Black History Month: Best Black Movies of All Time?
A good film will not just entertain you, it will inspire you. It will stay with you long after the credits roll, and will leave you wanting to see more films just like it. African Americans and the film industry have a sordid history, though there are now hundreds of compelling and thoughtful films that reflect the beauty of the black experience. Here are our top picks for the best films made by or starring African Americans.
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This romantic drama tells the story of two childhood friends that share a deep love for basketball and for each other. In four quarters we see their relationship go through difficulties, though eventually their love really does conquer all.
The story of three friends all headed down very different paths, John Singleton's classic film depicts social issues in inner city Los Angeles. With Boyz in the Hood, Singleton became the youngest person and first African American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.
The tale of two Los Angeles Police Department detectives over a 24 hour period takes audiences on an intense ride filled with crime and drama. The film landed Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor and Ethan Hawke an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor.
The Ray Charles biopic takes audiences into the tumultuous life of the music legend, with Jamie Foxx scoring a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his haunting performance.
Superstars Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur deliver unforgettable performances in this story about the power of poetry and love. Janet also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.