"Positive" Movies & TV Shows with African Americansby Jacob Goldstein | created - 06 Sep 2012 | updated - 13 Sep 2012 | Public
Films featuring black americans, without the stereotypical roles of today (thuggish, gangs, etc.).
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1. The Great Debaters (2007)
PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 51,622 | Gross: $30.23M
2. A Raisin in the Sun (2008 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 131 min | Drama
An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.
5. Reign Over Me (2007)
R | 124 min | Drama
A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Votes: 88,191 | Gross: $19.66M
7. John Q (2002)
PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.
Votes: 109,741 | Gross: $71.76M
8. 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: 71,434 | Gross: $48.17M
10. Remember the Titans (2000)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Votes: 176,761 | Gross: $115.65M
11. Coach Carter (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
Votes: 104,602 | Gross: $67.26M
12. 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: 68,735 | Gross: $27.55M
13. I Am Legend (2007)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
Votes: 602,026 | Gross: $256.39M
14. Coming to America (1988)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 136,582 | Gross: $128.15M
15. Seven Pounds (2008)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Votes: 257,542 | Gross: $69.95M
16. 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: 10,310 | Gross: $27.52M
17. Think Like a Man (2012)
PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.
Votes: 39,268 | Gross: $91.55M
18. Good Burger (1997)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family
Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.
Votes: 22,850 | Gross: $23.69M
19. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family
Kenan and Kel. Two best friends who live in Chicago are always dragged down by Kenan's get rich quick schemes while orange soda loving buddy Kel is dragged along but tends to mess things up
21. Family Matters (1989–1998)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Long-running Perfect Strangers (1986) spin-off series centering on the Winslow family and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.
22. Love & Basketball (2000)
PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.
Votes: 15,921 | Gross: $27.44M
23. Soul Men (2008)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.
Votes: 9,454 | Gross: $12.08M
25. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.
Votes: 35,939 | Gross: $75.85M
28. Blade II (2002)
R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.
Votes: 177,348 | Gross: $82.35M
29. Blade: Trinity (2004)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.
Votes: 148,263 | Gross: $52.41M
34. Are We There Yet? (2005)
PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Nick Persons is a selfish player who owns a collectables sports shop in Portland, Oregon. Everything in his life is perfect until he meets Suzanne Kingston, a business woman who has ... See full summary »
Votes: 25,364 | Gross: $82.67M
35. My Wife and Kids (2001–2005)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family
Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream.
40. Mr 3000 (2004)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.
Votes: 13,004 | Gross: $21.80M
42. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 121,944 | Gross: $75.33M
43. Sister Act (1992)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.
Votes: 74,492 | Gross: $139.61M
44. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Music
Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure.
Votes: 41,773 | Gross: $57.32M
45. Down to Earth (2001)
PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy
After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.
Votes: 20,071 | Gross: $64.19M
46. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 141,532 | Gross: $234.76M
47. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.
Votes: 93,917 | Gross: $153.67M
48. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.
Votes: 67,076 | Gross: $42.61M
49. Shaft (2000)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Votes: 62,958 | Gross: $70.33M
50. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller