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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 269,816

2. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 991,373 | Gross: $6.72M

3. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 407,159 | Gross: $169.71M

4. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands

Votes: 908

5. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.1
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 692,900 | Gross: $148.10M

6. Insecure (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce

Votes: 9,904

7. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 93,752 | Gross: $106.59M

8. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 36,889 | Gross: $56.70M

9. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 63,580 | Gross: $24.38M

10. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 27,399

11. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 90,256 | Gross: $58.20M

12. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 132,588 | Gross: $75.33M

13. Next Friday (2000)

R | 98 min | Comedy

6.2
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41 Metascore

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon

Votes: 35,184 | Gross: $57.33M

14. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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27 Metascore

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 20,828 | Gross: $15.69M

15. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,107

16. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 23,321 | Gross: $37.77M

17. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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87 Metascore

Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 44,824 | Gross: $1.58M

18. Balls of Fury (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

5.3
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38 Metascore

Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, Randy Daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when FBI Agent Ernie Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend Feng.

Director: Robert Ben Garant | Stars: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q

Votes: 39,717 | Gross: $32.84M

19. Barbershop (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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66 Metascore

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 28,513 | Gross: $75.78M

20. Coonskin (1975)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

6.6
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Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, Philip Michael Thomas

Votes: 2,445

21. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.9
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 16,024

22. All the Way (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella

Votes: 12,334

23. Carolina Skeletons (1991 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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After a long time in the Army, an African-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando ... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Melissa Leo, Paul Roebling

Votes: 331

24. Clockers (1995)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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71 Metascore

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 19,698 | Gross: $13.04M

25. Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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72 Metascore

An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson

Votes: 5,767

26. Jasper, Texas (2003 TV Movie)

R | 114 min | Drama

6.2
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In 1998, a stunning crime thrust Jasper, Texas into the spotlight. What happened on that summer evening - the death of black hitchhiker James Byrd, Jr. by three white men - became a flash-point for the state of race relations in America.

Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd | Stars: Roy T. Anderson, Demore Barnes, John Bayliss, James Bearden

Votes: 464

27. Most Beautiful Thing (2019– )

45 min | Romance

7.9
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After the disappearance of her husband, Maria Luiza opens a Bossa Nova club in defiance of her normally conservative demeanor.

Stars: Maria Casadevall, Pathy Dejesus, Fernanda Vasconcellos, Mel Lisboa

Votes: 1,613

28. Crazy in Alabama (1999)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.2
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46 Metascore

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Director: Antonio Banderas | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty

Votes: 6,503 | Gross: $1.95M

29. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,749 | Gross: $13.05M

30. Putney Swope (1969)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.0
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The board of directors at a Madison Avenue ad agency must elect a new chairman. In the maneuvering to make sure that enemies don't get votes, all the members accidentally cast their ballot for the board's token black man, Putney Swope.

Director: Robert Downey Sr. | Stars: Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Archie Russell

Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $2.73M

31. Jasper Jones (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Levi Miller, Kevin Long, Toni Collette, Aaron L. McGrath

Votes: 2,753

32. Love Thy Neighbour (1972–1976)

30 min | Comedy

6.9
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A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.

Stars: Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, Kate Williams

Votes: 469

33. Q & A (1990)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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When dirty cop Mike shoots a man and plants a gun on him, rookie assistant DA Al gets the case. Something in the Q&A of Mike isn't right. Bodies pile up as Al tries to solve the case.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 5,001 | Gross: $11.21M

34. Hi, Mom! (1970)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Lara Parker, Charles Durning

Votes: 4,032

35. Frankie & Alice (2010)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson

Votes: 4,844 | Gross: $0.69M

36. The Landlord (1970)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 2,074 | Gross: $0.96M

37. The White Slave (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | History

8.1
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In Colombia in 1821, a Spanish plantation gets burned down, and only the planters' baby is spared. She gets sent to Spain, but concocts a plan to return home and become an abolitionist.

Stars: Jose Luis Garcia Campos, Adrian Makala, Norma Martínez, Ricardo Vesga

Votes: 412

38. Conrack (1974)

PG | 106 min | Drama

7.3
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Tina Andrews

Votes: 1,682

39. A.C.A.B. (2012)

112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A look at the controversial riot cops unit, told through the stories of three veteran cops and a young recruit.

Director: Stefano Sollima | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Filippo Nigro, Marco Giallini, Andrea Sartoretti

Votes: 6,849

40. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.7
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61 Metascore

During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,463

41. Southside with You (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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74 Metascore

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Director: Richard Tanne | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear

Votes: 7,522 | Gross: $6.30M

42. The Glass Shield (1994)

PG-13 | 109 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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Two cops become compelled to act against corruption and discrimination within their police precinct.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson

Votes: 3,188 | Gross: $3.31M

43. Any Day Now (1998–2002)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960s Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth ... See full summary »

Stars: Annie Potts, Lorraine Toussaint, Chris Mulkey, Olivia Friedman

Votes: 639

44. Getting Straight (1970)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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58 Metascore

A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen, Robert F. Lyons, Jeff Corey

Votes: 1,076 | Gross: $3.86M

45. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.2
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A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

Votes: 2,564 | Gross: $4.20M

46. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy

6.6
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An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,519 | Gross: $1.50M

47. Ae Fond Kiss (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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65 Metascore

Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Ahmad Riaz, Shamshad Akhtar

Votes: 6,499

48. George Wallace (1997)

TV-14 | 178 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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Following Alabama governor George Wallace through segregation, presidential elections, an assassination attempt and personal trauma.

Stars: Richard Yett, Gary Sinise, Mare Winningham, Clarence Williams III

Votes: 1,215

49. Short Eyes (1977)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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53 Metascore

A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Bruce Davison, José Pérez, Nathan George, Don Blakely

Votes: 1,023

50. A Family Thing (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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71 Metascore

Earl Pilcher, Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 3,104 | Gross: $10.12M



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