Black Films Matter

This is a list I plan to keep on hand for every Black History Month to bump up my exposure to films by people of colour, specifically black people. Eligibility is simple: The movie needs a black actor/actress in the top billing, or in the case of a documentary, revolve around black people. Special exception is given to films that revolve around racism as experienced by black people.

If you know of any I'm missing, please let me know in the comments! The goal is to make this list as comprehensive as possible :)

  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Dope
  • The Color Purple
  • The Hate U Give
  • Dear White People
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Coming to America
  • Dreamgirls
  • Hustle & Flow
  • Pariah
  • Selma
  • Hidden Figures
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
  • Beloved
  • She's Gotta Have It
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Luce
  • Middle of Nowhere
  • Fences
  • Us
  • Black Panther
  • Get Out
  • Moonlight
  • Green Book
  • Do the Right Thing
  • 13th
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
  • To Sir, with Love
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • For Colored Girls
  • Detroit
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Super Fly
  • Black Dynamite
  • American Son
  • King in the Wilderness
  • See You Yesterday
  • See You Yesterday
  • When They See Us
  • Who Killed Malcolm X?
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  • Loving
  • 42
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Django Unchained
  • Creed
  • Creed II
  • Belle
  • Just Mercy
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
  • Amistad
  • Marshall
  • Monsters and Men
  • The Hurricane
  • Remember the Titans
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Ali
  • Blindspotting
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Lean On Me
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Keep On Keepin’ On
  • Glory
  • Queen & Slim
  • The Photograph
  • Coach Carter
  • Poetic Justice
  • Malcolm X
  • Ray
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Step
  • Waves
  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Idlewild
  • Carmen Jones
  • The Best Man
  • The Great Debaters
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Precious
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Eve's Bayou
  • I Like It Like That
  • Mudbound
  • Love Jones
  • One False Move
  • What's My Name | Muhammad Ali
  • Menace II Society
  • Killer of Sheep
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Bad Boys
  • Bad Boys II
  • Bad Boys for Life
  • Barbershop