The Black Film Canon

It’s no secret that white cinema has had more of a platform than black cinema, time and time again we see the awards and Best of the Year lists come in and only so few of the slots have been helmed by black creators. So naturally, I’ve compiled a list of some incredible films by black directors, actors, and/or writers that don’t get the love and applause they deserve from general audiences. A mix of dramas, comedies, foreign language films, docs, biopics, and blaxploitation; all poetic cinema that for some odd reason doesn’t fit the westernized canon of most pretentious white cinephiles. Enjoy!
Feel free to comment below for any additional suggestions, I am more than willing to add them onto the list!

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • 13th
  • 4 Little Girls
  • 42
  • A Ballerina's Tale
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • A United Kingdom
  • Ashes and Embers
  • Aya of Yop City
  • Ayanda
  • Baby Boy
  • Barbershop
  • Belle
  • Bessie
  • Betty and Coretta
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Dynamite
  • Black Girl
  • Black Like Me
  • Black Orpheus
  • Black Panther
  • Black Roots
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Car Wash
  • Chi-Raq
  • City of God
  • Cleopatra Jones
  • Coffy
  • Cooley High
  • Creed
  • Creed II
  • Crooklyn
  • Cry Freetown
  • Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Dead Presidents
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Disco Godfather
  • Django Unchained
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Dope
  • Dreamgirls
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Fences
  • Foxy Brown
  • Friday
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Ganja & Hess
  • George Washington
  • Get Out
  • Get on Up
  • Girls Trip
  • Good Hair
  • Hair Piece - A Film for Nappy Headed People
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Hidden Figures
  • Hollywood Shuffle
  • Hoop Dreams
  • House Party
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • I Like It Like That
  • Inside Man
  • Jackie Brown
  • Juice
  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
  • Killer of Sheep
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress
  • Lean On Me
  • Lemonade
  • Losing Ground
  • Love & Basketball
  • Love Jones
  • Lucky
  • Malcolm X
  • Medicine for Melancholy
  • Menace II Society
  • Moonlight
  • Mother of George
  • Mudbound
  • Night Catches Us
  • Pariah
  • Personal Problems
  • Precious
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Ray
  • Selma
  • Shaft
  • Shaft in Africa
  • She's Gotta Have It
  • Something New
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Sounder
  • Strong Island
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Super Fly
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • Tales from the Hood
  • Tangerine