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!



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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)

12 Years a Slave (2013)
42 (2013)
4 Little Girls (1997)


A
Adios Amigos (1976)
A Christmas Carol (2004)
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)


B
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Band of Angels (1957)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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)


C
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)

Children of the Dust (1995)
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)


D
Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Deliverance Creek (2014)

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
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)
Drunk History - U.S. version (2013-)

Drunk History - U.K. version (2015-)

E
Esther (1999)
Eve's Bayou (1997)


F
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005)
Fences (2016)
Frankie and Alice (2010)
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)
Freedom (2014)

Freedom Road (1979)
Freedom Song (2000)
Free State of Jones (2016)

G
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)


H
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)

Holes (2003)
Home of the Brave (1949)
Honeydripper (2008)
Hoodlum (1997)
Hounddog (2007)
Hurry Sundown (1966)


I
Idlewild (2006)
Imitation of Life (1959)
Interview With a Vampire (1994)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

J
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Jimi: All is By My Side (2013)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2015-)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)


K
Kansas City (1996)
King (1978)
Kings of the Evening (2010)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)


L
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Lawless (2012)
Life (1999)
Light of Freedom (2013)
Lincoln (2012)
Little Dorrit (2008)
Lost Boundaries (1949)
Love Field (1992)
Loving (2016)


M
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)
Miracle in the Woods (1997)
Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Monsieur Chocolat (2016)
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)
Mudbound (2017)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Mutiny (1999)
Mystere a la Tour Eiffel (2015)


N
Night Catches Us (2010)
Nightjohn (1996)
Njinga Rainha de Angola (2013)
North and South (1985)


O
Once Upon a Time ... When We Were Colored (1995)


PPalm Trees in the Snow (2015)

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Polly (1989)
Polly: Comin' Home! (1990)
Posse (1993)
Pride (2014)
Prince Among Slaves (2007)
Proud (2004)


Q
Queen (1993)


R
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)


S

Salem (2014-2017)
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal/An American Love Story (2000)
Sankofa (1993)
Sarafina! (1992)

Savannah (2013)
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)


T
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 Crucible (1996)
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 Gatsby (2013)
The Great White Hope (1970)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
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 Little Match Girl (1987)
The Long Walk Home (1990)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-)
The North Star (2016)
The Old Settler (2001)

The Piano Lesson (1995)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Quest for Freedom (1992)
The Retrieval (2013)
The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
The Rum Diary (2011)
The Runaway (2000)
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
The Shape of Water (2017)
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 Wedding (1998)
The White Slave (2016)
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)


U
Unbowed (1999)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927 & 1987)
Underground (2016 - 2017)


V
Verona (2016)

W
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)


X
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.
Special Shoutout to *Heather* who contributed to the list in an awesome way!

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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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  3. I don't recommend Wuthering Heights (2011). It's an insult to the novel. It's a very grim interpretation of the events in the novel plus added violence and racism. It eliminates absolutely all of the romance and poetry of what is literally a romance novel. I recommend the 2009 version (it's not a black period drama though).

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  4. The Wedding (1998) and A Christmas Carol (2004) are missing from the list. :)

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  5. More potentials for the list (Good thing I rate movies on my IMDB for quick reference!):

    Ed Wood (1994; specifically Korla Pandit), Wishbone (1995-1998; black cast member and black guest stars), Children of the Dust (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), The Crucible (1996), Girl Interrupted (1999), I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1999), Arabian Nights (2000), My Dog Skip (2000), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Holes (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Deadwood (2004-2006), The Skeleton Key (2005), Across the Universe (2007), Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008), Australia (2008), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Prince of Persia (2010), The Great Gatsby (2013; recurring black background characters), Savannah (2013), The Time in Between (2013; a Moroccan maid), Drunk History - U.S. version (2013-ongoing), Drunk History - U.K. version (2015-ongoing), Salem (2014-2017), The Prophet (2014), Klondike (2014), Another Period (2015-ongoing; there are black guest stars), Palm Trees in the Snow (2015), The Secret River (2015), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Agent Carter (2015-2016; specifically season 2), Penny Dreadful (2014-2016), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Harlots (2017-ongoing), Godless (2017), Marshall (2017), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Atomic Blonde (2017), Beauty and the Beast (2017).

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  6. I thought of some more:

    Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990-1991), Miracle in the Woods (1997), The Prince of Egypt (1998), Esther (1999), Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001; it's a Disney knock-off of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water), Serenades (2001), One Night with the King (2006), The Nativity Story (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Oliver Twist (2007), The Rum Diary (2011), Lawless (2012), The Physician (2013), Hoe Duur Was de Suiker (2013), Mystere a la Tour Eiffel (2015), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Stranger Things (2016-ongoing), The White Slave (2016), American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016), Frontier (2016-ongoing; specifically season 2 and onward), The Deuce (2017-ongoing), GLOW (2017-ongoing), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-ongoing; specifically Harriet), American Gods (2017-ongoing; contains many scenes from other eras featuring gods from around the world), Mudbound (2017), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), The Shape of Water (2017), The Greatest Showman (2017).

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    1. When is the last time someone told you how awesome you are?!

      I'm updating the directory!

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