Ten Best Black High School Movies

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  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michelle Pfieffer
  • Steve James
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Stacey Dash
  • Sidney Poitier
  • High School Musical (2006)
  • Debbie Allen
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Gabrielle Union

Lean on Me (1989)

Whether you peaked in high school or are scarred by its memories, it's hard to resist reliving the experience through film. Our list of the 10 best Black high school movies kicks off with Lean on Me.

This emotional drama, winner of two NAACP Image awards, stars Morgan Freeman as a high school principal determined to turn around his inner-city school and show its students a brighter future. 

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