Kathy Marcozzi has offered this list of movies that depict black life in a loving and authentic way:
Cane River (1982) Written, produced, and directed by the late Emmy Award-winning Horace B. Jenkins, financed by New Orleans' Rhodes family, and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew - CANE RIVER is a historically informed love story set in Louisiana's Natchitoches Parish, a "free community of color."
Tongues Untied (1989) - TONGUES UNTIED was written and directed and narrated by Marton Riggs who with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act.
Something Good Negro Kiss (1898) - Something Good – Negro Kiss is a short film from 1898, that was added to the American National Film Registry in 2018. It is believed to be the earliest on-screen kiss involving African Americans and is known for departing from the prevalent and purely stereotypical presentation of racist caricature in popular culture at the time it was made.
Losing Ground (1982) - Losing Ground is an amusing but standard menage a trois, set in a small college town. The principle difference between this and other such films is that all the characters are African-American.