Top African-American Dramas movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Red Tails on DVD Red Tails
Synopsis
The 332nd Fighter Group -- an all-black World War II unit made up of the best U.S. escort pilots and known as the Red Tails -- fights racism at home while fighting the Nazis abroad in this drama based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Cast
Cast
Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Bryan Cranston, Lee Tergesen, Method Man, Andre Royo
Director
Director
Anthony Hemingway
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Daddy's Little Girls on DVD Daddy's Little Girls
Synopsis
In this drama from Tyler Perry, a powerful attorney falls in love with a janitor who's the single father of three daughters. Trouble comes in the form of his ex-wife, who reappears on the scene threatening to take away his children.
Cast
Cast
Idris Elba, Gabrielle Union, Louis Gossett Jr., Tasha Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malinda Williams, Gary Anthony Sturgis, Cassi Davis, Sierra Aylina McClain, China Anne McClain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Juanita Jennings
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas
Rent Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys on DVD Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
Synopsis
Tyler Perry writes, directs and co-stars in this poignant dramedy centered on a pair of friends -- wealthy socialite Charlotte (Kathy Bates) and working-class Alice (Alfre Woodard) -- whose families stand to be ripped apart by greed and scandal. To prevent the collapse and save their families, the two mothers take a road trip in a vintage turquoise convertible that carries them both beyond their wildest expectations.
Cast
Cast
Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Taraji P. Henson, Cole Hauser, Rockmond Dunbar, KaDee Strickland, Tyler Perry, Robin Givens, Kaira Whitehead
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, African-American Comedies
Rent Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself on DVD Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself
Synopsis
Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her kid brothers realize they've picked the wrong house to rob when they come face-to-face with quick-tempered matriarch Madea (Tyler Perry), who promptly deposits them with the only family they have: their hard-living aunt April (Taraji P. Henson), a nightclub singer. April's got no room in her heart for the kids -- until a handsome new tenant (Adam Rodriguez) starts to crack her tough exterior.
Cast
Cast
Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian White, Hope Olaide Wilson, Kwesi Boakye, Mary J. Blige, Frederick Siglar, Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans, Eric Mendenhall
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Dramas, African-American Comedies, African-American Dramas
Rent Pride on DVD Pride
Synopsis
In this sports-driven drama based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis changes lives and shocks his Philadelphia community when, aided by a janitor, he sets out to form the city's first black swim team. Along the way, he battles rigid rules and racism.
Cast
Cast
Terrence Howard, Tom Arnold, Bernie Mac, Louis Dupuy, Carol Dupuy, Kevin Phillips, Jeff Galpin, Louis Herthum, Alphonso McAuley, Trevor Morgan
Director
Director
Sunu Gonera
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Water Sports
Rent Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns on DVD Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Synopsis
When Brenda (Angela Bassett), a struggling single mom in Chicago's inner city, learns that the father she never knew has died, she heads to Georgia with her three kids in tow for the funeral and meets her dad's raucous family. Despite their boisterous manner, Brenda finds them a comforting presence in her fragmented life. Writer-director Tyler Perry also co-stars in this adaptation of his hit stage play.
Cast
Cast
Angela Bassett, Sofía Vergara, Tyler Perry, Rick Fox, Jenifer Lewis, Lance Gross, Lamman Rucker, Margaret Avery, Irma P. Hall, Tamela J. Mann
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Comedy, African-American Comedies, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas
Rent Antwone Fisher on DVD Antwone Fisher
Synopsis
A young sailor, Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke), is ordered to see a Navy psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) who aims to help him get a handle on debilitating anger that causes many shipboard scraps -- and that also led Fisher to a life of crime before he joined the Navy. Via therapy, Antwone seeks out the family that abandoned him as a child and experiences a catharsis that leads him to a career as a Hollywood screenwriter. Based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Kente Scott, Kevin Connolly, Rainoldo Gooding, Novella Nelson, Stephen Snedden, Yolonda Ross, Viola Davis, Earl Billings, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges
Director
Director
Denzel Washington
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Military & War Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Selma on DVD Selma
Synopsis
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, this stirring historical drama highlights the courage of the marchers as they withstand racist and violent attacks by the police.
Cast
Cast
David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, André Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Alessandro Nivola, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo, Stephen Root, Jeremy Strong, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey
Director
Director
Ava DuVernay
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas
Rent Talk to Me on DVD Talk to Me
Synopsis
Oscar nominee Don Cheadle stars as real-life radio trailblazer Ralph "Petey" Greene, a high-school dropout and charismatic ex-con who leverages a prison disc jockey gig into a stint at a Washington, D.C., radio station.
Cast
Cast
Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps, Peter MacNeill, Adam Gaudreau, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen, Elle Downs, Benz Antoine, Keith Sweat, David Brown
Director
Director
Kasi Lemmons
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, African-American Dramas, Period Pieces
Rent The Color Purple on DVD The Color Purple
Synopsis
Whoopi Goldberg stars as Celie, a Southern woman whose correspondence with her sister in Africa helps her escape an abusive husband and a life of bitter circumstance. Steven Spielberg directs this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Alice Walker's novel.
Cast
Cast
Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Adolph Caesar, Willard E. Pugh, Rae Dawn Chong, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, Dana Ivey, Leonard Jackson, Carl Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Bennet Guillory, Susan Beaubian
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas, Tearjerkers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent For Colored Girls on DVD For Colored Girls
Synopsis
Tyler Perry directs his own adaptation of the Obie-winning stage play by Ntozake Shange, constructed as a series of poetic vignettes that collectively explore the lives of modern African American women.
Cast
Cast
Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Omari Hardwick, Macy Gray, Michael Ealy, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Straight Outta Compton on DVD Straight Outta Compton
Synopsis
Bringing the raw reality of South Central Los Angeles to vinyl in the 1980s, N.W.A.'s electrifying debut album upped the social ante for rap music. This pull-no-punches portrait of the band's brief career traces their dramatic rise and fall.
Cast
Cast
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Shipp, Elena Goode, Angela Gibbs, Lisa Renee Pitts, R. Marcos Taylor
Director
Director
F. Gary Gray
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas
Rent Race on DVD Race
Synopsis
While Hitler saw the 1936 Berlin Olympics as an opportunity to demonstrate Aryan supremacy, one African-American man -- Jesse Owens -- shattered that dream with a display of athleticism that resulted in four gold medals. This film tells his story.
Cast
Cast
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice van Houten
Director
Director
Stephen Hopkins
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Sports Dramas
Rent Their Eyes Were Watching God on DVD Their Eyes Were Watching God
Synopsis
Halle Berry stars in this version of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, adapted for television and produced by Oprah Winfrey. The story centers on Janie Crawford (Berry), a free-spirited woman who lives her life on her own terms. Refusing to accept her place as a black woman in the 1920s, Crawford lives life to its fullest and experiences a journey filled with great joy and unbearable heartache. Ruby Dee and Ruben Santiago-Hudson also star.
Cast
Cast
Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint, Ruby Dee, Terrence Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kayaru, Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown
Director
Director
Darnell Martin
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, Romantic Dramas, Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies, African-American Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Sparkle on DVD Sparkle
Synopsis
When three Detroit sisters rise to fame as a Motown girl group in the 1960s, their sudden success creates conflict that rips their lives apart. While she deals with her family's issues, the youngest sister, Sparkle, starts to chase her own dreams.
Cast
Cast
Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Ceelo Green, Curtis Armstrong, Terrence Jenkins
Director
Director
Salim Akil
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on DVD Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Synopsis
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star as wealthy Californians who consider themselves progressive until their only daughter (Katharine Houghton) brings home her African American fiancé (Sidney Poitier) in this snapshot of race relations in the late 1960s. The film earned two Academy Awards (for Hepburn's performance and William Rose's screenplay) and eight other nominations. Stanley Kramer directs.
Cast
Cast
Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Isabel Sanford, Roy Glenn, Virginia Christine
Director
Director
Stanley Kramer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Romance Classics, African-American Dramas
Rent Malcolm X on DVD Malcolm X
Synopsis
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated drama illuminates the life of black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), following him from his early days in prison to his conversion to Islam, marriage to Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) and discovery of Elijah Mohammad's (Al Freeman Jr.) Nation of Islam writings. When Malcolm turns his back on the Nation of Islam (following a pilgrimage to Mecca), he becomes a murder target.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Spike Lee, Albert Hall, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr., Ossie Davis, Michael Imperioli, Giancarlo Esposito
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Tuskegee Airmen on DVD The Tuskegee Airmen
Synopsis
In World War II, the 332nd Air Force squadron was honored for keeping casualties low and bombers safe. But it also made history because its members were the first African-American pilots to take to the skies for America. Few knew of their accomplishments, however, until decades later. Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Andre Braugher lead a talented cast of characters who managed to serve despite the rampant racism they endured.
Cast
Cast
Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Allen Payne, Andre Braugher, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher McDonald
Director
Director
Robert Markowitz
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Ghosts of Mississippi on DVD Ghosts of Mississippi
Synopsis
Decades after two hung juries cleared white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith (Oscar nominee James Woods) in the 1963 shooting death of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, assistant district attorney Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin) reopens the case to bring the man to justice. With support from Evers's widow (Whoopi Goldberg), DeLaughter is determined to take down the murderer. Virginia Madsen co-stars in this drama based on the true 1994 trial.
Cast
Cast
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Susanna Thompson, Lucas Black, Virginia Madsen, James Pickens Jr., Wayne Rogers
Director
Director
Rob Reiner
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Lean on Me on DVD Lean on Me
Synopsis
When tough-talking principal Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with graffiti-covered walls and students wearing gang colors. But he's determined to do anything in his power to turn the school around. He begins by expelling drug dealers and padlocking the doors to keep the riffraff out. But he also demands maximum effort from the students and staff inside in this uplifting drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North, Lynne Thigpen, Robin Bartlett, Michael Beach, Ethan Phillips, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Sloane Shelton
Director
Director
John G. Avildsen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, African-American Dramas
Rent How She Move on DVD How She Move
Synopsis
A high school girl's (Tre Armstrong) future takes a turn for the worse when her sister dies from drug-related problems and she's removed from the comfort and privilege of her private school, forced to return to her old stomping grounds in a dangerous neighborhood. Struggling to readjust to the changes of living in the inner city, she eventually finds unexpected happiness by renewing her passion for step dancing.
Cast
Cast
Rutina Wesley, Dwain Murphy, Tre Armstrong, Brennan Gademans, Kevin Duhaney, Clé Bennett, Romina D'Ugo, Shawn Desman, Boyd Banks, Jai Jai Jones, Ardon Bess, Melanie Nicholls-King, DeRay Davis, Tanisa Scott, Tristan D. Lalla, Nina Dobrev, Conrad Coates, Djanet Sears, Alison Sealy-Smith, Daniel Morrison, Eve Crawford, Mya, Keyshia Cole
Director
Director
Ian Iqbal Rashid
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance
Rent Cover on DVD Cover
Synopsis
Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) is a happy homemaker whose life falls apart when she discovers her husband of 15 years has been leading a double life -- and that his extracurricular activities may have exposed her to the AIDS virus. Vivica A. Fox and Louis Gossett Jr. co-star in director Bill Duke's thoughtful and complex drama examining the repercussions of the "down low" lifestyle.
Cast
Cast
Vivica A. Fox, Louis Gossett Jr., Paula Jai Parker, Mya, Razaaq Adoti, Aunjanue Ellis, Clayton Prince, Richard Gant, Roger Guenveur Smith, Patti LaBelle
Director
Director
Bill Duke
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent A Soldier's Story on DVD A Soldier's Story
Synopsis
Racial tensions flare in this gripping drama set in Louisiana at the end of World War II. When Army attorney Capt. Davenport (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) is sent to Fort Neal to investigate the murder of a black sergeant, he faces a mystery much more complex than he'd imagined. Also starring Adolph Caesar and directed by Norman Jewison from Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Cast
Cast
Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier, David Harris, Dennis Lipscomb, Larry Riley, Robert Townsend, Denzel Washington, William Allen Young
Director
Director
Norman Jewison
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces
Rent Menace II Society on DVD Menace II Society
Synopsis
Sobering and incisive, this cautionary urban drama centers on 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner), a street tough facing a moral quandary while trying to turn his life around, aided by a pragmatic girlfriend (Jada Pinkett Smith) and a caring teacher (Charles S. Dutton). Can Caine rise above the entrapments of the 'hood? Samuel L. Jackson plays Caine's junkie father, and Larenz Tate is a standout as hair-trigger homeboy O-Dog.
Cast
Cast
Tyrin Turner, Samuel L. Jackson, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda, Anthony Johnson, Brandon Hammond, Glenn Plummer, Reginald Ballard, Khandi Alexander, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton
Director
Director
Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent Miss Evers' Boys on DVD Miss Evers' Boys
Synopsis
Laurence Fishburne stars in this Emmy-winning HBO drama about the Tuskegee Experiment, a government program that withheld penicillin from some African American men infected with syphilis so that scientists could study the effects of the disease. One nurse, Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard), comforted the afflicted men during the decades-long experiment, which ended only when public outcry in the 1970s forced the government to abandon the project.
Cast
Cast
Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer, Joe Morton, Obba Babatundé, Ossie Davis, E.G. Marshall, Donzaleigh Abernathy
Director
Director
Joseph Sargent
Genres
Genres
Drama, Tearjerkers, African-American Dramas, Medical Dramas
Rent Moonlight on DVD Moonlight
Synopsis
Growing up in the drug-soaked world of 1980s Miami, young Chiron struggles to make his way through a helter-skelter adolescence while also grappling with confusion and anxiety about his emerging sexuality.
Cast
Cast
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Patrick Decile
Director
Director
Barry Jenkins
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas, Indie LGBT, Gay, Coming of Age
Rent Boyz N the Hood on DVD Boyz N the Hood
Synopsis
In this thoughtful drama, a South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism -- and his cynical but devoted father will accept nothing less than the best from him.
Cast
Cast
Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell, Angela Bassett, Meta King, Whitman Mayo
Director
Director
John Singleton
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Crime Dramas, Blockbusters
Rent Rosewood on DVD Rosewood
Synopsis
Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle headline this fictionalized retelling of the Rosewood massacres, a 1923 incident in which a white mob used a white woman's false rape allegations as the motivation to destroy a peaceful, predominately black town. Jon Voight, Bruce McGill and Michael Rooker also star in this poignant historical drama from Academy Award nominee John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood).
Cast
Cast
Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Loren Dean, Michael Rooker, Bruce McGill, Esther Rolle, Robert Patrick, Elise Neal, Catherine Kellner
Director
Director
John Singleton
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Marriage Counselor on DVD The Marriage Counselor
Synopsis
Marriage counselor Judith (Tamar Davis) may be better at giving advice than taking it in this Tyler Perry play. Judith and her accountant husband Roger (Tony Grant) seem to have the perfect life, but some unexpected guests reveal the cracks in their relationship. When Hurricane Katrina forces Roger's dad and Judith's mom to seek refuge with their children, Judith turns to an old friend for advice about her suddenly unstable home environment.
Cast
Cast
Tamar Davis, Palmer Williams, Jr., Anthony Grant, A.T. Grayson, Myra Beasley, Brandi Milton, Timon Kyle Durrett, Johnny Gilmore, Jermaine Sellers, Stephanie Ferrett, Nicole Jackson
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Theatrical Performances, African-American Dramas, Theater Arts
Rent The Corner on DVD The Corner
Synopsis
In this HBO miniseries about a family struggling to survive in the ghetto, a teenager (Sean Nelson) struggles to fight off the pressures of the street while his parents (Khandi Alexander and T.K. Carter) work hard to earn a steady income and establish a sense of normalcy, against long odds. Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries were awarded to director Charles S. Dutton, his writing team and the show's producers.
Cast
Cast
T.K. Carter, Khandi Alexander, Sean Nelson, Antonio D. Charity, Clarke Peters, Tyra Ferrell, Toy Connor, Tasha Smith, Glenn Plummer, Corey Parker Robinson
Director
Director
Charles S. Dutton
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, TV Miniseries
Rent A Raisin in the Sun on DVD A Raisin in the Sun
Synopsis
In a crumbling Chicago tenement, a strong-willed widow and her grown children struggle to scratch out a living -- until a $10,000 life insurance check arrives. Before long, all the family members begin making their own plans for the money.
Cast
Cast
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, Ron C. Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos
Director
Director
Kenny Leon
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent A Good Man Is Hard to Find on DVD A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Synopsis
Adapted from a successful stage play by David Payton, this urban drama focuses on the romantic lives of three contemporary black women: shrewd Rachel (Golden Brooks), upright Charlene (Deborah Cox) and independent Monica (Melissa De Sousa). As the trio grapples with relationship problems and tries to find Mr. Right, they gradually conquer their inner demons and put past mistakes behind them. The supporting cast includes Hill Harper.
Cast
Cast
Darrin Dewitt Henson, Golden Brooks, Hill Harper, Lance E. Nichols, Melissa De Sousa, Mel Jackson, Rachel Nicks, Darius McCrary, Deborah Cox
Director
Director
Leslie Small
Genres
Genres
Romance, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent What's Love Got to Do with It on DVD What's Love Got to Do with It
Synopsis
Ike Turner meets a singer whom he grooms into a star, marries and renames Tina. But repeated run-ins with Ike's violent side shatter Tina's spirit. With nothing left but her name and her talent, she reemerges on the pop scene at the top of her game.
Cast
Cast
Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Rae'ven Kelly, Virginia Capers, Jenifer Lewis, Chi McBride, Rob LaBelle, Richard T. Jones, Damon Hines, Suli McCullough, Tina Turner
Director
Director
Brian Gibson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Rock & Pop, African-American Dramas, Pop, Showbiz Dramas
Rent A Raisin in the Sun on DVD A Raisin in the Sun
Synopsis
Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee shine in this film version of Lorraine Hansberry's play about an inner-city black family. Poitier plays Walter Lee Younger, a chauffeur with a wife (Dee) and family to support. When a financial windfall puts Younger's dream of starting his own business within reach, the family is plunged into conflict with one another and with the intolerant world around them.
Cast
Cast
Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett Jr., John Fiedler, Joel Fluellen, Roy Glenn
Director
Director
Daniel Petrie
Genres
Genres
Classics, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Classic Dramas
Rent The Perfect Guy on DVD The Perfect Guy
Synopsis
Passionately attracted to tech expert Carter Duncan, 36-year-old lobbyist Leah Vaughn ends her long-term relationship and takes up with the charismatic Carter. But when his dark side surfaces, Leah realizes that she's put herself in grave danger.
Cast
Cast
Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton, Tess Harper, Kathryn Morris, Rutina Wesley, Holt McCallany
Director
Director
David M. Rosenthal
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, African-American Dramas
Rent Biker Boyz on DVD Biker Boyz
Synopsis
Only the speedy survive in Biker Boyz, a Western flick reinvented for the millennium with citizens who are law-abiding by day and biker renegades by night. Laurence Fishburne stars as a biker whose claim as the "King of Cali" is challenged by Kid.
Cast
Cast
Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Lisa Bonet, Brendan Fehr, Larenz Tate, Kid Rock, Rick Gonzalez, Meagan Good, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dante Basco, Dion Basco, Tyson Beckford, Titus Welliver, Kadeem Hardison, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa
Director
Director
Reggie Rock Bythewood
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, African-American Dramas, Sports Dramas, African-American Action, Motorcycles & Motocross, Sports Stories
Rent Honeydripper on DVD Honeydripper
Synopsis
Danny Glover stars as Pine Top Purvis, owner of an Alabama juke joint whose glory days are gone and debts are piling up. To save his club, Purvis hires R&B sensation Guitar Sam. But when Sam doesn't show, desperate times call for desperate measures. Now, the only cure for Pine Top's blues is to bust a local guitar-playing vagabond out of jail and have him masquerade as Guitar Sam long enough to fill the club and collect the cash.
Cast
Cast
Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Stacy Keach, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Davenia McFadden, Daryl Edwards, Sean Patrick Thomas
Director
Director
John Sayles
Genres
Genres
Drama, Contemporary Movie Musicals, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas, Blues, Musicals, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Gospel Hill on DVD Gospel Hill
Synopsis
In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation.
Cast
Cast
Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Julia Stiles, Giancarlo Esposito, Adam Baldwin, Nia Long, RZA, Yaani King, Chuck Bibby, Phillip Bloch, Tom Bower, Chris Ellis, Christy Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson
Director
Director
Giancarlo Esposito
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Mystery
Rent Ballast on DVD Ballast
Synopsis
In a small Mississippi Delta township, one of the poorest places in the rich nation of America, a single mother struggles to provide for herself and her son. Their fragile lives are tragically ripped apart when an extreme act of violence occurs. Michael J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs and Johnny McPhail star in this lyrical drama (nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature) that explores long-standing conflicts and the meaning of family.
Cast
Cast
Michael J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail, Ventress Bonner, Jimez Alexander, Jean Paul Guillory, Marquice Alexander, Marcus Alexander, Lawrence Jackson
Director
Director
Lance Hammer
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Play on DVD Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Play
Synopsis
On the day of her wedding anniversary, a devoted wife's life turns upside down when her husband announces he wants a divorce in Tyler Perry's bittersweet play, which inspired a hit 2005 film adaptation. After learning that two-timing Charles is leaving her, Helen loses all faith and turns to her crazy granny Madea, her cousin and her mom for support in her time of crisis. Playwright Perry takes on dual roles as Daddy Charles and the outrageous Madea.
Cast
Cast
Tyler Perry, Marva King, Tamela Mann
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Indie Comedies, Theatrical Performances, African-American Comedies, African-American Dramas, Theater Arts
Rent Introducing Dorothy Dandridge on DVD Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Synopsis
Halle Berry stars as singer, actress and dancer Dorothy Dandridge in this biopic that follows the complex star from her beginnings a nightclub act through to her unexpected mainstream success, including an Oscar nomination.
Cast
Cast
Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, D.B. Sweeney, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Tamara Taylor, Loretta Devine, Obba Babatundé, William Atherton, Cynda Williams, LaTanya Richardson
Director
Director
Martha Coolidge
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Showbiz Dramas, HBO, African-American Dramas, Tearjerkers, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Ruby Bridges on DVD Ruby Bridges
Synopsis
Director Euzhan Palcy brings to the screen events that helped shape American history: the integration of an all-white school in the 1960s by first-grader Ruby Bridges (Chaz Monet). Predictably, tensions arise as protesters fight Ruby's attendance. But aided by her courageous parents (Michael Beach and Lela Rochon), an enthusiastic teacher (Penelope Ann Miller) and a supportive child psychologist (Kevin Pollak), Ruby learns to face racism head-on.
Cast
Cast
Chaz Monet, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Pollak, Michael Beach, Lela Rochon, Jean Louisa Kelly, Peter Francis James, Diana Scarwid, Patrika Darbo
Director
Director
Euzhan Palcy
Genres
Genres
Children & Family, Family Dramas, Disney, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, Social Issue Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Jungle Fever on DVD Jungle Fever
Synopsis
Flipper (Wesley Snipes) is a successful, married architect. Angie (Annabella Sciorra) is a temporary office worker. When they meet, it's Jungle Fever. Director Spike Lee vividly explores the gray area between love and sex and the other distractions that bifurcate blacks and whites. Samuel L. Jackson picked up Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Critics awards for his powerful portrayal of Snipes's crack-addicted brother.
Cast
Cast
Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Quinn, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Queen Latifah, Michael Imperioli
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Romance, Romantic Dramas, African-American Dramas, African-American Romance, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Backstairs at the White House on DVD Backstairs at the White House
Synopsis
Based on Lillian Rogers Parks's best-selling memoirs, this award-winning television miniseries explores behind-the-scenes life at the White House as seen through the eyes of staffers during the course of eight different presidential administrations. Parks (Leslie Uggams), who served as a seamstress, her housemaid mother (Olivia Cole) and other workers that keep 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in top shape observe the terms from Taft through Eisenhower.
Cast
Cast
Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Hooks, Leslie Nielsen, Cloris Leachman, Paul Winfield, Julie Harris, Victor Buono, Robert Vaughn, Kim Hunter, Claire Bloom, Celeste Holm, George Kennedy, Ed Flanders, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, Eileen Heckart, John Anderson, Harry Morgan, Estelle Parsons, Jan Sterling, Barbara Barrie, Andrew Duggan, Kevin Hooks, Hari Rhodes, Dana Wynter
Director
Director
Michael O'Herlihy
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on the Book, Biographies, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Beloved on DVD Beloved
Synopsis
Oprah Winfrey stars as a former slave who suffers mightily to protect her family in this adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slavery's lasting effects on a black family in 1873 Ohio.
Cast
Cast
Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Albert Hall, Jason Robards
Director
Director
Jonathan Demme
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, African-American Dramas
Rent Disappearing Acts on DVD Disappearing Acts
Synopsis
Music teacher Zora Banks (Sanaa Lathan) yearns for a successful career as a singer-songwriter -- and for a decent man in her life. While moving into a new brownstone, Zora meets rough-edged construction worker Franklin Swift (Wesley Snipes), and the two hit it off. But when certain secrets come to light, their burgeoning romance starts to unravel. John Amos costars in this made-for-cable-TV movie based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel.
Cast
Cast
Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Regina Hall, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Q-Tip, Clark Johnson, John Amos, CCH Pounder, Aunjanue Ellis, John Beasley
Director
Director
Gina Prince
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Made-for-TV Movies, African-American Romance, HBO, African-American Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Lockdown on DVD Lockdown
Synopsis
Three friends -- Avery (Richard T. Jones), Cashmere (Gabriel Casseus) and Dre (De'Aundre Bonds) -- are wrongly imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit. Cashmere quickly adapts to jail, and Dre withstands abuse doled out by his cellmate. But out of the three, it's Avery who stands to lose the most. At risk is his girlfriend Krista, his son Jordan and a future as a competitive swimmer. Can Avery escape the tyranny of lockdown? Master P co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Richard T. Jones, Gabriel Casseus, De'Aundre Bonds, Master P, Melissa De Sousa, Bill Nunn, Clifton Powell, Joe Torry, Anna Maria Horsford, Sticky Fingaz
Director
Director
John Luessenhop
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent The Players Club on DVD The Players Club
Synopsis
Young single mother Diana (LisaRaye) struggles to provide for her child and pay for her college education. She ends up working at a shoe store, but meets two strippers from at a nearby gentlemen's club who convince her there's fast money to be made stripping. At the Players Club, however, Diana (renamed "Diamond" by club owner Bernie Mac) faces danger and heartbreak. Rapper Ice Cube directs his own script and co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, Monica Calhoun, Jamie Foxx, John Amos, A.J. Johnson, Alex Thomas, LisaRaye
Director
Director
Ice Cube
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas
Rent Poor Boy's Game on DVD Poor Boy's Game
Synopsis
After serving a decade in prison for beating a young African-American boxer (K.C. Collins) nearly to death, Donnie Rose (Rossif Sutherland) finds himself a free man. Yet he remains imprisoned by his notorious reputation and persistent whispers that his crime was racially motivated. Complicating matters is the fact that the victim's father (Danny Glover) has vowed to seek revenge against the man who left his son severely brain-damaged.
Cast
Cast
Danny Glover, K.C. Collins, Rossif Sutherland, Flex Alexander, Greg Bryk, Laura Regan, Tonya Lee Williams, Stephen McHattie, Wes Williams
Director
Director
Clément Virgo
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Indie Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent They Call Me Sirr on DVD They Call Me Sirr
Synopsis
This inspiring, passionate film tells the true story of Sirr Parker, a talented young football player who overcame a troubled inner-city life to become a USA Today All-American and an NFL professional. Even while dealing with an alcoholic mother and raising his little brother alone, Sirr (Kente Scott) managed to work and study hard, receiving constant praise and encouragement from his high school football coach (Michael Clarke Duncan).
Cast
Cast
Michael Clarke Duncan, K.C. Collins, Alonso Oyarzun, Martin Villafana, Kyle Kassardjian, Doron Bell, Karen Robinson
Director
Director
Robert Munic
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Stories, Sports Dramas, African-American Dramas, Inspirational Stories, Football, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent The Five Heartbeats on DVD The Five Heartbeats
Synopsis
Rhythm-and-blues artists such as the Temptations and Sam Cooke served as the inspiration for filmmaker Robert Townsend's ambitious movie about five urban friends who climb the stairway to stardom. On their journey to the zenith of the 1960s music scene, the group overcomes rigged talent contests, double-dealing record company bigwigs, racial barriers, substance abuse, isolation and internecine squabbles -- only to find emptiness at the top.
Cast
Cast
Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix, Tico Wells, Diahann Carroll, Harold Nicholas
Director
Director
Robert Townsend
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, Contemporary Movie Musicals, African-American Dramas, Musicals
Rent Sparkle on DVD Sparkle
Synopsis
When three singing sisters from Harlem hit the big time, they end up losing one another in this musical melodrama set in the 1950s. While the oldest sister (Lonette McKee) falls victim to drugs and a gangster lover, the youngest (Irene Cara) becomes a superstar -- though not before overcoming all sorts of obstacles. Curtis Mayfield provides a great set of songs, and McKee sings them with style and power in this Supremes-inspired story.
Cast
Cast
Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, Lonette McKee, Paul Lambert, Irene Cara, Beatrice Winde, Tony King
Director
Director
Sam O'Steen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Showbiz Dramas, African-American Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, Musicals
Rent 10,000 Black Men Named George on DVD 10,000 Black Men Named George
Synopsis
During the Depression, gainful employment is practically nonexistent for African-Americans. The only available jobs are as porters for the Pullman Rail Company (which pays blacks one-third of what white employees make). Journalist Philip Randolph (Andre Braugher) makes it his mission to help these forgotten workers -- called "George," after company founder George Pullman -- and helps form the first black union in America. Robert Townsend directs.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Brock Peters, Carla Brothers, Richard McGregor, Ellen Holly, Ernestine Jackson, Ardon Bess
Director
Director
Robert Townsend
Genres
Genres
Drama, Period Pieces, Biographies, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Killer of Sheep on DVD Killer of Sheep
Synopsis
Shot in 1977 on a $10,000 budget while its director, Charles Burnett, was in film school, this landmark urban drama sketches a vivid portrait of African-American life in the '70s. Depicting the Los Angeles ghetto of Watts through the eyes of a slaughterhouse worker (Henry G. Sanders), the movie's episodic vignettes and evocative soundtrack paint a picture of economic exclusion and muted hopes dusted with moments of transcendent joy.
Cast
Cast
Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond
Director
Director
Charles Burnett
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Alex Haley's Queen on DVD Alex Haley's Queen
Synopsis
Oscar winner Halle Berry stars as the title character in this miniseries adaptation of Alex Haley's epic novel, which chronicles the life of his paternal grandmother, the illegitimate child of a slave woman and a plantation owner. Amid the backdrop of post-Civil War America, Queen battles the prejudices of whites and blacks while struggling to forge her own identity. Danny Glover and Tim Daly also star in this sweeping historical drama.
Cast
Cast
Frances Conroy, Lonette McKee, Ann-Margret, Jasmine Guy, Ossie Davis, Halle Berry, Martin Sheen, Tim Daly, Victor Garber, Danny Glover, Paul Winfield
Director
Director
John Erman
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Soul Food on DVD Soul Food
Synopsis
Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's turn sour when three sisters start bringing their problems to the dinner table. When tragedy strikes, it's up to grandson Ahmad to pull the family together and put the soul back into the weekly gatherings.
Cast
Cast
Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Brandon Hammond, Jeffrey D. Sams, Gina Ravera, Irma P. Hall, Mel Jackson
Director
Director
George Tillman Jr.
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas
Rent The Josephine Baker Story on DVD The Josephine Baker Story
Synopsis
Before Madonna, even before Marilyn, there was Josephine Baker (Lynn Whitfield), an African-American entertainer who rose from the crumbs of St. Louis society to become the toast of Paris nightlife in the 1920s and '30s. After escaping the vaudeville circuit in the United States, she gains fame and glory abroad for her scantily clad "banana dance." But when she returns to America, she must confront the racism she left behind.
Cast
Cast
Lynn Whitfield, Craig T. Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., David Dukes, Rubén Blades, Kene Holliday
Director
Director
Brian Gibson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Showbiz Dramas, African-American Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Conviction on DVD Conviction
Synopsis
Based on the compelling autobiography of Carl Upchurch (Omar Epps), Conviction tells the story of a man who hits rock bottom but climbs his way back up against all odds. Having grown up on the streets of Philly, Carl passes in and out of jail. His redemption finally comes in the form of a teacher he meets in prison who inspires him to clean up his act, help others just like him and teach kids to build a life outside of gangs.
Cast
Cast
Omar Epps, Dana Delany, Bentley Mitchum, Charles S. Dutton, Anthony 'Treach' Criss , Kyle Kassardjian, Benz Antoine, Peter Mensah
Director
Director
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, Showtime, Dramas Based on the Book, African-American Dramas, Biographies, Inspirational Stories, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films
Rent Blackout on DVD Blackout
Synopsis
During the massive summer blackout in 2003, violence descends on Brooklyn's East Flatbush section. Agoraphobic James (Sean Blakemore), his put-upon girlfriend, Claudine (Zoe Saldana), apartment super George (Melvin Van Peebles) and building owner Sol (Saul Rubinek) are thrown together amidst looting and riots. Director Jerry LaMothe weaves stories inspired by true events that went unnoticed by most of America.
Cast
Cast
Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael B. Jordan, LaTanya Richardson, Saul Rubinek, Sean Blakemore, Susan Kelechi Watson, Turron Kofi Alleyne
Director
Director
Jerry LaMothe
Genres
Genres
Independent, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Mahogany on DVD Mahogany
Synopsis
Directed by Berry Gordy and featuring the Oscar-nominated song "Do You Know Where You're Going To," this rags-to-riches story follows up-and-coming fashion model Tracy (Diana Ross), who's discovered by a photographer and thrust into a glamorous new world. But sudden fame clouds the ingenue's head, and soon after dumping her boyfriend (Billy Dee Williams), Tracy's fairy-tale life begins to crumble. Anthony Perkins co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Beah Richards, Nina Foch, Marisa Mell, Lenard Norris, Ira Rogers, Bruce Vilanch
Director
Director
Berry Gordy
Genres
Genres
Classics, Showbiz Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Proud on DVD Proud
Synopsis
This rousing drama recounts the true story of the U.S.S. Mason, the only World War II battleship with a largely black crew. Fighting racism, German submarines and a horrendous North Atlantic storm, the young sailors prove their mettle.
Cast
Cast
Ossie Davis, Albert Jones, Stephen Rea, Darnell Williams, Keisha Whitaker, Kidada Jones, Rashad Haughton, Vernel Bagneris, Reggie Austin, Eric LaRay Harvey
Director
Director
Mary Pat Kelly
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, African-American Dramas
Rent Roots: The Next Generations on DVD Roots: The Next Generations
Synopsis
This Emmy Award-winning follow-up to the acclaimed TV miniseries "Roots," based on Alex Haley's genealogical novel, picks up after the Civil War during the Reconstruction and chronicles the African-American experience through the 1960s. James Earl Jones stars as Haley, with Al Freeman Jr. as Malcolm X and Marlon Brando as George Lincoln Rockwell. Georg Stanford Brown, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee also star.
Cast
Cast
Georg Stanford Brown, James Earl Jones, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Paul Koslo, Lynne Moody, Avon Long, Greg Morris, Richard Thomas, Fay Hauser, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debbi Morgan, Irene Cara, Roger E. Mosley, Harry Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Pam Grier, Roosevelt Grier, Robert Culp, Dina Merrill, Paul Winfield, Debbie Allen, Andy Griffith, Diahann Carroll, Kim Fields, Marlon Brando, Al Freeman Jr., Gerald McRaney
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, African-American Dramas, TV Classics
Rent Above the Rim on DVD Above the Rim
Synopsis
While high schooler Kyle (Duane Martin) awaits word from Georgetown University about his basketball scholarship, he balances relationships with neighborhood gangster Birdie (Tupac Shakur), a strict coach, and Shep (Leon), a former basketball star falling for his mother, Mailika (Tonya Pinkins). Marlon Wayans, David Bailey, Bernie Mac, Henry Simmons and Shawn Michael Howard also star in this drama. Jeff Pollack directs and co-writes.
Cast
Cast
Tupac Shakur, Duane Martin, Leon, David Bailey, Marlon Wayans, Bernie Mac, Tonya Pinkins, Byron Minns, Shawn Michael Howard, Henry Simmons
Director
Director
Jeff Pollack
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Basketball, African-American Dramas, Sports Stories
Rent My Brother on DVD My Brother
Synopsis
Aspiring stand-up comedian Isaiah (Nashawn Kearse) resents having to take care of his developmentally disabled brother James (Christopher Scott). But when his dreams fall through and he gets mixed up in a violent underworld, Isaiah begins to understand the importance of the fraternal bond. Tatum O'Neal and Vanessa Williams -- who poignantly portrays the boys' terminally ill mother -- co-star in this moving inner-city drama.
Cast
Cast
Vanessa Williams, Tatum O'Neal, Fredro Starr, Nasser Metcalfe, Nashawn Kearse
Director
Director
Tony Lover
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent School Daze on DVD School Daze
Synopsis
Through the microcosm of campus life, director Spike Lee's offbeat comedy explores the biases, anxiety and frustration of black students at a faux university. Laurence Fishburne plays a devoted political activist, while his wanna-be frat-boy cousin (Lee) endures any degradation to pledge Gamma Phi. Based partially on Lee's collegiate experience, School Daze examines the social divide and intraracial conflict that exist within black schools.
Cast
Cast
Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kyme, Joe Seneca, Ellen Holly, Art Evans, Ossie Davis, Bill Nunn, James Bond III
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Comedy, African-American Comedies, African-American Dramas
Rent Blood Done Sign My Name on DVD Blood Done Sign My Name
Synopsis
From director Jeb Stuart comes this earnest drama based on the real-life 1970 murder of black Vietnam veteran Henry Marrow by virulent racists subsequently acquitted by an all-white North Carolina jury despite overwhelming evidence of their guilt. As local white minister Vernon Tyson (Rick Schroder) tries to integrate his congregation in the midst of the trial, African-American schoolteacher Ben Chavis (Nate Parker) begins a crusade of his own.
Cast
Cast
Michael Rooker, Lee Norris, Omar Benson Miller, Ricky Schroder, Susan Walters, Lela Rochon, Gattlin Griffith, Emily Alyn Lind, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Nick Searcy, Nate Parker
Director
Director
Jeb Stuart
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Rain on DVD Rain
Synopsis
Rain (Brooklyn Sudano), a young black musical prodigy, finds trouble and heartbreak when she witnesses her sister's murder by gangbangers. In order to protect her daughter, Rain's mother secretly contacts Rain's biological mother, and Rain learns the truth of her parentage: She is the daughter of a white socialite. Sent to live with her wealthy grandmother (Faye Dunaway), Rain adjusts to boarding school life, where her musical talents flourish.
Cast
Cast
Khandi Alexander, Robert Loggia, Faye Dunaway, Brooklyn Sudano, Giancarlo Esposito, D'Lytha Myers, Manuel Velazquez, Katie Fountain
Director
Director
Craig DiBona
Genres
Genres
Independent, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Wishing Tree on DVD The Wishing Tree
Synopsis
When her storyteller mother (Mary Alice) dies, attorney Clara Collier (Alfre Woodard) returns to her Georgia hometown and is soon captivated by a local legend of the "Magic Man" (Blair Underwood). While looking for the source of the tale, Clara uncovers suprising family secrets. Czech filmmaker Ivan Passer directs this family drama that delves into the storytelling tradition of the Deep South. Blair Underwood and Helen Shaver co-star.
Cast
Cast
Alfre Woodard, Helen Shaver, Mary Alice, Blair Underwood, Charles Weldon
Director
Director
Ivan Passer
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Fantasy, African-American Dramas, Hallmark
Rent Claudine on DVD Claudine
Synopsis
Claudine (actress and singer Diahann Carroll) is a single mother raising six children in the projects of Harlem. Struggling to make ends meet on her meager income, Claudine resorts to welfare and must fight to keep her dignity as the welfare system forces her to jump through hoops. But her life takes a brighter turn when she finds romance with a pleasant garbage collector (James Earl Jones), who helps Claudine keep her family afloat.
Cast
Cast
Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Tamu, David Kruger, Yvette Curtis, Eric Jones, Socorro Stephens
Director
Director
John Berry
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, African-American Romance, Romantic Dramas
Rent Heavens Fall on DVD Heavens Fall
Synopsis
Inspired by the true events surrounding the "Scottsboro Nine," this compelling drama follows the plight of nine young black men, unjustly sentenced to death in the spring of 1931, following the false accusations of raping two white women. Defended by New York attorney Sam Leibowitz (Timothy Hutton), the case became a watershed event in the history of the American legal system. David Strathairn and Anthony Mackie co-star.
Cast
Cast
Timothy Hutton, David Strathairn, Leelee Sobieski, Anthony Mackie, Bill Sage, Azura Skye, Bill Smitrovich, James Tolkan, Maury Chaykin, Joseph Lyle Taylor
Director
Director
Terry Green
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Indie Dramas, Period Pieces, African-American Dramas
Rent The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars on DVD The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars
Synopsis
The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military airmen, were known for their heroics during World War II. Away from the front, they fought a different battle -- one that was less bombastic but just as insidious: racism. These pioneering soldiers proved to America and the rest of the world that one's race has no bearing on one's ability to protect, serve and defend a nation. This PBS documentary recounts the challenges the men faced.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, African-American Dramas
Rent The Feast of All Saints on DVD The Feast of All Saints
Synopsis
Marcel Ste. Marie (Robert Ri'chard) is one of only a few free African-Americans in 1840s New Orleans, an anomaly in a society that supports slave labor. Marcel wants to know his origins so he can decide where he's headed -- a journey that leads to more questions. Based on a novel by Anne Rice, this dramatic miniseries features a stellar cast that includes James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Ossie Davis, Eartha Kitt, Pam Grier and Ben Vereen.
Cast
Cast
Robert Ri'chard, Peter Gallagher, Gloria Reuben, Jennifer Beals, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Pam Grier, Jasmine Guy, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Ben Vereen, Forest Whitaker, Bianca Lawson, Nicole Lyn
Director
Director
Peter Medak
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, African-American Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Constellation on DVD Constellation
Synopsis
Carmel (Gabrielle Union) is a black woman who never stopped loving the white man who broke her heart. When Carmel passes away, her death acts as a catalyst for her estranged brother Helms (Billy Dee Williams) to examine and mend the emotional damage of his own broken relationships with his children and ex-wife. This Southern drama focuses on the effects of a biracial affair on the lives of family members and the healing legacy of love.
Cast
Cast
Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, Lesley Ann Warren, Zoe Saldana, David Clennon, Hill Harper, Gabrielle Union, Ever Carradine, Daniel Bess
Director
Director
Jordan Walker Pearlman
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent Fences on DVD Fences
Synopsis
Working as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson struggles to raise his family while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Mele
Director
Director
Denzel Washington
Genres
Genres
Drama, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces, African-American Dramas, Baseball
Rent Deacons for Defense on DVD Deacons for Defense
Synopsis
It's 1965, and although the Civil Rights Act is already in place, African-Americans and other minorities are still treated like second-class citizens in the town of Bogalusa, La., where a branch of the Ku Klux Klan still flourishes. But Marcus (Forest Whitaker) will no longer accept the rampant racism, especially after cops manhandle him for defending his daughter. Instead, he establishes a group that will protect his oppressed community.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Silverman, Ossie Davis, Serena Lee, Adam Weiner, Paul Benjamin
Director
Director
Bill Duke
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Black August on DVD Black August
Synopsis
Gary Dourdan stars in this gripping biopic as Black Panther George Jackson, the founder of the Black Guerilla Family who became a firebrand of the civil rights movement in the 1960s with a pair of best-sellers penned from prison. One of the most infamous prisoner-activists of the time, Jackson was at the center of many noteworthy events, including a courtroom hostage protest by his brother and the revenge killing of a corrupt prison guard.
Cast
Cast
Gary Dourdan, Ezra Stanley, LeRoy Mobley, Don Williams, Leith M. Burke, Cully Fredricksen, London Freeman, Kathy Garver, Darren Bridgett
Director
Director
Samm Styles
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, African-American Dramas, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Ambushed on DVD Ambushed
Synopsis
Black cop Jerry Robinson (Courtney B. Vance) and a dead Ku Klux Klan leader's racist 12-year-old son, Eric (Jeremy Lelliott) -- the lone eyewitness to his father's murder -- become unlikely allies in this taut action thriller set in a small Southern town. After the officers driving Eric to a safe house are gunned down, Robinson finds himself framed for the Klan leader's killing and must protect the boy from the subsequent backlash.
Cast
Cast
Jeremy Lelliott, Courtney B. Vance, Robert Patrick, Virginia Madsen, David Keith, William Forsythe, Bill Nunn, Charles Hallahan, J. Michael Hunter, Carl Espy, Scott Hinson, William Flaman, Scott Simpson, Don Hall
Director
Director
Ernest R. Dickerson
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Action Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Rent Uninvited Guest on DVD Uninvited Guest
Synopsis
With his marriage on the verge of failing, Howard (Mel Jackson) makes a terrible mistake when he invites a stranded stranger, Silk (Mekhi Phifer), into his home to use the phone. The smooth-talking Silk easily charms Howard's wife, Debbie (Mari Morrow), and her friend while Howard and his pals rewrite his screenplay in another room. Before long, Silk's in control, and Debbie, Howard and their houseguests find themselves in serious danger.
Cast
Cast
Mekhi Phifer, Mari Morrow, Mel Jackson, Wanya Morris, Malinda Williams
Director
Director
Timothy Wayne Folsome
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, African-American Dramas, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense
Rent Carmen: A Hip Hopera on DVD Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Synopsis
Beyoncé Knowles and Mekhi Phifer star in Bizet's famed opera of passion, romance, betrayal and tragedy, retold hip-hop style. Knowles is the mesmerizing and irresistible Carmen, a temptress who's involved with Sgt. Derrick Hill (Phifer) but falls for a young rapper. With appearances by Wyclef Jean, Lil' Bow Wow, Mos Def and more, this "hip hopera" is one of a kind.
Cast
Cast
Beyoncé Knowles, Mekhi Phifer, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Bow Wow, Troy Winbush, Fred Williamson, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri, Casey Lee, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Sam Sarpong
Director
Director
Robert Townsend
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Movie Musicals, African-American Romance, Romantic Dramas, African-American Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, Urban & Dance, Rap & Hip-Hop, Musicals, MTV
Rent Krush Groove on DVD Krush Groove
Synopsis
Russell (Blair Underwood), a manager of struggling rap artists, borrows money from villain Jay in order to make ends meet. But after his clients become successful, Russell can't pay back the loan -- much to Jay's consternation. A groovy musical about a struggling record company in a large city, this cult classic explores the 1980s New York hip-hop underground via the music of Sheila E., Run DMC, the Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow and many more.
Cast
Cast
Blair Underwood, Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Run DMC, Jam Master Jay, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Mark Morales, Damon Wimbley, Darren Robinson, Russell Simmons, Charles Stettler, Kurtis Blow, Fat Boys, Daniel Simmons
Director
Director
Michael Schultz
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Rap & Hip-Hop, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Urban & Dance, Musicals
Rent Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club on DVD Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club
Synopsis
After spending nearly a decade in prison, felon G (hip-hop sensation the Game) discovers that it's all too easy to resume a life of violence and crime. But when he falls for a woman who's on the other side of the law, he gains a fresh incentive to walk the straight and narrow. But can he really change into a new man? Ivan Frank directs this gritty urban drama that also stars Shari Headley.
Cast
Cast
Game, Shari Headley, Ivan Funk
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Wild Style on DVD Wild Style
Synopsis
A graffiti "tagger" taken under the wing of an East Village art collector prepares for a festival of rap and hip-hop music. This film details the early 1980s cultural turning point that occurred in New York City's South Bronx, when "old school" hip-hop was first crystallizing. This fairly authentic document of the early '80s South Bronx rap scene features a soundtrack including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee and co-star Fab 5 Freddy.
Cast
Cast
"Lee" Georges Quinones, Sandra Fabara, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Astor, Busy Bee, Lil' Rodney Cee, K.K. Rockwell, Fantastic Freaks, Cold Crush Brothers, Grandmaster Flash
Director
Director
Charlie Ahearn
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Pinky on DVD Pinky
Synopsis
Elia Kazan's anti-racist drama centers on a light-skinned black woman trying to fit into society. When her white boyfriend proposes, Patricia "Pinky" Johnson (Jeanne Crain) fears that he can't handle an interracial marriage and leaves him. She returns to her Southern childhood home, where her grandma (Ethel Waters) cares for rich Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore). When Miss Em wills her estate to Pinky, the young woman must endure a painful legal battle.
Cast
Cast
Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan, Basil Ruysdael, Kenny Washington, Nina Mae McKinney, Griff Barnett, Frederick O'Neal, Evelyn Varden, Raymond Greenleaf
Director
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Night Catches Us on DVD Night Catches Us
Synopsis
After growing up during the tumultuous 1960s, ex-Black Panther Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to his home in Philadelphia in 1976 and reconnects with Pat (Kerry Washington), the widow of a Panther leader. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter and attempts to conquer his demons. Interfering with Marcus's good intentions are the neighborhood's continuing racial and social conflicts, as well as old enemies and friends -- both with scores to settle.
Cast
Cast
Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie, Wendell Pierce, Jamie Hector, Tariq Trotter, Amari Cheatom, Ron Simons, Thomas Roy, Nakia Dillard, Whitney Wilcox, Novella Nelson
Director
Director
Tanya Hamilton
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Indie Romance, 20th Century Period Pieces, African-American Dramas, Period Pieces
Rent Diary of a Tired Black Man on DVD Diary of a Tired Black Man
Synopsis
Written, produced and directed by filmmaker Tim Alexander, this provocative work blends documentary footage with fictionalized vignettes to explore the complicated relationships between African-American men and women in the modern day. Following his less-than-amicable divorce, James (Jimmy Jean-Louis) reluctantly reenters the dating scene but finds little solace in the angry black women he meets.
Cast
Cast
Jimmy Jean-Louis, Paula Lema, Natasha Dixon, Shavsha Israel, Cierra Lockett, Jason Kelley, Vanessa Paul, John Webb, Robynne Young, Shavonne Sciarillo, Alex Morris
Director
Director
Tim Alexander
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, African-American Romance, African-American Documentaries
Rent Men Cry in the Dark on DVD Men Cry in the Dark
Synopsis
Bachelor Derrick Reed has a great group of buddies and plenty of dates -- in fact, he's so invested in his lifestyle that he starts a magazine called Happily Single. But when he appears on a hip talk-radio show, he meets a woman who changes his life.
Cast
Cast
Allen Payne, Richard Roundtree, Rhona Bennett, Monifah, Lavell Crawford, Christopher Williams
Director
Director
Je'Caryous Johnson
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Theater Arts, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas
Rent Get on the Bus on DVD Get on the Bus
Synopsis
A father and son, chained together by court order. A black historian. A cop. A former gangbanger. These are some of the souls who rode the bus from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to attend the Million Man March in 1995. Released on the one-year anniversary of the controversial gathering, director Spike Lee's stirring narrative examines the delicate threads of racism that permeate African-American culture.
Cast
Cast
Richard Belzer, De'Aundre Bonds, Andre Braugher, Thomas Byrd, Gabriel Casseus, Albert Hall, Hill Harper, Bernie Mac, Isaiah Washington, Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Kristen Wilson, Gina Ravera, Randy Quaid
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Separate But Equal on DVD Separate But Equal
Synopsis
Sidney Poitier stars as the dazzling legal mind Thurgood Marshall in this drama that follows the strong-willed attorney as he battles to desegregate schools, taking on John W. Davis (Burt Lancaster) in the courtroom case <i>Brown vs. Board of Education</i> . This made-for-TV movie, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, traces the struggle behind the NAACP's pre-Supreme Court fight that changed the face of education.
Cast
Cast
Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little, Graham Beckel, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Gloria Foster, Tommy Hollis, John McMartin, Lynne Thigpen
Director
Director
George Stevens Jr.
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, African-American Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent Nothing But a Man on DVD Nothing But a Man
Synopsis
Inspired by the turbulence of the growing civil rights movement, this independent film centers on Duff (Ivan Dixon), a railroad worker from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with an educated preacher's daughter (Abbey Lincoln). Proud Duff commands respect -- a stance that angers his white employers and terrifies his father-in-law. Set in Alabama, the story ultimately digs into one man's personal struggle against racism in the 1960s.
Cast
Cast
Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster, Martin Priest, Leonard Parker, Yaphet Kotto, Stanley Green
Director
Director
Michael Roemer
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, Indie Dramas, Indie Classics
Rent All About Us on DVD All About Us
Synopsis
Inspired by a true story, this romantic dramedy follows a young couple struggling to become Hollywood filmmakers who decide to take a trip to Mississippi to seek out Morgan Freeman (in a cameo role) in hopes of convincing him to star in their film. But what the couple doesn't bargain for is the toll career opportunities and success takes on their relationship, finally forcing them to rethink their true priorities in life.
Cast
Cast
Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Morgan Freeman, Luke Swanson, LaTanya Richardson, Raven Goodwin, Ruby Dee, Mim Drew, Jaqueline Fleming
Director
Director
Christine Swanson
Genres
Genres
Romance, Romantic Dramas, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas
Rent Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup's... on DVD Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup's...
Synopsis
Based on the autobiography "Twelve Years a Slave," this gripping drama tells the true story of Solomon Northup (Avery Brooks), a black man living in Washington, D.C., in the mid-19th century. Northup, born a free man, works as a carpenter and musician. But one day in 1841, he's kidnapped by a Louisiana slave owner and forced into slavery. Northup spends a dozen years enduring harrowing hardships, while his family desperately searches for him.
Cast
Cast
Avery Brooks, Rhetta Greene, John Saxon, Mason Adams, Joe Seneca, Michael Tolan, Lee Bryant, Petronia Paley
Director
Director
Gordon Parks
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies, African-American Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Cornbread, Earl and Me on DVD Cornbread, Earl and Me
Synopsis
The unintentional shooting by police of a star basketball player (Keith Wilkes) has profound personal, political and community repercussions in this acclaimed adaptation of the novel <i>Hog Butcher</i> by Ronald Fair. The film marks Laurence Fishburne's screen debut. Also released under the title Hit the Open Man, this was one of the more thoughtful urban dramas produced at the height of the "blaxploitation" craze.
Cast
Cast
Laurence Fishburne, Madge Sinclair, Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Keith Wilkes
Director
Director
Joseph Manduke
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic Dramas, African-American Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent Soul of the Game on DVD Soul of the Game
Synopsis
Before integration, the Negro League's stars -- pitcher Satchel Paige and catcher Josh Gibson -- are great friends on and off the baseball field. But their bond is tested when word spreads that African Americans will be drafted into the majors.
Cast
Cast
Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood, R. Lee Ermey, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Gina Ravera, Obba Babatundé, Cylk Cozart, J.D. Hall, Jerry Hardin, Brent Jennings, Richard Riehle, Armand Asselin, Joey Banks
Director
Director
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Baseball, African-American Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies, HBO
Rent Catfish in Black Bean Sauce on DVD Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
Synopsis
Cultures not only clash, they wage war in this touching comedy-drama about family dynamics. Dwayne and Mai, a Vietnamese brother and sister who were adopted in childhood by an African-American couple, face new crises as adults. Dwayne wants to propose to Nina, his beautiful black girlfriend, and Mai has just located her birth mother, Thahn. Writer-director Chi Moui Lo also plays Dwayne.
Cast
Cast
Mark Daniel Cade, Paul Winfield, Mary Alice, Chi Moui Lo, Tzi Ma
Director
Director
Chi Moui Lo
Genres
Genres
Drama, African-American Dramas, African-American Comedies
Rent Nightjohn on DVD Nightjohn
Synopsis
John (Carl Lumbly) is a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: He can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the true meaning of freedom. A wonderful movie about the power of literacy and the risk it took to educate slaves in the Ante-Bellum South before the heartbreak of the Civil War. Co-stars Beau Bridges. Charles Burnett directs.
Cast
Cast
Allison Jones, Beau Bridges, Carl Lumbly, Bill Cobbs, Kathleen York, Lorraine Toussaint, Gabriel Casseus, John Herina, Tom Nowicki, Danny Nelson, Bill Gribble
Director
Director
Charles Burnett
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas, Period Pieces, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Boycott on DVD Boycott
Synopsis
Interweaving vintage newsreels, stock footage and home movies with scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of the civil rights movement, this made-for-cable drama recounts the story behind the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott of 1955. Iris Little-Thomas plays Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose refusal to sit at the back a bus kindles the flames of protest, and Jeffrey Wright delivers an inspired performance as the young Martin Luther King.
Cast
Cast
Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, Iris Little-Thomas, Brent Jennings, Clark Johnson, Mike Hodges, Danny Nelson
Director
Director
Clark Johnson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Made-for-TV Movies, HBO, African-American Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
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