Great African-American Books Turned Movies

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  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Roots
  • Malcolm X
  • Think Like a Man
  • The Color Purple
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Miracle at St. Anna
  • Native Son
  • What's Love Go to Do With It?
  • Never Die Alone
  • Three Musketeers
  • Beloved
  • Trick Baby
  • Lady Sings the Blues
  • Precious/Push
  • The Spook That Sat by the Door

Malcolm X

Spike Lee's Malcolm X was based on Malcolm's autobiography written with Alex Haley. The movie, like the book, told the story of Malcolm's journey from poverty to crime to civil rights leader. (Photo: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks)

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