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1. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 41,098 | Gross: $56.70M

2. Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott

Votes: 41,178 | Gross: $68.92M

3. Mississippi Masala (1991)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

An ethnic Indian family is expelled from Idi Amin's Uganda in 1972 and lives in Mississippi 17 years later. The dad sues Uganda to get his property back. The grown daughter falls in love with a black man.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore

Votes: 4,876 | Gross: $7.31M

4. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 297,273 | Gross: $198.68M

5. The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, Romance

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill

Votes: 2,418

6. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

93 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: 94,066 | Gross: $27.55M

7. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 17,563 | Gross: $32.48M

8. Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

An affluent New York City couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Will Smith, Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen

Votes: 19,987 | Gross: $6.41M

9. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 4,333

10. Japanese War Bride (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Drama

Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor

Votes: 108

11. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 436,176 | Gross: $169.71M

12. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 23,355 | Gross: $10.00M

13. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 108,388 | Gross: $23.69M

14. Sayonara (1957)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Romance

A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

Votes: 6,300 | Gross: $26.30M

15. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 100,238 | Gross: $2.24M

16. Zoot Suit (1981)

R | 103 min | Drama, Musical

When barrio leader Henry Reyna and his friends are unjustly convicted on circumstantial evidence, activist lawyers Alice Bloomfield and George Shearer fight the blatant racially motivated miscarriage of justice to win them their freedom.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly

Votes: 1,114 | Gross: $3.26M

17. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 141,553 | Gross: $90.40M

18. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 88,704 | Gross: $48.17M

19. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 10,945 | Gross: $2.19M

20. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 28,553 | Gross: $13.27M

21. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,464 | Gross: $0.62M

22. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 350,212 | Gross: $88.51M

23. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 132,548 | Gross: $38.09M

24. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos

Votes: 129,819 | Gross: $104.40M

25. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 264,906 | Gross: $120.62M

26. Making Do the Right Thing (1989 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The Behind-the-Scenes documentary of the dramatic comedy Do the Right Thing.

Director: St. Clair Bourne | Stars: Danny Aiello, Jennie Bourne, Nandi Bowe, Ossie Davis

Votes: 149

27. We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama (2010)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Election of President Barack Obama began on March 5, 1770 at the Boston Massacre with the death of Crispus Attucks.

Director: Terrell Taylor | Stars: Erika Alexander, Marvin Arrington Jr., Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

28. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Ken Rogers, Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen

Votes: 1,288

29. On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of (2010)

80 min | Documentary, History, Sport

The NBA's All-Time Leading Scorer and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents On the Shoulders of Giants - the story of the greatest team you never heard of. The tale of the all-black ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Morales | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Maya Angelou, Carmelo Anthony, Charles Barkley

Votes: 26

30. Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2008)


Documentary portrays the saga of how Italian Americans went from being outsiders who were stereotyped as gangsters in American movies to insiders in Hollywood who took control of their own ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Fischler | Stars: Giorgio Bertellini, Paul Borghese, John Caglione Jr., Frank Capra Jr.

Votes: 57

31. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007 TV Movie)

130 min | Documentary

This special is a recounting of the top 100 movies of all time, updated from the list of 10 years ago aired in the first AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies.

Director: Gary Smith | Stars: Tim Allen, Halle Berry, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 183

32. Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (2007 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Oprah Winfrey hosts a one-hour special chronicling her five-year effort in creating a leadership academy for disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

Stars: India Arie, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones

Votes: 63

35. The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999–2007)

Not Rated | 30 min | Sport

A show which takes sports most memorable blunders, bad calls, and questionable moments and sheds a new light on them to show why the party who made the mistake should be let off the hook.

Stars: Brian Kenny, Steve Hirdt, Bob Costas, Dave Kindred

Votes: 66

37. How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

Director: Joe Angio | Stars: Marva Allen, Emanuel Azenberg, Shelley R. Bonus, St. Clair Bourne

Votes: 209

38. Birth of a Nation: The Making of 'School Daze' (2005 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Short

Introduces behind-the-scenes of the movie, School Daze, along with interviews of the cast.

Director: Todd Williams | Stars: Darryl M. Bell, Barry Alexander Brown, Tisha Campbell, Ruth E. Carter

Votes: 12

41. Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove (2004 Video)

18 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A short biography on the life of British actor Peter Sellers, often hailed as the greatest comic actor of all time. Included are clips from his early days in British television and rare ... See full summary »

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Michael Palin, Roger Ebert, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers

Votes: 42

42. No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (2004 Video)

30 min | Short, Documentary

A documentary about the historical context of 'Dr. Strangelove'

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: James B. Harris, Robert McNamara, Bob Woodward, Spike Lee

Votes: 85

44. Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker (2003 Video)

22 min | Documentary, Short

Spike Lee's filmmaking career is examined in this partial making-of for the film 25th Hour (2002). Interviews with cast members from this film and his past successes give us an idea what kind of dedicated person he truly is.

Director: Lorna Anozie | Stars: Spike Lee, Edward Norton, Martin Scorsese, Denzel Washington

Votes: 137

46. New York at the Movies (2002 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary