Ethnic: Must See" Movies For Black Folks

by Kodi-Lists | created - 18 Jun 2017 | updated - 21 Dec 2017 | Public

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1. Dope (2015)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 78,555 | Gross: $17.47M

2. Kicks (II) (2016)

R | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

69 Metascore

Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.

Director: Justin Tipping | Stars: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Kyndall

Votes: 3,961 | Gross: $0.15M

3. South Central (1992)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

A former gangster fresh out of prison wants to change his life for the better and must save his 10 year old son whose already chosen a gang life.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Glenn Plummer, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

Votes: 4,733 | Gross: $1.37M

4. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 92,564 | Gross: $57.64M

5. Bucktown (1975)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala, Tony King

Votes: 1,024

6. Blood and Bone (2009)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

Director: Ben Ramsey | Stars: Michael Jai White, Julian Sands, Eamonn Walker, Dante Basco

Votes: 30,295

7. Black Samson (1974)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama

Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Rockne Tarkington, William Smith, Connie Strickland, Carol Speed

Votes: 323

8. One Down, Two to go (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

A pair of tough cops go after the mob who jinxed the martial arts tournament and injured their buddy.

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 459

9. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

Votes: 9,224 | Gross: $4.47M

10. Truck Turner (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase

Votes: 2,361

11. Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006 Video)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross, Eli Danker

Votes: 32,421

12. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 79,814 | Gross: $27.55M

13. Creed (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 236,516 | Gross: $109.77M

14. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black vigilante takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 8,397

15. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A sexy black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 9,216

16. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 44,326 | Gross: $0.23M

17. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 155,408 | Gross: $128.15M

18. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

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.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Steve James

Votes: 11,835 | Gross: $13.03M

19. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy

An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,520 | Gross: $1.50M

20. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,280,222 | Gross: $162.81M

21. Boss Nigger (1974)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Western

Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, William Smith, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 2,138

22. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 451,173 | Gross: $176.04M

23. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

87 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,597

24. Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

Votes: 19,679 | Gross: $30.51M

25. Maafa 21 (2009 Video)

141 min | Documentary, History, News

Maafa 21 traces eugenic thoughts and practices that have been set against African Americans from the time of slavery through the present.

Director: Mark Crutcher | Stars: John Eric Bentley, Stephen Broden, Clenard Childress Jr., Brian Clowes

Votes: 61

26. Never Die Alone (2004)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: DMX, David Arquette, Michael Ealy, Drew Sidora

Votes: 5,344 | Gross: $5.64M

27. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 40,213 | Gross: $34.60M

28. The Meteor Man (1993)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 7,434 | Gross: $8.02M

29. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 235,435 | Gross: $70.09M

30. Juice (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain

Votes: 22,452 | Gross: $20.15M

31. Gridlock'd (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two friends try to kick their drug addiction after a friend dies from an overdose, when they try to enroll in a detox program, things quickly go wrong.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 14,160 | Gross: $5.48M

32. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader.

Director: Fuminori Kizaki | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Grey Griffin

Votes: 7,990

33. Higher Learning (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 17,372 | Gross: $38.29M

34. Hoodlum (1997)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia

Votes: 10,184 | Gross: $23.46M

35. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 2,455

36. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 30,043 | Gross: $47.62M

37. Girl 6 (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

An aspiring actress disappointed by her treatment in the movie industry turns to phone sex to make a living.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis

Votes: 5,654 | Gross: $4.90M

38. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 301,545 | Gross: $39.67M

39. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 481,595 | Gross: $54.12M

40. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 64,652 | Gross: $7.92M

41. Top Five (2014)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

81 Metascore

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality television star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her television show.

Director: Chris Rock | Stars: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart

Votes: 25,230 | Gross: $25.28M

42. Friday (1995)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

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.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 94,625 | Gross: $27.47M

43. The Five Heartbeats (1991)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music

The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix

Votes: 3,469 | Gross: $8.75M

44. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

52 Metascore

A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

Votes: 89,468 | Gross: $59.51M

45. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 71,914 | Gross: $76.25M



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