Movie Madness: Best Black Films From the ’90s…Part 1

May 1, 2012 ‐ By Fendy Lamy
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While the recent comedy Think Like A Man remains a smash hit at the box office, toppling the movie Hunger Games after four weeks and bringing in an estimated $33 million in its first weekend out, it’s definitely not the first black film to make money and have everyone talking–in a good way. The ’90s were a golden age for black films based around romance, drama and more, and we have decided to compile a two-part series to call out the best black films from the ’90s.

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  • KJ23

    I don’t know about everyone else, but every time I think about “Soul Food” (even though I love that movie) I think about that Boondocks episode “The Itis.”  Priceless. 

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  • tiffnasty15

    yeah this betta be a part one…

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  • Harlem nights would be on any list and poetic Justice…….LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM

    • @msredbonebrite

      YESSSSSSSSSS to Harlem Nights!!! “Oh, you wanna shoot me in my pinky toe? There it is! There it is!” I die every time I see that one!!

  • Baddvixentype

    all of those films make my heart smile. it takes me back. i always feel “homey” and confortable when i watched any of those (except boomerang, never really watched it fully). I miss the 90’s so bad. I miss how tv and movie were then. Real stories instead of all this alien, end of the world, remakes and sequals going on now. WHERE ARE THE REAL WRITERS AT?? Run out of imagination??

    • @msredbonebrite

      Girl, please sit and watch Boomerang all the way through! Hands down one of my fav Eddie Murphy movies (besides C2A, of course)!!! That movie is HILARIOUS!! Eddie at his best!!

  • Love_Sexy

    The original “Friday” movie was an all time favorite for me…..I cried laughing when I first saw it

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    No love for New Jersey Drive?  South Central?  Menace II Society?  Belly?  Dead Presidents?

    Come to think of it, those are all mediocre films (other than Dead Prez) we enjoy because there’s a Black cast.  We have already got the music belt, now Blacks need to expand into film (as in high quality films, not Tyler Perry-ish), though at this rate it looks like it’ll take another generation or 2 before we’re established there.  

    Sidney Poitier’s kids don’t act, do they?


      Both of his daughters have been on SitComs.

  • Anon

    No Crooklyn? No Love Jones? Smh

  • Tender Roni

    Everything was on point. It could just be me but, it seems as though everything as far as good quality entertainment went down hill after the 90’s.

  • universal

    nothing like the mid 80’s and the 90’s. the best decades of our lives (if your under 35).

  • Immapray4u

    Ok the title of the article says Best Black films from the 90’s…….Coming to America was 1988 and if my math is correct, that was 2 years prior. I guess i can start telling people im a 90’s baby even though I was born in 86″. SMH.

    • Bean

      Not sure what you were looking at but Coming to America was NOT on this list!

      • LUVBNBLK

        It was on the list earlier, they removed it.

    • Z245KT

      Actually your math is wrong – Coming to America is not on this list!

    •  Dont spaz yet, th list says its part 1 of the list so there are more to come =) so perk up Hon!