.4
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A Black radical activist and a young White woman find themselves drawn to one another during the politically and racially-charged atmosphere of early 1970s America.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Clifton Davis, Lois Chiles, Northern Calloway, Leonard Jackson

Votes: 56

20. Lumumba (2000)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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78 Metascore

The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

Votes: 1,548 | Gross: $0.68M

21. 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: 848 | Gross: $2.30M

22. Losing Ground (1982)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A comedy-drama about a Black American female philosophy professor and her insensitive, philandering, and flamboyant artist husband who are having a marital crisis. When the wife goes off on... See full summary »

Director: Kathleen Collins | Stars: Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, Billie Allen

Votes: 144

23. Sankofa (1993)

125 min | Drama

7.1
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A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah, Nick Medley

Votes: 456 | Gross: $2.69M

24. One Week (2000)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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55 Metascore

A soon-to-be groom learns that he may have contracted HIV. Waiting a full seven days for the test results turns out to be the most hectic week of his life.

Director: Carl Seaton | Stars: Kenny Young, Saadiqa Kamille, Eric Lane, Milauna Jackson

Votes: 213 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Love Come Down (2000)

R | 99 min | Drama

5.9
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Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, ... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Larenz Tate, Deborah Cox, Martin Cummins, Rainbow Francks

Votes: 255

26. Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs (2002)

91 min | Romance, Comedy

6.6
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Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd | Stars: 40 Glocc, Angelle Brooks, David Brown, Qadr Camillo

Votes: 82

27. Baadasssss Cinema (2002 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

6.8
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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles, Elvis Mitchell

Votes: 574

28. 500 Years Later (2005)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

7.0
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Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally - Why? 500 ... See full summary »

Director: Owen Alik Shahadah | Stars: Kolfi Adu, Sona Jobarteh, Hunter Adams III, Hakim Adi

Votes: 176

29. Bugged (1997)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Urban America calls on exterminators to wipe out the unwanted vermin. In BUGGED, the only unwanted vermin is the man! Sexy homemaker Devine (Priscilla K. Basque) hires a whacked-out group ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald K. Armstrong | Stars: Priscilla K. Basque, Ronald K. Armstrong, Jeff Lee, Derek C. Johnson

Votes: 165

30. Personals (1999)

R | 92 min | Romance

5.5
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After a staff writer from a trendy New York magazine loses his job as a result of his dalliances with women, he decides to combine business and pleasure through a piece of free-lance ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Sargent | Stars: Malik Yoba, Stacey Dash, Monteria Ivey, Rhonda Ross Kendrick

Votes: 105

31. How U Like Me Now (1992)

R | 110 min | Drama

6.3
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This multi-layered comedy follows a group of young African Americans as they struggle for both financial and sexual fulfillment in early '90s Chicago. At the center are underachiever Thomas... See full summary »

Director: Darryl Roberts | Stars: Darnell Williams, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Daniel Gardner, Debra Crable

Votes: 39 | Gross: $0.21M

32. Cold Feet (1999)

93 min | Drama, Romance

5.4
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With only three weeks away from his impending marriage, a real estate agent begins to have doubts about his decision to marry his long-time girlfriend, a fashion designer.

Director: Brian Asa Evans | Stars: Chenoa Maxwell, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Brian Asa Evans, Alexandra Foucard

Votes: 56

33. Cordially Invited (2007)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.8
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A couple's dream wedding sets the stage for a cultural clash when their families, from different sides of the tracks, come together for the ceremony.

Director: Michael Fouther | Stars: Freda Payne, Lauren Christie, David Ely, André Gordon

Votes: 28

34. Losing Ground (2008)

95 min | Drama

9.4
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On the outside looking in Clay Howard (Carlus M. Houston) has the perfect life; loving wife and daughter, great job and good friends, he has it all. But on the inside Clay has yet to ... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Anderson | Stars: Carlus Houston, Monyque Thompson Scott, Cynthia Crawford, Donovan Yarbough

Votes: 5

35. Adwa (1999)

97 min | Drama, War

7.5
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In 1896, Ethiopia, an African nation, largely armed with spears and knives, defeats a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization.

Director: Haile Gerima

Votes: 48

36. Baby of the Family (2002)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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From the moment of her birth in a rural black hospital in Georgia, Lena McPherson is recognized by all the nurses as a special child, one with the power to see ghosts and predict the future... See full summary »

Director: Jonee Ansa | Stars: Afrika Ansa, Todd Bridges, Cylk Cozart, Ruby Dee

Votes: 19

37. Love Trap (2005)

Not Rated | 1 min | Drama

6.5
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For most men, temptation in a red dress is just too much to handle. "Love Trap" is a beautiful original feature film that explores the true natures of love and friendship, and what can happen when both are betrayed.

Director: Frank B. Goodin II | Stars: Julius Golden, Noble Lee Lester, Arlicia Love, Reginald Partlow Jr.

Votes: 73

38. Drylongso (1998)

R | 86 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Cauleen Smith | Stars: Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power, Channel Schafer

Votes: 45

39. Up Against the Wall (1991)

PG-13 | Drama

7.7
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A black teen from a Chicago housing project struggles to find acceptance after he transfers into a suburban high school.

Director: Ron O'Neal | Stars: Marla Gibbs, Ron O'Neal, Stoney Jackson, L. Scott Caldwell

Votes: 25

40. Runt (2005)

Not Rated | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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When Christopher confronts his own violent temper which threatens the family life of his wife and children, he flies home to Jamaica and engages in an exorcism of the spirit, from his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Phillip Edwards | Stars: Michael Phillip Edwards, Carl Bradshaw, Nadège August, Patrice Pitman Quinn

Votes: 54

41. Sisters in Cinema (2003)

57 min | Documentary

6.3
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Director: Yvonne Welbon | Stars: Stephanie Allain, Madeline Anderson, Maya Angelou, Neema Barnette

Votes: 24

42. Mighty D-Block (2006 Video)

R | 120 min | Documentary

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Director: Supa Mario | Stars: Bully, Sean Combs, Jae Hood, Jadakiss

43. HipHopBattle.com: Hip Hop 4 Life (2001)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.1
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As Devon prepares for the hiphop battle that will make or break him as an MC his personal relationships feel the effect.

Director: David Velo Stewart | Stars: George Baynard Jr., Michael Bell Sr., Blacknile, Da Boogie Man

Votes: 40

44. Film Hustle (2009)

78 min | Documentary

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The true story of the outrageous grassroots marketing campaign to bring an independent movie to the public. It also includes honest, personal moments and insight into the lives of artists. ... See full summary »

Director: Daron Fordham | Stars: Wong Cook, Bill Duke, Raymond Forchion, Daron Fordham

45. Lucid (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 100 min

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LUCID is the story of four friends that experiment with lucidity. After a few tries at this experiment, the two couple's subconscious desires begin to take on a life of their own and become a driving force of the passion and rage that follow when the line between reality and the dream world blurs.

Director: Candice Archie | Stars: Benjamin S. Davis, Angela Curry, Pierre Dixie, April DeVaughn

46. Jazzy Bell (2015)

34 min | Short, Drama

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Two college students Jasmine Bell and Juwan Miller grow into a love relationship when the two's opposite worlds collide through fate.

Director: Omar Sean Anderson | Stars: Wesley Adams, Omar Sean Anderson, Rontaverous Aribo, Maliyah Desir

47. Caught (2002)

Thriller

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Director: Chontel Crenshaw | Stars: Daniele Gaither, Devika Parikh

48. Dirt, Ground, Earth and Land (1978)

Drama

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49. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Midnight Ramble (1994)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.3
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A documentary about the history of African American race films during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Directors: Pearl Bowser, Bestor Cram | Stars: Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Hall, Elton Fax, Pearl Bowser

Votes: 20