Why you need to see this: The film didn’t make waves commercially, but it showed a side of interracial dating that is rarely told: the perspective of a well-to-do black woman.It was honest about traditional family values and how certain hang-ups can get in the way of true love if a person is afraid to try…something new (sorry). Written by: Doug Atchison Directed by: Doug Atchison What it’s about: Akeelah (Keke Palmer), a talented 11-year-old girl from South L.Also it launched Kevin Hart's career; we at least owe it a watch for that. Jamie Foxx's transformation into Charles will give you chills. Written by: Craig Brewer Directed by: Craig Brewer What it's about: A Memphis pimp (Terrence Howard) attempts to become a rapper with the help of his friends. Written by: Tyler Perry Directed by: Darren Grant What it’s about: Helen’s (Kimberly Elise) husband, an attorney, leaves her for another woman after 18 years of marriage.Kerry Washington and Regina King also give stellar performances. Why you need to see it: What the film may lack in plotline, the cast makes up for with great acting. Forced to move in with her grandmother, Madea (Tyler Perry), Helen is courted by a blue-collar man and must decide whether to forgive or move on after her husband falls ill.Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Nate Parker, and Denzel Whitaker will leave you inspired. Written by: Tyler Perry Directed by: Tyler Perry What it's about: A mechanic (Idris Elba) gets help from the successful attorney (Gabrielle Union) he's been hired to chauffeur in an effort to get custody of his three daughters from his evil ex-wife and her drug dealer boyfriend. By the end of the movie you'll be giving them a standing ovation. Why you need to see it: I know what you're thinking, Another Tyler Perry movie, but this one has a really good cast — Idris Elba, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malinda Williams, Louis Gossett Jr.
Only time will tell which of these movies become classics, but they've all definitely earned at least one watch from all of us. Why you need to see this: Denzel Washington earned every bit of his historic Oscar win for this role. Written by: Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards Directed by: Thomas Carter What it's about: A white girl from the suburbs (Julia Stiles) moves to the South Side of Chicago to live with her father after her mother's tragic death.Jennifer Hudson's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" performance alone is enough reason to give this a watch. She changes her tune after she hires him to renovate her garden and finds herself falling in love.When she’s later introduced to the type of man she always dreamed of, Kenya must make a choice.While it's still debatable which of the two is better, this one is without a doubt funnier. Come for the gripping story, stay for the outstanding performance only Cheadle could give. However, the airline's maiden flight has more than a few obstacles thanks to some last-minute passengers. White Directed by: Taylor Hackford What it's about: The biopic follows the life and career of music legend Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) from his childhood in the South to his rise to fame amid his battle with addiction in the 1950s and '60s.Why you need to see this: OK, hear me out — I know this is one of those ridiculously loud comedies, but it's really, really funny. Why you need to see it: Because THIS is how you do a legend justice!