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
Crooklyn Movie Poster
Crooklyn
PG-131994
Based on 16 critics

As her teacher mother, Carolyn (Alfre Woodard), and her jazz musician father, Woody (Delroy Lindo), worry... Read More

The Wiz Movie Poster
The Wiz
G1978
In Theaters on 1978

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously... Read More

The Pursuit of Happyness Movie Poster
The Pursuit of Happyness
PG-132006
Based on 36 critics

Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and... Read More

Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster
Akeelah and the Bee
PG2006
Based on 30 critics

Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which... Read More

The Princess and the Frog Movie Poster
The Princess and the Frog
G2009
Based on 29 critics

Hardworking and ambitious, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in... Read More