Top 10 Must-See Films for Black American Alpha Males [Linwood’s Picks]

Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing

“As an action star, Fred Williamson had three rules for Hollywood executives: he doesn’t die, he wins every fight, and he gets the girl in the end – if he wants her.”

In a country that has historically been threatened by the masculinity of Black men, and in this day and age, strives to emasculate males in general, one can be hardpressed to find entertainment that doesn’t shame our gender, portray us as imbeciles for comedic relief, or ridicule the exact same aggressive traits that the world relies on for the survival of mankind in favor of passive behavior that’s often manipulated for the purpose of controlling our freedom to benefit corporations and the government. This is why despite the genre that I write in or controversial scenarios characters may find themselves a part of, I make sure that we aren’t a joke. There is no agenda. This is a rule that I abide by and there is no room for compromise. GameCargo does not support or praise tokenizations, race swaps, and magical negroes. Quality matters much more than representation and we refuse to accept creatively bankrupt scraps. No Black Supermen, Batmen, Captain Americans, Punisher, and James Bonds will pacify us.

Below is a list of movies that I have personally deemed worthy of the average [Black] alpha male that seeks to view their own in lead roles deserving of being commended and celebrated for the traditional strength, emotional as well as physical, that’s seemingly lost in America.

10. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

“A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside — and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.”

9. BUCKTOWN (1975)

“After his brother’s death, Duke Johnson (Fred Williamson) travels to a small Southern town to organize his brother’s funeral. During his stay, he decides to revive his brother’s nightclub business. However, this venture quickly uncovers the thinly veiled racism and corruption that run rampant in the town. Duke and his friend Aretha (Pam Grier) face demands for bribes and violence from the police. With the arrival of Duke’s pal Roy (Thalmus Rasulala), the situation only escalates.”

8. DJANGO UNCHAINED

“Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South’s most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django’s long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.”

7. GET OUT

“Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents, Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.”

6. OVERLORD

“On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realize that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.”

5. BLADE (1998)

“A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother’s death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.”

4. TENET

“A secret agent is given a single word as his weapon and sent to prevent the onset of World War III. He must travel through time and bend the laws of nature in order to be successful in his mission.”

3. BLOOD AND BONE

“Ex-con Isaiah Bone moves to Los Angeles after his release. His goal is to fulfill a promise to a dead friend by taking the local underground fighting world by storm. He defeats every opponent, making thousands of dollars in the process.”

2. UNDISPUTED 2: THE LAST MAN STANDING

“Heavyweight champion George `Iceman’ Chambers is framed while boxing in Russia and once again sent to prison. His only way out is to win illegal mixed martial arts matches against another inmate.”

1. CREED

“Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.”
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