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Black Directors: The Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films

Ranked by average user rating. The list was extracted largely thanks to this megalist of films directed by Black American filmmakers. It will be updated monthly.

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ELIGIBILITY RULES:

• This list includes black co-directors or any black directors on a diverse team.
• Films must be feature-length (45+ minutes), with a theatrical and/or festival release.
• Documentaries of any kind, short films, theater/stage, TV movies, TV series or miniseries, and episodes are excluded.
• There is a 1,000 minimum ratings threshold.

This list is by no means a definitive canon of black directors in film history. This is merely a consensus list based off a specific criteria. It is, indeed, the tip of the iceberg. Please feel free to let me know…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    1

  • Do the Right Thing

    2

  • Moonlight

    3

  • Get Out

    4

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    5

  • Malcolm X

    6

  • 12 Years a Slave

    7

  • Mangrove

    8

  • Soul

    9

  • Oh, Sun

    10

  • Personal Problems

    11

  • Looking for Langston

    12

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    13

  • Pariah

    14

  • Black Girl

    15

  • Boyz n the Hood

    16

  • The Watermelon Woman

    17

  • Lovers Rock

    18

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    19

  • Hyenas

    20

  • Killer of Sheep

    21

  • BlacKkKlansman

    22

  • Bad Black

    23

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    24

  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

    25

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    26

  • Hunger

    27

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    28

  • Black Dynamite

    29

  • Moolaadé

    30

  • Crazy World

    31

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    32

  • The Story of a Three-Day Pass

    33

  • To Sleep with Anger

    34

  • Fruitvale Station

    35

  • Deep Cover

    36

  • Crooklyn

    37

  • Training Day

    38

  • Losing Ground

    39

  • Touki Bouki

    40

  • The Hate U Give

    41

  • Menace II Society

    42

  • Mandabi

    43

  • Eve's Bayou

    44

  • Les Misérables

    45

  • Daughters of the Dust

    46

  • 25th Hour

    47

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    48

  • Creed

    49

  • Submarine

    50

  • Selma

    51

  • Red, White and Blue

    52

  • In the Heart of the World

    53

  • Sorry to Bother You

    54

  • Shame

    55

  • Education

    56

  • Bamboozled

    57

  • Love Jones

    58

  • I Am Not a Witch

    59

  • Long Way Home

    60

  • Black Panther

    61

  • On the Count of Three

    62

  • Paid in Full

    63

  • Us

    64

  • Top of the Heap

    65

  • Love & Basketball

    66

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    67

  • My Brother's Wedding

    68

  • Straight Outta Compton

    69

  • One Night in Miami...

    70

  • Bamako

    71

  • Mudbound

    72

  • King Richard

    73

  • D.E.B.S.

    74

  • Watermelon Man

    75

  • Timbuktu

    76

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    77

  • Queen & Slim

    78

  • One False Move

    79

  • Novitiate

    80

  • Set It Off

    81

  • Rafiki

    82

  • Emergency

    83

  • Cooley High

    84

  • Ganja & Hess

    85

  • Inside Man

    86

  • Yeelen

    87

  • Get on the Bus

    88

  • Atlantics

    89

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    90

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    91

  • Farewell Amor

    92

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    93

  • '71

    94

  • Tales from the Hood

    95

  • Residue

    96

  • Belly

    97

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    98

  • Rosewood

    99

  • Buck and the Preacher

    100