Black representation in film was not a feat easily achieved. While Black cinema has grown substantially in the last 40 years, not every film bares artistic, historical, or cultural significance. But the following films certainly do. Though we couldn’t possibly name them all, we’d be remiss not to name a few.
In honor Black History Month check out our list of 15 of the most iconic Black films ever made.
Boyz in the Hood (1991)
Boyz in the Hood is a sobering look into the harsh realities faced by young men in South Central, Los Angeles where gangs, guns, drugs, money, and death are a daily impediment to achieving any betterment. The 1991 film had such an impact that director John Singleton received an Oscar nomination for Best Director, making him the youngest person and the first Black person to ever be nominated for this award. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.