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.
Movies That Have Raised The Bar: 15 Iconic Black Films That Changed The Game
Roots gave viewers a look at slavery in America through the first-hand perspective of its characters from colonial times to the post Civil War era. The 8-part mini series was, at the time, the highest rated entertainment program in TV history. Today it holds the spot at number three. Roots earned 9 Emmy Awards as well as the Golden Globe for best TV Series Drama.
This 1961 film based on Lorraine Hansberry’s play represents a monument in Black history. The original play, which had an all Black cast, was considered a risky investment but went on to become the first play written by a Black woman to be produced on Broadway as well as the first play with a Black director on Broadway. The film, which featured the original cast of the play, earned Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry for its significance to cinema culture in 2005.