iloveblackmovies
INTERRACIAL MOVIE CLASSICS
Interracial relationships have always been controversial and movies about "mixed couples" can be even
more sensational. Although all of the movies on the list are love stories, they each explore how society
deals with and acknowledges two people from different cultures who come together. In the past, some
countries have had regulations banning or restricting interracial marriage, including many states in the
U.S. prior to the Supreme Court's 1967 ruling in Loving vs. Virginia, Germany during the Nazi period, and
South Africa under apartheid. The movies on this list best examine positives and negatives of interracial
relations and the effect they have not only on the couple but family and friends.
1. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Directed by Stanley Kramer
A liberal white couple (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy) put their platitudes to
the test. They always taught their daughter (Katharine Houghton) that all people are
created equal, regardless of race or religion... until she unexpectedly brings home a
black doctor (Sidney Poitier) and announces that they're engaged. Academy Award
Nominations: 10, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Spencer Tracy).
Edwards says: Although not nearly as controversial today as it was when it was
released in 1967 the film still holds up well as poignant social commentary. Sidney
Poitier and Bea Richards are incredible as the iconic characters Dr. John Wade
Prentice and Mrs. Prentice.
5 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
2. Away We Go (2009)
Directed by Sam Mendes
A couple (Maya Rudoplh and John Krasinski) who is expecting their first child travel
around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way,
they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of
relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own
terms for the first time.
Edwards says: “Away We Go” is one of the most honest and realistic relationship
movies ever.  It’s a funny, smart and sexy comedy that doesn’t focus on the fact that
the couple are inter-racial. Maya Rudolph is superb in this i-Pod generation take on
love and romance.
5 out 5 Popcorn Bags
3. Jungle Fever (1991)
Directed by Spike Lee
A successful and married black architect (Wesley Snipes) has a brief love affair with
his white secretary (Annabella Sciorra). The pair are seen within the context of
racism, their different cultures and their family ties.
Edwards says: “Jungle Fever” is at time brilliant and at times over-the-top. The inter-
racial storyline gets over shadowed by the drug storyline by the end of the movie as
Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry steal the movie away as a cracked-out couple.
The role is actually Halle Berry’s best to date and Samuel L. Jackson is
unforgettable as a “Soul Train” dancing junkie.
4 out 5 Popcorn Bags
4. Jackie Brown (1997)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
A comedy/thriller about a flight attendant (Pam Grier) who gets caught smuggling
her boss' (Samuel L. Jackson) gun money on the airline she works for. Things get
even more complicated when, in the midst of her illegal dealings, she falls for a
bail bondsman. Based on Rum Punch, by Elmore Leonard.
Edwards Says: “Jackie Brown” is one of director Quentin Tarantino’s better films
and the best performance of Pam Grier’s career. Inspired by the Blaxploitation era
style of filmmaking “Jackie Brown” is a well-written and well-acted underrated
classic.
4 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
5. One Night Stand (1997)
Directed by Mike Figgis
A man's (Wesley Snipes) one-night stand and the death of his best friend (Robert
Downey Jr.) cause family friction as he re-evaluates his life. “One Night Stand” is a
dramatic tale about love, sex, and betrayal in the age of AIDS.
Edwards says: A sophisticated, realistic and unflinching examination of
relationships.
4 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
6. The Great White Hope (1970)
Directed by Martin Ritt
“The Great White Hope” is about boxer Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) as a
boxer, dealing with the racism and hatred of early-20th century white America. He
is not only the first black heavyweight contender; he is also in love with a white
woman. Jefferson must not only deal with the hatred of whites, he must also deal
with the ostracism of some members of the black community who feel he has sold
out.
Edwards says: The Great White Hope is a well-produced and written biopic based
on heavyweight great Jack Johnson's life, career, and interracial romance. All of the
names were change and many of the events altered but there is no denying this
movie is all about the controversial boxer. Most of the film focuses on the love
between the African American boxer and his white girlfriend. Less a true sports film
and more of an intelligently scripted character study and psychological drama.
4 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
7. Zebra Head (1992)
Directed by Anthony Drazan
A Romeo and Juliet type tale based in Detroit, Michigan. Two young men, Zack, a
white teen accused of "acting black" and Dee, an African American teen, defy racial
lines and form a strong friendship. When Zack begins dating Dee's cousin Nikki,
his white friends presume he's seeing her because of sexual stereotypes about
black women, while her black friends can't believe her interest in him. Additional
conflict is added when Nut, a local black gang-banger pursues Nikki for himself
and undisguised but contained racial tensions in their respective neighborhoods
and the high school they all attend erupt in violence.
Edwards says: A small independent urban drama that accurately captures the
essence of the early ‘90s. Michael Rapaport and N’Bushe Wright have a chemistry
that adds to the film’s authenticity.
3 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
8. Mississippi Masala (1992)
Directed by Mira Nair
An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move
to Mississippi and their daughter falls in love with a black man (Denzel
Washington), and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Edwards says:  One of Denzel Washington’s most underrated performances.
“Mississippi Masala” is realistic cautionary tale about what happens when different
cultures are forced to deal with one another.
3 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
9. Something New (2006)
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
A successful African-American CPA (Sanaa Lathan), working her way to the top
of the corporate ladder but her life has become all work and no play. Urged on by
her friends to try something new and to let go of her dream of the "ideal black
man," she accepts a blind date with an architectural landscaper named Brian
who is white.
Edwards says: Not the strongest movie ever made but an interesting and
entertaining concept. “Something New” is an intelligent romantic comedy that
chooses to deal with issues of race and perception in a straight-forward way,
from a point of view not often seen: that of a successful, upper-class black
woman.
3 out 5 Popcorn Bags  
10. Save The Last Dance (2001)
Directed by Thomas Carter
Sara (Julia Stiles) wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the
sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not
seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly
Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of
the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later,
falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas).
Edwards says: “Save the Last Dance” is a likeable and highly entertaining teen
romance. Sure it’s predictable and clichéd but the likable cast and bangin’
soundtrack help make the film work.
3 out 5 Popcorn Bags
iloveblackmovies is now on Facebook. Become a fan and get
instant updates on everything that is black Hollywood.
Click Here
What is your favorite
interracial movie?