Amazon’s Black Employee Network Recommended Watching

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1. 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: 644,330 | Gross: $56.67M

Available to Stream on Hulu

2. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.3
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83 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 32,216

Available to Stream on Netflix

3. A Bronx Tale (1993)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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80 Metascore

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra

Votes: 128,897 | Gross: $17.27M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

4. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.0
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87 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 7,281

Available to Stream on TCM, Available to Rent on Prime Video

5. Africa's Great Civilizations (2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

6.7
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Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a fresh look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malik Kaddu, Fabio Abraham, George Lamptey

Votes: 172

Available to Buy on Prime Video

6. America to Me (2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

7.2
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Follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of a year.

Stars: Charles Donalson Jr., Ke'Shawn Kumsa, Grant Lee, Kendale McCoy

Votes: 356

Available to Stream on Prime Video with a STARZ Add-On Subscription

7. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 1,039,249 | Gross: $6.72M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

8. American Son (2019)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama

5.7
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34 Metascore

An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

Director: Kenny Leon | Stars: Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Eugene Lee

Votes: 6,298

Available to Stream on Netflix

9. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (II) (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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68 Metascore

A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.

Director: Freida Lee Mock | Stars: Jill Abramson, Joe Biden, John Carr, Orrin Hatch

Votes: 454

Available to Stream on Prime Video

10. Becoming (II) (2020)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

6.8
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66 Metascore

Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others during her 2019 book tour for 'Becoming.'

Director: Nadia Hallgren | Stars: Adrian K. Collins, Gayle King, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Votes: 5,631

Available to Stream on Netflix

11. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), of Royal Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) is raised by aristocratic Great-uncle Lord William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in eighteenth century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 28,346 | Gross: $10.73M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

12. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary

7.3
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Documentary with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. chronicles the triumphs, struggles and contradictions of the last fifty years in African American History.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr., Nas, Cornel West

Votes: 72

Available to Stream on PBS

13. Black Earth Rising (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

7.5
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Kate is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose adoptive mother, an international lawyer, faces a case that will shake their lives.

Stars: John Goodman, Michaela Coel, Noma Dumezweni, Lucian Msamati

Votes: 4,005

Available to Stream on Netflix

14. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 126,902 | Gross: $57.50M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

15. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.7
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77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 9,252 | Gross: $2.65M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

16. Chisholm '72 (2004)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.1
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73 Metascore

A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy

Votes: 241

Available to Stream on Prime Video

17. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Madge Sinclair

Votes: 765

Available on DVD and Blu-ray

18. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

7.4
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88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen T. Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba, Edwin Raymond

Votes: 578 | Gross: $0.02M

Available to Stream on Hulu

19. Crown Heights (2017)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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64 Metascore

When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Luke Forbes

Votes: 2,091 | Gross: $0.24M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

20. Dear White People (2017–2021)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Stars: Antoinette Robertson, Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell, DeRon Horton

Votes: 22,381

Available to Stream on Netflix

21. Dear White People (2014)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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79 Metascore

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 24,412 | Gross: $4.40M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

22. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

8.4
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81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty-hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation-owner in Mississippi.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,367,103 | Gross: $162.81M

Available to Stream on Netflix

23. Do Not Resist (2016)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.0
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69 Metascore

An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Director: Craig Atkinson | Stars: Richard Berk, James Comey, Dave Grossman, Rand Paul

Votes: 1,088 | Gross: $0.07M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

24. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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93 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: 90,443 | Gross: $27.55M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

25. Eyes on the Prize (1987–1990)

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, C.T. Vivian

Votes: 522

Available to Buy on Prime Video

26. February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary

7.0
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February One tells the inspiring story surrounding the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins that revitalized the Civil Rights Movement and set an example for student militancy of the coming decade.

Stars: Christopher Robinson, Rondrell McCormick, William Jamaal Primus, O. Stephone Ingram

Votes: 81

Available to Stream on Peacock, Available to Rent on Prime Video

27. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Cory Booker

Votes: 775

Available to Stream on PBS and DIRECTV

28. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 53,000 | Gross: $20.76M

Available to Stream on Netflix

29. Freedom Riders (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.

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

Votes: 291

Available to Rent on Prime Video

30. Freedom Summer (2014)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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A look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Karin Kunstler Goldman, Julian Bond, Peggy Jean Connor, Dudley Connor

Votes: 162

Available to Stream on Kanopy

31. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 76,165 | Gross: $16.10M

Available to Stream on Netflix

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

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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63 Metascore

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: 39,951 | Gross: $56.70M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

33. Hair Love (2019)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4
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A father tries to do his daughter's hair for the first time.

Directors: Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce W. Smith | Star: Issa Rae

Votes: 5,402

Available to Watch on YouTube

34. Harriet (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Votes: 20,316

Available to Stream on HBO Max

35. Higher Learning (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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54 Metascore

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 18,210 | Gross: $38.29M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

36. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 24,528 | Gross: $7.83M

Available to Stream on HBO Max

37. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

7.6
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A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning.

Director: Xavier Burgin | Stars: Rusty Cundieff, Ernest R. Dickerson, Robin R. Means Coleman, Jordan Peele

Votes: 1,267

Available to Stream on Prime Video with a Shudder Add-On Subscription

38. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 19,874 | Gross: $7.12M

Available to Stream on Prime Video and Hulu

39. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 42,863 | Gross: $14.92M

Available to Stream on Hulu

40. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.1
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Jimi Hendrix talking about how he became who he is.

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Bootsy Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell

Votes: 454

Available to Buy on Prime Video

41. Juice (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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60 Metascore

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, Khalil Kain

Votes: 24,220 | Gross: $20.15M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

42. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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68 Metascore

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Charlie Pye Jr.

Votes: 48,281

Available to Stream on HBO Max

43. Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 62 min | Comedy

5.5
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Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes in this entertaining and educational comedy special.

Director: Tom Stern | Stars: Steve Agee, Derek Basco, Brad Berryhill, Kirk Bovill

Votes: 1,187

Available to Stream on Netflix

44. King In The Wilderness (2018)

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary

8.0
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97 Metascore

A look at the final years in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Director: Peter W. Kunhardt

Votes: 620

Available to Stream on HBO Max

45. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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66 Metascore

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Bart Bartholomew

Votes: 5,726

Available to Stream on Hulu

46. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 151,650 | Gross: $0.31M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

47. Les Misérables (2019)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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78 Metascore

A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.

Director: Ladj Ly | Stars: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica

Votes: 19,801

Available to Stream on Prime Video

48. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017)

TV-MA | 144 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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92 Metascore

An in-depth look at the culture of Los Angeles in the ten years leading up to the 1992 uprising that erupted after the verdict of police officers cleared of beating Rodney King.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: Daryl Gates, Tom Bradley, Damian 'Football' Williams, Tim Goldman

Votes: 670

Available to Stream on Netflix

49. Lionheart (2018)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

5.7
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Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father is forced to take a step back due to health issues.

Director: Genevieve Nnaji | Stars: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu

Votes: 1,309

Available to Stream on Netflix

50. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.2
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70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 18,934 | Gross: $27.44M

Available to Stream on Hulu

51. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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73 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: 86,583 | Gross: $48.17M

Available to Stream on HBO Max

52. Maya Angelou And Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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66 Metascore

The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Guy Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Don Martin

Votes: 500

Available to Rent on Prime Video

53. Menace II Society (1993)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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76 Metascore

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda

Votes: 52,329 | Gross: $27.90M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

54. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 88,849 | Gross: $34.60M

Available to Stream on Prime Video with a Cinemax Add-On Subscription

55. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 275,955 | Gross: $27.85M

Available to Stream on Netflix

56. Pariah (I) (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

7.2
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79 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Pernell Walker

Votes: 6,149 | Gross: $0.76M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

57. Pass Over (2018)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

5.7
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76 Metascore

Two young men pass the time dreaming of the promised land.

Directors: Spike Lee, Danya Taymor | Stars: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

Votes: 792

Available to Stream on Prime Video

58. Poetic Justice (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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51 Metascore

In this movie, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice (Janet Jackson), a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry

Votes: 12,962 | Gross: $27.52M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

59. Queen (1993)

282 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann-Margret, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Daly, Ossie Davis

Votes: 1,402

Available to Buy on Prime Video

60. Queen & Slim (2019)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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74 Metascore

A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Director: Melina Matsoukas | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 24,822

Available to Stream on HBO Max

61. Queen Sono (2020– )

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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A drama about a secret agent who fights crime while dealing with crises in her personal life.

Stars: Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende

Votes: 993

Available to Stream on Netflix

62. Rosewood (1997)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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71 Metascore

A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill

Votes: 7,445 | Gross: $13.10M

Available to Stream on HBO Max

63. School Daze (1988)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.0
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52 Metascore

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kyme

Votes: 6,525 | Gross: $14.55M

Available to Stream on Netflix

64. Second Coming (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

5.2
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A look at the life and struggles of a family living in London.

Director: Debbie Tucker Green | Stars: Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba, Kai Francis Lewis, Sharlene Whyte

Votes: 518

Available to Stream on Tubi

65. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)

TV-MA | 191 min | Drama

7.3
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The inspiring story of trailblazing African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America's first female self-made millionaire.

Stars: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Kevin Carroll

Votes: 9,244

Available to Stream on Netflix

66. Selma (2014)

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

7.5
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80 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'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, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,883 | Gross: $52.08M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

67. Seven Seconds (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.

Stars: Clare-Hope Ashitey, Michael Mosley, David Lyons, Russell Hornsby

Votes: 13,299

Available to Stream on Netflix

68. She Did That (2019 Video)

71 min | Documentary

6.7
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An extension of Renae Bluitt's In Her Shoes blog, "She Did That." offers an intimate peek inside the lives of four Black women who continuously raise the glass ceiling for future ... See full summary »

Directors: Renae Bluitt, Sterling Milan | Stars: Luvvie Ajayi, Fifi Bell, Renae Bluitt, Melissa Butler

Votes: 36

Available to Stream on Netflix

69. Skin (I) (2018)

R | 21 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Danielle Macdonald, Ashley Thomas, Jackson Robert Scott

Votes: 3,874

Available to Stream on Prime Video

70. South Central (1992)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A former gangster fresh out of prison wants to change his life for the better and must save his 10 year old son who has already chosen a gang life.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Glenn Plummer, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

Votes: 5,147 | Gross: $1.37M

Available to Buy on Prime Video

71. Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement (2016)

Documentary

3.9
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Documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Director: Laurens Grant | Stars: Patrisse Cullors, Michaela Angela Davis, Johnetta Elzie, Alicia Garza

Votes: 87

Available to Buy on Prime Video

72. Street Flow (2019)

TV-MA | 96 min | Crime

6.4
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Three brothers try to survive on the streets of a tough French suburb.

Directors: Kery James, Leïla Sy | Stars: Kery James, Jammeh Diangana, Bakary Diombera, Chloé Jouannet

Votes: 1,240

Available to Stream on Netflix

73. Teach Us All (2017)

80 min | Documentary

6.9
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On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis, educational inequality remains among the most urgent civil rights issues of our time. With its school... See full summary »

Director: Sonia Lowman

Votes: 92

Available to Stream on Kanopy

74. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2013)

TV-PG | Documentary

8.5
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Professor Gates describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Bernard E. Powers Jr., Peniel E. Joseph, David Levering Lewis

Votes: 222

Available to Stream on Prime Video

75. The Best Man (1999)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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61 Metascore

Just before best friend's wedding, the life of Chicago writer becomes crazy when the friend guesses that new book's story based on his bride's fervent past.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 9,380 | Gross: $34.10M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

76. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 20,155 | Gross: $15.86M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

77. The Black Godfather (1974)

R | 90 min | Crime

4.6
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J.J., a rising star in the crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the heroin cartel is understandably reluctant to abandon such a lucrative market.

Director: John Evans | Stars: Rod Perry, Damu King, Don Chastain, Diane Sommerfield

Votes: 420 | Gross: $0.49M

Available to Stream on Netflix

78. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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79 Metascore

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Blair Anderson, Omar Barbour, Julian Bond, Elaine Brown

Votes: 1,876 | Gross: $0.48M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

79. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

Votes: 2,142 | Gross: $0.26M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

80. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,995 | Gross: $0.27M

Available to Stream on Kanopy

81. The Defiant Ones (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.5
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"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Bono, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Janet Mormile

Votes: 11,806

Available to Stream on Peacock

82. The Force (2017)

92 min | Documentary

6.8
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80 Metascore

THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director: Peter Nicks | Stars: Cat Brooks, Jonathan Cairo, Ben McBride, Johnna Watson

Votes: 645 | Gross: $0.06M

Available to Stream on Netflix

83. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.6
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,155,798 | Gross: $136.80M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

84. The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 31,081 | Gross: $29.72M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

85. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 430,715 | Gross: $169.71M

Available to Stream on Netflix

86. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,174 | Gross: $0.21M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

87. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.4
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The legend stars as himself in this biopic that traces his ascent from poverty to becoming the first black American to play major league baseball.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 1,120

Available to Stream on Prime Video

88. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot | Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold

Votes: 14,765 | Gross: $4.52M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

89. The Loving Story (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.6
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Leon M. Bazile

Votes: 756

Available to Stream on HBO Max

90. The Talk: Race in America (2017)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

6.2
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The Talk: Race in America documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Pollard

Votes: 26

Available to Rent on Prime Video

91. The Wood (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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52 Metascore

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Sean Nelson

Votes: 8,521 | Gross: $25.05M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

92. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 295,017

Available to Rent on Prime Video

93. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

7.4
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82 Metascore

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks

Votes: 525 | Gross: $0.88M

Available to Stream on Hulu

94. Twenties (2020– )

TV-14 | Comedy

6.0
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Hattie, a queer African American woman, hangs out with her two straight best friends, as they all try to make their dreams come true.

Stars: Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham, Sophina Brown

Votes: 492

Available to Buy on Prime Video

95. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 12,518

Available to Stream on Netflix

96. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.9
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 93,815

Available to Stream on Netflix

97. Whose Streets? (2017)

R | 102 min | Documentary

5.4
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79 Metascore

An unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis | Stars: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt, Montague Simmons

Votes: 1,232 | Gross: $0.18M

Available to Stream on Netflix

98. Within Our Gates (1920)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault

Votes: 2,649

Available to Stream on Prime Video




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