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25 FILMS BLACK PEOPLE MUST SEE

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Malcolm X
Malcolm X
"Perhaps flawed in truth like many biographies brought to screen. But this is still a stellar must see film. Spike Lee's great cinematic achievement in directing. Denzel delivers with brilliance."
Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection
Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection
"An existential masterpiece and moving portrait of black family life."
Do the Right Thing: The (The Criterion Collection)
Do the Right Thing: The (The Criterion Collection)
"Spike Lee's racial commentary masterpiece. Just an incredibly entertaining and powerful film."
A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
"Lorraine Hansberry's remarkable play turned into a fascinating film about the struggles of a Black American family and the complexity of the American dream."
The Color Purple
The Color Purple
"Celie! An emotionally stirring film that plays like a blues song. It's probably the most quoted black film ever but its a film that is very moving. Very controversial when it was first released."
Boyz 'N The Hood
Boyz 'N The Hood
"An eye-opening and powerful movie about the crumbling black community (the ghetto) and fatherhood."
Claudine
Claudine
"A raw, passionate love story with enormous soul. Diahann Carroll is phenomenal."
Sparkle [VHS]
Sparkle [VHS]
"A coming of age drama about a talented girl group and the dangers of fame that tear them apart."
Lady Sings the Blues
Lady Sings the Blues
"Dianna Ross was terrific in this film.  Its a riveting movie about another fallen legend."
New Jack City (Two-Disc Special Edition)
New Jack City (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Riveting. It got inside the crack epidemic with unflinching realism."
Cooley High
Cooley High
"One of soul cinema's classics. An emotionally entertaining film about youth and friendship."
Landlord [VHS]
Landlord [VHS]
"This is a hard to find film. It was artistic, original and bold about a white man who connects with two black women. The superior, but unknown actress Diana Sands gives an incredible performance."
Eve's Bayou
Eve's Bayou
"Haunting, brilliantly acted, and amazingly scripted. A treasure."
Ray (Widescreen Edition)
Ray (Widescreen Edition)
"Jamie Foxx, Regina King, and Kerry Washington were equally amazing."
To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Legacy Series)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Legacy Series)
"In light of the racial courtroom dramas in our real life contemporary culture especially among black men and white women, this is still a powerful, relevant film."
A Piece of the Action / Uptown Saturday Night
A Piece of the Action / Uptown Saturday Night
"Fun, entertaining capers from our finest actors. It's always great to see Sidney Poitier having fun."
When We Were Kings
When We Were Kings
"Phenomenal. Muhammad Ali is not only a champion boxer but a politically intellectual force who believed in the greatness of his people."
What's Love Got To Do With It?
What's Love Got To Do With It?
"Incredible! Angela Bassett captured Tina Turner's heart, soul, and fiery passion."
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
"This is one of the most terrifying and inspiring films released in the past few years."
Sounder
Sounder
"One of the great, powerful films about fathers, sons, and survival."
Roots
Roots
"The must-see black film of all time. Know your history."
Bamboozled
Bamboozled
"The reason so many hate it, is the reason you must see it. Spike is painfully honest about the media's portrayal of black people."
Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones
"Dorothy Dandridge was a black screen goddess! She understood glamour in a way her white contemporaries only dreamed of. She had an undeniable presence."
Nothing But a Man
Nothing But a Man
"This turbulent and tender romance captures the black experience and relationships like nothing ever on screen. It's a masterful and painful portrait of black love."
Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition)
Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition)
"A moving and very inspiring story about a young black girl with a brilliant mind trying to break from out of the 'hood and take the world by storm with her love of words. A necessary feel good movie."