Black History and Heritage Films
Movie Recommendations

Feature films and television shows
Nonfiction films

Feature Films and Television Shows

Akeelah and the Bee. PG. 2006. DVD Drama

Ali. R. 2001. DVD Drama

American Gangster. R. 2007. DVD Drama

Amistad. R. 1997. DVD Drama

Antwone Fisher. PG-13. 2002. DVD Drama

ATL. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Not rated. 1974. DVD Drama

Baby Boy . R. 2001. DVD Drama

Barbershop. PG-13. 2002. DVD Comedy

Beloved. R. 1998. DVD Drama

Big Fella. Not rated. 1937. DVD Drama

Bird. R. 1988. DVD Drama

Black Orpheus. Not rated. 1959. DVD World (Portuguese)

The Blood of Jesus. Not rated. 1941. DVD 791.4308996 B

Bojangles. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 BOJ TV

Boycott. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 BOY TV

Boyz 'N the Hood. R. 1991. DVD Drama

Brother to Brother. Not rated. 2004. DVD Drama

The Brothers. R. 2001. DVD Comedy

Buffalo Soldiers. G. 1997.  DVD 791.4572 BUF TV

The Butler. PG-13. 2013. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Cabin in the Sky. Not rated. 1943.  DVD Musical

Carmen Jones. Not rated. 1954. DVD Musical

The Caveman's Valentine. R. 2000. DVD Drama

Claudine. PG. 1974. DVD Drama

Coach Carter. PG-13. 2005. DVD Drama

The Color Purple. PG-13. 1985. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Coming to America. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

Cooley High. PG. 1975. DVD Comedy

Cora Unashamed. Not rated. 2000. DVD 791.4572 COR TV

Cornbread, Earl and Me. PG. 1974. DVD Drama

The Cosby Show. Not rated. 1984-1992. DVD 791.4572 COS TV

Crooklyn. PG-13. 1994. DVD Drama

Cry Freedom. PG. 1987. DVD Drama

Cry, the Beloved Country. PG-13. 1995. DVD Drama

Daughters of the Dust. Not rated. 1991. DVD Drama

Devil in a Blue Dress. R. 1995. DVD Drama

Diary of a Mad Black Woman. PG-13. 2005. DVD Comedy

Do the Right Thing. R. 1998. DVD Drama

Down in the Delta. PG-13. 1998. DVD Drama

Dreamgirls. PG-13. 2006. DVD Musical

The Emperor Jones. Not rated. 1933. DVD Drama

Eve's Bayou. R. 1997. DVD Drama

A Family Thing. PG-13. 1995. DVD Drama

Fires in the Mirror. Not rated. 1993. DVD 791.4572 FIR TV

The Five Heartbeats. R. 1991. DVD Drama

The Feast of All Saints. R. 2001. DVD 791.4572 FEA TV

For Colored Girls. R. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

42: The Jackie Robinson Story. PG-13. 2013. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

G. R. 2002. DVD Drama

Get on the Bus. R. 1996. DVD Drama

Ghosts of Mississippi. PG-13. 1996. DVD Drama

Glory. R. 1989. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Glory Road. PG. 2006. DVD Drama

The Great Debaters. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

The Great White Hope. PG. 1970. DVD Drama

The Green Pastures. Not rated. 1936. DVD Religious

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Not rated. 1967. DVD Drama

He Got Game. R. 1998. DVD Drama

The Help. PG-13. 2011. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Hoodlum. R. 1997. DVD Drama

How Stella Got Her Groove Back. R. 1998. DVD Comedy

The Hurricane. R. 1999. DVD Drama

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Not rated. 1978. VHS Drama

Idlewild. R. 2006. DVD Musical

In the Heat of the Night. Not rated. 1967. DVD Drama

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. R. 1999. DVD 791.4572 I TV

The Jackie Robinson Story. Not rated. 1950. DVD Drama

Jericho. Not rated. 1937. DVD Drama

The Josephine Baker Story. R. 1990. DVD 791.4572 JOS TV

Juke Joint. Not rated. 1947. DVD Drama

Jungle Fever. R. 1991. DVD Drama

Killer of Sheep. Not rated. 1977. DVD Drama

Krush Groove. R. 1985. DVD Drama

Lady Sings the Blues. R. 1972. DVD Drama

Lean on Me. PG-13. 1989. DVD Drama

A Lesson Before Dying. PG-13. 1999. DVD 791.4572 LES TV

Lilies of the Field. Not rated. 1963. DVD Drama

Little John. PG. 2002. DVD 791.4572 LIT TV

The Long Walk Home. PG. 1990. DVD Drama

Look Out Sister. Not rated. 1947. DVD Drama

Love & Basketball. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

Lumumba. Not rated. 2000. DVD World (French)

Mahogany. PG. 1975. DVD Drama

Malcolm X. PG-13. 1992. DVD Drama

Mama Flora's Family. Not rated. 1998. DVD 791.4572 MAM TV

The Middle Passage. Not rated. 2003. DVD 791.4572 MID TV

Miss Evers' Boys. PG. 1997. DVD Drama

Mo' Better Blues. R. 1990. DVD Drama

Moon over Harlem. Not rated. 1939. DVD Drama

Nothing But a Man. Not rated. 1964. DVD Drama

The Old Settler. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 OLD TV

Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored. PG. 1995. DVD Drama

Paradise in Harlem. Not rated. 1939. DVD Drama

The Piano Lesson. Not rated. 1995. DVD 791.4572 PIA TV

Pride. PG. 2007. DVD Drama

Princess Tam Tam. Not rated. 1935. DVD World (French)

The Proud Valley. Not rated. 1940. DVD Drama

Purlie Victorious. Not rated. 1963. DVD Comedy

The Pursuit of Happyness. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Queen. Not rated. 1992. DVD 791.4572 QUE TV

A Rage in Harlem. R. 1991. DVD Drama

A Raisin in the Sun. Not rated. 1961. DVD Drama

Roots. Not rated. 1977. DVD 791.4572 ROO

The Rosa Parks Story. 2002. DVD 791.4572 ROS TV

Rosewood. R. 1997. DVD Drama

Ruby Bridges. Not rated. 1999. Youth DVD

Sanders of the River. Not rated. 1935. DVD Drama

Sarafina! PG-13. 1992. DVD Musical

The Scar of Shame. Not rated. 1926. VHS 791.4375 L

School Daze. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

Shaft. R. 1971. DVD Action/Adventure

Shaft. R. 2000. DVD Action/Adventure

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. PG. 1999. DVD 791.4572 SIM TV

Siren of the Tropics. Not rated. 1927. DVD World (French)

Sissle and Blake. Not rated. 1923. VHS 791.4375 L

A Soldier's Story. PG. 1984. DVD Drama

Song of Freedom. Not rated. 1936. DVD Drama

Sounder. G. 1972. DVD Drama and Youth DVD

Soul Food. R. 1997. DVD Drama

Soul Food (television series). Not rated. 2000-04. DVD 791.4572 SOU TV

Sparkle. PG. 1975. DVD Drama

Stormy Weather. Not rated. 1943. DVD Musical

Sucker Free City. R. 2004. DVD 791.4572 SUC TV

Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not rated. 2005. DVD 791.4572 THE TV

They Call Me Sirr. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 THE TV

Thurgood. TV-14. 2011. DVD 791.4572 THU TV

To Kill a Mockingbird. Not rated. 1962. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

To Sir, With Love. Not rated. 1966. DVD Drama

The Tuskegee Airmen. PG-13. 1995. DVD Action/Adventure

12 Years a Slave. R. 2013. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Uncle Tom's Cabin. Not rated. 1982. DVD 812.3 A291.un

The Vernon Johns Story: The Road to Freedom. PG. 1994. DVD 791.4572 VER TV

Waiting to Exhale. R. 1995. DVD Drama

What's Love Got To Do With It. R. 1993. DVD Drama

Wilma. PG-13. 1977. DVD 791.4572 WIL TV

Within Our Gates. Not rated. 1919. VHS 791.4375

The Wiz. G. 1978. DVD Musical

A Woman Called Moses. Not rated. 1978. DVD 791.4572 WOM TV

The Women of Brewster Place. Not rated. 1989. DVD 791.4572 WOM TV

The Wood. R. 1999. DVD Comedy

Zora is My Name! Not rated. 1990. DVD 791.4572 ZOR TV

Zou Zou. Not rated. 1934. DVD World (French)

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Nonfiction Films

The African American Cinema I: Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates. 1919.
VHS 791.4375

The African American Cinema II [videorecording] : The Scar of Shame (1926) and the early sound short Sissle and Blake (1923). VHS 791.4375 L

African American Lives. 2006. DVD 973.0496073 A

African American Lives 2. 2008. DVD 973.0496073 A

Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery. 1998. DVD 973.0496 A

Against the Odds: the Artists of the Harlem Renaissance. 1994. DVD 700.9471 A

Aida's Brothers & Sisters: Black Voices in Opera. 2000. DVD 782.1092 A

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Beyond the Steps. 2007. DVD 792.8 A

American Revolution 2. 2007. DVD 977.311 A

Architects of Civil Rights. 2009. DVD 323.1196073 A

Barack Obama. 2008. DVD B 0121ba

Barack Obama: 2009 Inaugural Collection. 2009. DVD 973.932 B

Been Rich All My Life. 2006. DVD 792.80922 B

Black Entertainment in Film. 2007. DVD 791.4308996 B

Black History: A Retrospective. 2010. DVD 973.0496073 B

Black Indians: An American Story. 2000. DVD 303.482 B

Blues Masters: The Essential History of the Blues. 1993. DVD 781.643 B

By the People: the Election of Barack Obama. 2009. DVD 973.932092 B

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. PG. 1987. DVD 781.66 BER

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective. 1994. DVD B K536dr

DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis. 2010. DVD 301.45196 D

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement. 1986 and 1990.
DVD 323.40973 W

Facing Ali. 2009. DVD 796.83092 F

4 Little Girls. 1997. DVD 364.1523 F

For Love of Liberty. 2010. DVD 355.008996 F

Freedom Riders. 2010. DVD 323.1196073 F

Good Hair. 2009. DVD 646.724 G

A Great Day in Harlem. 1994. DVD 781.65 G

Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks. 1999. DVD 779 P252ha

Hellhounds on My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson. 1999. DVD B J6875he

Hoop Dreams. PG-13. 1994. DVD 796.323 H

I Have a Dream. 1986. DVD 323.092 M

I Have a Dream. 2004. DVD 323.092 I

If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise. 2010. DVD 976.355 I

Jesse Owens. 2012. DVD 796.42092 J

King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man. 2008. DVD 323.092 K

Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement. 2009.
DVD 323.1196073 L

Let the Church Say Amen. 2003. DVD 287.8753 L

Louie Bluie. 1985. DVD 781.643092 L

A Man Named Pearl. 1985. DVD 712.092 M

Mandela. 1995. DVD B M2712ma

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2004. DVD B K536ma

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. 2003. DVD 781.64309 M

Michael Jackson: Never Surrender. 2009. DVD 782.42166 J133mi

Mighty Times: The Children's March. 2005. DVD 323.1196073 M

A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama. 2009. DVD 973.932 M

More Than a Game. 2008. DVD 796.32362 M

Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema. 2002. DVD 791.4308996 M

Muhammad Ali: the Whole Story. 2001. DVD B A3981mu

The Murder of Emmett Till. 2003. DVD 364.1523 M

Neshoba: The Price of Freedom. 2011. DVD 973.0496073 N

Nightfighters. 1994. DVD 940.544 N

Obama: All Access: Barack Omama's Road to the White House. 2009.
DVD 973.932 O

Only the Strong Survive: Celebration of Soul. 2001. DVD 782.421643 O

A Place Out of Time: the Bordentown School. 2009. DVD 370.8996073 P

Porgy and Bess. 2001. DVD 792.542 POR

President Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey. 2009. DVD B O121pr

Quilting in the African American Tradition. 2008. DVD 746.46 Q

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. 2002. DVD 973.0496073 R

Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist. 1999.  DVD 973.921 S

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy. 2006. DVD 345.7302532 S

Senator Obama Goes to Africa. 2007. DVD 916.04092 S

The 60’s. 2009. DVD 973.92 S

Slavery and the Making of America. 2005. DVD 973.0496073 S

Slavery by Another Name. 2005. DVD 305.896073 S

Small Steps, Big Strides. 1998. DVD 791.4308996 S

Soul Power. 2010. DVD 781.66079 S

The Spirit of Frederick Douglass. 2008. DVD B D7377sp

Three Mo’ Tenors: Live in Concert. 2001. DVD 782.87 THR

Standing in the Shadows of Motown. PG. 2002. DVD 781.643 FUN

The Story of Gospel Music. 1996. DVD 782.254 S

That's Black Entertainment. 1990. DVD 791.4308996 T

Thelonious Monk, Straight No Chaser. PG-13. 2001. DVD 781.65 T

Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All. 1995. DVD B M3696th

Tupac: Resurrection. R. 2004. DVD 782.421649 S5278.tu

Tupac VS. 2002. DVD B S5278tu

The Tuskegee Airmen. 2003. DVD 940.544 T

Ultimate Jordan. 2004. DVD 796.323092 ULT

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. 2003. DVD 973.0496 U

The Underground Railroad. 1998. DVD 973.7115 U

The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story. TV-PG. 2012. DVD 973.7115 U

Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. 2004. DVD 796.83092 U

Viva Nelson Mandela: A Hero for All Seasons. 2009. DVD B M2712vi

Voices of Civil Rights. 2006. DVD 323.0922 V

The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest for Freedom. 1998. DVD 326.0973 V

Wattstax. R. 1973. DVD 781.64409 W

What We Want, What We Believe, The Black Panther Party. 2006.
DVD 322.420973 W

When We Were Kings. 1996. DVD 796.83 W

Wonders of the African World. 1998. DVD 960 W

Zora's Roots: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. 2008. DVD B H9669zo

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