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