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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

  • Looking for Langston

    8

  • Mangrove

    9

  • Personal Problems

    10

  • Nope

    11

  • Soul

    12

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    13

  • Oh, Sun

    14

  • Pariah

    15

  • Black Girl

    16

  • The Watermelon Woman

    17

  • Boyz n the Hood

    18

  • Lovers Rock

    19

  • Hyenas

    20

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    21

  • Killer of Sheep

    22

  • BlacKkKlansman

    23

  • Bad Black

    24

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    25

  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

    26

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

    27

  • Black Dynamite

    28

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    29

  • Hunger

    30

  • Moolaadé

    31

  • Chameleon Street

    32

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    33

  • Crazy World

    34

  • The Story of a Three-Day Pass

    35

  • To Sleep with Anger

    36

  • Deep Cover

    37

  • Fruitvale Station

    38

  • Crooklyn

    39

  • Training Day

    40

  • Losing Ground

    41

  • The Hate U Give

    42

  • Touki Bouki

    43

  • Menace II Society

    44

  • Eve's Bayou

    45

  • Mandabi

    46

  • Les Misérables

    47

  • Daughters of the Dust

    48

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    49

  • 25th Hour

    50

  • Submarine

    51

  • Creed

    52

  • Love Jones

    53

  • In the Heart of the World

    54

  • Selma

    55

  • Red, White and Blue

    56

  • Sorry to Bother You

    57

  • Shame

    58

  • Education

    59

  • Bamboozled

    60

  • Long Way Home

    61

  • On the Count of Three

    62

  • I Am Not a Witch

    63

  • Black Panther

    64

  • Paid in Full

    65

  • Us

    66

  • Top of the Heap

    67

  • Love & Basketball

    68

  • My Brother's Wedding

    69

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    70

  • D.E.B.S.

    71

  • Straight Outta Compton

    72

  • One Night in Miami...

    73

  • Bamako

    74

  • Mudbound

    75

  • King Richard

    76

  • Watermelon Man

    77

  • Timbuktu

    78

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    79

  • Queen & Slim

    80

  • One False Move

    81

  • Set It Off

    82

  • Novitiate

    83

  • Rafiki

    84

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    85

  • Cooley High

    86

  • Ganja & Hess

    87

  • Inside Man

    88

  • Yeelen

    89

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    90

  • Get on the Bus

    91

  • Atlantics

    92

  • Mother of George

    93

  • Farewell Amor

    94

  • Neptune Frost

    95

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    96

  • '71

    97

  • Belly

    98

  • Tales from the Hood

    99

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    100