Happy Black History Month: The 15 Best Black Biopics

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On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line in the major leagues by taking the field as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers team. Sixty-six years later that historic day would be the basis for the film 42. Relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman played Robinson in the film and his harrowing portrayal helped shine a light on the incessant and vitriol racism the first baseman was forced to endure. 42 raked in over $27 million at the box office during opening weekend making it the best debut for a baseball-themed movie in film history.

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