Film & Series Directory

Here is a list of all the period films/series that feature a person in the African Diaspora. It is regularly updated!

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
12 Years a Slave (2013) 
42 (2013) 
4 Little Girls (1997)
Adios Amigos (1976)
A Father for Charlie (1995) 
A House Divided (2000)
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
A Little Princess (1995)
Ali (2001) 
All the Way (2016) 
Almos’ a Man (1976) 
Amazing Grace (2006) 
Amistad (1997) 
An America Girl Story: Melody 1963 (2016) 
And the Children Shall Lead (1985)
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994)
A United Kingdom (2016)
A Woman Called Moses (1978)
Backstairs at the White House (1979) 
Band of Angels (1957) 
Belle (2014)
Beloved (1998) 
Bessie (2015) 
Betty and Coretta (2013) 
Beulah Land (1980)
Black Sails (2014 - 2017) 
Black Dynamite (2009) 
Black Venus/Vénus noire (2010)
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010) 
Boardwalk Empire (2010 - 2014) 
Boss Nigger (1974)
Boycott (2001) 
Bronze Buckaroo (1939) 
Brother Future (1991)
Buck and the Preacher (1972) 
Buffalo Soldiers (1997)
Cadillac Records (2008) 
Chasing Secrets / The Secret Path (1999)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
Carter’s Army / Black Brigade (1970)
Case départ (20110 
Catch a Fire (2006) 
Chameleon Street (1991) 
Chicago (2002) 
Confirmation (2016) 
Cooley High (1975)
Copper (2012 - 2013) 
Cora Unashamed (2000) 
Corrina, Corrina (1994)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013)
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Dancing on the Edge (2013) 
Daughters of the Dust (1991) 
Deliverance Creek (2014) 
Dickensian (2015 - 2016) 
Django Unchained (2012) 
Doubt (2008) 
Down in the Delta (1998)
Dreamgirls (2006) 
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (1993 - 1998) 
Drum (1976) 
Eve's Bayou (1997) 
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005) 
Fences (2016) 
Frankie and Alice (2010)
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) 
Freedom (2014) 
Freedom Song (2000)
Free State of Jones (2016) 
Gang of Roses
Get on Up (2014) 
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Glory (1989) 
Glory Road (2006) 
Gone With the Wind (1939) 
Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984)
Hairspray (1988, 2007, & 2016) 
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) 
Hannah’s Law (2012)
Harlem Nights (1989)
Harlem on the Prarie (1937) 
Harlem Rides the Range (1939)
Hell on Wheels (2011 - 2016) 
Hidden Figures  (2017) 
Home of the Brave (1949)
Honeydripper (2008) 
Hoodlum (1997) 
Hounddog (2007) 
Hurry Sundown (1966)
Idlewild (2006) 
Imitation of Life (1959)
Interview With a Vampire (1994)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) 
Jefferson in Paris (1995) 
Jimi: All is By My Side (2013) 
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2015-) 
Kansas City (1996)
King (1978) 
Kings of the Evening (2010) 
Lackawanna Blues (2005) 
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) 
Life (1999) 
Light of Freedom (2013)
Lincoln (2012) 
Little Dorrit (2008) 
Lost Boundaries (1949)
Love Field (1992)
Loving (2016) 
Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Malcolm X (1992) 
Man and Boy (1971) 
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) 
Manderlay (2005) 
Mandingo (1975) 
Men of Honor (2000) 
Mercy Street (2016) 
Merlin (2008 - 2012) 
Miss Evers' Boys (1997) 
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Monsieur Chocolat (2016) 
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996) 
Mutiny (1999) 
Night Catches Us (2010) 
Nightjohn (1996) 
Njinga Rainha de Angola (2013) 
North and South (1985)
Once Upon a Time ... When We Were Colored (1995) 
Pearl Harbor (2001) 
Places in the Heart (1984) 
Polly (1989)
Polly: Comin' Home! (1990)
Posse (1993) 
Pride (2014) 
Prince Among Slaves (2007)
Proud (2004) 
Queen (1993) 
Race (2016) 
Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad (1994) 
Radio (2003) 
Ragtime (1981) 
Ray (2004) 
Red Tails (2011) 
Remember the Titans (2000)
Ride with the Devil (1999)
Roll Bounce (2005)
Roots (1977 & 2016) 
Roots: The Gift (1988)
Roots: The Next Generation (1979) 
Rosewood (1997) 
Ruby Bridges (1998) 
Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001) 
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal/An American Love Story (2000) 
Sankofa (1993) 
Sarafina! (1992) 
Selma (2014) 
Selma, Lord,Selma (1999)
Separate But Equal (1991) 
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) 
Service to Man (2016) 
Shaka Zulu (1986) 
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001)
Show Boat (1936 & 1951)
Skin (2008) 
Skin Game (1971) 
Small Island (2009) 
Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984) 
Something The Lord Made (2004) 
Sounder (1972) 
Southside With You (2016) 
Sparkle (2012) 
Still Star Crossed (2017) 
Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)
Sudie and Simpson (1990) 
Sugar Cane Alley/Rue Cases-Nègres  (1983) 
Take a Hard Ride (1975) 
Talk to Me (2007) 
Tamango (1958) 
Texas Rising (2015) 
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993 & 2012)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939 & 1960)
The Adventures of Selika
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) 
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars And Motor Kings (1976)
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
The Book of Negroes (2015) 
The Butler (2013) 
The Catherine Cookson Anthology: Colour Blind (1998) 
The Color Purple (1985) 
The Color of Freedom/Goodbye Bafana (2007) 
The Color of Friendship (2000) 
The Cotton Club (1984)
The Courage to Love (2000) 
The Ernest Green Story (1993) 
The Express (2008) 
The Feast of All Saints (2001) 
The Five Heartbeats (1991) 
The Flame of New Orleans (1941) 
The Get Down (2016 - ) 
The Great Debaters (2007) 
The Great White Hope (1970)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Help (2011) 
The Hollow Crown: Richard III (2016) 
The Human Stain (2003) 
The Hurricane (1999)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) 
The Josephine Baker Story (1991) 
The Journey of August King (1995) 
The Keeping Room (2014) 
The Killing Floor (1984)
The Knick (2015 - 2017) 
The Last King of Scotland (2006) 
The Learning Tree (1969)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) 
The Long Walk Home (1990)
The North Star (2016) 
The Old Settler (2001) 
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) 
The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994) 
The Retrieval (2013)
The Rosa Parks Story (2002) 
The Runaway (2000)
The Secret Life of Bees (2008) 
The Sky is Gray (1980)
The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973) 
The Trip to Bountiful (2014) 
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) 
The Watsons Go To Birmingham (2013) 
The Women of Brewster Place (1988) 
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) 
They Die by Dawn (2013) 
Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) 
Thurgood (2011)
Timeless (2016 - ) 
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 
Toussaint Louverture (2012) 
True Women (1997) 
Tula: The Revolt (2013) 
TURN: Washington's Spies (2014 - ) 
Tut  (2015) 
Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (1981)
Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938) 
Unbowed (1999) 
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927 & 1987) 
Underground (2016 - 2017) 
Verona (2016) 
What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993) 
White Water (2015) 
Whitney (2015)
Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) 
Wide Sargasso Sea (1993 & 2006) 
Winnie Mandela (2011) 
Words by Heart (1985)
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Xica da Silva (1976 and 1996)

Any films that I don't have on my list let me know!!
List was expanded with the help of the list on the Willow and Thatch website.  

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment! Also check out our tumblr (http://blacksinperiodfilms.tumblr.com/). :)

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    1. I did some research and found two period projects to add to the list. Great suggestion! Thanks!

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