4) Love & Basketball (2000)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan
There are people who have never watched a game of basketball in life and others who love the game and watch it every night. What do they have in common? This film. The only movie that made men want to pick up a ball and ask a woman out on a date, and the only movie that made it okay for women to happily accept.
3) Boomerang (1992)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Halle Berry, Robin Givvens, Grace Jones
It is because of Marcus Graham (played by Eddie Murphy) men everywhere started paying attention to toes. It is because of Angela (played by Halle Berry) women everywhere started saying, “Love should’ve brought you home last night.” And it is because of the success of this movie, Hollywood realized movies about young, upwardly mobile black people who love and hurt, can be a box office draw.