The 100 best Black / urban movies of all timeby ruffcoaley | created - 23 Dec 2013 | updated - 09 Nov 2015 | Public
These are the greatest Black / urban movies ever made
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1. 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: 108,753 | Gross: $57.50M
2. 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: 71,629 | Gross: $27.55M
3. 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 who he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 141,047 | Gross: $128.15M
4. 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: 16,374 | Gross: $38.29M
5. Waiting to Exhale (1995)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.
Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $67.05M
6. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 111,389 | Gross: $26.83M
7. The Mack (1973)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »
8. 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: 45,604 | Gross: $27.90M
9. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 21,767 | Gross: $46.62M
10. 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: 87,873 | Gross: $27.47M
11. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 69,819 | Gross: $98.47M
14. Paid in Full (2002)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.
Votes: 9,067 | Gross: $3.04M
15. 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: 11,551 | Gross: $26.39M
16. Harlem Nights (1989)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.
Votes: 17,807 | Gross: $60.86M
19. 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: 12,165 | Gross: $36.05M
20. South Central (1992)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama
A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.
Votes: 4,251 | Gross: $1.37M
22. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 15,194 | Gross: $39.10M
23. King of New York (1990)
R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.
Votes: 26,975 | Gross: $2.55M
24. 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: 16,349 | Gross: $27.44M
25. 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: 73,706 | Gross: $48.17M
26. 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: 7,671 | Gross: $16.64M
28. 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: 17,554 | Gross: $24.20M
33. Hurricane Season (2009)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Sport
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 »
34. 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: 200,648 | Gross: $65.81M
36. In Too Deep (1999)
R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama
Jeff Cole is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati police academy who dreams of working undercover. His wish is granted and through success is given the task of taking down state-wide crack ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,229 | Gross: $14.00M
37. CB4 (1993)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Music
A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,052 | Gross: $17.95M
39. 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: 40,101 | Gross: $63.84M
R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "... See full summary »
Votes: 43,673 | Gross: $20.11M
41. All About the Benjamins (2002)
R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A bounty hunter chases and catches suspects all over Miami . He ends up getting shot at and start to second guess his job as a bounty hunter . While he feels he need to be making more and ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,734 | Gross: $25.48M
42. Krush Groove (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,550 | Gross: $11.05M
43. Paper Soldiers (2002)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Paper Soldiers follows an overeager burglar named Shawn (Kevin Hart) through the ups and downs of his short, stressful career. Already on parole but faced with the power being turned off ... See full summary »
44. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.
Votes: 11,139 | Gross: $13.03M
45. B*A*P*S (1997)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy
Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses).
Votes: 4,457 | Gross: $7.24M
46. Amistad (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama, History
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Votes: 64,557 | Gross: $44.18M
47. Selma (2014)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 75,514 | Gross: $52.08M
49. The Wood (1999)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance