1. Soul Food
When Ahmad Simmons' (Brandon Hammond) diabetic grandma, Josephine "big Mama" Joseph (Irma P. Lobby), falls into a state of coma during an operation to amputate her leg, it tosses the Joseph family into disarray. Ahmad looks as his mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox), and aunties Teri (Vanessa L. Williams) and Tracy (Nia Long) battle to change in accordance with the family matron's abrupt nonappearance, fall into old competitions, share recollections, and work to keep up the long-standing custom of Sunday family meals.
Soul Food: (1997)
2. King of New York
A maniacal drug lord leaves jail set on imparting his benefits to poor people, yet finds that the streets are harder than when he left and that it is extremely unlikely of washing the blood from his messy cash.
King of New York: (1990)
3. Coming to America
Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the sovereign of a rich African nation and wants for nothing, aside from a spouse who will cherish him regardless of his title. To get away from an arranged marriage, Akeem escapes to America joined by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to discover his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in a fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), however battles with uncovering his actual character to her and his marital intentions to his king father (James Earl Jones).
Coming to America: (1988)
Four Harlem companions - Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) and Raheem (Khalil Kain) - fiddle with a trivial crime, however, they choose to pull out all the stops by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. In any case, Q has various goals. He needs to be a DJ and happens to have a gig the evening of the theft. Shockingly for him, Bishop isn't eager to take no for answer in a game where everything's for the long haul.
Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two cherished companions who both seek to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is fiercely serious yet at times turns out to be excessively enthusiastic on the court. Throughout the years, the two start to succumb to one another, however their different ways to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.
6. Eve's Bayou
Throughout a long, sweltering Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old dark young lady, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), finds that her family's well-to-do presence is just an exterior. The philandering of her smooth specialist father, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson), creates a rift, tossing Eve's mom, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), and adolescent sister, Cisely (Meagan Good), into emotional turmoil. Eve, however, figures out how to discover some comfort with her idiosyncratic mystic auntie, Mozelle (Debbi Morgan).
Eve's Bayou: (1997)
7. What's Love Got to Do with It
In view of the life of the unbelievable soul singer, Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) - conceived Anna Mae Bullock - finds her adoration for singing in her Tennessee church ensemble. She moves to St. Louis to seek after a profession, and there she meets the appealling Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne), who rechristens her Tina and offers to enable her to succeed. As a musical team, Ike and Tina take the charts by storm. Yet, as his physical maltreatment worsens, Tina needs to settle on the extreme choice to forget about Ike and set out on her own.
What's Love Got to Do with It: (1993)
DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp living every day on the intense boulevards of Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing 40, he's worn out on the existence he's living and fantasies about something more prominent. At the point when he gets together with an old companion who is currently in the recording industry, he's enlivened to turn his life around and utilizes his criminal life as a motivation to make rap music. At the point when he hears that a rap hotshot is coming to town, Djay works a hustle to pick up the rapper's consideration and hopefully get signed by a label.
In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long outing, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) drives the slaves in an extraordinary uprising. They are then held detainee in Connecticut, and their discharge turns into the subject of warmed discussion. Liberated slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) needs Cinque and the others absolved and selects property legal advisor Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to support his case. In the long run, John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) likewise turns into a partner.
It's Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) has recently gotten terminated for taking cardboard boxes. To exacerbate the situation, rent is due, he despises his domineering sweetheart, Joi (Paula Jai Parker), and his closest companion, Smokey (Chris Tucker), owes the local drug dealer money - and that is all before lunch. As the hours' delay, Jones and Smokey experience the array of urban life, complete with crackheads, shoot-outs and excessively sexual ministers, packed into one single, mind blowing Friday.
11. Love Jones
Two urban African-Americans, Darius (Larenz Tate), a yearning author, and Nina (Nia Long), an aspiring photographer, share a moment association after a chance meeting at a Chicago club. The two bond over music, photography and poetry, and in the long run start a torrid romance. Notwithstanding, when Nina chooses to move to New York and patch her association with her ex, Marvin (Khalil Kain), it leaves Darius grief-stricken, and the couple's future in risk.
Love Jones: (1997)
Despite the fact that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 lawfully integrated the South, segregation was as yet wild in specific territories, making it hard for blacks to enroll to cast a ballot. In 1965, an Alabama city turned into the battleground in the battle for suffrage. Regardless of rough resistance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his adherents squeezed forward on an epic walk from Selma to Montgomery, and their endeavors finished in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
13. Menace II Society
Subsequent to experiencing childhood in the gang lifestyle of the Los Angeles projects, 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) needs an exit plan. Everybody around him, including his capricious companion O-Dog (Larenz Tate), is caught in their lives of wrongdoing and viciousness. With the assistance of his mindful educator (Charles Dutton) and steady sweetheart (Jada Pinkett), Caine plans to leave the city for good. However, in a progression of grievous occasions, Caine understands that departure won't be simple.
Menace II Society: 1993
14. The Five Heartbeats
Coming in on the last part of a rhythm and blues singing group explosion, The Five Heartbeats (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells) rise and fall inside the space of seven years. En route, the gathering manages all way of acclaim and fortune interruptions - envy, greed, a lot of womanizing and drugs all cause significant damage. Their difficulties come full circle when official Big Red (Hawthorne James) is captured for the homicide of supervisor Jimmy Potter (Chuck Patterson).
The Five Heartbeats: (1991)
Fresh (Sean Nelson) is a 12-year-old street drug dealer who ends up caught in a trap of poverty, corruption and racial pressure in Brooklyn, New York. At the point when his drug-addict sister Nichole (N'Bushe Wright) begins sleeping with local drug lord Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), Fresh calls upon the abilities he got the hang of playing chess with his alcoholic dad and speed-chess champion Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) and devises an unpredictable procedure that will free both himself and his sister.
16. Malcolm X
A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit base during his detainment during the '50s, he turned into a Black Muslim and afterwards a pioneer in the Nation of Islam. His death in 1965 remaining heritage of self-assurance and racial pride.
Malcolm X: (1992)
17. Boyz n the Hood
Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his dad, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), in intense South Central Los Angeles. Despite the fact that his harsh dad imparts appropriate qualities and regard in him, and his sincere sweetheart Brandi (Nia Long) shows him confidence, Tre's companions Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) don't have a similar sort of help and are brought into the area's booming drug and gang culture, with progressively tragic results.
Boyz n the Hood: (1991)
Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered direction of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior official Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw assembles a solid and pleased unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the astute undertaker John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). From the start constrained to modest manual assignments, the regiment battles to be set in the heat of battle.
19. The Color Purple
An epic story traversing forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American lady living in the South who endures unimaginable maltreatment and bias. After Celie's damaging dad weds her off to the similarly degrading "Sir" Albert Johnson (Danny Glover), things go from awful to more terrible, leaving Celie to discover friendship anyplace she can. She continues on, clutching her fantasy of one day being brought together with her sister in Africa.
The Color Purple: (1985)
20. Do the Right Thing
Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian proprietor of a pizza shop in Brooklyn. A local neighbourhood, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes vexed when he sees that the pizza shop's Wall of Fame displays just Italian entertainers. Buggin' Out accepts a pizza shop in a dark neighbourhood should feature black actors, however, Sal opposes this idea. The divider turns into an image of prejudice and hates to Buggin' Out and to others in the area, and tensions rise.
Do the Right Thing: (1989)