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

May 1, 2012  |  
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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.

House Party (1990)

This ’90s Kid ‘n Play classic is a hit.  It reminds many viewers about their school days way back when, where being invited to parties was all the rave, and sneaking out the window just to go to one was even considered. And the dance scenes had everyone in the mirror practicing for the next party. Who else was trying to get someone to do the Kid ‘n Play dance with them???

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

With its popular soundtrack and scene of a car set ablaze by a distraught Angela Bassett sashaying from it after seeking revenge from an unfaithful husband, this film goes down as the ultimate relationship drama of the ’90s for black women.  Through the film, viewers learn the struggle for love concerning four best friends and how they learn to cope and overcome all their ordeals in their relationships. And can we talk about the soundtrack? Amazing.

Soul Food (1997)

Who doesn’t remember Momma Joe’s mouthwatering traditional Sunday Dinner or the Boyz II Men popular track, “A Song For Mama”? This heartfelt film is filled with the pain, jealously, and loss that a family can and will go through.  However, at the end, love ultimately conquers all their problems, bringing them together again as they remember to keep the family tradition alive.

Friday (1995)

Who could forget this hilarious classic with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker? As two bored (and unemployed…unless you call selling marijuana employment) best friends try to find something interesting to do one Friday afternoon, they will soon give the day a new meaning in this film, as they encounter much more than they had expected in one day. And no one answered the question, but it’s a good one: how do you get fired on your day off???

Juice (1992)

This 90’s crime thriller, featuring the late Tupac Shakur, keeps viewers on their toes as they watch four close friends attempt to gain power and respect in the mean streets of Harlem. What starts off as a sweet and almost brotherly-like bond is destroyed by greed, the want for “juice,” and also by a sociopathic character named Bishop (Pac) with a mean fade. We saw a side of the rapper I don’t think anyone was expecting…and we loved it!

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

A must see for young men when it comes to making the right choices in life (aka, don’t do most of the things these characters did). This crime drama involves four close childhood friends who face certain social problems in the inner city (duh, the title does say “hood”). While some of the friends may either make good or bad choices, they will ultimately discover the consequences concerning their actions at the end. Who doesn’t still tear up for Ricky and miss the much younger, cuter and cooler Cuba Gooding, Jr.?

Boomerang (1992)

Another hilarious Eddie Murphy classic, his romantic comedy portrays karma at its fullest. A deviant business executive, who treats women as sexual beings but manages to get turned off by the smallest things (busted feet), finally meets his match when he meets and tries to court his female boss (played by Robin Givens). If the fashion in this film isn’t enough to make you agree that it should be on this list, don’t forget about the soundtrack, or a hilarious Grace Jones as the very crazy Strangé.

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