Celebrate Black History Month with these great films, all of which capture the black American experience and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Each film -- whether it be comedic, romantic or animated -- tells a story filled with plenty of themes that will draw you in emotionally and keep you entertained.

'Akeelah and the Bee' (2006)
Directed by Doug Atchison, this inspirational film stars Keke Palmer as a young girl from Los Angeles trying to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, who co-starred in 'Boyz N the Hood' and 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' united for the third time to play Keke's mother and her mentor, respectively.
Appropriate for Ages: All ages


'The Pursuit of Happyness' (2006)
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, Will Smith and his son Jaden star in this blockbuster family drama about a struggling salesman who takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film also stars Thandie Newton. Smith earned both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his work in the film.
Appropriate for Ages: All ages


'The Princess and the Frog' (2009)
Featuring the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, and John Goodman, this animated film introduced the first first black princess from Walt Disney Pictures. The fairy tale, which is set in Jazz Age–era New Orleans, centers on a young girl named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again.
Appropriate for Ages: All ages

'Crooklyn' (1994)
Directed by Spike Lee and shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn during the summer of 1973, the film is told through the eyes of a young girl (played by Zelda Harris) who learns life lessons through her school teacher mom (played by Alfre Woodard), her Jazz musician dad (played by Delroy Lindo) and four brothers. Also starring in the film are Isaiah Washington, Vondie Curtis-Hall and RuPaul.
Appropriate for Ages: All ages

'The Wiz' (1978)
Adapted from the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name, this adaption of 'The Wizard of Oz' -- sporting an all-star cast that includes Diana Ross, the late Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross -- captures the essence of the African-American experience. It follows the adventures of Dorothy, a Harlem schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the land of Oz. Helped by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, Dorothy travels through the world of Oz looking for the mysterious "Wiz," who she believes has the power to send her back home.
Appropriate for Ages: All ages

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