Films by Black Directors

One of the first things I appreciated upon joining Letterboxd is that there are numerous lists tracking the site's highest rated films in a number of various categories - the 250 greatest narrative films, the 100 greatest documentary films, the 100 greatest animated films, and the 100 greatest narrative films by women filmmakers being among the ones I reference the most when trying to fill gaps in my watchlist. The latter list is particularly interesting as a catalog of the greatest films by one of the film industry's most consistently marginalized demographics behind the camera. Supplementing this list are a number of impressive compilations created by independent users of this site that comprehensively track the work of women directors (including…

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  • Antebellum

    1

  • The Old Guard

    2

  • Da 5 Bloods

    3

  • I May Destroy You

    4

  • 3 Brothers: Radio Raheem, Eric Garner and George Floyd

    5

  • New York New York

    6

  • IWOW: I Walk on Water

    7

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

    8

  • The Photograph

    9

  • Vick

    10

  • Miss Juneteenth

    11

  • Zola

    12

  • Bad Hair

    13

  • Queen & Slim

    14

  • Harriet

    15

  • Hair Love

    16

  • The Black Godfather

    17

  • When They See Us

    18

  • Atlantics

    19

  • Les Misérables

    20

  • See You Yesterday

    21

  • Burning Cane

    22

  • The Apollo

    23

  • Us

    24

  • Jezebel

    25

  • Talking About Trees

    26

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    27

  • Nowhere, Nobody

    28

  • Sweetheart

    29

  • Clemency

    30

  • Luce

    31

  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

    32

  • Selah and the Spades

    33

  • Premature

    34

  • Native Son

    35

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    36

  • Creed II

    37

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    38

  • Exterior/Night

    39

  • Widows

    40

  • The Hate U Give

    41

  • Alpha

    42

  • The Equalizer 2

    43

  • BlacKkKlansman

    44

  • Rafiki

    45

  • Little Woods

    46

  • Black Mother

    47

  • Kinshasa Makambo

    48

  • Shakedown

    49

  • Black Panther

    50

  • Pass Over

    51

  • Sorry to Bother You

    52

  • Yardie

    53

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    54

  • Marshall

    55

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    56

  • A Season in France

    57

  • The Defiant Ones

    58

  • Girls Trip

    59

  • I Am Not a Witch

    60

  • LA 92

    61

  • Burn Motherfucker, Burn!

    62

  • Mama Colonel

    63

  • The Young Karl Marx

    64

  • Félicité

    65

  • Les Misérables

    66

  • The New Edition Story

    67

  • Get Out

    68

  • Strong Island

    69

  • Where Is Kyra?

    70

  • Mudbound

    71

  • Whose Streets?

    72

  • Fences

    73

  • 13th

    74

  • Bad Black

    75

  • The Magnificent Seven

    76

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    77

  • A United Kingdom

    78

  • Moonlight

    79

  • Attack on Nyege Nyege Island

    80

  • Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy

    81

  • Confirmation

    82

  • Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

    83

  • Life, Animated

    84

  • Sleight

    85

  • O.J.: Made in America

    86

  • Chi-Raq

    87

  • Creed

    88

  • And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead

    89

  • Miles Ahead

    90

  • Lamb

    91

  • Straight Outta Compton

    92

  • Bessie

    93

  • Vertigo Sea

    94

  • The Longest Ride

    95

  • Southpaw

    96

  • Field Niggas

    97

  • Dope

    98

  • Fresh Dressed

    99

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    100