The Great DebatersThe Great Debaters (2007)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Kimberly Elise
Director: Denzel Washington
Inspired by a true story, The Great Debaters chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a brilliant but volatile debate coach in the 1930s who uses the power of words to shape a group of students into a historically elite debate team. More

Oprah in BelovedBeloved (1998)
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards
Director: Jonathan Demme
Beloved traces the life of Sethe, a former slave who has rebuilt what seems to be a peaceful life in Ohio. Chilling flashbacks slowly unveil the horrors of Sethe's former life, and the terrible event that led to the haunting of her home. This film is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Toni Morrison.


Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique in PreciousPrecious (2009)
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz
Director: Lee Daniels
Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based upon the book Push, a novel by Sapphire. More


Michael Imperioli and Ellen BurstynMitch Albom's For One More Day (2007)
Cast: Michael Imperioli, Ellen Burstyn, Scott Cohen, Samantha Mathis, Vadim Imperioli
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Emmy Award®-winning actor Michael Imperioli and Academy Award®-winning actress Ellen Burstyn star in the two-hour television event motion picture based on Mitch Albom's best-selling book. More

Halle Berry in 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Cast: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint
Director: Darnell Martin
Halle Berry stars as the beautiful and resilient Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God, the story of one woman's quest for love, sensual excitement and spiritual fulfillment despite society's—and her lovers'—expectations of a woman of color in America in the late 1920s.

Elisabeth Shue in 'Amy and Isabelle'Amy & Isabelle (2001)
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Hanna Hall, Martin Donovan, James Rebhorn, Stephi Lineburg
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Amy & Isabelle is the provocative story of a haunting mother-daughter relationship and the secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

Hank Azaria in 'Tuesdays with Morrie'Tuesdays With Morrie (1999)
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz, Caroline Aaron, Bonnie Bartlett
Director: Mick Jackson
Mitch Albom, played by Hank Azaria, lives life in the fast lane. A successful sports writer, he does six things at once, never getting off the roller-coaster. Only when he reconnects with Morrie Schwartz, a man he used to call "coach," does Mitch learn to live life to the fullest.

Halle BerryThe Wedding (1998)
Cast: Halle Berry, Lynn Whitfield, Carl Lumbly, Michael Warren, Eric Thal, Shirley Knight
Director: Charles Burnett
Shelby Coles, played by Halle Berry, is a young woman torn by questions of love and commitment. She has only days to choose between two men—one a penniless white musician she is already engaged to marry, the other a successful black man who is determined to end the marriage before it begins.

Sidney PoitierDavid and Lisa (1998)
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lukas Haas, Brittany Murphy, Debi Mazar
Director: Lloyd Kramer
An update of the critically acclaimed 1962 film, David and Lisa is a tale of love and triumph between two teens who are living at a school for disturbed youth. As the pair slowly falls in love, they find in each other the power to rebuild their lives, with the help of the psychiatrist who runs the school.

Before Women Had Wings from Harpo FilmsBefore Women Had Wings (1997)
Cast: Ellen Barkin, Tina Majorino, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Stiles, Burt Young, John Savage
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Before Women Had Wings follows the unlikely friendship that develops between a young white girl coping with the cycle of alcoholism and child abuse, and a wise and tender-hearted woman whose secret sorrows veil her in mystery.