Slate's The Black Film Canon

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An official iCheckMovies list (adopted from monoglot).

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Slate's Black Film Canon is two things: first, a reaction to #OscarsSoWhite and the exclusion of black filmmakers from most canonical film lists. Second, by challenging how film lovers think about which films matter in cinema history, the hope is Hollywood will encourage and honor black stories told by black filmmakers.

Slate asked "prominent filmmakers, critics, and scholars" (including Ava DuVernay, Robert Townsend, Charles Burnett, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Wesley Morris, and Henry Louis Gates Jr) and used their lists of favorite movies to develop a curated canon of fifty great films by black directors made in the Americas and Africa. The project excluded movies about black people but directed by non-blacks (A Raisin in the Sun, Coming to America). It is also not a poll: it’s an unranked list presented chronologically.

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    Within Our Gates

    1920, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Blood of Jesus

    1941, in 2 top lists Check
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    La noire de...

    1966 — a.k.a. Black Girl, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Learning Tree

    1969, in 3 top lists Check
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    Shaft

    1971, in 9 top lists Check
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    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    1971, in 10 top lists Check
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    Super Fly

    1972, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    1973, in 2 top lists Check
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    Touki-Bouki

    1973 — a.k.a. Journey of the Hyena, in 9 top lists Check
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    Cooley High

    1975, in 2 top lists Check
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    Car Wash

    1976, in 2 top lists Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
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    Ashes and Embers

    1982, in 1 top list Check
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    Losing Ground

    1982, in 1 top list Check
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    Rue Cases Nègres

    1983 — a.k.a. Sugar Cane Alley, in 3 top lists Check
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    Hollywood Shuffle

    1987, in 2 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 24 top lists Check
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    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 8 top lists Check
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    House Party

    1990, in 1 top list Check
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    Mo' Better Blues

    1990, in 1 top list Check
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    To Sleep with Anger

    1990, in 7 top lists Check
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    Boyz n the Hood

    1991, in 9 top lists Check
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    Daughters of the Dust

    1991, in 8 top lists Check
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    Juice

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    Malcolm X

    1992, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sankofa

    1993, in 2 top lists Check
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    Crooklyn

    1994, in 2 top lists Check
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    I Like It Like That

    1994, in 1 top list Check
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    Devil in a Blue Dress

    1995, in 3 top lists Check
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    Friday

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
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    Waiting to Exhale

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Watermelon Woman

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Eve's Bayou

    1997, in 3 top lists Check
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    Love & Basketball

    2000, in 3 top lists Check
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    25th Hour

    2002, in 7 top lists Check
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    2005, in 1 top list Check
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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 7 top lists Check
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    Medicine for Melancholy

    2008, in 1 top list Check
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    Night Catches Us

    2010, in 1 top list Check
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    Pariah

    2011, in 4 top lists Check
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    Middle of Nowhere

    2012, in 1 top list Check
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    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 18 top lists Check
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    Belle

    2013, in 1 top list Check
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    Fruitvale Station

    2013, in 3 top lists Check
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    Selma

    2014, in 7 top lists Check
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    Timbuktu

    2014, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bessie

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    Creed

    2015, in 5 top lists Check
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    O.J.: Made in America

    2016, in 4 top lists Check
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Last updated on May 31, 2016; source