Live Poll: Best Celebrated Black Directed Movie?

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Each February in the USA, we recognize black achievements during Black History Month.

Which select feature length movie is your favorite black-directed cinematic achievement?* *cinematic achievement as determined by a IMDb 7.0+ rating or a 70+ MetaCritic Score

See the partial list of notable feature length cinematic achievements here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls021482526/

Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/D33BZKSZ-6U/
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Celebrated Black-Directed Honorable Mention Award Worthy Movies

# You're Not You (2014) R | 102 min | Drama 7.4 56 Metascore
A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Stephanie Beatriz

# Love & Basketball (2000) PG-13 | 124 min | Romance, Sport 7.2 70 Metascore
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

# The Secret Life of Bees (2008) PG-13 | 114 min | Drama 7.3 57 Metascore
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... 

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys 

# Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery 6.7 78 Metascore
An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle 

# The Five Heartbeats (1991) R | 121 min | Drama, Music 7.5
The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lenni

# Pariah (I) (2011) R | 86 min | Drama 7.2  79 Metascore
A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Pernell Walker

# Coach Carter (2005) PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport 7.3 57 Metascore
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

# Cadillac Records (2008) R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music7.0 65 Metascore   Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short

# Cooley High (1975) PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 7.3
 In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris,

# Rise of the Guardians (2012) PG | 97 min | Animation Family 7.3 57 Metascore
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Director: Peter Ramsey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine 

# The Equalizer (2014) R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller 7.2 57 Metascore
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbor 

# Set It Off (1996) R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama 6.8
Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox

# Talk to Me (2007) R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History 7.4 69 Metascore
The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw,

# Dope (2015) R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama 7.2 72 Metascore
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise

# Black Girl (1972) PG | 97 min | Drama 7.0
An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Brock Peters, Claudia McNeil, Leslie Uggams, Louise Stubbs

# Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987) R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy 7.6 54 Metascore
Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie) 97 min | Biography, Drama 7.4
A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter

# Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013) PG-13 132 min Biography 7.2 66 MetascoreAs Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
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Why are you not including the films you have listed above?
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Because, they are not as strong as the options that made the list. Plus, see other thread discussion for a more detailed answer. Ideal options were the total package with lots of votes, critical acclaim, high IMDb ratings and high MetaScores with one or two misses being enough to sink most options.
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Thanks, Excellent suggestion, great MetaCritic Score @ 91 and a 7.7 IMDb rating.

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2005 
Won NSFC Award for Best Foreign Language Film

I saved about a half-dozen spots for lower voted titles like this. A perfect fit;
Camp de Thiaroye (1988) looks like it is just as well regarded.


The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema.
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FYC:
One False Move
La Noire de...
Cooley High
Hollywood Shuffle
Rue cases nègres
To Sleep with Anger
Timbuktu
Daughters of the Dust
Killer of Sheep
Dark Girls
Men of Honor
Rosewood
The Spook Who Sat by the Door
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Thanks, for all the recommendations. I reviewed each one.

All fit the profile and are worthy additions. A very challenging poll to do, as there are too many quality options to fit them all. I wanted to get a good mix with different directors, different decades, different genres, different countries, seminal films and blockbusters, documentaries and features, widely seen and lesser seen (10+ titles 25,000 votes or less), white stars and black stars, etc. I also needed to leave spots for upcoming titles too. Black Panther (2018) A Wrinkle in Time (2018) and others.

I added Timbuktu (2014), Moolaadé (2004) and Killer of Sheep (1978) because of their 90 plus Metacritic scores. Movies like Cooley High, Men of Honor, La Noire de (aka Black Girl), Rosewood Hollywood Shuffle all made the working list and got moved to the honorable mention section (Top 100). As for the others, the reality is the threshold ended up being much higher. Mostly either a 7.5 IMDb rating or 85 Metascore with a few exceptions was required.
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Charles Burnett’s Road to Oscar Was Paved by Socially Conscious Storytelling

Given the amount of recognition he’s received from film critics and the number of awards he’s received over the course of his career, it’s not surprising that Charles Burnett was selected to receive an honorary Academy Award — unless you’re Charles Burnett, that is, in which case you’re still struggling to process the news.

Although he was born in Vicksburg, Miss., Burnett was only a few years old when his family moved to Watts, the Los Angeles neighborhood that would ultimately serve as the setting for his debut feature film, “Killer of Sheep.” Originally submitted as Burnett’s Master of Fine Arts thesis at UCLA in 1977, “Killer of Sheep” was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1990.

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Black Panther (2018) Release and Black History Month Bump
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'Good poll. I usually do a poll for Black History Month and hopefully still will but I'm glad you did this one. 'Well done.

FYC:
Pariah http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1233334/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Menace II Society (directed by the Hughes brothers) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107554/?ref_=nm_knf_t2
Talk to Me http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796368/?ref_=nv_sr_1
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452632/?ref_=nv_sr_1

(I saw that you have 'Talk to Me' above; I'd include 35 movies so people know about as many films with black directors and casts as possible)
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I added Menace. I wanted to add Talk, but chose Eve's Bayou from the same director Kasi Lemmons. It was a toss-up and you got me questioning my decision. I was torn over Dee Rees' Pariah, but opted for her Mudbound instead and maybe a future more widely seen Rees film. A lot titles I was limited to one per director, in order to get some more critically acclaimed and equally less seen titles without filling the poll with movies no one has ever seen. I think the last five spots should be held for that reason to help balance the list. A title like 'A Wrinkle in Time' is going to be widely seen, pull a different type of audience and expand the breadth of the poll. I think I got a good mix geared to different genres, different audiences, different parts of the world, different directors, etc., while still honoring the celebrated intent of the poll. There were a few titles that may seem borderline, but I had my reasons to justify their inclusion over other honorable mentions.
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My vote: Do the Right Thing

Oh, FYC: another Spike Lee joint --
She's Gotta Have It (79 metascore) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091939/?ref_=nv_sr_2
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Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.

That was one of a couple Spike Lee films I was torn over. He has four movies on the list, more than any director. It didn't feel right to have any more. The titles I chose to represent Spike were Inside Man (2006), 25th Hour (2002), Malcolm X (1992) and Do the Right Thing (1989). All had 70,000+ votes and a 7.6+ IMDb rating. She's Gotta Have It (1986)'s 6.6 lower IMDb rating and lower vote total at 5,869 basically nixed that title over some of his others.

I wanted to be fair and well represent as many black directors as I could, as well as, some lesser known titles. If the movie had less than 25,000 votes, with a few exceptions the threshold was more like a 85+ Metascore or 7.6+ IMDb rating. Even having those credentials wasn't a guarantee and I left off many worthy titles. I wanted to leave some room, as there seems to be a number of great black-directed movies coming out in the near future. Titles like  A Wrinkle in Time (2018), Black Panther (2018), Widows (2018), Wrong Answer or even possibly Spike Lee's Black Klansman (2018) (if it exceeds the level of his existing four entries) seem like possibilities.
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