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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 Station12 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.

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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