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50 Greatest Films by Black Directors

Slate.com's Black Film Canon - In the face of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Slate endeavored to pull together The Black Film Canon, a comprehensive list of films dedicated to telling the stories of black people. They interviewed directors like Ava DuVernay, Robert Townsend, and Charles Burnett and used their choices of the best black movies to create the list, in the hopes that the canon will live on far beyond #OscarsSoWhite.
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Within Our Gates (1920)
Within Our Gates (1920)
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The Blood of Jesus (1941)
The Blood of Jesus (1941)
3
Black Girl (1966)
Black Girl (1966)
4
The Learning Tree (1969)
The Learning Tree (1969)
5
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
6
Shaft (1971)
Shaft (1971)
7
Super Fly (1972)
Super Fly (1972)
8
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
9
Touki Bouki (1973)
Touki Bouki (1973)
10
Cooley High (1975)
Cooley High (1975)
11
Car Wash (1976)
Car Wash (1976)
12
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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13
Ashes and Embers (1982)
Ashes and Embers (1982)
14
Losing Ground (1982)
Losing Ground (1982)
15
Sugar Cane Alley (1983)
Sugar Cane Alley (1983)
16
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
17
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
18
Tongues Untied (1989)
Tongues Untied (1989)
19
House Party (1990)
House Party (1990)
20
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
21
To Sleep With Anger (1990)
To Sleep With Anger (1990)
22
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
23
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
24
Juice (1992)
Juice (1992)
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25
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)
26
Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X (1992)
27
Sankofa (1993)
Sankofa (1993)
28
Crooklyn (1994)
Crooklyn (1994)
29
I Like It Like That (1994)
I Like It Like That (1994)
30
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
31
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
32
Friday (1995)
Friday (1995)
33
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
34
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
35
Love & Basketball (2000)
Love & Basketball (2000)
36
25th Hour (2002)
25th Hour (2002)
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37
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
38
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
39
Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
40
Night Catches Us (2010)
Night Catches Us (2010)
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