Movies like American Violet 2008

A young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma, and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but brand her as a felon for life. As word begins to spread that similar incidents are occurring in poor communities all across the country, Dee realizes that there are more mothers out there like her, and decides to take a stand against powerful district attorney Calvin Beckett. Now, despite being well aware of District Attorney Beckett's fierce reputation, Dee enlists the aid of ACLU attorney David Cohen and former narcotics officer Sam Conroy in overcoming the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that, if not navigated with the greatest of caution, now threaten to destroy her life. With the custody of her children on the line, one brave mother wages a valiant battle to strike at the very heart of the corrupt Texas justice system.

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1 Roxanne Roxanne 2017

The most feared battle emcee in early-'80s NYC was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At age 14, hustling the streets to provide for her family, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Michael Larnell

Writer:

Michael Larnell (screenwriter)

Country:

United States of America
6.2

2 Akeelah And The Bee 2006

Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Doug Atchison

Writer:

Doug Atchison

Country:

United States of America
7.3

3 Talk To Me 2007

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

Michael Genet (screenplay), Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.3

4 Miracle At St. Anna 2008

Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.

Genres:

Drama, War

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

James McBride (screenplay), James McBride (novel)

Countries:

Italy, United States of America
6.1

5 Obsessed 2009

Things couldn't be better for Derek Charles. He's just received a big promotion at work, and has a wonderful marriage with his beautiful wife, Sharon. However, into this idyllic world steps Lisa, a temporary worker at Derek's office. Lisa begins to stalk Derek, jeopardizing all he holds dear.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Director:

Steve Shill

Writer:

David Loughery

Country:

United States of America
5

6 I Think I Love My Wife 2007

Richard Cooper is a married man and father of two who is just plain bored with married life. Not getting any sex from his wife, he resorts to ogling random women on the street to the point that he takes lunch late to look at them. When old crush Nikki Tru visits his office to get a reference letter, she becomes obsessed with Cooper and they begin a complicated relationship.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

Chris Rock

Writers:

Chris Rock (screenplay), Louis C.K. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

India, United States of America
5.5

7 Hustle & Flow 2005

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Craig Brewer

Writer:

Craig Brewer

Country:

United States of America
7.3

8 Joyful Noise 2012

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Genres:

Comedy, Music

Director:

Todd Graff

Writer:

Todd Graff

Country:

United States of America
5.7

9 Daddy's Little Girls 2007

Monty is a mechanic struggling to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters. When the court awards custody of his daughters to his shady ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back with the help of Julia, a beautiful, Ivy League-educated attorney. Monty and Julia couldn't be less alike, but a flame is ignited...touching off a firestorm of love and conflict.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writer:

Tyler Perry

Country:

United States of America
5.7

10 Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Darnell Martin

Writers:

Zora Neale Hurston (novel), Suzan-Lori Parks (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.5

11 Why Did I Get Married? 2007

The film is about the difficulty of maintaining a solid relationship in modern times. Eight married college friends plus one other non-friend (all of whom have achieved middle to upper class economic status) go to Colorado for their annual week-long reunion, but the mood shifts when one couple's infidelity comes to light. Secrets are revealed and each couple begins to question their own marriage

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writer:

Tyler Perry (play)

Country:

United States of America
5.9

12 For Colored Girls 2010

About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play)

Country:

United States of America
6.1

13 Imperial Dreams 2014

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Malik Vitthal

Country:

United States of America
6.8

14 Night Catches Us 2010

After growing up during the tumultuous 1960s, ex-Black Panther Marcus returns to his home in Philadelphia in 1976 and reconnects with Pat, the widow of a Panther leader. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter and attempts to conquer his demons. Interfering with Marcus's good intentions are the neighborhood's continuing racial and social conflicts, as well as old enemies and friends -- both with scores to settle.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Tanya Hamilton

Writer:

Tanya Hamilton

Country:

United States of America
6.2

15 Mississippi Damned 2009

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Tina Mabry

Writer:

Tina Mabry
7.4

16 Lean On Me 1989

When principal Joe Clark takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the line.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Country:

United States of America
7.4

17 Roll Bounce 2005

In the summer of 1978, a teenager and his group of friends face new challenges when their neighborhood roller-skating rink closes, forcing them to visit a different rink.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Family

Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

Country:

United States of America
6.1

18 Losing Isaiah 1995

Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, and her husband, Charles. Years later, Khaila has gone through rehab and holds a steady job. After learning that her child is still alive, she challenges Margaret for the custody.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Seth Margolis (novel), Naomi Foner (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.4

19 Good Hair 2009

An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, GOOD HAIR visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community.

Genres:

Comedy, Documentary

Director:

Jeff Stilson

Writers:

Lance Crouther, Paul Marchand (ghostwriter) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
6.9

20 Fresh 1994

Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a junkie who sleeps with the dealers that Fresh sells for. As the story progresses Fresh realizes that he doesn't want to sell drugs anymore - he wants revenge.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Boaz Yakin

Writer:

Boaz Yakin

Countries:

France, United States of America
7.6

21 I Can Do Bad All By Myself 2009

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids.

Genres:

Drama, Comedy

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (screenplay), Tyler Perry (play)

Country:

United States of America
4.5

22 The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete 2013

Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

George Tillman Jr.

Country:

United States of America
7.5

23 The Gabby Douglas Story 2014

The true story of Gabby Douglas who becomes the first African American to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Genres:

TV Movie, Drama

Director:

Gregg Champion

Writers:

Maria Nation (teleplay), Sterling Anderson (story) | 1 more credit »
7

24 Fresh Dressed 2015

Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Hip-Hop / Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life--and the outsiders who studied and admired them – Fresh Dressed goes to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town.

Genres:

Documentary, History, Music

Director:

Sacha Jenkins

Writer:

Sacha Jenkins (story)

Country:

United States of America
6.5