Amazon’s Black Employee Network Recommended Watching

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1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 629,208 | Gross: $56.67M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

2. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime

83 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: 30,501

Available to Stream on Netflix

3. A Bronx Tale (1993)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra

Votes: 125,962 | Gross: $17.27M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

4. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 7,048

Available to Stream on Prime Video

5. Africa's Great Civilizations (2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a fresh look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malik Kaddu, Fabio Abraham, Lamin Tamba

Votes: 158

Available to Stream on Prime Video

7. America to Me (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

A look inside one of Chicago's most progressive public schools, located in suburban Oak Park.

Stars: Charles Donalson Jr., Ke'Shawn Kumsa, Grant Lee, Kendale McCoy

Votes: 343

Available to Stream on Prime Video

8. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 1,020,399 | Gross: $6.72M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

9. American Son (2019)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama

34 Metascore

An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

Director: Kenny Leon | Stars: Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Eugene Lee

Votes: 6,036

Available to Stream on Netflix

10. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (II) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.

Director: Freida Lee Mock | Stars: Jill Abramson, Joe Biden, John Carr, Orrin Hatch

Votes: 434

Available to Stream on Prime Video

11. Becoming (II) (2020)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others during her 2019 book tour for 'Becoming.'

Director: Nadia Hallgren | Stars: Adrian K. Collins, Gayle King, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Votes: 5,033

Available to Stream on Netflix

12. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), of Royal Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) is raised by aristocratic Great-uncle Lord William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in eighteenth century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 27,771 | Gross: $10.73M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

13. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary

Documentary with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. chronicles the triumphs, struggles and contradictions of the last fifty years in African American History.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr., Nas, Cornel West

Votes: 66

Available to Stream on Prime Video

14. Black Earth Rising (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

Kate is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose adoptive mother, an international lawyer, faces a case that will shake their lives.

Stars: John Goodman, Michaela Coel, Noma Dumezweni, Lucian Msamati

Votes: 3,672

Available to Stream on Netflix

15. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 123,033 | Gross: $57.50M

Available to Stream on Hulu

16. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 9,017 | Gross: $2.65M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

17. Chisholm '72 (2004)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy

Votes: 222

Available to Stream on Prime Video

18. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Madge Sinclair

Votes: 745

Available on DVD and Blu-ray

19. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen T. Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba, Edwin Raymond

Votes: 553 | Gross: $0.02M

Available to Stream on Hulu

20. Crown Heights (2017)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Luke Forbes

Votes: 1,891 | Gross: $0.24M

Available to Stream on Prime Video

21. Dear White People (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Stars: Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell, DeRon Horton, Antoinette Robertson

Votes: 21,788

Available to Stream on Netflix

22. Dear White People (2014)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 24,169 | Gross: $4.40M

Available to Stream on Netflix

23. 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: 1,329,390 | Gross: $162.81M

Available to Stream on Netflix

24. Do Not Resist (2016)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Director: Craig Atkinson | Stars: James Comey, Dave Grossman, Rand Paul

Votes: 1,077 | Gross: $0.07M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

25. 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: 87,288 | Gross: $27.55M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

26. Eyes on the Prize (1987–1990)

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Unita Blackwell, James Hicks, Burke Marshall

Votes: 495

Available to Stream on PBS

27. February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary

Based largely on first hand accounts and rare archival footage, the new documentary film February One documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Robinson, Rondrell McCormick, William Jamaal Primus, O. Stephone Ingram

Votes: 74

Available to Stream on Prime Video

28. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Cory Booker

Votes: 691

Available to Stream on Prime Video

29. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 50,672 | Gross: $20.76M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

30. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Raymond Arsenault, Genevieve Houghton, Gordon Carey, Derek Catsam

Votes: 267

Available to Rent on Prime Video

31. 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: 152

Available to Stream on Prime Video

32. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 74,360 | Gross: $16.10M

Available to Stream on Tubi

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

Not Rated | 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: 38,713 | Gross: $56.70M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

34. Hair Love (2019)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A father tries to do his daughter's hair for the first time.

Directors: Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce W. Smith | Star: Issa Rae

Votes: 4,971

Available to Watch on YouTube

35. Harriet (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Votes: 17,767

Available to Rent on Prime Video

36. Higher Learning (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 17,912 | Gross: $38.29M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

37. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 24,079 | Gross: $7.83M

Available to Stream on Hulu

38. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning.

Director: Xavier Burgin | Stars: Meosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, William Crain

Votes: 1,034

Available to Stream on Prime Video

39. 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: 18,815 | Gross: $7.12M

Available to Rent on Prime Video

40. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 40,234 | Gross: $14.92M

Available to Stream on Hulu

41. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Jimi Hendrix talking about how he became who he is.

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Bootsy Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell

Votes: 446

Available to Rent on Prime Video

42. 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 Hopkins, Khalil Kain

Votes: 23,579 | Gross: $20.15M

Available to Stream on Netflix

43. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Charlie Pye Jr.

Votes: 41,277

Available to Stream on Prime Video

44. Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 62 min | Comedy

Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes in this entertaining and educational comedy special.

Director: Tom Stern | Stars: Steve Agee, Derek Basco, Brad Berryhill, Kirk Bovill

Votes: 1,133

Available to Stream on Netflix