Slightly Random Assortment of Shows Featuring Mostly POC / WOC + Non-Male Leads, in trying to find out directors and shows I like to eventually show to my kid some day

by marisarmiller | created - 8 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Conglomeration of films & shows featuring strong female and non-male leads who are mostly actors of color (with occasional exceptions). Emphasis on non-traditional gender / familial narratives. Trying to cull out the heteronormative love stories.

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1. 35 Shots of Rum (2008)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

92 Metascore

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 3,816 | Gross: $0.18M

3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 27,149

4. Advantageous (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong

Votes: 3,968

5. Ala Modalaindi (2011)

136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

On the day of his girlfriend's marriage, Gautam gets kidnapped by an unknown criminal. Bored on the way to the kidnapper's den, Gautam is forced to narrate his cute love story which is filled with loads of twists and turns.

Director: Nandini Reddy | Stars: Nani, Nithya Menon, Sneha Ullal, Kriti Kharbanda

Votes: 2,245

6. All About You (2001)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two people run from the pain of their broken past. When they discover each other, they find themselves at a crossroad where the only thing that stands between them and a second chance is each other.

Director: Christine Swanson | Stars: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Terron Brooks, Debbie Allen, LisaRaye McCoy

Votes: 247

8. Appropriate Behaviour (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,525

9. B for Boy (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

B For Boy is a contemporary drama set in Nigeria, about one woman's desperate need for a male child. It explores the discrimination of women in the names of culture and religion.

Director: Chika Anadu | Stars: Uche Nwadili, Ngozi Nwaneto, Nonso Odogwu, Frances Okeke

Votes: 97

10. 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: 6,707

11. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 26,140 | Gross: $10.73M

12. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 100,053 | Gross: $32.54M

13. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Khandi Alexander, Michael Kenneth Williams, Tika Sumpter, Queen Latifah

Votes: 3,645

14. Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Akbar Kurtha

Votes: 969 | Gross: $0.74M

15. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,829 | Gross: $1.06M

16. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 7,097 | Gross: $0.44M

17. Civil Brand (2002)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

29 Metascore

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the ... See full summary »

Director: Neema Barnette | Stars: LisaRaye McCoy, N'Bushe Wright, Yasiin Bey, Monica Calhoun

Votes: 652 | Gross: $0.24M

18. Compensation (1999)

95 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a deaf African American woman in the early 1900s parallels with another living in the 1990s.

Director: Zeinabu irene Davis | Stars: John Earl Jelks, Michelle A. Banks, Nirvana Cobb, Kevin L. Davis

Votes: 49

19. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,671 | Gross: $1.64M

20. Double Happiness (1994)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Twenty-two year old Chinese-Canadian Jade Li comes from a traditional Chinese family, who try to put on the perfect public persona at all cost so as to "save face". One primary part of this... See full summary »

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Stephen Chang, Alannah Ong, Donald Fong

Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.76M

21. Down in the Delta (1998)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts ... See full summary »

Director: Maya Angelou | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Esther Rolle, Loretta Devine

Votes: 1,399 | Gross: $5.66M

22. Drylongso (1998)

R | 86 min | Drama

Drylongso" is an old African American term that means "ordinary," or "just the same old thing." Ambitious and densely packed, Cauleen Smith's remarkable debut feature addresses the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Cauleen Smith | Stars: Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power, Channel Schafer

Votes: 51

23. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 7,018 | Gross: $0.53M

24. Elza (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known.

Director: Mariette Monpierre | Stars: Stana Roumillac, Vincent Byrd Le Sage, Christophe Cherki, Sophie Berger

Votes: 41

25. Endless Dreams (2009)

96 min | Drama

Reihaneh experiences a horrible nightmare. The next day, the nightmare happens - her teacher disappears.

Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh | Stars: Mehran Ahmadi, Pantea Bahram, Ziba Hashemi, Ali Reza Khamseh

Votes: 36

26. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,937 | Gross: $14.82M

27. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,381 | Gross: $0.40M

28. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 75,470 | Gross: $25.89M

29. Girl in Progress (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette, Matthew Modine

Votes: 6,251 | Gross: $2.59M

30. Girlfight (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Douglas Santiago, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

Votes: 9,020 | Gross: $1.52M

31. Habibi Rasak Kharban (2011)

85 min | Drama, Romance, War

'Habibi Rasak Kharban' (Darling, Something's Wrong with Your Head) is a dramatic feature that tells the story of a forbidden love in Gaza. The film is a modern re-telling of the famous ... See full summary »

Director: Susan Youssef | Stars: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Kais Nashif, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Amer Khalil

Votes: 102

32. Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (2013)

106 min | Drama

Shirin is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime, rooted in her nightmarish childhood, unravels gradually and the real question emerges: Who is the REAL criminal?

Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh | Stars: Tannaz Tabatabayi, Merila Zare'i, Babak Hamidian, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 3,465

33. Honeytrap (2014)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Brixton, London, 15-year-old Layla gets sucked into gang activity.

Director: Rebecca Johnson | Stars: Jessica Sula, Lucien Laviscount, Ntonga Mwanza, Naomi Ryan

Votes: 592

34. I Like It Like That (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Luna Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $1.78M

35. I Will Follow (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms, Omari Hardwick, Michole Briana White

Votes: 679 | Gross: $0.36M

36. In Between Days (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Carolyn Eby, Taegu Andy Kang, Madgalena Karasinska, Bokja Kim

Votes: 515 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 3,045

38. It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A comedy centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Steve Morphew, Steve Jones, Jamie Sives

Votes: 1,380

39. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

52 Metascore

A computer wiz woman/W.Goldberg works at a computer terminal in a NYC bank. One day she gets a strange message and breaks the code. Suddenly, she finds herself in the middle of dangerous spy business.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, John Wood, Carol Kane

Votes: 17,096 | Gross: $25.59M

40. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)

R | 92 min | Drama

Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Harris | Stars: Ariyan A. Johnson, Kevin Thigpen, Ebony Jerido, Chequita Jackson

Votes: 765 | Gross: $0.48M

41. Just Wright (2010)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

51 Metascore

A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr.

Votes: 12,643 | Gross: $21.52M

42. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, History

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Indira Varma, Ramon Tikaram

Votes: 9,435 | Gross: $4.11M

43. Losing Ground (1982)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Sara, a cold college professor, and her husband, an ecstatic painter, spend a summer away from the city, straining their rocky relationship.

Director: Kathleen Collins | Stars: Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, Billie Allen

Votes: 261

44. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 16,909 | Gross: $27.44M

45. Luck by Chance (2009)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

58 Metascore

When Vikram gets tapped to play the male lead in a Bollywood film, he can't believe his luck. But it may ruin his relationship with his girlfriend.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia

Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $0.36M

46. Mi vida loca (1993)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama

Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas, Devine

Votes: 1,811 | Gross: $3.27M

47. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,415 | Gross: $0.08M

48. Mississippi Damned (2009)

TV-MA | 120 min | Drama