35. ‘Bessie’ (2015)

Who’s in it: Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Mike Epps, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton, Mo’Nique

What’s it about: The TV film explores the life of blues singer Bessie Smith, who went from struggling artist to the famed “Empress of the Blues,” in the 1920s. It’s worth noting that Bessie became the most watched HBO original film of all time in 2016, and it also won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie.

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