Best Black Movies Of The 90sby rocknrolla-89-843945 | created - 11 Sep 2011 | updated - 07 Apr 2013 | Public
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1. Do the Right Thing (1989)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 68,100 | Gross: $27.55M
2. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 105,594 | Gross: $57.50M
3. Friday (1995)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.
Votes: 84,648 | Gross: $27.47M
4. Above the Rim (1994)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Votes: 11,854 | Gross: $16.04M
6. Menace II Society (1993)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
Votes: 43,909 | Gross: $27.90M
7. Higher Learning (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.
Votes: 15,976 | Gross: $38.29M
8. Dead Presidents (1995)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.
Votes: 16,896 | Gross: $24.20M
9. Poetic Justice (1993)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.
Votes: 10,218 | Gross: $27.52M
10. Posse (1993)
R | 111 min | Western
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.
Votes: 3,501 | Gross: $18.29M
11. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,821 | Gross: $29.39M
12. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
Votes: 64,918 | Gross: $76.25M
13. Malcolm X (1992)
PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 71,130 | Gross: $48.17M
14. Mo' Money (1992)
R | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Trying to get his act together, a con artist gets a job in a credit card company. He falls in love with a fellow employee, he steals a couple of cards, everything is going great. But soon, ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,046 | Gross: $40.23M
15. Set It Off (1996)
R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.
Votes: 11,633 | Gross: $36.05M
16. Life (I) (1999)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.
Votes: 37,719 | Gross: $63.84M
18. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 265,786 | Gross: $39.67M
19. Jason's Lyric (1994)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »
Votes: 2,940 | Gross: $20.85M
20. Clockers (1995)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.
Votes: 18,044 | Gross: $13.04M
21. House Party (1990)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.
Votes: 9,967 | Gross: $26.39M
22. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond--this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.
Votes: 33,125 | Gross: $80.82M
23. House Party 2 (1991)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.
Votes: 4,439 | Gross: $19.28M
24. Bad Boys (1995)
R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.
Votes: 193,349 | Gross: $65.81M
25. Deep Cover (1992)
R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,371 | Gross: $16.64M
29. Gridlock'd (1997)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,033 | Gross: $5.48M
30. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Music
A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.
Votes: 3,498 | Gross: $0.24M
31. Crooklyn (1994)
PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama
Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.
Votes: 6,978 | Gross: $13.64M