Movies and TV Shows about black people

The Green Mile
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • Fantasy, Drama, Crime,
  • A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.
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The Green Mile
The Color Purple
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • Drama,
  • In the southern United States in the 1930s, a male-dominated African American woman fights her way through a troubled life.
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The Color Purple
American Gangster
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.
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American Gangster
Driving Miss Daisy
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of relationships where shunned upon. Oscar winning tragic comedy with a star-studded cast and based on a play of the same name by Alfred Uhry.
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Driving Miss Daisy
Shaft
  • Shaft (2000)
  • Adventure, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.
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Shaft
Guess Who
  • Guess Who (2005)
  • Comedy, Romance,
  • The fiancé of an African-American woman who's met with skepticism and suspicion from her father. Tension flares -- along with comedy -- when she takes him home for the all-important introduction, and as the wedding approaches, Dad must come to terms with his future son-in-law.
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Guess Who
In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
The Human Stain
  • The Human Stain (2003)
  • Drama, Thriller, Romance,
  • Coleman Silk is a worldly and admired professor who loses his job after unwittingly making a racial slur. To clear his name, Silk writes a book about the events with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman, who in the process discovers a dark secret Silk has hidden his whole life. All the while, Silk engages in an affair with Faunia Farley, a younger woman whose tormented past threatens to unravel the layers of deception Silk has constructed.
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The Human Stain
Do the Right Thing
  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • Drama, Comedy, Crime,
  • 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.
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Do the Right Thing
To Kill a Mockingbird
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Drama, Crime, Mystery,
  • To Kill A Mockingbird is the film adaptation of the classic book by Harper Lee. The film tells the story of a child in a small American town in the 1930’s where color prejudice, racial hatred, and taking the law into your own hands were everyday events. Gregory Peck would receive an Oscar for his excellent portrayal of a single father named Atticus Finch.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Breaking In
  • Breaking In (2018)
  • Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After managing to escape, Shaun must now figure out a way to turn the tables on the desperate thieves and save her captive children.
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Breaking In
Ray
  • Ray (2004)
  • Drama,
  • Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered couping gospel and country together.
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Ray
Hart's War
  • Hart's War (2002)
  • Drama, War,
  • Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country.
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Hart's War
A Bronx Tale
  • A Bronx Tale (1993)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his neighborhood - for a beautiful black girl.
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A Bronx Tale
Coach Carter
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • Drama,
  • Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
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Coach Carter
Boyz n the Hood
  • Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
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Boyz n the Hood
Just Cause
  • Just Cause (1995)
  • Drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery,
  • Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer.
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Just Cause
Miracle at St. Anna
  • Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
  • Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime, War,
  • Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.
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Miracle at St. Anna
Freedom Writers
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
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Freedom Writers
Menace II Society
  • Menace II Society (1993)
  • Drama, Action, Crime,
  • Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
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Menace II Society
Dreamgirls
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Drama,
  • Three young women - Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson - desire to become pop stars and get their wish when they're picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. Then they're set free for leads, but Curtis Taylor and Effie's brother C.C. decide for Deena to be lead which upsets Effie.
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Dreamgirls
Black Knight
  • Black Knight (2001)
  • Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy,
  • Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.
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Black Knight
Far from Heaven
  • Far from Heaven (2002)
  • Drama, Romance,
  • In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
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Far from Heaven
The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
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The Bonfire of the Vanities
Freedomland
  • Freedomland (2006)
  • Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery,
  • A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.
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Freedomland
Black Dynamite
  • Black Dynamite (2009)
  • Action, Comedy,
  • This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House...
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Black Dynamite
Juice
  • Juice (1992)
  • Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ and happens to have a gig the night of the robbery. Unfortunately for him, Bishop isn't willing to take no for answer in a game where everything's for keeps.
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Juice
Soul Plane
  • Soul Plane (2004)
  • Comedy,
  • Following a ridiculously awful flight that leads to his pet's death, Nashawn Wade files a lawsuit against the airline, and wins a multimillion-dollar settlement. Determined to create a better flying experience, Nashawn starts his own airline, one that caters to an African-American clientele. Going into business with a tricked-out plane piloted by the smooth Capt. Mack, the airline hits a snag when it has to deal with the family of Elvis Hunkee.
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Soul Plane
Akeelah and the Bee
  • Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
  • Drama,
  • Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
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Akeelah and the Bee
Head of State
  • Head of State (2003)
  • Comedy,
  • When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic party unexpectedly picks a Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam (Rock) as his replacement .
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Head of State
The Wanderers
  • The Wanderers (1979)
  • Drama,
  • The streets of the Bronx are owned by 60’s youth gangs where the joy and pain of adolescence is lived. Philip Kaufman tells his take on the novel by Richard Price about the history of the Italian-American gang ‘The Wanderers.’
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The Wanderers
Shaft
  • Shaft (1971)
  • Adventure, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
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Shaft
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)
  • Comedy, Documentary, Music,
  • The American comedian/actor delivers a story about the alternative Hip Hop scene. A small town Ohio man’s moves to Brooklyn, New York, to throw an unprecedented block party. Filmed with inspiration from the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
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Dave Chappelle's Block Party
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Drama, Comedy, Romance,
  • Through good times and bad, Stella and Delilah have always had each other. Now, Stella's so busy building a life that she's forgotten how to really live. But Delilah is about to change all that. What starts as a quick trip to Jamaica, end as an exhilarating voyage of self discovery as Stella learns to open her heart and find love - even if it's with a man 20 years her junior.
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Bones
  • Bones (2001)
  • Horror, Action, Thriller,
  • Over 20 years after his death by a gunshot, Jimmy Bones comes back as a ghost to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up his neighborhood.
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Bones
The Brother from Another Planet
  • The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
  • Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction,
  • An alien slave crashes lands in New York city while being pursued by two Men in Black bounty hunters. His attempt to find a place for himself on earth parallels that of the immigrant experience.
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The Brother from Another Planet
Crooklyn
  • Crooklyn (1994)
  • From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
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Crooklyn
Coonskin
  • Coonskin (1975)
  • Animation, Drama, Action, Comedy, Crime,
  • A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia.
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Coonskin
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
  • Drama, Action, Romance,
  • After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.
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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Hollywood Shuffle
  • Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
  • Comedy,
  • Aspiring actor and hot-dog stand employee Bobby Taylor catches the ire of his grandmother for auditioning for a role in the regrettably titled exploitation film "Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge." When Tinseltown Studios casts Taylor in the title role, he has a series of conflicted dreams satirizing African-American stereotypes in Hollywood, and must reconcile his career goals with his desire to remain a positive role model for his little brother.
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Hollywood Shuffle