The Black Film Canon

Slate polled more than twenty prominent filmmakers, critics, and scholars to compile this list of the fifty best movies by black filmmakers.

Our goal is to change the way readers think about the history of movies—and to keep the conversation about black storytelling going long after the #OscarsSoWhite fury has dissipated…

Despite everything, black filmmakers have produced art on screen that is just as daring, original, influential, and essential as the heralded works of Welles, Coppola, Antonioni, Kurosawa, and other nonblack directors.

The supercut below runs through them chronologically, and you can see a full list, along with Slate’s thoughts on the project, at I have to admit that I’ve seen distressingly few of them—just fifteen.