Most Popular African American History Movies and TV Shows
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1. Bamboozled (2000)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.
Votes: 9,722 | Gross: $2.19M
3. The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (2019 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History
A deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" during the Jim Crow era and beyond.
Action, Drama, Romance | Announced
Inspired by the real life situation of the first all African-American females to crew a commercial flight, FLY chronicles the lives of 4 young black women in 2009 living in Atlanta as they ... See full summary »
5. The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story (2000 TV Movie)
80 min | Documentary
This is a Documentary of the infamous Tulsa Massacre of 1921, locally called "The Tulsa Race Riot." Most of the Black section of town was burned and many Black citizens were murdered by ... See full synopsis »
6. Lawman (2017)
Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Western
Based on True Events. 1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy arrests an outlaw and brings him toward encampment. A battle of wills arises between them as the outlaw tries to escape.
7. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.
12. Ships of Slaves: The Middle Passage (1997 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary
A documentary narrated by Debbie Allen that chronicles the the plight of African-Americans during the Middle Passages and the Atlantic Slave Trade.
13. Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed (1968 TV Movie)
51 min | Documentary
Reviews the numerous contributions of African-Americans to the development of the United States. From the perspective of the turbulent late 1960s, the fact that their positive roles had not... See full summary »
14. Before They Die! (2008)
92 min | Documentary, Crime, History
This is the story of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, the worst case of domestic terrorism in American history. It is about the few remaining survivors and their fight for justice and ... See full summary »
15. Hate Crimes in the Heartland (2015)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, History
"Hate Crimes in the Heartland," a feature documentary explores the 250,000 hate crimes committed in America each year through the powerful stories of two crimes committed in Tulsa, Oklahoma... See full summary »
16. Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993 TV Special)
TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary
"Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America" is a 1993 documentary that traces the cultural humor of African-Americans dating back to the minstrel shows in the early 1900s to the golden age of ... See full summary »
17. Inside Buffalo (2010)
59 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, the African American segregated combat unit who fought in World War Two.
18. Anatomy of a Queen (2019 TV Short)
TV-14 | 30 min | Short, Biography, Music
A candid celebration of women of color breaking down walls and making history featuring Angela Rye, Erica Ash, Neelam, Chloe Arnold, Ashley Everett, and more.
19. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America (2019 TV Movie)
54 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Actor Courtney B. Vance hosts this special celebrating Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s work with focus on his five quintessential documentary series about American, African and African American history for PBS.
51 min | Documentary
Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, 96, and Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, 93, two of the last living Tuskegee Airmen, recount their pulse-pounding and often heartbreaking experiences as the first ... See full summary »
22. Faithfully Divided (2009)
68 min | Documentary
In searching for her family legacy, Paula, a middle-aged woman southerner, learns about a graveyard promise made to a white church by her ancestors at the end of slavery in exchange for ... See full summary »
23. N'kisi Concorde (2014)
68 min | Documentary, Biography
N'kisi Concorde, a documentary feature, investigates the lives and work of two Detroit-area outsider artists and visual storytellers, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak, whose extraordinary ... See full summary »
29. Black Confederates (2002)
75 min | Documentary
One of the unspoken aspects of the American Civil War is the story of the African-Americans who fought for the Confederacy during those four years that tore the country apart. In their grey... See full synopsis »
30. 60 Years of the Same: Sisters Unsilenced (2007)
11 min | Documentary, Short
Examines the legacy of racism in Higher Education through the stories of early black educators and the voices of current students who drive home the lesson that resilience is a key strategy for resistance.
56 min | Documentary
"Where We Danced" is the first in a three-part series that chronicles the evolution of American social dance. It tells the story of America's dance through the lives of the dancers who shaped the art form as well as the places they danced.
32. Calamity: People and Traditions (1998 Video Game)
E | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
In part 2 of "Calamity" educational FMV game trilogy, Mona and Moki are still stuck in Calamity Jane's barn. Continue fixing Jules Verne's time machine by solving language puzzles based on articles about American explorers and artists.
33. Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz (1996 Video Game)
Herbie Hancock's interactive tour that follows the evolution of jazz sound from its origins in the red-light district of Storyville, New Orleans in the 1920s to the sound it might have in the future. Hancock performs the music.
Inside TV Land (2000– )
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television - Variety
TV-PG | 144 min
A three-part documentary that covers the trials and tribulations of African Americans in the history of television.