A Multi-source Checklist for Black Cinema (2000-2019)

104 films for beginners; by black filmmakers and/or about black communities. See below to find out how this list was curated and ranked.

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WHY I CURATED THIS LIST:
As someone over-interested in films and film lists, I wanted to contribute to the awareness and education of the non-black audience. Yet as a non-black person, I feel it is wrong and problematic to recommend from the non-sufficient pool of black movies I have watched in the past. I sadly realized how many essential films…

  • 12 Years a Slave

    1

  • Pariah

    2

  • Fruitvale Station

    3

  • Selma

    4

  • Love & Basketball

    5

  • Medicine for Melancholy

    6

  • Hidden Figures

    7

  • Moonlight

    8

  • Middle of Nowhere

    9

  • I Will Follow

    10

  • Django Unchained

    11

  • Creed

    12

  • Fences

    13

  • Get Out

    14

  • Mudbound

    15

  • O.J.: Made in America

    16

  • Night Catches Us

    17

  • Belle

    18

  • Dope

    19

  • 13th

    20

  • 25th Hour

    21

  • Moolaadé

    22

  • Inside Man

    23

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    24

  • Dear White People

    25

  • Girls Trip

    26

  • Straight Outta Compton

    27

  • Timbuktu

    28

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    29

  • Monster's Ball

    30

  • Dirty Pretty Things

    31

  • Barbershop

    32

  • Rize

    33

  • Kinyarwanda

    34

  • Bamboozled

    35

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    36

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    37

  • Beyond the Lights

    38

  • Black Panther

    39

  • Hustle & Flow

    40

  • Precious

    41

  • Ray

    42

  • Beasts of No Nation

    43

  • Tangerine

    44

  • Brother to Brother

    45

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    46

  • Strong Island

    47

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    48

  • BlacKkKlansman

    49

  • Baadasssss!

    50

  • Loving

    51

  • Marshall

    52

  • Sorry to Bother You

    53

  • The Help

    54

  • Top Five

    55

  • Us

    56

  • Widows

    57

  • Ali

    58

  • Training Day

    59

  • BaadAsssss Cinema

    60

  • The Great Debaters

    61

  • Get on Up

    62

  • Cadillac Records

    63

  • For Colored Girls

    64

  • Quincy

    65

  • Seven Pounds

    66

  • The Black Godfather

    67

  • Antwone Fisher

    68

  • Drumline

    69

  • Mother of George

    70

  • 20 Feet from Stardom

    71

  • Miss Sharon Jones!

    72

  • Queen & Slim

    73

  • The Central Park Five

    74

  • What Happened, Miss Simone?

    75

  • Black Dynamite

    76

  • Think Like a Man

    77

  • Keep On Keepin’ On

    78

  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

    79

  • Hitch

    80

  • Lionheart

    81

  • Brown Sugar

    82

  • Jumping the Broom

    83

  • LUV

    84

  • Mississippi Damned

    85

  • Punks

    86

  • Something New

    87

  • Yelling To The Sky

    88

  • 42

    89

  • Akeelah and the Bee

    90

  • Chi-Raq

    91

  • Detroit

    92

  • Dreamgirls

    93

  • Good Hair

    94

  • Step

    95

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    96

  • The Princess and the Frog

    97

  • Waves

    98

  • American Gangster

    99

  • Blindspotting

    100