TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: BLACK IMAGES ON FILM

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In May 2006, Turner Classic Movies screened at least 40 plus movies featuring the negative and positive images of African-Americans on film

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1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 21,092 | Gross: $10.00M

2. Haunted Spooks (1920)

Passed | 25 min | Short, Comedy

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »

Directors: Alfred J. Goulding, Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe, Marie Benson

Votes: 1,091

3. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Passed | 144 min | Drama, History

Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War.

Director: Harry A. Pollard | Stars: Margarita Fischer, James B. Lowe, Arthur Edmund Carewe, George Siegmann

Votes: 359

4. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,449 | Gross: $7.63M

5. The Arizonian (1935)

Passed | 75 min | Adventure, Music, Romance

In a film where the leading character is a composite of several American-frontier lawmen (mostly Wyatt Earp,) Clay Tallant comes to Silver City, Arizona in the 1880s and encounters ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Richard Dix, Margot Grahame, Preston Foster, Louis Calhern

Votes: 161

6. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,469

7. The Green Pastures (1936)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

Directors: Marc Connelly, William Keighley | Stars: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Frank H. Wilson

Votes: 719

8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

To avoid his abusive father, a rambunctious boy rafts the Mississippi River with a slave, encountering many wild characters.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram

Votes: 1,069

9. Baby Face (1933)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier

Votes: 5,788

10. Trader Horn (1931)

Passed | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo, Mutia Omoolu

Votes: 837

11. Judge Priest (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 1,800

12. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 328

13. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 1,923

14. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,831

15. A Day at the Races (1937)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones

Votes: 12,398

16. Zenobia (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy

A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Oliver Hardy, Harry Langdon, Billie Burke, Alice Brady

Votes: 511

17. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,797

18. The Littlest Rebel (1935)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt, Karen Morley

Votes: 1,305

19. Show Boat (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson

Votes: 2,689

20. Going Places (1938)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Anita Louise, Allen Jenkins, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 257

21. New Orleans (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord, Irene Rich

Votes: 349

22. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 272,560 | Gross: $198.68M

23. Way Down South (1939)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Music

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, Steffi Duna

Votes: 178

24. Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed | 98 min | Fantasy, Musical

A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,597

25. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

Directors: John Huston, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 3,792

26. Home of the Brave (1949)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

During WW2, a reconnaissance platoon is sent to map out a Japanese-held island but racial tensions arise between the white soldiers and the only black member of the group.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Jeff Corey, James Edwards, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick

Votes: 514

27. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

Votes: 2,495 | Gross: $4.20M

28. Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama

In 1940s Mississippi, two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall

Votes: 1,828

29. Lost Boundaries (1949)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas Rubes, Robert A. Dunn

Votes: 355

30. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,499

31. Bright Road (1953)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Music

Based on the story, See How They Run (The Ladies' Home Journal June 51), and subsequently won that year's Christopher award. The story was written by Mary Elizabeth Vroman, a 4th generation... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Randolph

Votes: 509

32. The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 2,361

33. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 6,850

34. The Member of the Wedding (1952)

TV-G | 93 min | Drama

A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Arthur Franz

Votes: 1,242

35. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

In this series entry, actor/director Sidney Poitier discusses his life and career. He tells of his upbringing in Jamaica; the difficulties he encountered in New York City at the start of ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Grant | Stars: Akihito, James Baldwin, Janet G. Bostwick, Marlon Brando

Votes: 87

36. Edge of the City (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Drama

Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden, Kathleen Maguire

Votes: 2,264

37. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 62,774 | Gross: $24.38M

38. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 36,286 | Gross: $56.70M

39. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 15,529 | Gross: $16.69M

40. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 6,021

41. Sounder (1972)

G | 105 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 3,298

42. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 163,789 | Gross: $125.05M

43. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

Votes: 16,482 | Gross: $16.03M

44. Get on the Bus (1996)

R | 120 min | Drama, History

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer

Votes: 4,713 | Gross: $5.73M

45. The Joe Louis Story (1953)

Unrated | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Film-Noir

The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Coley Wallace, Paul Stewart, Hilda Simms, James Edwards

Votes: 277