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1. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002)

56 min | Documentary, History

The history of legal official racial segregation in the USA.

Stars: Hugh Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Nicole Williams

Votes: 22

2. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2013)

TV-PG | Documentary

Professor Gates describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Bernard E. Powers Jr., Peniel E. Joseph, David Levering Lewis

Votes: 172

3. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Raymond Arsenault, Genevieve Houghton, Gordon Carey, Derek Catsam

Votes: 221

4. Slavery by Another Name (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History

A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.

Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Turron Kofi Alleyne, Douglas A. Blackmon, Mary Ellen Curtin

Votes: 142

5. Eyes on the Prize (1987–1990)

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Unita Blackwell, James Hicks, Burke Marshall

Votes: 457

6. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

Votes: 1,683 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Music

64 Metascore

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: The Roots, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone

Votes: 264

8. Dark Girls (2011)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

Directors: D. Channsin Berry, Bill Duke | Stars: Soren Baker, Ronald Boutelle, Joni Bovill, Kirk Bovill

Votes: 479

9. The Black List: Volume One (2008)

87 min | Documentary

Journalist Elvis Mitchell interviews twenty-two African American leaders, ranging from athletes and academics to politicians, social activists, and artists, providing a series of living ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Thelma Golden, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 114

10. The Black List: Volume Three (2010)

30 min | Documentary

Documentary film interviews leading African Americans on race, identity, and achievement.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Lee Daniels, Whoopi Goldberg, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Beverly Johnson

Votes: 6

12. Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2008 TV Movie)


Focusing on football programs in the Southeastern, Southwest and Atlantic Coast Conferences, Breaking The Huddle: The Integration of College Football chronicles the heyday of football ... See full summary »

Stars: Thom Gossom Jr., Howell Raines, Martin Luther King, Jeff Prugh

Votes: 42

13. More Than a Month (2012)


An African-American filmmaker attempts to end Black History month with the argument that black history should not be contained within one month. He conducts innumerable interviews, conducts... See full summary »

Director: Shukree Tilghman

Votes: 29

14. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Family, History

64 Metascore

A film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Allen Harris | Stars: Arthé Anthony, Anthony Barboza, Hugh Bell, David G. Berger

Votes: 115 | Gross: $0.07M

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