Top Ten African American Movies of All Time

Okay, Black Voices listed the top 50 Black movies of all time. I am listing their top ten here:


10. Do The Right Thing (1989)

9. Ali (2001)

8. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)

7.   Love Jones (1997)

6. A Soldier’s Story (1984)

5.  Ray (2004)

4.  Cooley High (1975)

3. Glory (1989)

2. The Five Heartbeats (1991)

1. The Color Purple (1987)


  1. The Color Purple (1987)
  2. Mo’ Betta Blues (1990)
  3. Coming To America (1988)
  4. Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  5. Love Jones (1997)
  6. The Mighty Quinn (1989)
  7. Sparkle (1976)
  8. School Daze (1988)
  9. Waiting to Exhale (1995)
  10. The Best Man (1999)

Now it’s your turn. What’s missing from our lists? What is you favorite film geared toward African Americans?

10 thoughts on “Top Ten African American Movies of All Time

  1. All the movies on both lists are excellent. But by far, my favorite is “Glory” starring Denzel and Morgan Freeman. It’s a true story about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War. Morgan Freeman does the part of Sergeant William H. Carney. After the battle was over, Sergeant Carney became the first Afro-American to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage and valor during the fight. It’s movies that depict true historical events that are my favorites. Now check this out y’all, with that in mind, last night here in Los Angeles, I went to see a sneak preview of the up coming movie, “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story”. It’s a true story about Ernie Davis who played football for Syracuse University and how he became the first Afro-American to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trophy is awarded every year to the best football player in college football. But just as every bit as interesting is the time frame of this movie. Ernie Davis was playing and winning the Heisman Trophy during the early days of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I’m sure this movie is going to make many lists of favorite movies.
    By the way, just as a side note, when we all go vote of election day, be sure to thank the Good Lord for blessing us with Fannie Lou Hamer ( Please Google her ). During the early days of the Civil Rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer organized voter registration drives and voting rights drives in the Afro-American community in Mississippi. May the Good Lord bless her heart and always rest her soul.

  2. If I may add my two cents. . . Brainy’s Top 10
    1. Do The Right Thing
    2. Coming to America
    3. The Color Purple
    4. Malcolm X
    5. Boyz N the Hood
    6. Bamboozled
    7. The Five Heartbeats
    8. The Best Man
    9. Soul Food
    10.Love & Basketball
    I really went back and forth about whether Hotel Rwanda and Roots should make the list, those movies meant a lot to me, but since I tried to keep true to the standard of choosing films geared toward African Americans I had to leave it off. Roots and Hotel Rwanda, I believe, are really geared to everyone (at least it should be).
    P.S. It took all I could not to include, I’m Gonna get You Sucka.

  3. We’ll make I’m Gon’ Get You Sucka number 11. lol
    I was thinking about this list some more and thought of CROSSROADS with Blind Dog Fulton. Smokehouse Brown, the one and only Willie Brown. That had the guy from Karate Kid in it. Good movie.

  4. BBC in NYC;
    It has great music and southern folklore. My mom loves it too. It was one of those movies we all watched as a family and would sing the Willie Brown song.

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