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100 Best Black Films?
« on: February 02, 2007, 08:24:42 am »
Edwards' Top 100 Black Films
Shawn Edwards’ 100 Best Black Films (Ever)

1. “Do the Right Thing” (1989; directed by Spike Lee; with Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, Robin Harris)
2. “The Color Purple” (1985; Steven Spielberg; Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey)
3. “Claudine” (1974; John Berry; Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones)
4. “Malcolm X” (1992; Spike Lee; Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett)
5. “Sounder” (1972; Martin Ritt; Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks)
6. “Carmen Jones” (1954; Otto Preminger; Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll)
7. “Super Fly” (1972; Gordon Parks Jr.; Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee)
8. “Cooley High” (1975; Michael Schultz; Glynn Thurman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris)
9. “Hoop Dreams” (1995; Steve James; William Gates, Arthur Agee)
10. “Coming to America” (1988; John Landis; Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones)
11. “Ray” (2005; Taylor Hackford; Jamie Foxx, Regina King)
12. “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1974; John Korty; Cicely Tyson)
13. “Bamboozled” (2000; Spike Lee; Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith)
14. “Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970; Ossie Davis; Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques)
15.“Richard Pryor: Live in Concert” (1979; Jeff Margolis)
16. “Shaft” (1971; Gordon Parks; Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)
17. “Dreamgirls” (2006; Bill Condon; Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson)
18. “Friday” (1995; F. Gary Gray; Ice Cube, Chris Tucker)
19. “Baby Boy” (2001; John Singleton; Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dogg)
20. “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961; Daniel Petrie; Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee)
21. “The Five Heartbeats” (1991; Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon)
22. “Watermelon Man” (1970; Melvin Van Peebles; Godfrey Cambridge)
23. “City of God” (2002; Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund; Alexandre Rodrigues)
24. “Glory” (1989; Edward Zwick; Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher)
25. “Menace II Society” (1993; Allen and Albert Hughes; Tyrin Turner, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith)
26. “Tsotsi” (2005; Gavin Hood; Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto)
27. “The Emperor Jones” (1933; Dudley Murphy; Paul Robeson)
28. “Eve’s Bayou” (1997; Kasi Lemmons; Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis-Hall)
29. “Lilies of the Field” (1963; Ralph Nelson; Sidney Poitier)
30. “Soul Food” (1997; George Tillman Jr.; Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Mekhi Phifer)
31. “Black Caesar” (1973; Larry Cohen; Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry)
32. “Boyz N the Hood” (1991; John Singleton; Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube)
33. “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986; Spike Lee; Tracy Camilla Johns, Spike Lee, Tommy Redmond Hicks)
34. “Island in the Sun” (1957; Robert Rossen; Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge)
35. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967; Norman Jewison; Sidney Poitier)
36. “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972; Sidney J. Furie; Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor)
37. “When We Were Kings” (1996; Leon Gast; Muhammad Ali, George Foreman)
38. “Love & Basketball” (2000; Gina Prince-Bythewood; Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan)
39. “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1993; Brian Gibson; Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne)
40. “The Mack” (1973; Michael Campus; Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor)
41. “To Sleep With Anger” (1990; Charles Burnett; Danny Glover, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mary Alice)
42. “The Exile” (1931; Oscar Micheaux; Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell)
43. “Set It Off” (1997; F. Gary Gray; Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox)
44. “Sweet Sweetback …” (1971; Melvin Van Peebles; Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles)
45. “Waiting to Exhale” (1995; Forest Whitaker; Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine)
46. “Nothing But a Man” (1964; Michael Roemer; Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln)
47. “Blade” (1998; Stephen Norrington; Wesley Snipes, N’Bushe Wright)
48. “Devil in a Blue Dress” (1995; Carl Franklin; Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle)
49. “Sonkofa” (1993; Haile Gerima; Kofi Ghanaba)
50. “Love Jones” (1997; Theodore Witcher; Nia Long, Lorenz Tate, Isaiah Washington)
51. “A Rage in Harlem” (1991; Bill Duke; Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines)
52. “A Soldier’s Story” (1984; Norman Jewison; Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington)
53. “Dead Presidents” (1995; Albert and Allen Hughes; Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker)
54. “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987; Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Anne-Marie Johnson, Keenen Ivory Wayans)
55. “Car Wash” (1976; Michael Schultz; Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Franklin Ajaye)
56. “The Learning Tree” (1969; Gordon Parks; Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans)
57. “Stormy Weather” (1943; Andrew L. Stone; Bill Robinson, Lena Horne)
58. “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” (1988; Keenen Ivory Wayans; Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Bernie Casey)
59. “Cabin in the Sky” (1943; Vincente Minnelli; Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong)
60. “Wattstax” (1973; Mel Stuart; Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Albert King)
61. “Rosewood” (1997; John Singleton; Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Esther Rolle)
62. “To Sir, With Love” (1967; James Clavell; Sidney Poitier)
63. “New Jack City” (1991; Mario Van Peebles: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T)
64. “House Party” (1990; Reginald Hudlin; Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris)
65. “The Green Pastures” (1936; Marc Connelly and William Keighley; Eddie “Rochester ” Anderson, Rex Ingram)
66. “Hotel Rwanda” (2004; Terry George; Don Cheadle, Sophie Okenedo)
67. “Home of the Brave” (1949; Mark Robson; James Edwards)
68. “Lean on Me” (1989; John G. Avildsen; Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume)
69. “Hallelujah!” (1929; King Vidor; Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney)
70. “The River Niger” (1976; Krishna Shah; Cicley Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett Jr.)
71. “Purple Rain” (1984; Albert Magnoli; Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero)
72. “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” (1999; Martha Coolidge; Halle Berry)
73. “Krush Groove” (1985; Michael Schultz; Blair Underwood, Sheila E.)
74. “Coffy” (1973; Jack Hill; Pam Grier)
75. “Sugar Cane Alley” (1983; Euzhan Palcy; Garry Cadenat)
76.“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts” (2006; Spike Lee; Ray Nagin, Terence Blanchard, Harry Belafonte)
77. “Cornbread, Earl and Me” (1975; Joe Manduke; Jamal Wilkes, Moses Gunn, Laurence Fishburne)
78. “Juice” (1992; Ernest R. Dickerson; Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Queen Latifah)
79. “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte)
80. “Jungle Fever” (1991; Spike Lee; Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee)
81. “Killer of Sheep” (1977; Charles Burnett; Henry G. Sanders)
82. “The Cool World” (1963; Shirley Clarke; Rony Clayton)
83. “Buck and the Preacher” (1972; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte)
84. “Putney Swope” (1969; Robert Downey Sr.; Arnold Johnson)
85. “Paris is Burning” (1991; Jennie Livingston; Paris Dupree)
86. “The Harder They Come” (1973; Perry Henzell; Jimmy Cliff)
87. “Daughters of the Dust” (1991; Julie Dash; Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers)
88. “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” (1973; Ivan Dixon; Lawrence Cook)
89. “CSA: The Confederate States of America” (2004; Kevin Willmott; William Willmott)
90. “Fresh” (1994; Boaz Yakin; Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson)
91. “Miracle in Harlem” (1948; Jack Kemp: Stepin Fetchit, Sheila Guyse)
92. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967; Stanley Kramer; Sidney Poitier, Beah Richards)
93. “Hustle & Flow” (2005; Craig Brewer; Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson)
94. “Cry Freedom” (1987; Richard Attenborough; Denzel Washington)
95. “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006; Doug Atchison; Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett)
96. “Wild Style” (1982; Charlie Ahearn; Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash)
97. “Aaron Loves Angela” (1975; Gordon Parks Jr.; Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara)
98. “Sparkle” (1976; Sam O’Steen; Phillip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee )
99. “Undercover Brother” (2002; Malcolm D. Lee; Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Billy Dee Williams)
100. “Imitation of Life” (1959; Douglas Sirk; Mahalia Jackson)
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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007, 08:26:07 am »
Pride and prejudice: KC film critic celebrates what others have ignored.

By ROBERT W. BUTLER
The Kansas City Star

Shawn Edwards gets frustrated watching the annual “100 Best Films” broadcasts created by the American Film Institute.

“There are always one or two token black films, but none that really reflect my point of view or that of my family and friends,” he said. “I realized that certain films are considered classics in the black community, but they’re never going to bump ‘Casablanca’ or ‘Citizen Kane’ off those lists.”

Edwards, a film reviewer for WDAF-TV and a founder of the African-American Film Critics Association, decided to compile his own list of the best black films of all time and turn it into a documentary that parodies those AFI programs.

His “The 100 Best Black Films (Ever)” has its world premiere at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine. Admission is free for the screening, which kicks off “A Celebration of Black Film 2007” as part of Black History Month.

The titles on Edwards’ list are both old (1929’s “Hallelujah!”) and new (the current “Dreamgirls”). There are foreign films (“City of God,” “Tsotsi”) and documentaries (“Hoop Dreams,” “When We Were Kings”). Naturally there are examples of the ’70s “blaxploitation” film (“Sweet Sweetback…,” “Black Caesar,” “Shaft”). There’s a mix of drama, comedy and musicals.

Seven films starring Sidney Poitier made the list, as did three each from directors Michael Schultz (whose “Cooley High” came in at No. 8) and John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”).

Among directors Spike Lee leads the pack with six films on the list, including “Do the Right Thing,” which placed No. 1.

“My main goal has been to expose people to the long history of black cinema,” Edwards said. “And I wanted to shake up Black History Month, get some new names out there. Growing up black you hear the same names over and over: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver. What’s wrong with celebrating Gordon Parks and Spike Lee, too?”

The project has been germinating for about five years, Edwards said.

“It started out unscientifically. I’d talk to friends and family, and the discussion would always return to certain scenes and movies. People would talk about the first movie they saw at a drive-in.”

On movie junkets around the country Edwards would ask African-American actors and directors he was interviewing to offer their own ideas about what films should be on the list. Their comments ended up in the documentary.

“Doing interviews with celebrities is like factory work because they’re saying the same thing over and over again to hundreds of journalists,” Edwards said. “But when I asked about their favorite black movies, they lit up. Their posture changed, they smiled, they got energized. They were really eager to discuss this.

“Surprisingly, there weren’t that many duplications. It was fun to see the generational response. The oldest person I talked to was Danny Glover, who has a totally different perspective from Jamie Foxx or Nick Cannon. But although you had these different ages, the reasons people like certain movies are the same. It has to do with seeing a person like yourself on the screen and sharing a magical experience.”

The film mentioned most often was probably “Cooley High,” a 1975 film depicting high school life that preceded “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Lee was the director most often mentioned; Poitier the most-mentioned actor.

Compiling the actual list was difficult, Edwards said. He focused on films that deal primarily with the black experience.

“The definition gets tricky. You could argue that ‘Enter the Dragon’ or Pacino’s ‘Scarface’ have had immense influence on black culture. But they’re not really about the black experience.”

The research opened his eyes to gaps in his film knowledge, Edwards said. “I’d never been aware of ‘Nothing But a Man,’ a terrific mid-’60s film with Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln. Or ‘The Green Pastures,’ an all-black film that tells stories from the Bible.”

Edwards knows his choices will trigger debates and says that’s part of the fun.

“I know there are some omissions that will make people angry. Like ‘The Wiz.’ Lots of people love it, but I don’t. I could never get over the fact that Diana Ross was 40 years old and playing Dorothy.”

Working with Matthew Hensley, a colleague from WDAF, Edwards has been editing the documentary, weaving together interviews with celebrities — Lee, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and many others — and film clips from the movies they’re talking about.

One of the sadder aspects of his research, Edwards said, was the realization that much black film history has been lost.

“Even films by Oscar Micheaux” — the prolific black director of the ’30s and ’40s — “are extremely hard to find. Lots of those early black films, especially from the silent era, were dumped after they finished their runs at theaters and now exist in title only. Sometimes there aren’t even any stills. You might find a poster, but finding a film itself can be impossible. Even stuff from the ’40s through the early ’60s is hard to find.”
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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 09:13:47 am »
Good find. I like what he has done but his rankings are way off. I did not see Bommerang easily in the top 10.  I still don't think that Spike has directed his best movie yet. Malcom x was close but the book was so much better. When we were kings should have been higher because it was amazing that the real life characters in that film were indeed real people. The Wiz was not on the list nor Woman Sings the Blues, Bingo traveling allstars, soldiers story. I cant make up my mind which film would be the best all time.

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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2007, 10:19:39 am »
It's a good list and effort I don't know if I agree with the ranking. Some of the movies weren't really good enough to make the list BUTat least there was list to start the conversation.
 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka could have left room for something else example
I used "Jungle Fever" for a project in NP school it was quite outhere in my all white class.

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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2007, 09:39:22 am »
"Fresh" and those two basketball films should'a been left off the list.
Menace to society left a lot to be desired as well.  It was a poor copy of Boyz in the Hood.
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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2007, 10:34:26 am »
Where's Black Orpheus?
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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2007, 03:04:30 pm »
How does the author determine what constitutes Black film?  Black leads?  Written/directed by Blacks?   He also mentioned that the films included on the list deal with the Black experience.  Can anybody tell me what Black experience Blade deals with? 

How is Coming To America number ten? 

Sankofa should've been a lot higher.  I'm glad it made the list, but it should've been higher(especially considering the direction the "Black people dont dream" thread went).

Hollywood Shuffle should've been in the top twenty. 

Purple Rain?

Krush Groove? 

No The Education Of Sonny Carson? 

No Drop Squad? 

Dreamgirls seems premature to me.



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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2007, 09:55:49 am »
Fresh?  Undercover Brother?  Laughable.

and Learning Tree at no. 53?  BS.  Gordon Parks was a God.

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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2012, 10:20:19 pm »
Cleaned up the list a bit and made it more readable.

53. A Soldiers Story should be way higher IMHO.

1. Do the Right Thing (1989; directed by Spike Lee; with Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, Robin Harris)
2. The Color Purple (1985; Steven Spielberg; Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey)
3. Claudine (1974; John Berry; Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones)
4. Malcolm X (1992; Spike Lee; Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett)
5. Sounder (1972; Martin Ritt; Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks)
6. Carmen Jones (1954; Otto Preminger; Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll)
7. Super Fly (1972; Gordon Parks Jr.; Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee)
8. Cooley High (1975; Michael Schultz; Glynn Thurman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris)
9. Hoop Dreams(1995; Steve James; William Gates, Arthur Agee)
10.Coming to America (1988; John Landis; Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones)
11.Ray” (2005; Taylor Hackford; Jamie Foxx, Regina King)
12.The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1974; John Korty; Cicely Tyson)
13.Bamboozled” (2000; Spike Lee; Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith)
14.Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970; Ossie Davis; Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques)
15.Richard Pryor: Live in Concert” (1979; Jeff Margolis)
16.Shaft” (1971; Gordon Parks; Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)
17.Dreamgirls (2006; Bill Condon; Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson)
18.Friday (1995; F. Gary Gray; Ice Cube, Chris Tucker)
19.Baby Boy (2001; John Singleton; Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dogg)
20.A Raisin in the Sun (1961; Daniel Petrie; Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee)
21.The Five Heartbeats (1991; Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon)
22.Watermelon Man (1970; Melvin Van Peebles; Godfrey Cambridge)
23.City of God (2002; Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund; Alexandre Rodrigues)
24.Glory (1989; Edward Zwick; Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher)
25.Menace II Society (1993; Allen and Albert Hughes; Tyrin Turner, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith)
26.Tsotsi (2005; Gavin Hood; Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto)
27.The Emperor Jones (1933; Dudley Murphy; Paul Robeson)
28.Eves Bayou (1997; Kasi Lemmons; Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis-Hall)
29.Lilies of the Field (1963; Ralph Nelson; Sidney Poitier)
30.Soul Food (1997; George Tillman Jr.; Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Mekhi Phifer)
31.Black Caesar (1973; Larry Cohen; Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry)
32.Boyz N the Hood (1991; John Singleton; Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube)
33.Shes Gotta Have It (1986; Spike Lee; Tracy Camilla Johns, Spike Lee, Tommy Redmond Hicks)
34.Island in the Sun (1957; Robert Rossen; Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge)
35.In the Heat of the Night (1967; Norman Jewison; Sidney Poitier)
36.Lady Sings the Blues (1972; Sidney J. Furie; Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor)
37.When We Were Kings (1996; Leon Gast; Muhammad Ali, George Foreman)
38.Love & Basketball (2000; Gina Prince-Bythewood; Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan)
39.Whats Love Got to Do With It (1993; Brian Gibson; Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne)
40.The Mack (1973; Michael Campus; Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor)
41.To Sleep With Anger (1990; Charles Burnett; Danny Glover, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mary Alice)
42.The Exile (1931; Oscar Micheaux; Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell)
43.Set It Off (1997; F. Gary Gray; Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox)
44.Sweet Sweetback (1971; Melvin Van Peebles; Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles)
45.Waiting to Exhale (1995; Forest Whitaker; Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine)
46.Nothing But a Man” (1964; Michael Roemer; Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln)
47.Blade” (1998; Stephen Norrington; Wesley Snipes, N’Bushe Wright)
48.Devil in a Blue Dress” (1995; Carl Franklin; Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle)
49.Sonkofa(1993; Haile Gerima; Kofi Ghanaba)
50.Love Jones (1997; Theodore Witcher; Nia Long, Lorenz Tate, Isaiah Washington)
51.A Rage in Harlem (1991; Bill Duke; Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines)
52.A Soldiers Story (1984; Norman Jewison; Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington)
53.Dead Presidents (1995; Albert and Allen Hughes; Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker)
54.Hollywood Shuffle (1987; Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Anne-Marie Johnson, Keenen Ivory Wayans)
55.Car Wash (1976; Michael Schultz; Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Franklin Ajaye)
56.The Learning Tree (1969; Gordon Parks; Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans)
57.Stormy Weather (1943; Andrew L. Stone; Bill Robinson, Lena Horne)
58.Im Gonna Git You Sucka (1988; Keenen Ivory Wayans; Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Bernie Casey)
59.Cabin in the Sky (1943; Vincente Minnelli; Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong)
60.Wattstax (1973; Mel Stuart; Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Albert King)
61.Rosewood (1997; John Singleton; Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Esther Rolle)
62.To Sir, With Love (1967; James Clavell; Sidney Poitier)
63.New Jack City (1991; Mario Van Peebles: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T)
64.House Party (1990; Reginald Hudlin; Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris)
65.The Green Pastures (1936; Marc Connelly and William Keighley; Eddie “Rochester ” Anderson, Rex Ingram)
66.Hotel Rwanda (2004; Terry George; Don Cheadle, Sophie Okenedo)
67.Home of the Brave” (1949; Mark Robson; James Edwards)
68.Lean on Me (1989; John G. Avildsen; Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume)
69.Hallelujah (1929; King Vidor; Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney)
70.The River Niger (1976; Krishna Shah; Cicley Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett Jr.)
71.Purple Rain (1984; Albert Magnoli; Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero)
72.Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999; Martha Coolidge; Halle Berry)
73.Krush Groove (1985; Michael Schultz; Blair Underwood, Sheila E.)
74.Coffy” (1973; Jack Hill; Pam Grier)
75.Sugar Cane Alley (1983; Euzhan Palcy; Garry Cadenat)
76 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts (2006; Spike Lee; Ray Nagin, Terence Blanchard, Harry Belafonte)
77.Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975; Joe Manduke; Jamal Wilkes, Moses Gunn, Laurence Fishburne)
78.Juice” (1992; Ernest R. Dickerson; Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Queen Latifah)
79.Uptown Saturday Night (1974; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte)
80.Jungle Fever” (1991; Spike Lee; Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee)
81.Killer of Sheep (1977; Charles Burnett; Henry G. Sanders)
82.The Cool World (1963; Shirley Clarke; Rony Clayton)
83.Buck and the Preacher (1972; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte)
84.Putney Swope” (1969; Robert Downey Sr.; Arnold Johnson)
85.Paris is Burning (1991; Jennie Livingston; Paris Dupree)
86.The Harder They Come (1973; Perry Henzell; Jimmy Cliff)
87.Daughters of the Dust (1991; Julie Dash; Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers)
88.The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973; Ivan Dixon; Lawrence Cook)
89.CSA: The Confederate States of America” (2004; Kevin Willmott; William Willmott)
90.Fresh” (1994; Boaz Yakin; Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson)
91.Miracle in Harlem (1948; Jack Kemp: Stepin Fetchit, Sheila Guyse)
92.Guess Whos Coming to Dinne (1967; Stanley Kramer; Sidney Poitier, Beah Richards)
93.Hustle & Flow (2005; Craig Brewer; Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson)
94.Cry Freedom (1987; Richard Attenborough; Denzel Washington)
95.Akeelah and the Bee (2006; Doug Atchison; Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett)
96.Wild Style (1982; Charlie Ahearn; Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash)
97.Aaron Loves Angela (1975; Gordon Parks Jr.; Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara)
98.Sparkle (1976; Sam OSteen; Phillip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee )
99.Undercover Brother (2002; Malcolm D. Lee; Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Billy Dee Williams)
100.Imitation of Life (1959; Douglas Sirk; Mahalia Jackson)


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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2012, 06:47:00 am »
I assume this is an old list, made before Tyler Perry and a bunch of recent films. 

Folks should make their OWN lists and post them.

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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2012, 09:11:47 am »
The rankings on that list are laughable at best.

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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2012, 10:35:41 am »
I assume this is an old list, made before Tyler Perry and a bunch of recent films. 

Folks should make their OWN lists and post them.

Yea, we talkin 2007.  Looking forward to seeing an updated list.


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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2012, 07:28:27 pm »
Wow Guys and Girls that first list was pretty long and had some good films listed. However do we have to do a list of 100? Jeez...Can't we just say Django and be done with it? Just joking. I have to think about it and come back later with one. Top 100, Really? ;D

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Re: 100 Best Black Films?
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2012, 11:10:50 am »
We could start with a Top 10. That should be easy enough to come up with candidates and brutally tough to rank and limit to just 10. By the time we finish arguing over that, we should have a top 50 or so and be half way home.  ;D
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