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1. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,306 | Gross: $0.30M

2. 35 Shots of Rum (2008)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

92 Metascore

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 3,888 | Gross: $0.18M

3. Killer of Sheep (1978)

80 min | Drama

95 Metascore

Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett

Votes: 5,619 | Gross: $0.40M

4. Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet, Jean-Claude Adelin

Votes: 2,544 | Gross: $2.32M

5. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,427 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Journey of the Hyena (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Magaye Niang, Myriam Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 2,065

7. Mother of George (2013)

R | 107 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.

Director: Andrew Dosunmu | Stars: Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé, Anthony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi

Votes: 988 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Restless City (2011)

R | 80 min | Drama, Music

59 Metascore

Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Director: Andrew Dosunmu | Stars: Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Hervé Diese, Momo Dione, Lenore Thomas Douglas

Votes: 222

9. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,134 | Gross: $0.17M

10. Girlhood (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 6,869

11. Brightness (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

Votes: 1,957

12. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,775

13. Emitaï (1971)

103 min | Drama

As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Andongo Diabon, Robert Fontaine, Michel Renaudeau, Ousmane Camara

Votes: 266

14. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 690

15. Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama

91 Metascore

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique Zeïda

Votes: 3,345 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 8,937

17. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, Elizabeth Acker, Melissa Bisagni

Votes: 1,895 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,757 | Gross: $1.64M

19. Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director: Michael Roemer | Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster

Votes: 1,122 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Mississippi Damned (2009)

TV-MA | 120 min | Drama

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Director: Tina Mabry | Stars: Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Hyatt, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 822

21. For Colored Girls (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 6,836 | Gross: $37.72M

22. Honeytrap (2014)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Brixton, London, 15-year-old Layla gets sucked into gang activity.

Director: Rebecca Johnson | Stars: Jessica Sula, Lucien Laviscount, Ntonga Mwanza, Naomi Ryan

Votes: 602

23. Baby Boy (2001)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Alexsandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding

Votes: 12,018 | Gross: $28.73M

24. Love Beats Rhymes (2017)

R | 106 min | Drama, Musical

54 Metascore

When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek ... See full summary »

Director: RZA | Stars: John David Washington, Common, Hana Mae Lee, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 743

25. Belly (1998)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams | Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins

Votes: 8,633 | Gross: $9.63M

26. Brotherly Love (III) (2015)

R | 89 min | Drama

Set on the backdrop of Philadelphia's famed Overbrook High School, we track the lives of the nations number one high school basketball player Sergio Taylor as he deals with the early pressures of hood fame.

Director: Jamal Hill | Stars: Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict, Romeo Miller, Eric D. Hill Jr.

Votes: 1,619 | Gross: $0.44M

27. First Match (2018)

TV-MA | 102 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the boys wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.

Director: Olivia Newman | Stars: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome

Votes: 1,671

28. Monsters and Men (2018)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Stars: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams

Votes: 1,477 | Gross: $0.50M

29. Entre nos (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A story based on facts which offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants in the United States. Mariana totes her two children from Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New... See full summary »

Directors: Gloria La Morte, Paola Mendoza | Stars: Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada, Laura Montana, Anthony Chisholm

Votes: 1,029

30. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 1,234 | Gross: $0.10M

31. The Price of Forgiveness (2001)

90 min | Drama

Mythical story about a fishing village on the south coast of Senegal. Two men in the village are both in love with the same beautiful girl.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Stars: Hubert Koundé, Rokhaya Niang, Gora Seck, Alioune Ndiaye

Votes: 105

32. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

Votes: 4,487 | Gross: $1.08M

33. Ballast (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives.

Director: Lance Hammer | Stars: Micheal J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Votes: 2,167 | Gross: $0.08M

34. Pass Over (2018)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Two young men pass the time dreaming of the promised land.

Directors: Spike Lee, Danya Taymor | Stars: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

Votes: 576

35. White Lies, Black Sheep (2007)

84 min | Drama

An African-American club promoter learns important life lessons on race while hanging out in the New York rock scene.

Director: James Spooner | Stars: Antibalas, Jeremy Bobb, Tali De Mar, Elizabeth Garber Paul

Votes: 26

36. Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about soul vocalist Roberta Flack and her ascent to notoriety, set against the turbulent scenery of America's Civil Rights development. Highlights interviews with Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Cissy Houston.

Director: Mike Connolly | Stars: Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Lalah Hathaway, Cissy Houston

Votes: 44

37. In The Morning (2014)

75 min | Drama

Set in Brooklyn, In The Morning is a searing journey through the lives of nine smart, fiercely articulate New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara gather to bid farewell to ... See full summary »

Director: Nefertite Nguvu | Stars: De'Adre Aziza, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Hoji Fortuna, Kim Hill

Votes: 23

38. The Last Two Lovers at the End of the World (2017)

Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A future-set, New Year's Eve wild night's journey that follows two young lovers as they try to outsmart the end of the world.

Director: Nefertite Nguvu | Stars: Dabier, Luke James, Amatus Karim, JoNell Kennedy

39. Rocks (2019)

93 min | Drama

A teenage girl who suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson

Votes: 94

40. Atlantics (2019)

TV-14 | 106 min | Drama

85 Metascore

In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Mame Bineta Sane, Traore, Coumba Dieng, Arame Fall Faye

Votes: 1,620



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