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. …