> Release date: June 30, 1995
> Directed by: Todd Haynes
> Starring: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris
Julianne Moore stars in this eerie social drama about a suburban housewife who enters a dubious new-age retreat while suffering from undetermined illness from the environment. “Safe” was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 1995 and debuted that summer after being acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
> Release date: May 13, 1994
> Directed by: Spike Lee
> Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly
Spike Lee’s 1994 classic “Crooklyn” centers on the ups and downs of a family in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. In 2017, New York City residents selected this film in the “One Film, One New York” contest, and it was screened for free in parks and theaters across the city.
33. Saving Face
> Release date: June 24, 2005
> Directed by: Alice Wu
> Starring: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen
“Saving Face” tells the story of two young Chinese-American women who fall in love despite the stigmas of homosexuality in their culture. While the characters are fictional, director Alice Wu based the story on her own experience of coming out.
32. The Wanderers
> Release date: July 4, 1979
> Directed by: Philip Kaufman
> Starring: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich
Philip Kaufman’s music-drama “The Wanderers” follows a gang of young Italian-American men in the Bronx as they struggle to find love and their place in the pecking order of local gangs. The underseen filmed given positive reviews by 89% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% of audiences.
31. The Wood
> Release date: July 16, 1999
> Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa
> Starring: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones
Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, and Taye Diggs star in this coming-of-age film that finds three childhood best friends gathering for a wedding and reliving stories of their youth. Director Rick Famuyiwa based some of the main characters’ childhood hijinks on stories from his own life.