What is a black film? It's a film about the black experience. It's also a movie that is written, directed or produced by someone black. Or a film that stars blacks in the lead roles. The following is the list of the best black films ever made. Originally compiled in 2007 it has been updated to coincide with the 10th anniversary of when the list was originally published to coincide with the  2007 documentary "The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)."

1. "Do The Right Thing" (1989; Directed by Spike Lee; Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee, Robin Harris)

"Do the Right Thing"

2. The Color Purple” (1985; Directed by Steven Spielberg; Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey)

3. "12 Years a Slave" (2013; Directed by Steve McQueen; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o)

4. "Claudine” (1974; Directed by John Berry; Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones)

5. "Malcolm X” (1992; Directed by Spike Lee; Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett)

6. "Hidden Figures" (2016; Directed by Theodore Melfi; Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Jenelle Monae)

"Hidden Figures"

7. "Sounder” (1972; Directed by Martin Ritt; Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks) Bailey Diahann Carroll)

8. "Moonlight" (2016; Directed by Barry Jenkins; Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali)

9. "Carmen Jones" (1954; Directed by Otto Preminger; Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte)

"Carmen Jones"

10. "Super Fly” (1972; Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.; Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee)

11. "Cooley High” (1975; Directed by Michael Schultz; Glynn Thurman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris)*

12. "Hoop Dreams” (1995; Directed by Steve James; William Gates, Arthur Agee)

13. "Coming to America” (1988; Directed by John Landis; Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, JamesEarl Jones)

14. "Ray” (2005; Directed by Taylor Hackford; Jamie Foxx, Regina King)


15. "OJ: Made in America" (2016; Directed by Ezra Edelman; O.J. Simpson)

16. "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” TV (1974; Directed by John Korty; Cicely Tyson)

17. "Bamboozled” (2000; Directed by Spike Lee; Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith)

18. "Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970; Directed by Ossie Davis; Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques)

19. "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert” (1979; Directed by Jeff Margolis)

20. "Shaft” (1971; Directed by Gordon Parks; Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn)

21. "Friday” (1995; Directed by F. Gary Gray; Ice Cube, Chris Tucker)


22. "Dreamgirls” (2006; Directed by Bill Condon; Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson)

23. "Baby Boy” (2001; Directed by John Singleton; Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dogg)

24. "A Raisin in the Sun” (1961; Directed by Daniel Petrie; Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee)

25. "The Five Heartbeats” (1991; Directed by Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon)

26. "I Am Not Your Negro" (2016; Directed by Raul Peck; James Baldwin)

27. "Watermelon Man” (1970; Directed by Melvin Van Peebles; Godfrey Cambridge)

28. "City of God” (2002; Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund; Alexandre Rodrigues)

29. "Glory” (1989; Directed by Edward Zwick; Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher)


30. "Starlight Outta Compton" (2015; Directed by F. Gary Gray; O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.)

31. "Menace II Society” (1993; Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes; Tyrin Turner, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith)

32. "Tsotsi” (2005; Directed by Gavin Hood; Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto)

33. "The Emperor Jones” (1933; Directed by Dudley Murphy; Paul Robeson)

34. "Eve’s Bayou” (1997; Directed by Kasi Lemmons; Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis-Hall)

35. "Lilies of the Field” (1963; Directed by Ralph Nelson; Sidney Poitier)

36. "Soul Food” (1997; Directed by George Tillman Jr.; Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Mekhi Phifer)

"Soul Food"

37. "Black Caesar” (1973; Directed by Larry Cohen; Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry)

38. "Boyz N the Hood” (1991; Directed by John Singleton; Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube)

39. "She’s Gotta Have It” (1986; Directed by Spike Lee; Tracy Camilla Johns, Spike Lee, Tommy Redmond Hicks)

40. "Island in the Sun” (1957; Directed by Robert Rossen; Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge)

"Island in the Sun"

41. "In the Heat of the Night” (1967; Directed by Norman Jewison; Sidney Poitier)

42. "Lady Sings the Blues” (1972; Directed by Sidney J. Furie; Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor)

43. "When We Were Kings” (1996; Directed by Leon Gast; Muhammad Ali, George Foreman)

44. "Love & Basketball” (2000; Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan)

45. "What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1993; Directed by Brian Gibson; Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne)

46. "The Mack” (1973; Directed by Michael Campus; Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor)

47. "To Sleep With Anger” (1990; Directed by Charles Burnett; Danny Glover, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mary Alice)

48. "The Exile” (1931; Directed by Oscar Micheaux; Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell)

49. "Set It Off” (1997; Directed by F. Gary Gray; Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox)

"Set It Off"

50. "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song” (1971; Directed by Melvin Van Peebles; Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles)

51. "Waiting to Exhale” (1995; Directed by Forest Whitaker; Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine)

52. "Nothing But a Man” (1964; Directed by Michael Roemer; Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln)

53. "Blade” (1998; Directed by Stephen Norrington; Wesley Snipes, N’Bushe Wright)

54. "Devil in a Blue Dress” (1995; Directed by Carl Franklin; Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle)

55. "Sonkofa” (1993; Directed by Haile Gerima; Kofi Ghanaba)

56. "Love Jones” (1997; Directed by Theodore Witcher; Nia Long, Lorenz Tate, Isaiah Washington)

57. "A Rage in Harlem” (1991; Directed by Bill Duke; Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines)

58. "A Soldier’s Story” (1984; Directed by Norman Jewison; Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington)

"A Soldier's Story"

59. "Dead Presidents” (1995; Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes; Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker)

60. "Hollywood Shuffle” (1987; Directed by Robert Townsend; Robert Townsend, Anne-Marie Johnson, Keenen Ivory Wayans)

61. "Car Wash” (1976; Directed by Michael Schultz; Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Franklin Ajaye)

62. "Stormy Weather” (1943; Directed by Andrew L. Stone; Bill Robinson, Lena Horne)

"Stormy Weather"

63. "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” (1988; Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans; Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Bernie Casey)

64. "Cabin in the Sky” (1943; Directed by Vincente Minnelli; Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong)

65. "Wattstax” (1973; Directed by Mel Stuart; Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Albert King)

66. "Rosewood” (1997; Directed by John Singleton; Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Esther Rolle)

67. "To Sir, With Love” (1967; Directed by James Clavell; Sidney Poitier)

"To Sir With Love"

68. "New Jack City” (1991; Directed by Mario Van Peebles: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T)

69. "House Party” (1990; Directed by Reginald Hudlin; Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris)

70. "The Green Pastures” (1936; Directed by Marc Connelly and William Keighley; Eddie "Rochester ” Anderson, Rex Ingram)

"Green Pastures"

71. "Hotel Rwanda” (2004; Directed by Terry George; Don Cheadle, Sophie Okenedo)

72. "Home of the Brave” (1949; Directed by Mark Robson; James Edwards)

73. "Hallelujah!” (1929; Directed by King Vidor; Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney)

74. "The River Niger” (1976; Directed by Krishna Shah; Cicley Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett Jr.)

75. "Purple Rain” (1984; Directed by Albert Magnoli; Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero)

"Purple Rain"


76. "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” (1999; Directed by Martha Coolidge; Halle Berry) -- TV

77. "Krush Groove” (1985; Directed by Michael Schultz; Blair Underwood, Sheila E.)

78. "La haine” (1995; Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz; Vincent Cassel)

79. . "Sugar Cane Alley” (1983; Directed by Euzhan Palcy; Garry Cadenat)

80. "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts” (2006; Directed by Spike Lee; Ray Nagin, Terence Blanchard, Harry Belafonte)

81.  "Cornbread, Earl and Me” (1975; Directed by Joe Manduke; Jamal Wilkes, Moses Gunn, Laurence Fishburne)

82. "Juice” (1992; Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson; Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Queen Latifah)

83. "Uptown Saturday Night” (1974; Directed by Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte)

"Uptown Saturday Night"

84. "Jungle Fever” (1991; Directed by Spike Lee; Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee)

85. "Killer of Sheep” (1977; Directed by Charles Burnett; Henry G. Sanders)

86. "The Cool World” (1963; Directed by Shirley Clarke; Rony Clayton)

87. Selma (2014; Directed by Ava Duvarney; David Oyelowo)


88. "Paris is Burning” (1991; Directed by Jennie Livingston; Paris Dupree)

89. "Daughters of the Dust” (1991; Directed by Julie Dash; Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers)

90. "The Spook Who Sat by the Door” (1973; Directed by Ivan Dixon; Lawrence Cook)

91. "Battle of Algiers” (1966; Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo; Brahim Hadjadj)

92. "Precious” (2009; Directed by Lee Daniels; Mo'nique, Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey)

93. "Miracle in Harlem” (1948; Directed by Jack Kemp: Stepin Fetchit, Sheila Guyse)

94. "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967; Directed by Stanley Kramer; Sidney Poitier, Beah Richards)

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

95. "Burning an Illusion” (1981; Directed by Menelik Shabazz; Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero)

96. "Cry Freedom” (1987; Directed by Richard Attenborough; Denzel Washington)

97. "The Learning Tree” (1969; Directed by Gordon Parks; Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans)

98. "Wild Style” (1982; Directed by Charlie Ahearn; Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash)

99. "The Birth of a Nation" (2016; Directed by Nate Parker; Nate Parker, Aja Naomi-King, Gabrielle Union)

100. "The Princess and the Frog” (2009; Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker; Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis)

"The Princess and the Frog"

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