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 Wiz
G1978
In Theaters on October 24th, 1978

Dorothy (Diana Ross) eases on down the road to see the Wiz (Richard Pryor). Read More

The Pursuit of Happyness
PG-132006
Based on 36 critics

A single father (Will Smith) struggles to carve out a better life for himself and his son. Read More

Akeelah and the Bee
PG2006
Based on 30 critics

An 11-year-old girl (Keke Palmer) in South Los Angeles discovers she has a talent for spelling. Read More

The Princess and the Frog
G2009
Based on 29 critics

A young woman's (Anika Noni Rose) encounter with a royal amphibian leads to a wild adventure. Read More

Crooklyn
PG-131994
Based on 16 critics

The wife and children of a jobless jazz musician deal with everyday life in 1970s Brooklyn. Read More