African American Silent Films

The movies listed below are African-American silent films that are available on DVD or video. These are some of the few remaining silent films that were made by pioneering Black filmmakers in the early days of film.

Within Our Gates was made in 1920 is the oldest surviving film that was directed by an African-American filmmaker. Oscar Micheaux directed this all Black cast movie.

Body and Soul stars notable actor Paul Robeson and was also directed by Oscar Micheaux.

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black silent movies
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Body and Soul      
Within Our Gates      


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