Film and series adaptations of African American novels

For over a century, filmmakers have enhanced the production of African American novels by adapting them for the screen.

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Let’s take a look at 43 adaptations, based on African American novels, released since 1919.

There were 20 theatrical releases, 13 cable releases, and 10 streaming releases.

Here’s a chronological look at the adaptations.

31 of the adaptations are films, and 12 are series.

Here’s a breakdown of the adaptations of novels by Black men and Black women authors.

Here’s a breakdown of adaptations by men and women directors.

Here’s a breakdown of white and black directors.

Here’s a look at the IMDb rating numbers of the adaptations.