African American Films

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1. November Rule (2015)

94 min | Comedy

Up-and-coming sports shoe entrepreneur Steve, who is still reeling from the death of his dad, has made a "November rule" in order to keep his distance from the women who seem to be getting ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Elliott | Stars: Mo McRae, Tatyana Ali, DJ Qualls, La La Anthony

Votes: 822

2. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 18,820 | Gross: $7.12M

3. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 30,976 | Gross: $7.70M

4. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 5,020 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Sixteen (I) (2013)

80 min | Thriller

An African former child soldier now living in London is forced to confront his violent past.

Director: Rob Brown | Stars: Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day, Fady Elsayed

Votes: 204

6. Interludes (2012)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Thriller

Three incarcerated women detail the traumatic events from their love life.

Director: Christopher Dorrah | Stars: Clifton Powell, Chrystale Wilson, Leslie Black, Tahiry Jose

Votes: 56

7. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 195,527 | Gross: $169.61M

8. Star (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A trio of women form a musical group in Atlanta.

Stars: Jude Demorest, Brittany O'Grady, Ryan Destiny, Amiyah Scott

Votes: 3,823

9. Cooley High (1975)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1964 on Chicago's Near-North Side, the lives of four carefree high school seniors and best friends, including an aspiring playwright and an all-city basketball champion, takes a tragic turn.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis

Votes: 4,113

10. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson

Votes: 1,967

11. Let's Do It Again (1975)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans, but their tricks attract the mob's attention.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Calvin Lockhart, John Amos

Votes: 2,725

12. A Piece of the Action (1977)

PG | 135 min | Crime, Comedy

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas

Votes: 1,042

13. Separate But Equal (1991)

PG | 190 min | Drama, History

A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little

Votes: 628

14. Children of the Dust (1995)

R | 175 min | Western

Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the U.S. Army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Moriarty, Joanna Going, Hart Bochner

Votes: 481

15. The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama

A ninety-one-year-old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest, Mary-Louise Parker, George Newbern

Votes: 1,092

16. To Sir, with Love II (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray retires and returns to Chicago. There, however, the challenge of reaching kids in an inner city school proves to be too much to resist.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Christian Payton, Dana Eskelson, Fernando López

Votes: 1,016

17. Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 1,025 | Gross: $9.00M

18. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Blair Anderson, Omar Barbour, Julian Bond, Elaine Brown

Votes: 1,823 | Gross: $0.48M

19. Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games (1999)

Unrated | 59 min | Documentary, History, Sport

Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist... See full summary »

Director: George Roy | Stars: Neil Amdur, Bob Beamon, Ralph Boston, Avery Brundage

Votes: 52

20. Freedom Summer (2014)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

A look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Karin Kunstler Goldman, Julian Bond, Peggy Jean Connor, Dudley Connor

Votes: 155

21. Free of Eden (1998 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 98 min | Drama

A black girl seeks a tutor, hoping a good education will help her escape from poor housing projects.

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Phylicia Rashad, Robert Hooks

Votes: 266

22. JD Lawrence's Community Service (2013– )

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

JD Stevens (JD Lawrence) is a struggling New York actor and playwright that would do almost anything to help a friend in need. His loyalty is put to the test when he agrees to represent his... See full summary »

Stars: JD Lawrence, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Clifton Powell, Buddy Lewis

Votes: 14

23. Love Won't Let Me Wait (2015)

TV-PG | 99 min | Romance

Roger (Lamman Rucker) is an undeniably charismatic playboy with ill intentions. He manages to date three sisters, Ashley, Michelle and Eadie, all while convincing their unsuspecting mother (Vivica A. Fox) that he is a good guy.

Director: Roger Melvin | Stars: Lamman Rucker, Clifton Powell, Lenny Williams, Thea Vidale

Votes: 14

24. A Baby for Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Family

It's Christmas with the Chandlers but no one seems to have the Christmas spirit - except for Stephanie, that is. Marci and Blair are obsessing over being the perfect parents, Myra and ... See full summary »

Director: Rhonda Baraka | Stars: Maria Artis, Nadej K. Bailey, Nicole Beyser, Keith Arthur Bolden

Votes: 94

25. A Talent for Trouble (2018)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy

"The more minor the disagreement, the fiercer the fight" : Set in the early 2000's when hip hop video's meant something. Sean Wellington, a neurotic music video director who was just given ... See full summary »

Director: Marvis Johnson | Stars: Hassan Johnson, Roman Rivera, Mekhi Phifer, Tawny Dahl

Votes: 12

26. Where Hearts Lie (2016)

TV-14 | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

A young Brooklyn based real estate mogul in the making unwittingly gambles his success, sanity, and the safety of his young child, when he falls for the wrong woman

Director: Tony Lindsay | Stars: Alexander Mulzac, Erin Sanderson, Clifton Powell, Mizan Kirby

Votes: 27

27. Flowers Movie (2016)

TV-G | 100 min | Drama

Seduction,Intimidation,and Intimate betrayal makes up for the lives of these powerful individuals. When the past finally catches up, only destruction begins to follow. From manipulation to ... See full summary »

Director: Jarrell Crump | Stars: Dennis Adams, Ray Barber, Mary K. Bella, Doe Boii

Votes: 37

28. The Freight Rider (2015)

Short, Drama

Aden Mc Ready, a bastard child of a drug and alcohol addled mom and an unidentified dad is reduced to singing in the subway for handouts. He is jolted into the final realization that the ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Ratcliffe | Stars: Clifton Powell, Brian Anthony Wilson, Tony Devon, Adam Ratcliffe

Votes: 6

29. A Weekend with the Family (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Comedy

A young attorney looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm while secretly dating his boss' daughter, who he's hoping to marry; but when his loving girlfriend decides to arrange a ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Stokes | Stars: Marques Houston, Karrueche Tran, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Clifton Powell

Votes: 342

30. Deceptions of Love (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

Newlyweds, Morris and Venice start out with the best intentions of a marriage made in heaven. But the trials of matrimony can lead anyone astray . Shanna, Morris' ex, returns with a vowed ... See full summary »

Directors: Vernon Snoop Robinson, Christopher E. Morgan | Stars: Brandon Craig, Amy Cannon Bryant, Celeste Collins, Gin Blanton

Votes: 15

31. Deceitful (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Thriller

Two brothers who plan on selling their business soon find their personal lives full of deceit and deceitful things...

Director: J. Horton | Stars: Fredro Starr, Layzie Bone, Dorian Gregory, Jackie Christie

Votes: 28

32. Wilma (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Director: Bud Greenspan | Stars: Shirley Jo Finney, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca

Votes: 205

33. For the Love of Ruth (2015)

80 min | Drama

Ruth Summerling has spent the majority of her life struggling to find her way and comes to some understanding of where exactly it is she belongs.

Director: Christine Swanson | Stars: Denise Boutte, Gary Dourdan, Gary Weeks, Loretta Devine

Votes: 80

34. What My Husband Doesn't Know (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Lena Summer is the envy of all her friends. Big house. Successful husband. It's the perfect life...or so it seems. But with her husband's demanding career as a construction mogul, the other... See full summary »

Director: David E. Talbert | Stars: Michelle Williams, Clifton Davis, Tiffany Haddish, Trae Ireland

Votes: 139

35. My Favorite Five (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

My Favorite Five is a romantic comedy with hilarious twists and turns. Hailey is a self-proclaimed serial dater who has no interest in marriage, kids or a picket fence. Hailey does however ... See full summary »

Director: Paul D. Hannah | Stars: Rochelle Aytes, Brian White, DeRay Davis, Erica Hubbard

Votes: 258

36. Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography

Story of Miki Howard, an American R&B and Jazz singer, whose hits include "Ain't Nobody Like You" and "Ain't Nuthin' in the World."

Director: Christine Swanson | Stars: Teyonah Parris, Gary Dourdan, Darius McCrary, Amari Cheatom

Votes: 147

37. Like Cotton Twines (2016)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

An American volunteer teaching in a school in Africa must save one of his students, a 14 year old girl from religious slavery.

Director: Leila Djansi | Stars: Irene Adotey, Adjetey Anang, Miranda Bailey, David Dontoh

Votes: 50

38. Cru (2014)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama

When four high school best friends' lives are dramatically changed on the night of a near fatal accident, eighteen years later they're reunited, only to discover that a set of past and ... See full summary »

Director: Alton Glass | Stars: Taran Braxton, Ashanna Bri, Jermaine Crawford, Greg Davis Jr.

Votes: 278

39. Mississippi Damned (2009)

TV-MA | 120 min | Drama

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Director: Tina Mabry | Stars: Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Hyatt, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 865

40. Where Children Play (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young woman is forced to face her childhood demons. When tasked with returning home to care for her ailing abusive father.

Director: Leila Djansi | Stars: Macy Gray, Teyonah Parris, Brian White, Leon

Votes: 139

41. Knucklehead (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A Brooklyn man tries to cure himself of his incurable developmental disorders.

Director: Ben Bowman | Stars: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Alfre Woodard, Amari Cheatom, Carla Duren

Votes: 76

42. Mr. Church (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

"Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel

Votes: 25,205 | Gross: $0.69M

43. Insecure (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell

Votes: 12,114

44. The Bounce Back (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

A relationship guru and best-selling author finds himself falling for the licensed therapist who questions his methods.

Director: Youssef Delara | Stars: Shemar Moore, Nadine Velazquez, Bill Bellamy, Nadja Alaya

Votes: 578 | Gross: $0.32M

45. An American Girl Story: Melody 1963 - Love Has to Win (2016 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 48 min | Drama, Family