The Greatest Black Musical Movies

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  • Cadillac Records
  • Dreamgirls
  • The Five Heartbeats
  • The Wiz
  • Fame
  • Beat Street
  • Purple Rain
  • Krush Groove
  • School Daze
  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • What's Love Got to Do With It?
  • Superfly
  • The Harder They Come
  • Wild Style
  • Mo Better Blues
  • Bamboozled
  • Ray
  • House Party
  • Lady Sings the Blues
  • Carmen Jones
  • Sparkle

The Five Heartbeats

The Five Heartbeats was written and directed by Robert Townsend, who also starred in the movie. The movie told the story of a Temptations-like group and their struggles with success, racism, drugs and women. (Photo: 20th Century Fox Pictures)

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