Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler.'

Lee Daniels’ The Butler hit theaters today nationwide. The release of this historical drama starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and many more A-list stars, marks the official start of the fall film season.

According to the New York Times, 2013 is “a breakout year for black films,” with several prominent movies being released by and about African-Americans. Among those films, Fruitvale Station, 12 Years a Slave, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Blue Caprice, stand out as possible award contenders.

Here’s our list of the 10 must-see films black films this season.

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

4. Fruitvale Station

5. Black Nativity

6. Baggage Claim

7. The Best Man Holiday

8. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

9. Blue Caprice

10. Tyler Perry‘s A Madea Christmas: (Trailer coming soon…)

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