Spotlighting Black History Makers in Movies & Television on Prime Video

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We highlight the movies, documentaries and, TV-shows, based on historical events and figures, that celebrate the achievements and cultural impact of the Black community. These titles are available to rent and stream on Prime Video or via a Prime Video subscription, in the US.

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1. Free Meek (2019– )

TV-MA | Documentary

5.9
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Chronicling the life of Philadelphia based rap artist, Meek Mill, from his rise in music to his incarceration and eventual release from prison.

Stars: Julian Blondell, Jay-Z, Van Jones, Meek Mill

Votes: 459

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2. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

Directors: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt | Stars: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D, Snoop Dogg

Votes: 3,336 | Gross: $0.29M

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3. Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story (2016)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

6.0
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Manchild is a documentary film that chronicles the circuitous life of legendary Los Angeles hoops megastar Schea Cotton. The documentary is expressed through Schea's intimate accounts and those that knew him best on and off the court.

Director: Eric 'Ptah' Herbert | Stars: LMFT Alesia A. Wesley, Andrew Amigo, BadLucc, Toby Bailey

Votes: 35

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4. More Than a Game (2008)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.6
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59 Metascore

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

Director: Kristopher Belman | Stars: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton

Votes: 5,176 | Gross: $0.94M

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5. Thunder Soul (2010)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

Alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved band leader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

Director: Mark Landsman | Stars: Craig Baldwin, Craig Green, Conrad O. Johnson Sr., Bruce Middleton

Votes: 474 | Gross: $0.14M

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6. O'Jays: Live in Concert (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

5.4
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The legends of RB perform at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, celebrating their 50th year in music. All the hits are included in this high-definition filming, including Backstabbers, For ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Vincent | Star: The O'Jays

Votes: 5

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7. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,876 | Gross: $0.11M

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8. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop (2018)

TV-G | Drama, Musical

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Two decades after the album's critically acclaimed release, hip-hop artist Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to stage a symphonic... See full summary »

Director: Jason Goldwatch | Stars: Nas, The National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke

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9. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.8
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74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 2,110 | Gross: $0.26M

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10. 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: 19,830 | Gross: $7.12M

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11. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: James Brown, Christian McBride, Bobby Byrd, Greg Tate

Votes: 1,279

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12. Fresh Dressed (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

6.6
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69 Metascore

Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Hip-Hop <> Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Jenkins | Stars: Damon Dash, Daymond John, Karl Kani, Nas

Votes: 852

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13. John L. Waller: Striving for Equality (2010)

Documentary

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Director: David M. Talley | Stars: Allison Blakely, N.M. Hubbard, Liliane Koziol, Susan O'Donovan

Votes: 9

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14. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)

PG | 58 min | Documentary

6.7
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The story and legacy of the enigmatic leader of the notorious 1831 homicidal slave revolt in Virginia, along with reviews of works about him, are explored; twentieth century civil rights discussed and cultural relativism mentioned.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Herbert Aptheker, Ayuko Babu, Charles Burnett, Resharma Coleman

Votes: 138

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15. TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

7.8
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The black image on television changed American culture. This two-hour program includes rare footage, memorabilia, photographs and exclusive interviews from the actors/writers/producers whose personal journeys created television history.

Stars: Muhammad Ali, Jonelle Allen, John Amos, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Votes: 54

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16. Ernest Cole (2006)

53 min | Documentary

4.5
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Jurgen Schadeberg brings light on fellow photographer and former exile Ernest Cole in this beautiful film. Cole may have been one of a generation of lost black achievers that history overlooked, but no more.

Director: Jürgen Schadeberg

Votes: 6

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17. A Century of Black Cinema (2003 Video)

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary

5.9
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This film highlights moments in the long and rich African American cinema history in relation to social and political events, and how it affected black viewers of the time.

Director: Ted Newsom | Stars: Kim Delgado, Muhammad Ali, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 34

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18. Black History Activators (2020)

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Star: William Butler

Votes: 10

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19. The Jackie Robinson Story (1974 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

4.4
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The life story of Baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Director: Michael Landon | Star: Stephen R. Hudis

Votes: 7

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20. 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: 1,119

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21. Iran The Blade Barkley 5th King (2018)

Biography

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Directors: Carl June, Luis Libran | Stars: Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Aaron Superman Davis, Roberto Durán

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22. Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV (2015)

Not Rated | 146 min | Music

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Grammy Award winner, Kirk Whalum, musically explores the convergence of jazz and gospel infused with rhythm and blues, through live-recorded performances and integrated commentary with ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew O. Henderson | Stars: Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Shelea Frazier, Doc Gibbs

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23. Jayhawkers (2014)

106 min | Biography

6.3
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A group of unlikely allies modernized college sports and changed a small Midwestern town, serving as a parallel to the Civil Rights movement that would transform the entire American society.

Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Kip Niven, Justin Wesley, Blake Robbins, Jay Karnes

Votes: 151

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24. No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.2
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68 Metascore

The life and times of major league pitcher Doc Ellis are explored in this revealing documentary.

Director: Jeffrey Radice | Stars: Larry Demery, Dock Ellis, Ron Howard

Votes: 1,513

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25. Skin (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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62 Metascore

Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Director: Anthony Fabian | Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge

Votes: 3,269

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26. 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: 450

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27. A History of Black Achievement in America (2005)

Not Rated | 216 min | Documentary, History

5.9
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This original, eight-part series documents Black Achievement in American history, its defining role in the growth of the country and its influence on current events.

Stars: James Avery, Nathan Carter, Mebraht Gebre-Michael, Annett James

Votes: 8

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28. African American Lives (2006–2008)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Pamela Arkin, Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 137

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29. 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: 221

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30. Mama Africa (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.0
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Documentary about Miriam Makeba.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Miriam Makeba, Bageot Bah, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.01M

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31. A Woman Called Moses (1978– )

240 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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A film about the life and career of the African American abolitionist and slave escape leader, Harriet Tubman.

Stars: Jason Bernard, Clifford David, Judyann Elder, John Getz

Votes: 267

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32. 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: 239

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33. The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story (2018)

90 min | Documentary

8.0
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Feature documentary about the life and career of Bessie Coleman.

Director: Gardner Doolittle | Star: Aneva Walker

Votes: 11

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34. A Most Beautiful Thing (2020)

95 min | Documentary

7.5
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79 Metascore

Narrated by Common, this film chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, coming together to row in the same boat).

Director: Mary Mazzio | Stars: Common, Arshay Cooper, Ken Alpart, David Banks

Votes: 179

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35. Hendrix (2000 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.6
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Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure. Struggling to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Wood Harris, Billy Zane, Dorian Harewood, Christian Potenza

Votes: 903

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36. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019)

TV-14 | 165 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.5
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One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Jim Brown, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross, Ossie Davis

Votes: 1,637

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37. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.1
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Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 81,678

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38. The Sheards (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Reality-TV

7.8
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The Sheards is a reality show which airs on the Black Entertainment Television network, and centered around the Grammy-winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and her family.

Stars: Arrianna Marie, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard

Votes: 16

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39. The New Edition Story (2017)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.9
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Chronicles the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.

Stars: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Woody McClain

Votes: 2,616

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40. The Bobby Brown Story (2018– )

TV-14 | 155 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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The life story of R&B musician Bobby Brown.

Stars: Woody McClain, Luke James, Mekhi Phifer, Laz Alonso

Votes: 632

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41. The Shop (I) (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Talk-Show

6.6
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Discussions and debate in various barbershops around the country featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment.

Stars: Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Paul Rivera, Jerrod Carmichael

Votes: 769

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42. Roots (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

Stars: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 7,296

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43. 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: 619

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44. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

5.0
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An in-depth look at the origin and aftermath of the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, which sparked a national debate on race relations and revealed a deeply fractured and divided country.

Stars: Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Stephanie Fulton Sands

Votes: 437

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45. Tiger (2021)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Sport

7.9
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A look at the life, success and scandals of golf legend Tiger Woods.

Stars: Tiger Woods, Pete McDaniel, Steve Williams, Bryant Gumbel

Votes: 2,536

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46. 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: 287

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47. Pride (2007)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Sport

6.1
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55 Metascore

The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Director: Sunu Gonera | Stars: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold

Votes: 6,190 | Gross: $7.04M

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48. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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66 Metascore

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 2,119

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49. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 13,231 | Gross: $1.41M

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50. Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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56 Metascore

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn

Votes: 23,545 | Gross: $0.35M

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51. Brian Banks (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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58 Metascore

A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd

Votes: 4,532 | Gross: $4.32M

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52. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 13,469 | Gross: $2.45M

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53. Bad 25 (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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69 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Glen Ballard, John Barnes, Jennifer Batten

Votes: 2,018

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54. Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes (2018)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Told in Count Basie's own words, this biography sheds light on the private and family life of the world-famous bandleader and pianist.

Director: Jeremy Marre | Stars: Count Basie, Diane Basie, Gary Giddins, John C. Williams

Votes: 55

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55. Iverson (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.1
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Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »

Director: Zatella Beatty | Stars: Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw, Larry Brown, Dwyane Wade

Votes: 3,775

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56. John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

7.1
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70 Metascore

The film explores Georgia representative's, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Director: Dawn Porter | Stars: Elijah Cummings, Anthony Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Ayanna Pressley

Votes: 546

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57. Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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The life and times of Richard Pryor.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: David Banks, Rona Barrett, David Brinkley, Skip Brittenham

Votes: 1,478

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58. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.5
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83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 12,175 | Gross: $0.89M

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59. Kobe Bryant's Muse (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.9
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Documentary that goes behind the stats to reveal Kobe Bryant's career, exploring the mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his stellar 18-year tenure in the NBA, and uncovering his greatest personal challenge yet.

Director: Gotham Chopra | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John S. Battle, Larry Bird, Joe Bryant

Votes: 1,586

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60. Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.3
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An exploration of the fierce rivalry between NBA superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during their decade of dominance.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Steve Springer, Evelyn Johnson

Votes: 1,659

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61. Luther Vandross: Always and Forever (1994 TV Special)

G | 88 min | Documentary, Music

5.9
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Recorded on his 1994-1995 world tour, Always And Forever: An Evening Of Songs At Royal Albert Hall features the legendary Luther Vandross at his most smooth and sensuous, featuring his ... See full summary »

Director: Jeb Brien | Star: Luther Vandross

Votes: 12

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62. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 225,478 | Gross: $49.28M

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63. Marshall (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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66 Metascore

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 21,041 | Gross: $10.05M

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64. Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

6.9
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52 Metascore

Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

Director: Jake Goldberger | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, George Dick, Thurston Hill III

Votes: 6,193 | Gross: $0.01M

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65. Freedom (II) (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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30 Metascore

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cousens | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sharon Leal, David Rasche, Kimberly Nichole

Votes: 1,809

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66. 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: 93,948 | Gross: $58.20M

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67. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, houses over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda, Africa.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 335,391 | Gross: $23.53M

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68. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 32,038 | Gross: $7.70M

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69. Detroit (2017)

R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.3
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77 Metascore

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 48,505 | Gross: $16.79M

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70. 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: 86,441 | Gross: $48.17M

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71. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 26,544 | Gross: $8.32M

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72. 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: 138,871 | Gross: $75.33M

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73. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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65 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 109,247 | Gross: $116.63M

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74. 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: 643,607 | Gross: $56.67M

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75. 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: 76,085 | Gross: $16.10M

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76. Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

Votes: 22,704 | Gross: $30.51M

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77. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 451,038 | Gross: $163.57M

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78. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

Votes: 9,435 | Gross: $4.47M

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79. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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65 Metascore

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 56,064 | Gross: $30.23M

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80. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 150,174 | Gross: $37.49M

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81. A United Kingdom (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 14,534 | Gross: $3.90M

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82. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.9
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38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 38,207 | Gross: $52.28M

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83. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 5,710

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84. Concussion (2015)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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55 Metascore

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, David Morse

Votes: 87,484 | Gross: $34.54M

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85. Boycott (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 118 min | Drama

7.2
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Black Americans boycott the public buses during the 1950s civil rights movement.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 828

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86. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 19,964 | Gross: $9.59M

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87. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 12,385

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88. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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74 Metascore

The story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 91,879 | Gross: $50.67M

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89. 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: 20,143 | Gross: $15.86M

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90. Hurricane Season (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Sport

6.6
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A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Shad Moss, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 2,680

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91. 42 (2013)

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

7.5
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62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 87,014 | Gross: $95.00M

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92. 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: 20,198

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93. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 202,184 | Gross: $169.61M

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94. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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72 Metascore

The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 179,886 | Gross: $161.20M

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95. 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: 47,933

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96. 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: 86,769 | Gross: $52.08M

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97. The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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49 Metascore

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

Director: Robin Bissell | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche

Votes: 9,940 | Gross: $10.21M

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98. Emperor (2020)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.5
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39 Metascore

An escaped slave travels north and has chance encounters with Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Based on the life story of Shields Green.

Director: Mark Amin | Stars: James Cromwell, Kat Graham, Bruce Dern, Harry Lennix

Votes: 725

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99. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 129,424 | Gross: $67.26M

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100. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

7.5
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58 Metascore

The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school he is determined to improve by any and all means.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

Votes: 18,285 | Gross: $31.91M

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