The Countdown continues with choices 30 - 21. There are some gems here, but there are also a couple of question marks. I have to wait until all of the film have been revealed before I can give an honest critique.
30. Coming To America - -Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were hilarious in this film, which starred such greats as James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, Calvin Lockhart, and John Amos to name a few.
29. Eve’s Bayou – The marked the first major role of Jurnee Smollett, who has made the transition to adult roles, which is no small feat. Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbie Morgan, and a young Meagan Good round out the cast.
28. Claudine – Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones in defining roles as lovers trying to make a relationship work amidst social workers, poverty, and children. This film is noted for the soundtrack written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and performance masterfully by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
27. Purple Rain – A motorcycle riding character know only as “The Kid” play music at a local nightclub with his band. His nemesis is none other than Morris Day of The Tyme.
26. American Gangster – Denzel Washington portrays a ruthless, murderous drug lord in this modern day gangster film. The film earned Ruby Dee her first Oscar nod.
25. Carmen Jones – This film starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge as “Carmen Jones”. Ms. Dandridge had the distinction of being the first African American female nominated for a best actress Oscar.
24. The Best Man – The upcoming nuptials of an affluent football player are disrupted when he finds out that his best man slept with his fiancée while they were in college. Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun, and Terence Howard star,
23. Lean On Me – Morgan Freeman stars in this true story about a New Jersey High School principal.
22. Malcolm X – The Spike Lee produced version with Denzel Washington literally channeling the spirit of the great civil rights leader.
21. Soul Food – Funny, yet poignant story of sibling rivalry starring Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica Fox, and Nia Long.