Top Black Films of All Time

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Top Black Films of All Time


Four highly acclaimed films finished in a virtual dead heat in Ebony's third poll on the Top Black Films of All Times. Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton's modern classic. received the largest number of votes, followed closely by two Spike Lee movies, Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, and a 1954 classic, Carmen Jones. Clustered near the top were six films, including Lady Sings the Blues, Daughters of the Dust, The Learning Tree, Nothing But A Man, A Raisin in the Sun and Sounder.

A third tier of films included Claudine and The Color Purple, followed by Amistad, Eve's Bayou, Glory, Shaft and To Sleep With Anger. Other films in the top 25 are listed alphabetically on Page 156 according to the number of votes received in their vote category.

NAME                      STARS                  DIRECTOR       DATE

Boyz N The      Laurence Fishburne, Ice      John               1991
 Hood           Cube Gooding Jr., Angela      Singleton(*)
                Bassett
Carmen Jones    Dorothy Dandridge, Harry     Otto Preminger     1954
                Belafonte, Pearl Bailey,
                Brock Peters, Diahann
                Carroll
Do The Right    Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee,       Spike Lee          1989
 Thing          Danny Aiello, Spike Lee
Malcolm X       Denzel Washington, Angela    Spike Lee          1992
                Bassett, Al Freeman Jr.,
                Delroy Lindo, Albert Hall
Daughters Of    Adisa Anderson, Barbara-O,   Julie Dash         1991
 The Dust       Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Lady Sings      Diana Ross, Billy Dee        Sidney J. Furie    1972
 The Blues      Williams, Richard Pryor
The Learning    Kyle Johnson, Estelle        Gordon Parks       1969
 Tree           Evans
Nothing But A   Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln,   Michael Roemer     1964
 Man            Yaphet Kotto
A Raisin In     Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee     Daniel Petrie      1961
 The Sun
Sounder         Cicely Tyson, Paul           Martin Ritt        1972
                Winfield, Kevin Hooks
Claudine        Diahann Carroll, James       John Berry         1974
                Earl Jones
The Color       Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah       Steven Spielberg   1985
 Purple         Winfrey, Danny Glover,
                Margaret Avery
Amistad         Morgan Freeman, Djimon       Steven Spielberg   1997
                Hounsou, Nigel Hawthorne,
                Anthony Hopkins
Eve's Bayou     Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn      Kasi Lemmons       1997
                Whitfield, Debbi Morgan,
                Vondie Curtis-Hall,
                Branford Marsalis, Diahann
                Carroll
Glory           Denzel Washington, Morgan    Edward Zwick       1989
                Freeman
To Sleep With   Danny Glover, Mary Alice,    Charles Burnett    1990
 Anger          Carl Lumbly Vanetta
                McGee, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Shaft           Richard Roundtree, Moses     Gordon Parks       1971
                Gunn
Buck and the    Sidney Poitier, Harry        Sidney Poitier     1972
 Preacher       Belafonte, Ossie Davis,
                Ruby Dee
Cabin In The    Lena Horne, Ethel Waters,    Vicente Minnelli   1943
 Sky            Eddie (Rochester) Anderson
Cotton Comes    Ossie Davis, Godfrey         Ossie Davis        1970
 To Harlem      Cambridge, Calvin Lockhart
Black Orpheus   Marpessa Dawn                Marcel Camus       1959
Rosewood        Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle,    John Singleton     1997
                Esther Rolle, Elise Neal
She's Gotta     Spike Lee, Tracy Camilla     Spike Lee          1986
 Have It        Johns
Stormy          Lena Horne, Bill             Andrew L. … 

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