Black Cinema Essentials

Films from the Black American Cannon that are essential. Maybe not the most known, and many of the most popular wont be here, but these are the vital pieces that shape Black cinema history.

Note - When I say Black Cinema I mean films made by a Black Filmmaker. This lists also only reflects films made in the U.S.

  • Chameleon Street
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Killer of Sheep
  • To Sleep with Anger
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Menace II Society
  • Deep Cover
  • One False Move
  • Losing Ground
  • Ganja & Hess
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Personal Problems
  • Watermelon Man
  • Ashes and Embers
  • Hollywood Shuffle
  • Bush Mama
  • Drylongso
  • Within Our Gates
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • Illusions