Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Black Directors

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

  • Soul

    5

  • Malcolm X

    6

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    7

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    8

  • Mangrove

    9

  • 12 Years a Slave

    10

  • Personal Problems

    11

  • Black Girl

    12

  • Bad Black

    13

  • Crazy World

    14

  • Lovers Rock

    15

  • Killer of Sheep

    16

  • Pariah

    17

  • Hyenas

    18

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    19

  • The Watermelon Woman

    20

  • Boyz n the Hood

    21

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    22

  • BlacKkKlansman

    23

  • Hunger

    24

  • Moolaadé

    25

  • Black Dynamite

    26

  • To Sleep with Anger

    27

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

    28

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    29

  • Fruitvale Station

    30

  • Touki Bouki

    31

  • The Hate U Give

    32

  • Losing Ground

    33

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    34

  • Crooklyn

    35

  • Creed

    36

  • Les Misérables

    37

  • 25th Hour

    38

  • Training Day

    39

  • Red, White and Blue

    40

  • Education

    41

  • Selma

    42

  • Daughters of the Dust

    43

  • On the Count of Three

    44

  • In the Heart of the World

    45

  • Shame

    46

  • One Night in Miami...

    47

  • Eve's Bayou

    48

  • Long Way Home

    49

  • Sorry to Bother You

    50

  • I Am Not a Witch

    51

  • Submarine

    52

  • Bamboozled

    53

  • Us

    54

  • Menace II Society

    55

  • Mudbound

    56

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    57

  • Black Panther

    58

  • My Brother's Wedding

    59

  • Straight Outta Compton

    60

  • Love & Basketball

    61

  • Paid in Full

    62

  • Timbuktu

    63

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    64

  • Queen & Slim

    65

  • Love Jones

    66

  • Ganja & Hess

    67

  • One False Move

    68

  • Novitiate

    69

  • Rafiki

    70

  • Inside Man

    71

  • Yeelen

    72

  • Cooley High

    73

  • Atlantics

    74

  • Set It Off

    75

  • Deep Cover

    76

  • Farewell Amor

    77

  • Residue

    78

  • Get on the Bus

    79

  • Da 5 Bloods

    80

  • '71

    81

  • Watermelon Man

    82

  • Widows

    83

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    84

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    85

  • Tales from the Hood

    86

  • She's Gotta Have It

    87

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    88

  • He Got Game

    89

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    90

  • Fences

    91

  • The Last Tree

    92

  • Clockers

    93

  • Miss Juneteenth

    94

  • Mo' Better Blues

    95

  • Dope

    96

  • His House

    97

  • D.E.B.S.

    98

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    99

  • The Double

    100