10 Best Black History Movies

10 Best Black History Movies

The 10 best black history movies examine the hardships and triumphs of African-Americans in the United States. A number of these films address marginalized populations, systemic violence and institutionalized racism. They are not uniformly uplifting, but they are great films.

A Slave Father Sold Away from His Family, Frontispiece from "The Child's Anti-Slavery Book", 1860




A Slave Father Sold Away from His Family, Frontispiece from "The Child's Anti-Slavery Book", 1860


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1. “A Raisin in the Sun” This classic, based on the play of the same name, examines the effect a $10,000 insurance check has on an African American family from Chicago. Each family member has different ideas as to what they would do with the money, and their combating opinions divide them. It's a very powerful black history movie.
2. “Nothing But A Man” “Nothing But a Man” is a forgotten classic. It's intricate and complex in its examination of race. Not only does it tackle relationships between blacks and whites in the American south, but also racism and classicism within the black community. It's a brilliant, contemplative film.
3. “In The Heat Of The Night” “In The Heat of the Night” is an examination of race relations in 1960’s America cleverly disguised as a classic Hollywood tale of murder and intrigue. Starring Sidney Poitier and featuring taut direction and loaded dialogue, it's one of the ten best black history movie.

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