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1. Double Deal (1939)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Tommy McCoy and "Dude" Markey are both in love with Harlem singer/dancer Nita. Markey robs a jewelry store and turns the loot over to gang-boss Murray Howard. Later, Markey robs the safe, ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Monte Hawley, Jeni Le Gon, Edward Thompson, Florence O'Brien

Votes: 28

2. Killer Diller (1948)

73 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An all-Black comedy and dance revue with stars of stage and screen.

Director: Josh Binney | Stars: Dusty Fletcher, George Wiltshire, Butterfly McQueen, Nellie Hill

Votes: 109

3. Murder in Harlem (1935)

TV-G | 96 min | Mystery, Drama

A black night watchman at a chemical factory finds the body of a murdered white woman. After he reports it, he finds himself accused of the murder.

Directors: Oscar Micheaux, Clarence Williams | Stars: Clarence Brooks, Dorothy Van Engle, Andrew Bishop, Alec Lovejoy

Votes: 70

5. Within Our Gates (1920)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault

Votes: 2,167

7. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

TV-PG | 54 min | Drama

Racists learn that the land a negro owns lies over a vast oil field, and threaten his life when he refuses to sell.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Iris Hall, Walker Thompson, Lawrence Chenault, Mattie Wilkes

Votes: 324

9. The Gunsaulus Mystery (1921)

Drama, Mystery

A young black man is accused of the murder of a white woman.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Evelyn Preer, Edward R. Abrams, Lawrence Chenault, Louis De Bulger

11. Uncle Jasper's Will (1922)


About the contents of a last will and testament left behind by an African-American sharecropper who was lynched after being falsely accused of the murder of a white plantation owner.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: William Fountaine, Shingzie Howard, Alma Sewell

14. Birthright (1924)

100 min | Drama

A young black Harvard graduate fights against a variety of obstacles, including racist opposition, in order to build a school for black children.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: J. Homer Tutt, Evelyn Preer, Salem Tutt Whitney, Lawrence Chenault

15. A Son of Satan (1924)

70 min | Drama

The misadventures of a man who accepted a bet to spend a night in a haunted house.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Andrew Bishop, Lawrence Chenault, Shingzie Howard, Edna Morton

Votes: 8

16. Body and Soul (1925)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault, Chester A. Alexander

Votes: 675

21. The Millionaire (1927)


An African American entrepreneur who has built up his fortune in South America returns to the U.S. and falls in love with a young woman who turns out to be part of a notorious family of criminals.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Grace Smith, Laurence Criner, Lionel Monagas, Cleo Desmond

22. The House Behind the Cedars (1927)


Rena ( Shingzie Howard ), a beautiful mulatto woman, who passes as white, receives a proposal from an aristocratic white millionaire who has fallen in love with her. Rena accepts without ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Shingzie Howard, Andrew Bishop, Lawrence Chenault, Alma Sewell

25. When Men Betray (1928)


Details the plight of a young woman who falls in love and marries a glib con artist who abandons her without money on their wedding night.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Kathleen Noisette, William A. Clayton Jr., Bessie Givens, Gertrude Snelson

27. A Daughter of the Congo (1930)


A US cavalry officer rescues a mulatto girl, raised in Africa, from slavers.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Kathleen Noisette, Loretta Tucker, Salem Tutt Whitney, Willor Lee Guilford

Votes: 9

28. Easy Street (1930)


Con artists try to trick an old man out of his life savings.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: William A. Clayton Jr., Willor Lee Guilford, Richard B. Harrison, Alice B. Russell

29. The Exile (1931)

93 min | Drama, Romance

A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them,... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole, Kathleen Noisette

Votes: 85

30. The Darktown Revue (1931)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Musical numbers and comedy routines.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Celeste Cole, Amon Davis, Donald Heywood, Sara Martin

Votes: 55

31. Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

48 min | Drama

John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lucille Lewis, Walter Fleming, Laura Bowman, Lawrence Chenault

Votes: 112

32. Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman, Willor Lee Guilford

Votes: 173

33. The Girl from Chicago (1932)

70 min | Crime, Drama

An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Carl Mahon, Starr Calloway, Alice B. Russell, Eunice Brooks

Votes: 118

36. Harlem After Midnight (1934)


Gangsters in Harlem make plans to commit a kidnapping.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lawrence Chenault, 'Slick' Chester, A.B. DeComathiere, Bee Freeman

37. Temptation (1935)

Crime, Musical, Drama

Helen Ware, an artist's model, known as the Brown Venus is sad, discouraged and unhappy. When her men friends learn that she often poses nude, they try to become unduly "friendly" or just ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Andrew Bishop, Ethel Moses, Lorenzo Tucker, Hilda Rogers

Votes: 6

38. Underworld (1937)

95 min | Crime, Drama

A young college student falls under the influence of a murderous gambler.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Bee Freeman, Sol Johnson, 'Slick' Chester, Ethel Moses

Votes: 21

39. Swing! (1938)

69 min | Musical, Drama

Ted Gregory is trying to be the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway, but he has trouble with his star singer.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Cora Green, Larry Seymour, Hazel Diaz, Alec Lovejoy

Votes: 129

40. God's Step Children (1938)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young light-skinned Negress struggles to find her place in both the black and the white worlds.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell, Trixie Smith

Votes: 66

41. Lying Lips (1939)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Music

A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Edna Mae Harris, Carman Newsome, Robert Earl Jones, Frances E. Williams

Votes: 111

42. Birthright (1939)

74 min | Drama

A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Carman Newsome, Ethel Moses, Alec Lovejoy, Trixie Smith

Votes: 127

43. The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940)

107 min | Drama

Gangsters use a woman to get to a boxer and convince him to throw a big fight.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Gladys Williams, Robert Earl Jones, Carman Newsome, Edna Mae Harris

Votes: 6

45. The Czar of Black Hollywood (2014)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

The Czar of Black Hollywood is a documentary film chronicling the early life and career of African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951).

Oscar Micheaux was a towering figure even by... See full synopsis »

Director: Bayer Mack | Star: Oscar Micheaux

Votes: 9