Great Movies: African American Drama

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Akeelah and the Bee Akeelah and the Bee
2006 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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The inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson, an eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. …More

Ali Ali
2001- Sony Pictures Home Ent
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A chronicle of the early fighting days of Cassius Clay before he became Muhammed Ali. …More

 


Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher
2002 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, a troubled sailor embarks on an inspiring, emotional journey to confront his past and connect with the family he never knew. …More


Boyz N the Hood Boyz N the Hood
1991- Sony Pictures Home Ent
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Three friends struggle to survive in South Central Los Angeles where friendship, pain, danger and love form a true picture of life in the hood. …More

 


Claudine Claudine
1974 - 20th Century Fox
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Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbageman she meets while working on the side as a maid. …More


Do the Right Thing Do the Right Thing
1989 - Universal Home Video
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Spike Lee effectively combines humor and drama in this critically acclaimed film that traces the course of a scorching day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyevesant area of Brooklyn. …More


A Family Thing A Family Thing
1996 - Tcfhe/MGM
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Sixty-year-old Earl Pilcher Jr. has just been informed that his real mother was black and he has a half-brother he never knew existed. Setting out to find and get to know his brother, their first encounter is awkward and fraught with tension, mistrust, anger and prejudice.…More

The Five Heartbeats The Five Heartbeats
1991- Twentieth Century-Fox
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Five guys mix song and dance and find rhythm-and-blues fame in the 1960s. Directed by Townsend. …More

 


The Great Debaters The Great Debaters
2007 - Uni Dist Corp (Music)
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A controversial figure, challenging the social mores of the time, Professor Melvin Tolson (Washington) used unconventional and ferocious teaching methods to shape a debate team at Wiley College, a small African American university in Texas during the 1930s. …More

The Hurricane The Hurricane
1999- Universal Home Video
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Based on a true story, middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's career and future is destroyed when he is wrongly convicted of three murders. Years later, convinced of his innocence, an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors doggedly pursue Hurricane's freedom. …More

Lean on Me Lean on Me
1989 - Warner Home Video
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From the director of "The Karate Kid" and "Rocky," comes the true story of Joe Lewis Clark, the baseball bat-wielding principal who vows to clean up gang infested and drug ridden Eastside High with a tough love approach. …More


Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
2009 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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Precious Jones, an inner-city high school girl, is illiterate, overweight, and pregnant... again. Nave and abused, Precious responds to a glimmer of hope when a door is opened by an alternative-school teacher. She is faced with the choice to follow opportunity and test her own boundaries. …More

Purple Rain Purple Rain
1984 - Warner Home Video
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The Kid fights his rival for a singer and Minneapolis rock-club success. Oscar for best original song score. …More

 


Ray Ray
2004 - Universal Home Video
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The true story of American musical legend Ray Charles. Ray is born into poverty in rural Georgia and loses his sight at the age of seven, but his adversity, and his determined mother, provide him with the necessary motivation to succeed. …More

She's Gotta Have It She's Gotta Have It
1986 - Tcfhe/MGM
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A healthy Brooklyn woman juggles three boyfriends. Directed by Spike Lee, who plays Mars. …More

 


Soul Food Soul Food
1997 - Ingram Entertainment
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Sunday dinner at Mother Joe's is a mouth-watering, 40-year tradition. As seen through the eyes of her grandson Ahmad, love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his mom Maxine and her sisters Teri and Bird.

Stomp the Yard Stomp the Yard
2007- Sony Pictures Home Ent
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After the death of his younger brother, a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles goes on a quest for a new life by enrolling in Truth University, an historically Black college in Atlanta, Georgia. …More


Waiting to Exhale Waiting to Exhale
1995- Twentieth Century-Fox
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Relationships preoccupy Phoenix friends: divorcee Bernadine, careerist Savannah, popular Robin, and Gloria, whose ex-husband is gay. …More

 


What's Love Got to Do with It What's Love Got to Do with It
1993 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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She began her life as Anna Mae Bullock and met Ike Turner in St. Louis. Together, with Ike, she shot to the top of the music world. But she paid the price and eventually had to find the courage to leave it all behind and start her life and her singing career all over again. …More