Continue Black History Month Celebrations All Year With Our Staff Film Picks

February has given the Utah Film Center staff the opportunity to discuss (and debate, in good humor!) some of our favorite films featuring Black leads. From classics such as Do The Right Thing, to new-age horrors like Get Out, to stirring documentaries such as Paris Is Burning, our staff’s picks represent a diverse, fun, and heartfelt list of some must-watches not just for Black History Month, but throughout the entire year! 

If you are interested in seeing authentic and nuanced representation of Black individuals on film, visit our Black, Bold & Brilliant  page to learn more about our free monthly screenings and film discussions.

Below are everyone’s top five picks (with some bonuses, for those who just couldn’t choose!)

Russell Roots |  Director of Film Exhibition & Black, Bold & Brilliant

House Party (1990)

Blazing Saddles 


I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (screened as part of our 2023 Summer Outdoor Film Series!)

Aja Washington | Black, Bold & Brilliant Host & Lead Programmer


Malcom X

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Hollywood Shuffle



Alisha Archibald | Operations Manager

Get Out


American Fiction

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Space Jam

Judas and the Black Messiah 

Frank Bennett | Fiscal Sponsorship Manager


Man on Fire

Remember the Titans

Sorry to Bother You

Do the Right Thing 

Isaac Fairley | Corporate Underwriting Coordinator

The Hurricane

Boyz n the Hood


Do the Right Thing 

Paris Blues

Julie Gale | Education & Family Programs Director

Summer of Soul 

Hidden Figures

The Wiz

Do the Right Thing 

Get Out 

John Kirsling | Finance Director



Summer of Soul


Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story Of Parliament Funkadelic

Josh Levey | Technology Officer

Brown Sugar

New Jack City



Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Muhammad Ali: When We Were Kings

Kate McKellar | Assistant to the Founder

Judas and the Black Messiah 


Love & Basketball 

Minding the Gap

The Little Mermaid (2023)

Meghan Horner | Development Director

Get Out 

Black Panther



Beasts of the Southern Wild

Sophie Caligiuri | Development Manager

Roll Bounce

Kokomo City (Screened as part of our 2023 Queer Film Festival!)


If Beale Street Could Talk

Paris Is Burning

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