Slate's The Black Film Canon

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Slate asked more than 20 prominent filmmakers, critics, and scholars for their favorite movies by filmmakers of color and used their picks to shape a list of the 50 greatest films by black directors.

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    Within Our Gates

    1920, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Blood of Jesus

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    La noire de...

    1966 — a.k.a. Black Girl, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Learning Tree

    1969, in 2 top lists Check
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    Shaft

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    Super Fly

    1972, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    1973, in 1 top list Check
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    Touki Bouki

    1973, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cooley High

    1975, in 1 top list Check
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    Car Wash

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ashes and Embers

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Losing Ground

    1982, in 1 top list Check
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    Rue cases nègres

    1983 — a.k.a. Black Shack Alley, in 2 top lists Check
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    Hollywood Shuffle

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
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    House Party

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mo' Better Blues

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    To Sleep with Anger

    1990, in 4 top lists Check
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    Boyz n the Hood

    1991, in 7 top lists Check
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    Daughters of the Dust

    1991, in 6 top lists Check
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    Juice

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
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    Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
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    Malcolm X

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    Sankofa

    1993, in 1 top list Check
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    Crooklyn

    1994, in 1 top list Check
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    I Like It Like That

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    Devil in a Blue Dress

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
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    Friday

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Waiting to Exhale

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    The Watermelon Woman

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Eve's Bayou

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Love & Basketball

    2000, in 2 top lists Check
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    25th Hour

    2002, in 5 top lists Check
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    Medicine for Melancholy

    2008, in 0 top lists Check
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    Night Catches Us

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pariah

    2011, in 4 top lists Check
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    Middle of Nowhere

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 16 top lists Check
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    Belle

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fruitvale Station

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
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    Selma

    2014, in 5 top lists Check
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    Timbuktu

    2014, in 5 top lists Check
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    Bessie

    2015 Check
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    Creed

    2015, in 3 top lists Check
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    O.J.: Made in America

    2016, in 4 top lists Check
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