Must See Black Movies of All Time

AmNews Staff | 10/13/2011, 4:53 p.m.
Here at AmNews offices we recently had a new intern start, Yacine Simpore. You may...
Must See Black Movies of All Time

Here at AmNews offices we recently had a new intern start, Yacine Simpore. You may recognize her name from the many bylines she has had in the paper and online since she started with us one month ago. Yacine is joining us from France and we have taken it upon ourselves to help her learn everything there is to being black in America. One part of our culture that Yacine, and various others on our staff thought was important was pop-culture and movies.

This is the list we complied of the must see black movies. They represent some of the finest work of our film community and others are pure entertainment. But all give incited and perspective into our community. Do you think this covers it? What is missing and what should simply be left out?

AmNews Staff Top 10 (These are also repeated under their specific genre)

  • Glory
  • Boys in the Hood
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Coming to America
  • New Jack City
  • Malcolm X
  • The Wiz
  • The Color Purple
  • Purple Rain
  • Guess Whos Coming to Dinner


  • Good Hair
  • Great debaters
  • Malcolm X
  • Glory
  • Amistad
  • Harlem nights
  • The Color Purple
  • Get on the Bus
  • Devil in Blue Dress
  • Cry freedom
  • Montgomery
  • Life
  • Roots (*Reader contributed, this was originally left out because it is a series)
  • Keep the Faith, Baby (*Reader contributed)


  • Coming to America
  • Friday, Friday After Next, Next Friday
  • Nutty Professor I and II
  • Hollywood Shuffle
  • Boomerang
  • House party I &II
  • Booty call
  • Uptown Saturday Night
  • Guess who's coming to dinner
  • Class Act
  • Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Mediaman
  • Blankman
  • Def James how to be a player
  • Ghostdad
  • Major Payne
  • Madea
  • B.AP.S
  • I'm through with White Girls
  • Trading Places
  • White Men Can't Jump


  • Stomp the Yard
  • For colored girls
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • Sounder
  • Mo'Betta Blues
  • Krush Groove
  • The pursuit of happiness
  • Do the right thing
  • Boyz'n the hood
  • Soul food
  • Waiting to exhale
  • Brothers
  • Eves Bayou
  • Best man
  • The wood
  • South central
  • Poetic justice
  • Menace to society
  • Set it off
  • Hustleflow
  • Blackman
  • Lean on me
  • Claudine
  • Drumline
  • Beloved
  • Higher learning
  • The mighty queen
  • The Jackson's
  • Crooklyn
  • Bird
  • What's love got to do with it?
  • Girl 6
  • For the love of Ivy
  • Precious
  • He's Got Game
  • Style Wars
  • Wild Style


  • New Jack City
  • American Gangster
  • Training day
  • Ricochet
  • The Last Dragon
  • Beverly Hills Cops I, II, II
  • Shaft
  • Romeo must die
  • Hoodlum (*Reader contributed)


  • Jungle fever
  • Mississippi Masala
  • Love and basketball
  • A thin line between Love and Hate
  • How Stella got her groove
  • Love Jones
  • She hates me
  • Why did I get married I, II
  • Jumping the Broom
  • The Help
  • Brown Sugar (Reader contributed!)


  • Five Heartbreak
  • Idlewild
  • Purple rain
  • The wiz
  • Dream Girls
  • Lady sings the blues
  • Carmen Jones
  • Stormy weather
  • Uptown Records
  • Cab in the city
  • Sparkle
  • Porgy and Bess
  • Paris Blues
  • School Daze
  • Why do fools fall in love?
  • Lady sings the blues


  • Blackula


  • Bamboozled


  • Bebe's kids
  • Princess and the frog
  • Boon Docks, the movie