Black History Month is here, and as we honor all those who have lost their lives and fought for the freedom that we have today. We will continue to celebrate this monumental month. So, I asked 10 people what are the top 10 movies to watch for Black History Month.

The Top 10 Movies to watch for black history month.


Is a re-creation of the race riot that happened in 1922 in Rosewood Florida. Directed by John Singleton, this passionate drama film is about a lynch mob of whites that storm the land of middle-class African Americans causing carnage and mayhem as “Mann” played by Ving Rhames strives to rescue the remaining African Americans of the community.


Starring Denzel Washington, Glory tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts that consisted of African Americans and the heroic actions they had in battle. The story is told through the eyes of  Col. Robert G. Shaw who took over the Regiment after the Emancipation Proclamation.


After an uprising on the Slave Ship Amistad, The black prisoners are taken to Connecticut and are engulfed in a legal battle for their freedom. The film stars the brilliant actor Djimon Hounsou


Roots is one of the most iconic miniseries to ever hit television. It aired for eight consecutive days in 1977. It tells the story of 18 century African, “Kunta Kinte” who was captured as a young child and sold into slavery. The series followed the lives of Kunta’s descendants as well. Based on Alex Haley’s family history which would later come into controversy on if the stories were accurate.

Malcolm X

Based on the true story of the iconic figure. Malcolm X is a story about a black Muslim who fights for the liberation of his people. After doing a stint in Prison, Malolmx Little Is introduced to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. He goes on a journey and becomes the most important Muslim in modern-day history. This film is directed by Spike Lee and stars Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett.


Ali is a film about one of the most charismatic fighters of our time. Muhammad Ali changed the landscape of boxing. The fighter formally known as Cassius Clay goes on a journey in the film as he converts to Islam and takes a stand refusing to enlist in the Vietnam War due to his religious beliefs. The film stars Will Smith and Jamie Foxx.

The Help

This film is about a writer who interviews African American female maids who served in the houses of white families in the 1960s in Mississippi. It details the racism they faced and how they survived. This film stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

12 Years A Slave

In this film. Freed Slave Solomon Northup played by (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is summoned to play his violin at a party. After enjoying the festivities, he wakes up the next day. chained, kidnapped, and sold back into slavery.

I Am Not Your Negro

Is a documentary about one of James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts that deal with the perspectives of Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his own personal experiences during the civil rights movement.

4 Little Girls

Is a documentary by Spike Lee about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 that killed four African American girls.

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I am not your negro pic credited by Temple Sinai

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Below is a video of the people and their movie choices for Top 10 Movies to watch for black history month.

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