It may have taken us a while to get here, but the 2010s will go down in history as one of the most exceptional eras in Black movie history. Not just because we had some record-breakers (hello, Black Panther). But because many of the films were for us, by us, and dared to challenge the system.
There were first time directors who came out the gate with strong voices, as well as auteurs who dug deep into their own lives to tell a story that resonated with audiences across the globe. There were also several filmmakers who hit us with more than one great film to chew up (looking at you, Barry Jenkins).
And of course, there are the stand-out performances that grounded each film and made us want to return to it again and again. Black cinema ran the gamut of genre, obliterated heteronormity, and even put pre-teen talent on the map for all of us to celebrate. There was really something for everyone.
Here are the films that made the 2010s worth it.