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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 187,470

2. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 317,851 | Gross: $169.71M

3. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 560,131 | Gross: $148.09M

4. 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: 110,111 | Gross: $75.31M

5. 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: 78,990 | Gross: $58.18M

6. 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: 49,208

7. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 72,077 | Gross: $106.59M

8. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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87 Metascore

An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 38,178 | Gross: $1.58M

9. In Living Color (1990–1994)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 7,208

10. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 24,503

11. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 19,378 | Gross: $37.77M

12. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 17,670 | Gross: $15.69M

13. Balls of Fury (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

5.3
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38 Metascore

Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, Randy Daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when FBI Agent Ernie Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend Feng.

Director: Robert Ben Garant | Stars: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q

Votes: 35,347 | Gross: $32.88M

14. Mystery Road (2013)

121 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson

Votes: 3,490

15. Crazy in Alabama (1999)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Director: Antonio Banderas | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty

Votes: 5,907 | Gross: $1.95M

16. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Unrated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 28,873 | Gross: $56.70M

17. Clockers (1995)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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71 Metascore

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 16,587 | Gross: $13.04M

18. Truth Be Told (2015)

21 min | Comedy

6.0
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A look at the life of two best friends, a meek politically correct Caucasian ethics professor and an easy-going African American, and their families.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell, Vanessa Lachey, Bresha Webb

Votes: 1,117

19. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 8,516 | Gross: $13.05M

20. Sommersby (1993)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.1
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A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Lanny Flaherty, Wendell Wellman

Votes: 15,411 | Gross: $50.08M

21. A.C.A.B. (2012)

112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A look at the controversial riot cops unit, told through the stories of three veteran cops and a young recruit.

Director: Stefano Sollima | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Filippo Nigro, Marco Giallini, Andrea Sartoretti

Votes: 5,226

22. Any Day Now (1998–2002)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (... See full summary »

Stars: Annie Potts, Lorraine Toussaint, Chris Mulkey, Olivia Friedman

Votes: 470

23. American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

7.1
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56 Metascore

A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,045 | Gross: $0.55M

24. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

6.8
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Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 1,629

25. The Greatest (1977)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

5.8
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Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatised version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, John Marley, Lloyd Haynes

Votes: 796

26. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,195

27. Q & A (1990)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 3,857 | Gross: $11.21M

28. A Family Thing (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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71 Metascore

Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 2,672 | Gross: $10.12M

29. Love Thy Neighbour (1972–1976)

30 min | Comedy

7.0
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A white, working-class, socialist has his world turned upside down when a black, educated, Tory moves in next door.

Stars: Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, Kate Williams

Votes: 348

30. Putney Swope (1969)

R | 84 min | Comedy

6.9
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Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Downey Sr. | Stars: Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Archie Russell

Votes: 1,954

31. The Glass Shield (1994)

PG-13 | 109 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson

Votes: 2,793 | Gross: $3.31M

32. Hi, Mom! (1970)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Lara Parker, Charles Durning

Votes: 3,167

33. The Breaks (1999)

R | 86 min | Comedy

6.1
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A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Meza | Stars: Anthony Anderson, Isaiah Barnes, Max Becker, Paula Bel

Votes: 989

34. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.2
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A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

Votes: 1,929 | Gross: $4.20M

35. The Landlord (1970)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,490

36. Conrack (1974)

PG | 106 min | Drama

7.3
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Tina Andrews

Votes: 1,249

37. Gone Too Far (2013)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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GONE TOO FAR follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are. Yemi can't wait for ... See full summary »

Director: Destiny Ekaragha | Stars: Malachi Kirby, Adelayo Adedayo, Shanika Warren-Markland, Bhasker Patel

Votes: 182

38. Black Like Me (1964)

105 min | Drama

6.8
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Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South.

Director: Carl Lerner | Stars: James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Al Freeman Jr.

Votes: 423

39. Perfect Harmony (1991 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Family, Music

7.5
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In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he ... See full summary »

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Peter Scolari, Darren McGavin, Catherine Mary Stewart, Moses Gunn

Votes: 366

40. The Affair (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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A black soldier in World War II England begins an affair with a white woman whose husband is a soldier currently overseas in battle and in doubts of her relationship with him as she ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Kerry Fox, Leland Gantt, Ned Beatty

Votes: 331

41. The Learning Tree (1969)

M | 107 min | Drama

7.2
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The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar

Votes: 599

42. Jasper, Texas (2003 TV Movie)

R | 114 min | Drama

6.4
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In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd | Stars: Roy T. Anderson, Demore Barnes, John Bayliss, James Bearden

Votes: 368

43. Bridge to the Sun (1961)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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Based on a true story, this compelling drama relates the difficulties of a young woman married to a Japanese diplomat during World War II, victim of suspicion and animosity from her husband's government.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 547

44. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 1,136

45. The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A Southern lawyer uncovers the truth about a slain undertaker.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lola Falana

Votes: 473

46. Carolina Skeletons (1991 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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After a long time in the army, an Afro-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando believes... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Melissa Leo, Paul Roebling

Votes: 267

47. Hope (1997 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

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During the early 1960s, Kate is faced with a dreary small-town existence, surrounded by her mother, who is a stroke victim, and her bigoted Uncle Ray, who owns a theatre. When a black ... See full summary »

Director: Goldie Hawn | Stars: Christine Lahti, Jena Malone, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey D. Sams

Votes: 388

48. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter

Votes: 560

49. ...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

G | 100 min | Drama, Action

6.6
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Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredric March, Lynn Carlin

Votes: 667

50. Collar (I) (2016)

Not Rated | Crime, Drama

Timothy James 'TJ' Williams (David Wilson) is a streetwise detective whose checkered career, family life and long standing friendship with the would-be mayor, police chief Hamilton Markham ... See full summary »

Director: David Wilson | Stars: Tom Sizemore, David Wilson, Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Roundtree