I have to agree with the last ten movies being important, but should some of them be in the top 10? Some yes and some no. The “Five Heartbeats do not deserve the distinction of being the number two film. Now that the list is complete I am anxious to hear with others think of the top 50.
10. Do The Right Thing - Director Spike Lee set this movie is the New York neighborhood in Bed Stuy on the hottest day of the year. What an explosive ending. Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis are at the top of their game.
9. Ali – Will Smith brought a larger than life character to the big screen. Before I saw the movie I had my doubts, but Mr. Smith did a wonderful job.
8. What’s Love Got To Do With It – Angela Bassett did herself proud in her portrayal of Tina Turner. When the real Tina shows up at the end of the film I found myself missing Angela.
7. Love Jones – I love this film. Larenz Tate and Nia Long play love struck buppies who keep finding their way back to each other.
6. A Soldier’s Story – A brilliant film about the murder of a Black sergeant during WWII. Howard Rollins lead an all star cast which included Denzel Washington, David Alan Grier, Robert Townsend and Adolph Caesar.
5. Ray – Jamie Foxx was awesome as Ray Charles. Regina King also stole a couple of scenes in the film.
4. Cooley High – Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs starred in this film about Chicago teens in the early 60’s. This film had a dynamite Motown soundtrack.
3. Glory – This story about a Black infantry squad earned Denzel Washington his first Oscar nod.
2. The Five Heartbeats – Come on! While this movie might belong on the list it definitely does not belong in the top ten, let alone the number 2 position. Hell “Hollywood Shuffle” was much more groundbreaking.
1. The Color Purple – This is a great film, but I don’t know if I would have voted it as the number one Black film of all time. The ensemble cast was wonderful.