What are the best African-American movies?

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    #1Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    Malcolm X is a historical drama biography motion picture that stars Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, and Delroy Lindo. It was directed by Spike Lee and was based on the books of Alex Haley and Malcolm X. The film premiered in the USA.


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    Sarah Hernandez
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I loved Denzel Washington's acting prowess in this movie. It was very cinematic for me. Time will come that I will let my brother watch this biography and educational tribute film so he would be aware of the timeless pursuit of a black activist who wants nothing but black liberation and for the black people to be recognized through some unusual civil rights movement."
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    #2Black Panther

    Black Panther

    Black Panther is a superhero movie directed by Ryan Coogler. It is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was released in 2018. It starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira.

    Black Panther has received numerous awards and nominations. Have a look at the list of online sources to watch Black Panther now.


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    Jacob Schmidt
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Always a fan of Marvel andddd WAKANDA FOREVER!!! In terms of directing and acting, I see no other person who could have pulled it off other than Chadwick Boseman. He's firmness and compassion and natural charisma makes him fit for the character. "
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    Ray is a biography, music, and a drama movie directed by Taylor Hackford that was released in 2004. It is a 2 hour and 34-minute film starring Jamie Foxx, Regina King, and Kerry Washington. 


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    Barbara Williamson
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Can I just say how brilliant Jamie Foxx was in this movie? He played the character of Ray Charles as a blind guy and yet his emotions are very apparent. The music is perfectly in sync with the scenes."


Did you know that Denzel Washington is listed as the greatest African-American actor of all time? Denzel Washington alongside Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, and Forest Whitaker are front-runners in different lists and articles like IMDb, The Top Tens, and Ranker as the most influential Black actors in Hollywood. Black films have truly evolved from a niche genre to a necessary component of Hollywood. From Hattie McDaniel’s first Academy Award won by an African-American, the contribution of Black actors in the film industry is undeniable as people of color are continuously making names in Hollywood. In fact, among the best-paid and award-winning professionals in Hollywood, today are Black actors. Denzel Washington became a household name in show business as he took part on notable projects like Glory, Training Day, Flight, Fences, The Hurricane and a lot more. He also landed the tenth spot on the list of most Academy Award nominations as an actor with a total of 8 nominations.

Another African-American actor who is continuously making his way to the hearts of viewers and Hollywood is Chadwick Boseman. Boseman has been active in show business since 2000. He has already made quite a career from portraying prominent African-Americans like Jackie Robinson in the film 42, football star Floyd Little in The Express, James Brown in Get on Up, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the film Marshall. Chadwick Boseman’s popularity went up when he took the role of an African King and Marvel Superhero. Boseman’s casting as Black Panther was lauded for bringing diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the first African-American Marvel hero to get a standalone film under Marvel. Boseman being part of Marvel did not just bring diversity but made the film, Black Panther as the 9th highest grossing film of all time. If you haven't watched the film yet, Black Panther can now be streamed online.

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    #4Remember the Titans

    Remember the Titans

    Remember the Titans is a sports drama movie based on real events with Denzel Washington in the role of the African-American school football coach Herman Boone. 


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    Andy Tang
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "As an aspiring football player, I find this movie very inspirational as it is also based on the true story of the ups and downs of a football team in Virginia. It makes me sad that racist comments and some racial discrimination scenes truly happened before/ I mean, how can people be so mean?"
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    #5The Pursuit of Happyness

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    The Pursuit of Happiness is a biographical film based on the memoir of the same name by Chris Gardner. Released in 2006, the film was directed by Gabriele Muccino and was starred by Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Thandie Newton.


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    Charlotte Fu
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "This film reach the very depths of my emotions. Will Smith is a convincing actor. After watching this movie, I realized how important family is. That love for the family must be strong enough to endure and keep the family together. "
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    #6Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    Django Unchained is an American dramatic western motion picture starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. It was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and premiered on December 11, 2012, in New York City.


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    James Medina
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Yet, another Quentin Tarantino's brilliantly brutal movie. Well, knowing Tarantino, expect to have guns, shooting, killing and bloodbaths. LOL, On a side note, this film is a good exemplification of slavery and how awful and unfortunate it is to have experienced it. "
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    #7Hotel Rwanda

    Hotel Rwanda
    The true story of a man who stood up the atrocities in Rwanda and offered his hotel as shelter for thousands of refugees. Over 1 million people were brutally murdered in three months, but this man saved lives one at a time.

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    Marilyn Gilbert
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I wouldn't recommend this film to people who can't take a realistic violence. Whenever I watch real-life stories like this, I cant help but to well up as I watch. My faith in humanity is restored after watching this. Imagine one man who aims to save thousands of lives amidst the life-threatening danger that would kill him."
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    #8Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures is a dramatic historical biography motion picture that stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. It was written and directed by Theodore Melfi and premiered on December 25, 2016, in the United States.


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    Jessica Jiang
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Feminism at its finest! It is a realistic depiction of the civil rights era so expect some vulgar language (but toloerable ones)"


Best What are the best African-American movies
1Malcolm XMovies 15 Paid
2Black PantherMovies 14 Paid
3RayMovies 10 Paid
4Remember the TitansMovies 8 Paid
5The Pursuit of HappynessMovies 7 Paid
6Django UnchainedMovies 4 Paid
7Hotel RwandaMovies 2 Paid
8Hidden FiguresMovies 0 Paid

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