10 Amazing Black History Month Movies Not to Be Missed

Well, February is here, and that means it's Black History Month. The tradition -- which, FYI, has been around since 1926! -- presents an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of African-Americans and important milestones throughout U.S. history. While there are sure to be events, museum exhibitions, and special performances all over the country, it's also the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch with some popcorn to check out several amazing, awe-inspiring, historical films.

Akeelah and the Bee
An inspiring story of an 11-year-old African-American girl who claims her power with the help of 50,000 coaches.

The Help
First a wildly successful book by Kathryn Stockett, then an award-winning film, the heartbreaking, moving flick follows the story of an aspiring author during the Civil Rights movement who writes a book with the African-American maids who work in the white homes of Jacksonville, Mississippi. (When she didn't win the Academy Award for Best Actress, Viola Davis was robbed!)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
One of the first progressive flicks to take on the subject of interracial relationships, starring Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier (who was the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, back in 1963).

The Color Purple
Based on Alice Walker's novel, the 1985 film stars Danny Glover, Oprah, and Whoopi Goldberg in the story of a black woman who endures incredible oppression until she finally learns to stand up for herself.

A look back at the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and follows the important chapter in African-American history triggered by the event.

The brave, heartbreaking film adaptation of the 1996 novel Push by sapphire made waves in 2009 with its critically acclaimed cast including Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.

What else would you include on this list? What's your favorite must-watch black history movie?

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I was watching The Help again today and it makes me rage that Viola didn't win that Oscar. WHY GOD WHY? Her talent is out of this world, seriously. Motherfucking QUEEN.