23 Black Movies You Really Need to Watch
Lean On Me
Fair Eastside… FAIR EASTSIDE. If you know, you know!
Lean On Me was another iconic movie of the late ‘80s.
The film is based on the true life of former New Jersey principal, Joe Clark, and how he managed to transform his school through improving his students mentality and scores on NJ standardized testing.
Titled after the Bill Wither’s song, one can hear “Lean On Me” as well as the songs alma mater throughout the film.
And if you didn’t already know, the film stars the talented Morgan Freeman as Joe Clark.
Waiting To Exhale, A Black Film Focusing On Sisterhood
We love to see women at the forefront of movies, and Waiting to Exhale is another film where we get to see an ensemble of talented black women leading the bill.
The movie follows four friends who are trying to navigate through the men in their lives.
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon at the center of this film.
While this film has a few iconic moments, nothing compares to the scene of Angela Bassett burning her ex’s car and clothes.
Now, John, they done told you not to mess with her!
The film was nominated for numerous awards at the NAACP Image Awards with Bassett and Loretta Devine taking home Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
Menace II Society, A Personal Favorite Hood Film
Another hood classic, Menace II Society stars Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Popularly directed by The Hughes Brothers, the film follows the character Caine who has dreams of bettering himself.
Even with these dreams, he always takes the wrong path alongside his friend O-Dog.
Eventually, Caine’s actions catch up to him.
Do The Right Thing
Can you say jack of all trades? In 1989, Spike Lee directed, produced, wrote, and starred in the film Do the Right Thing.
He was joined by actors and actresses Danniel Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancardlo Esposito, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Before Martin Lawrence came on the Hollywood scene, this was his first appearance in a film alongside Rosie Perez.
Taking place in Brooklyn, the film followed a Mookie, a young delivery man during a long, hot summer.
Love & Basketball
All’s fair in Love & Basketball.
Another popular romance film of the ‘90s, this sports drama stars Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.
This movie had all of us in our feelings back in the day!
It is a coming-of-age romance for two people who start off as friends in their younger age.
It follows Monica and Quincy, Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, respectively, who both have dreams of playing professional basketball.
While they start as friends who are playing for championships, they eventually begin playing for each other’s hearts.
The Black Movie You Won’t Want To Miss: The Best Man
One of the most popular black films of the late ‘90s, The Best Man has one of the best ensemble casts we’ve ever seen.
The names alone make the movie worth watching.
Starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, and Sanna Lathan, the movie follows a group of friends who are getting ready for two of their friends to marry each other.
The film finally got a long-deserved sequel in 2013 when The Best Man Holiday was released in November.