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1. Jinn (2018)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Summer is a 17-year old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade Jennings, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Nijla Mumin | Stars: Simone Missick, Zoe Renee, Hisham Tawfiq, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Votes: 205

2. Girlhood (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 6,628

3. Let It Shine (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 104 min | Drama, Family, Music

A teenage rapper must use his musical talent to battle his nemesis and win the girl of his dreams.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson, Brandon Mychal Smith

Votes: 2,562

4. Rafiki (2018)

83 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu | Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi

Votes: 866 | Gross: $0.13M

5. Annie (2014)

PG | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

33 Metascore

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

Votes: 31,274 | Gross: $85.91M

6. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 77,471 | Gross: $12.80M

7. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Family

72 Metascore

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Director: Doug Atchison | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 17,196 | Gross: $18.81M

8. Fast Color (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

Director: Julia Hart | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint, Christopher Denham

Votes: 340 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Tangerine (2015)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan

Votes: 23,179 | Gross: $0.70M

10. Pariah (I) (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

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: 5,478 | Gross: $0.76M

11. Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

Votes: 6,630 | Gross: $2.39M

12. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 35,017 | Gross: $100.48M

13. Step Sisters (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

Jamilah has her whole life figured out. She's the president of her sorority, captain of their champion step dance crew, is student liaison to the college dean, and her next move is on to ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly

Votes: 3,355

14. Home (II) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 85,931 | Gross: $177.40M

15. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 71,569 | Gross: $98.47M

16. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos

Votes: 109,129 | Gross: $104.40M

17. My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A teenager discovers the girl hired to look after his little sister is a vampire.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Matthew Knight, Vanessa Morgan, Atticus Mitchell, Cameron Kennedy

Votes: 2,898

18. Jump In! (2007 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenager is pressured by his father to become a boxer - but a local girl introduces him to the very different sport of rope-jumping.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Corbin Bleu, Keke Palmer, David Reivers, Shanica Knowles

Votes: 6,142

19. The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama

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: 18,141 | Gross: $29.72M

20. School Spirits (2017)

88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A girl relocates to a small town only to find it inhabited by ghosts. A struggle against a bad spirit ensues to keep the town's children safe.

Director: Allison Eckert | Stars: Alysia Reiner, Audrey Whitby, Piper Curda, Steve Monroe

Votes: 34

21. The Cheetah Girls (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Four teens aim to take the world by storm with their music.

Director: Oz Scott | Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Houghton, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan

Votes: 6,397

22. The Proud Family Movie (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Penny and her family are lured on an all expenses paid vacation where a mad scientist captures them, refusing to let them go because Oscar won't reveal his on of his secret Proud Snacks formulas.

Director: Bruce W. Smith | Stars: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Jo Marie Payton

Votes: 1,338

23. Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006 Video)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Lisa Dolittle sends her daughter to 'Durango', a Dude Ranch, to find herself. While there, she uses her talent to talk to the animals in order to save Durango from being taken over by a neighboring Ranch.

Director: Rich Thorne | Stars: Kristen Wilson, Tara Wilson, Kyla Pratt, Walker Howard

Votes: 5,674

24. College Road Trip (2008)

G | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

36 Metascore

James Porter (Martin Lawrence) drives his teenage daughter Melanie (Raven Symone), from their home in Chicago to a college interview in Washington, D.C.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Raven-Symoné, Martin Lawrence, Kym Whitley, Adam LeFevre

Votes: 14,617 | Gross: $45.59M

25. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

An inquisitive teenager pries into suspected dodgy dealings on her space station home - and ends up being sent down to Earth.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Bob Bancroft, Stuart Pankin

Votes: 5,851

26. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Cinderella (1997)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Brandy Norwood, Bernadette Peters, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid

Votes: 5,379



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