Films by Black Directors

Arguably the best thing about Letterboxd is the lists. Obviously there are the official lists - the 250 greatest narrative films, the 100 greatest documentary films, etc. There are also great lists made by users that track films in different categories, among my favorites being the lists about women filmmakers (including this list and this list which chronicle the full history of women filmmakers, and this list of recommendations for women directed films). I reference these lists constantly when trying to fill gaps in my watchlist. There are comparably great lists that track black films. Black Life on Film is obviously the highest profile list; BLACK CINEMA is really good too. These lists track black cinema in all of its…

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  • The Sleeping Negro
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • On the Count of Three
  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Education
  • Alex Wheatle
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • Red, White and Blue
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • David Byrne's American Utopia
  • One Night in Miami...
  • In My Room
  • Antebellum
  • The 24th
  • In Sudden Darkness
  • The Old Guard
  • aTypical Wednesday
  • The Letter
  • (In)Visible Portraits
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • I May Destroy You
  • I Am Samuel
  • Trial by Media
  • New York New York
  • Becoming
  • Finding Sally
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
  • IWOW: I Walk on Water
  • The Photograph
  • Vick
  • Sylvie's Love
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version
  • Farewell Amor
  • Miss Juneteenth
  • Zola
  • Bad Hair
  • Cuties
  • His House
  • Time
  • Queen & Slim
  • Tender
  • Becoming Black
  • American Son
  • Harriet
  • Back to Natural: A Documentary Film
  • U Shoot Videos?
  • Hair Love
  • Black to Techno
  • Salacia
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • The Black Godfather
  • When They See Us
  • Atlantics
  • Les Misérables
  • Home Videos
  • See You Yesterday
  • A Love Song for Latasha
  • Burning Cane
  • The Apollo
  • Us
  • Jezebel
  • Vision Portraits
  • In Search...
  • The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
  • Talking About Trees
  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
  • Sweetheart
  • Clemency
  • Luce
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
  • Selah and the Spades
  • Always in Season
  • America
  • As Told To G/D Thyself
  • Premature
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • Native Son
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Creed II
  • Dadli
  • Quincy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Exterior/Night
  • Widows
  • The Hate U Give
  • Alpha
  • Room Tone
  • The Equalizer 2
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Rafiki
  • Bobby Kennedy for President
  • Little Woods
  • Happy Birthday, Marsha!
  • The Black 14
  • Black Mother
  • Kinshasa Makambo
  • Supa Modo