Authors like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Terry McMillan have proven that black lit can make for great film. From period pieces and horror movies to dramas and provocative thrillers, the growing popularity of these releases demonstrates that films with predominantly black casts, or black leads, can still appeal to the masses.

While top films such as "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Color Purple" were famously in written form before coming to the big screen, other adaptations may surprise you. If you're in need of something new to read or something new to watch, then we've got you covered. Check out this list of urban films that were books first.