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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.5
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75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 933,974 | Gross: $204.84M

2. Empire (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

Stars: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray

Votes: 36,251

3. Black-ish (2014– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

7.1
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A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown

Votes: 17,577

4. Friday (1995)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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54 Metascore

Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 92,813 | Gross: $27.47M

5. Menace II Society (1993)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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76 Metascore

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda

Votes: 47,790 | Gross: $27.90M

6. The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011)

28 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A dark domestic melodrama/satire about the ties that bind and the ties that really bind.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Billy Mayo, Brandon Greenhouse, Angela Bullock, Danièle Watts

Votes: 2,116

7. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 15,928 | Gross: $39.10M

8. House of Payne (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

3.5
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A multi-generational family lives together under one roof.

Stars: LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis, Lance Gross, Allen Payne

Votes: 5,634

9. Gullah, Gullah Island (1994–1998)

TV-Y | 20 min | Family, Musical

7.4
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The series follow an African-American family on Gullah Gullah Island learning about life along with their friends, neighbors and their pet pollywog named Binya Binya.

Stars: Vanessa Baden, Ron Daise, Natalie Daise, James Edward Coleman II

Votes: 962

10. The Proud Family (2001–2005)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.3
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Animated adventures of Penny Proud, a girl growing up with the help of her friends.

Stars: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton, Paula Jai Parker

Votes: 5,667

11. My Brother and Me (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Alfie and Dee-Dee experience how life affects them with different aspects each day, such as learning life lessons.

Stars: Arthur Reggie III, Ralph Woolfolk IV, Jimmy Lee Newman, Aisling Sistrunk

Votes: 793

12. Resting Place (1986 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

6.2
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The mysterious death of an army officer comes under investigation by Major Kendall Laird as the young soldier's parents seek an honorable burial place, out of respect for their son. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty | Stars: John Lithgow, Richard Bradford, Morgan Freeman, G.D. Spradlin

Votes: 444

13. The Proud Family Movie (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.3
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Penny and her family are lured on an all expenses paid vacation where a mad scientist captures them, refusing to let them go because Oscar won't reveal his on of his secret Proud Snacks formulas.

Director: Bruce W. Smith | Stars: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Jo Marie Payton

Votes: 1,374

14. Friday: The Animated Series (2007)

Animation, Comedy

6.0
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Dynamic duo Craig and Smokey are struggling to survive life in South Central L.A., dealing with family, friends and enemies.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Khary Payton, John DiMaggio, Cree Summer

Votes: 121

15. Two Heads Are Better Than None (2000 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 69 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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The Rockmores set out on a family road trip with an uninvited Kel stashed in the trunk. While camping out in the woods, Kenan has a scary encounter with a mysterious, shadowy figure...

Director: Michael Grossman | Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande

Votes: 850

16. Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991)

Biography, Drama

7.3
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An unreleased film about a white girl adopted by a black family in 1950s Nevada. Based on the early life of Fauna Hodel whose grandfather is prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Jill Clayburgh, Bobby Hosea

Votes: 18

17. The Engagement: My Phamily BBQ 2 (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

5.4
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David (Andy Gershenzon) is a young man who brings his fiancée Mia (Tenique Mathieu) to an engagement party at his conservative Jewish parents house where they are shocked to see that Mia ... See full summary »

Director: Ytasha Womack | Stars: Andy Gershenzon, Tenique Mathieu, Nancy Baird, Dan Flannery

Votes: 54

18. The Old South (1940)

11 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.8
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Chronicle of the importance of cotton to the economy and culture of the American South.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: George Lynn, Frank Whitbeck

Votes: 111

19. How to Love A Sista

Documentary | Completed

Within the African American community there is a definite and noticeable lack of strong, faithful, happy, long-term relationships that has left an incredulous impact on our community. ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Moser | Stars: Wardell Richardson, Brittney Q. Hill, Sheena Maria Simpson, Reginald Moser

20. Murder Book (2014– )
Episode: Hiding in the Shadows (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Crime

8.4
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While the rest of his family sleeps, a young man (Andrew 'Melvin' Weathers ) is viciously stabbed and killed in his own bedroom. The murderer slips out of the house and into the night - ... See full summary »

Director: John Tindall | Stars: Geoff Pierson, Kevin L. Walker, James Francisco, Melissa Kountz

Votes: 17

21. Party Down (2009–2010)
Episode: James Ellison Funeral (2010)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

8.5
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The funeral of a patriarch goes awry when the deceased's mistress arrives to pay her last repects. Kyle is mesmerized by the possibility of learning the blues from a real bluesman.

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Megan Mullally, Ryan Hansen

Votes: 214

22. Mannix (1967–1975)
Episode: Medal for a Hero (1970)

52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Mannix investigates when police uncover evidence that suggest Peggy's police husband killed while stopping a burglary, was actually an accomplice.

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Frank Marth, Jack Ging

Votes: 46

23. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: Popcorn, Peanuts and CrackerJacks (1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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Jonathan and Mark have to try and help a team that can never seem to win a single game and give a former baseball star the glory he once knew some 40 years ago.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Moses Gunn, Lynn Hamilton

Votes: 53

24. Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (2008– )
Episode: The Demon House (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

7.7
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Hailey (12) and Alexa (14) face their fears concerning dark spirits. They are taken to Alex's abandoned home to face a demonic spirit with demonologists Roberts and Isbell and psychic ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Miller | Stars: Chip Coffey, Linda Isbell, Lisa Miller, Beth Roberts

Votes: 9



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