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110 Important Films About the Black Experience

Cinema can be a powerful tool for education. Back in February, for Black History Month, Rotten Tomatoes' sister site Fandango reached out to members of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) to curate a list of 100 important films about the Black experience.
In the spirit of creating a dialogue, Rotten Tomatoes is republishing Fandango's list, which has been updated by AAFCA members with an additional 10 titles like George Tillman Jr.'s The Hate U Give and Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. We also arranged the movies in descending chronological order, starting with newer films like 2019's Just Mercy with Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan and finishing with Oscar Micheaux's ground-breaking 1919 movie, The Homesteader.
The original list was created by Shawn Edwards, co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association.
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Just Mercy (2019)
Just Mercy (2019)
2
Queen & Slim (2019)
Queen & Slim (2019)
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Waves (2019)
Waves (2019)
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
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Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
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Blackkklansman (2018)
Blackkklansman (2018)
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The Hate U Give (2018)
The Hate U Give (2018)
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Get Out (2017)
Get Out (2017)
10
Hidden Figures (2016)
Hidden Figures (2016)
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I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
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13th (2016)
13th (2016)
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13
Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight (2016)
14
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
15
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
16
Selma (2014)
Selma (2014)
17
Dear White People (2014)
Dear White People (2014)
18
12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
19
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
20
Precious (2009)
Precious (2009)
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21
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
22
Dreamgirls (2006)
Dreamgirls (2006)
23
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
24
Tsotsi (2005)
Tsotsi (2005)
25
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
27
City of God (2002)
City of God (2002)
28
Bamboozled (2000)
Bamboozled (2000)
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29
Love & Basketball (2000)
Love & Basketball (2000)
30
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
31
Blade (1998)
Blade (1998)
32
Love Jones (1997)
Love Jones (1997)
33
Rosewood (1997)
Rosewood (1997)
34
Soul Food (1997)
Soul Food (1997)
35
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
36
Set  It off (1996)
Set It off (1996)
37
When We Were Kings (1996)
When We Were Kings (1996)
38
La Haine (1995)
La Haine (1995)
39
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
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Friday (1995)
Friday (1995)
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