The 90’s seemed to get it right. Many people consider the 90’s the golden era for hip hop but it also spawned quite a few black films that would later become cult classics. We may not have known it then, but the 90’s gave us some jewels. The Oscars may not have recognized these films for their genius but that didn’t stop us from quoting every memorable line from these films. Here are 16 black films in no particular order that we watched over and over again. Which one was your favorite?
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16.The Wood – 1999
The Wood is a 1999 romantic comedy, written by Rick Famuyiwa and Todd Boyd. Famuyiwa also directed the film, which stars Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, and Taye Diggs. This was one of those films that took me back to my days as teenager growing up in the Chi. From “the bet” the young actors made to the first time the you got to slow dance with that girl, this film perfectly captured those classic high school moments and beyond. How many us challenged our friends to see how many numbers we could get and how many girls wrote their numbers down and somebody’s hand or a piece of paper? Like I said, those were classic moments!
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15.Dead Presidents – 1995
Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, N’Bushe Wright and Bokeem Woodbine. The film chronicles the life of Anthony Curtis, focusing on his teenage years as a high school graduate and his experiences during the Vietnam War. As he returns to his hometown in The Bronx, Curtis finds himself struggling to support himself and his family, eventually turning to a life of crime. This film was so popular that you still see their robbery disguise at a few costume parties here and there. This movie also featured a much younger Terrance Howard, who received a major beat down courtesy of Larenz Tate’s character.
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