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1. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell | Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

TV-14 | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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83 Metascore

A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman | Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

3. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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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.

Writers: Taylor Hackford, James L. White | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

4. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.6
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63 Metascore

The story of two criminals (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after being sentenced to life imprisonment.

Writers: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone | Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

5. 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.

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

6. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Writers: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Alberto Granado, Jose Rivera | Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mercedes Morán, Jean Pierre Noher

7. Giant (1956)

Approved | 201 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Writers: Edna Ferber, Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat | Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

8. Cadillac Records (2008)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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65 Metascore

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Writer: Darnell Martin | Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, Columbus Short

9. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.9
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77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Writer: John Waters | Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Deborah Harry

10. Far from Heaven (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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84 Metascore

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

Writer: Todd Haynes | Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson

11. My Dog Skip (2000)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family, Sport

7.0
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61 Metascore

A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

Writers: Willie Morris, Gail Gilchriest | Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson

12. 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.

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

13. Iron Jawed Angels (2004 TV Movie)

123 min | Drama, History

7.6
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Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

Writers: Jennifer Friedes, Sally Robinson, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Raymond Singer | Director: Katja von Garnier | Stars: Hilary Swank, Margo Martindale, Anjelica Huston, Frances O'Connor

14. Bad Girls (1999–2006)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.

Creators: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus, Eileen Gallagher | Stars: Victoria Alcock, Kika Mirylees, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

15. The Trip to Bountiful (2014 TV Movie)

Drama

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Carrie Watts begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie, and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for ... See full summary »

Writer: Horton Foote | Director: Michael Wilson | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Clancy Brown

16. Days of Glory (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

7.1
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82 Metascore

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Writers: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle | Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze

17. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

18. Heart of Dixie (1989)

PG | 95 min | Drama

5.2
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Three young sorority women try to find love with potential men, while worrying about changes in their way of life when integration begins at their college in 1957 segregated Alabama.

Writers: Anne Rivers Siddons, Tom McCown | Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, Phoebe Cates, Treat Williams

19. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.2
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry | Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

20. The Long Walk Home (1990)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

Writer: John Cork | Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz, Ving Rhames

21. Liberty Heights (1999)

R | 127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

Writer: Barry Levinson | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Ben Foster

22. The Member of the Wedding (1952)

TV-G | 93 min | Drama

7.2
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A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

Writers: Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt, Carson McCullers | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Arthur Franz

23. The Chocolate War (1988)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.9
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A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Cormier, Keith Gordon | Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wallace Langham, Doug Hutchison

24. Catch a Fire (2006)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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62 Metascore

A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Writer: Shawn Slovo | Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu

25. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

R | 94 min | Drama, History, War

7.5
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather... See full summary »

Writers: Giorgio Bassani, Vittorio Bonicelli, Ugo Pirro | Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi

26. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

7.9
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In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Writer: Ruben Santiago-Hudson | Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Mos Def, Carmen Ejogo

27. Chattahoochee (1989)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.

Writer: James Hicks | Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed

28. Separate But Equal (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 186 min | Drama, History

7.3
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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.

Writer: George Stevens Jr. | Director: George Stevens Jr. | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little

29. Polly (1989 TV Movie)

100 min | Family, Musical

7.9
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An musical adaptation of the book "Pollyanna" set in the 1950's in which an orphan tries to use gladness to unite the people in a small southern town

Writers: William Blinn, Eleanor H. Porter, David Swift | Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad, Dorian Harewood, Barbara Montgomery

30. The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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Based on the life and times of Mangal Pandey, 1857: The Rising is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Writers: Farrukh Dhondy, Ranjit Kapoor | Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

31. A Man Called Adam (1966)

99 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life.

Writers: Lester Pine, Tina Pine | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson

32. Alive in Joburg (2006)

6 min | Short, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Braam Greyling, Godfrey Seome, Dawie Ackermann, Sweetness Hlomza

33. 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 »

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

34. The Syrian Bride (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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70 Metascore

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

Writers: Suha Arraf, Eran Riklis | Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom

35. Hope (1997 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

6.6
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Writer: Kerry Kennedy | Director: Goldie Hawn | Stars: Christine Lahti, Jena Malone, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey D. Sams

36. Yol (1982)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world ... See full summary »

Writer: Yilmaz Güney | Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay

37. The Runaway (2000 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.5
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In a Dixie small-town, the late sheriff was quite content to preside over a truly segregated community. There the rich brothers, Harlan and Mason Davis, are lords. His successor, Word War ... See full summary »

Writers: Terry Kay, Ron Raley | Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Dean Cain, Pat Hingle, Debbi Morgan, Kathryn Erbe

38. The People Speak (2009)

113 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."

Writers: Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn | Directors: Anthony Arnove, Chris Moore, Howard Zinn | Stars: Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson

39. Borstal Boy (2000)

93 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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47 Metascore

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

Writers: Brendan Behan, Nye Heron, Peter Sheridan | Director: Peter Sheridan | Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy, Ian McElhinney

40. Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.3
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78 Metascore

Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.

Writer: Lee Hirsch | Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Duma Ka Ndlovu, Vusi Mahlasela, Walter Cronkite, F.W. de Klerk

41. Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

90 min | Documentary

7.3
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A high school in a small-town in Mississippi prepares for its first integrated senior prom.

Writer: Paul Saltzman | Director: Paul Saltzman | Stars: Highschool Seniors of Charleston, Morgan Freeman

42. The Courage to Love (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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In 19th century New Orleans creole Henriette must choose between love and devotion to the church. Neither choice is going to be easy, as there is great opposition to her ideas of breaking traditions.

Writers: Heather Hale, Toni Ann Johnson | Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Gil Bellows, Karen Williams, Lisa Bronwyn Moore

43. Freedom Song (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Writers: Phil Alden Robinson, Stanley Weiser | Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Danny Glover, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Loretta Devine

44. Eyes on the Prize (1987– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Eugene 'Bull' Connor, Unita Blackwell, James Eastland

45. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.

Writer: Stanley Nelson | Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Raymond Arsenault, Genevieve Houghton, Gordon Carey, Derek Catsam

46. Shadrach (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama

6.4
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »

Writers: William Styron, Susanna Styron, Bridget Terry | Director: Susanna Styron | Stars: Martin Sheen, John Franklin Sawyer, Scott Terra, Ginnie Randall

47. Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.

Writers: Clifton L. Taulbert, Paul W. Cooper | Director: Tim Reid | Stars: Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon, Paula Kelly

48. Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

5.8
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A Louisiana juke joint owner loses her star entertainer and hires a white singer to fill in.

Writer: Julie Hébert | Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Angela Bassett, Kevin Anderson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

49. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the ... See full summary »

Writers: Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany, Amy Hill Hearth, Emily Mann | Director: Lynne Littman | Stars: Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Amy Madigan, Lisa Arrindell Anderson

50. Thurgood (2011 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

7.6
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Prior to his appointment to United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall worked as a lawyer for the NAACP. This one man play tells the story of his role in the civil rights movement and the people that influenced him.

Writer: George Stevens Jr. | Director: Michael Stevens | Star: Laurence Fishburne