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1. Sparkle (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Music

Three sisters form a singing group in 1950s Harlem, but success threatens to ruin their relationship forever.

Director: Sam O'Steen | Stars: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith

Votes: 1,320 | Gross: $4.00M

2. Sparkle (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

In the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Director: Salim Akil | Stars: Jordin Sparks Thomas, Carmen Ejogo, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke

Votes: 5,721 | Gross: $24.40M

3. Joyful Noise (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

44 Metascore

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Director: Todd Graff | Stars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan

Votes: 7,701 | Gross: $30.92M

4. Black Nativity (2013)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Family, Music

48 Metascore

A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige

Votes: 1,958 | Gross: $7.02M

5. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 13,884 | Gross: $13.99M

6. A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama

Worried that her next asthma attack may kill her, a woman (Whoopi Goldberg) tries to solve the problems of her estranged husband (Ving Rhames) and their four adult children (Kimberly Elise, Tichina Arnold, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose)

Director: Stephen Tolkin | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames, Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 562

7. Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

Four couples find themselves struggling to save their marriages once again on their annual marriage retreat, while each of them battle through financial, physical, mental, and emotional issues.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal

Votes: 8,806 | Gross: $60.10M

8. Dreamgirls (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music, Musical

76 Metascore

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Votes: 65,852 | Gross: $103.37M

9. A Dream for Christmas (1973 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

A Southern minister is assigned to a poor church in California where the congregation is drifting away and the church itself is scheduled for demolition.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Hari Rhodes, Beah Richards, Lynn Hamilton, George Spell

Votes: 87

10. Ms. Scrooge (1997 TV Movie)

G | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy

A retelling of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Michael Beach, John Bourgeois

Votes: 351

11. Car Wash (1976)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A comedic take on the daily life of a car wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams and tribulations. And meeting a few eccentric costumers along the way.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus, Otis Day

Votes: 5,987

12. 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: Queen Latifah, Kamryn Johnson, Rikki McKinney, Alan T. Coleman

Votes: 3,707

13. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,682 | Gross: $13.05M

14. Let the Church Say Amen (2013 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In Washington D.C., one church becomes the symbol of a local community dedicated to one another.

Director: Regina King | Stars: Steve Harris, Naturi Naughton, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez

Votes: 156

15. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 13,064 | Gross: $21.05M

16. Christmas at Water's Edge (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Family

For spoiled, wealthy college girl Layla Turner, Christmas usually means designer wrapping paper and holiday gift bags from Bloomingdale's. But this year, Layla will learn the true meaning ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Davis | Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall, Earl Billings, Ray J

Votes: 178

17. Scott Joplin (1977 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Eubie Blake

Votes: 213

18. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Votes: 1,514

19. Preaching to the Choir (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

49 Metascore

A pair of estranged twins driven apart by the death of their parents find reconciliation and redemption after following radically different paths in life.

Director: Charles Randolph-Wright | Stars: Billoah Greene, Darien Sills-Evans, Novella Nelson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 171 | Gross: $0.34M

20. God's Compass (2016)

99 min | Drama

On the night Suzanne Waters celebrates her retirement, she is faced with a series of crisis she could not have imagined.

Director: Stephan Schultze | Stars: Karen Abercrombie, T.C. Stallings, Jazelle Foster, Joey Ibanez

Votes: 148

21. The Fighting Temptations (2003)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé, Mike Epps, Nigel Washington

Votes: 6,540 | Gross: $30.24M

22. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

30 Metascore

Madea lands in the midst of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on her wild teenage great-niece.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 7,241 | Gross: $73.16M

23. 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: 90,998 | Gross: $57.64M

24. Freedom (II) (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music

30 Metascore

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cousens | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sharon Leal, David Rasche, Kimberly Nichole

Votes: 1,577

25. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 2,173

26. Peeples (2013)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage.

Director: Tina Gordon | Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 4,522 | Gross: $9.12M

27. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,225 | Gross: $1.60M

28. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Harlem cops investigate a robbery, believing that a reverend has staged it in order to steal the money he's collected for a local fundraiser.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace

Votes: 1,597 | Gross: $4.39M

29. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 561,165 | Gross: $700.06M

30. Color of the Cross (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

34 Metascore

A retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, based on the idea that he was a black man whose death was a racially motivated hate crime.

Director: Jean-Claude La Marre | Stars: Jean-Claude La Marre, Johann John Jean, Adam Green, Jesse Holland

Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.08M

31. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 176,266 | Gross: $48.69M

32. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 281,819 | Gross: $85.08M

33. Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed | 98 min | Fantasy, Musical

A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,597

34. Cheetah in August (2015– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Drama, Romance

A riveting story about a former high school track athlete who's distorted views on love, negatively affects the people closest to him.

Stars: Andre Myers, Judeline Charles, Rashad Davis, Brandon Moten

Votes: 282

35. The Learning Tree (1969)

PG | 107 min | Drama

The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar

Votes: 845

36. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 5,386 | Gross: $2.18M

37. Sugar Hill (1974)

PG | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Maslansky | Stars: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees

Votes: 1,528



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