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

  • Malcolm X

    5

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    6

  • Soul

    7

  • 12 Years a Slave

    8

  • Mangrove

    9

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    10

  • Soleil Ô

    11

  • Personal Problems

    12

  • Pariah

    13

  • Black Girl

    14

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    15

  • Lovers Rock

    16

  • Killer of Sheep

    17

  • The Watermelon Woman

    18

  • Boyz n the Hood

    19

  • Hyenas

    20

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    21

  • BlacKkKlansman

    22

  • Bad Black

    23

  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

    24

  • Hunger

    25

  • Black Dynamite

    26

  • Moolaadé

    27

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    28

  • Crazy World

    29

  • To Sleep with Anger

    30

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    31

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

    32

  • Fruitvale Station

    33

  • Touki Bouki

    34

  • Crooklyn

    35

  • The Hate U Give

    36

  • Losing Ground

    37

  • Training Day

    38

  • Mandabi

    39

  • Les Misérables

    40

  • Deep Cover

    41

  • Creed

    42

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    43

  • Daughters of the Dust

    44

  • 25th Hour

    45

  • Eve's Bayou

    46

  • Selma

    47

  • Red, White and Blue

    48

  • Shame

    49

  • Education

    50

  • Sorry to Bother You

    51

  • Submarine

    52

  • Bamboozled

    53

  • I Am Not a Witch

    54

  • On the Count of Three

    55

  • Menace II Society

    56

  • In the Heart of the World

    57

  • Long Way Home

    58

  • Black Panther

    59

  • Us

    60

  • One Night in Miami...

    61

  • My Brother's Wedding

    62

  • Love Jones

    63

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    64

  • Paid in Full

    65

  • Mudbound

    66

  • Love & Basketball

    67

  • Straight Outta Compton

    68

  • Timbuktu

    69

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    70

  • Queen & Slim

    71

  • One False Move

    72

  • Rafiki

    73

  • Novitiate

    74

  • Ganja & Hess

    75

  • Cooley High

    76

  • Watermelon Man

    77

  • Inside Man

    78

  • Test Pattern

    79

  • Set It Off

    80

  • Yeelen

    81

  • D.E.B.S.

    82

  • Atlantics

    83

  • Farewell Amor

    84

  • Zola

    85

  • '71

    86

  • Get on the Bus

    87

  • Residue

    88

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    89

  • Rosewood

    90

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    91

  • Widows

    92

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    93

  • Da 5 Bloods

    94

  • Tales from the Hood

    95

  • Buck and the Preacher

    96

  • He Got Game

    97

  • She's Gotta Have It

    98

  • Mo' Better Blues

    99

  • Clockers

    100