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

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    5

  • Malcolm X

    6

  • 12 Years a Slave

    7

  • Black Girl

    8

  • Bad Black

    9

  • Killer of Sheep

    10

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    11

  • Pariah

    12

  • Crazy World

    13

  • The Watermelon Woman

    14

  • Hyenas

    15

  • BlacKkKlansman

    16

  • Boyz n the Hood

    17

  • Hunger

    18

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    19

  • Moolaadé

    20

  • Black Dynamite

    21

  • To Sleep with Anger

    22

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    23

  • Fruitvale Station

    24

  • Losing Ground

    25

  • The Hate U Give

    26

  • Creed

    27

  • Touki Bouki

    28

  • Les Misérables

    29

  • 25th Hour

    30

  • Selma

    31

  • Shame

    32

  • Crooklyn

    33

  • Training Day

    34

  • Daughters of the Dust

    35

  • In the Heart of the World

    36

  • Long Way Home

    37

  • Sorry to Bother You

    38

  • Eve's Bayou

    39

  • Submarine

    40

  • I Am Not a Witch

    41

  • Us

    42

  • Mudbound

    43

  • Menace II Society

    44

  • My Brother's Wedding

    45

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    46

  • Straight Outta Compton

    47

  • Black Panther

    48

  • Timbuktu

    49

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    50

  • Ganja & Hess

    51

  • Bamboozled

    52

  • Love & Basketball

    53

  • Paid in Full

    54

  • Novitiate

    55

  • Da 5 Bloods

    56

  • One False Move

    57

  • Yeelen

    58

  • Inside Man

    59

  • Queen & Slim

    60

  • Cooley High

    61

  • Rafiki

    62

  • Widows

    63

  • Atlantics

    64

  • '71

    65

  • Get on the Bus

    66

  • Miss Juneteenth

    67

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    68

  • She's Gotta Have It

    69

  • Deep Cover

    70

  • Set It Off

    71

  • Dope

    72

  • Fences

    73

  • He Got Game

    74

  • Middle of Nowhere

    75

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    76

  • Clockers

    77

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    78

  • Creed II

    79

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    80

  • Mo' Better Blues

    81

  • The Double

    82

  • Belle

    83

  • Luce

    84

  • Precious

    85

  • Baadasssss!

    86

  • Clemency

    87

  • A Dry White Season

    88

  • Friday

    89

  • Juice

    90

  • Tales from the Hood

    91

  • The Secret Life of Bees

    92

  • Xala

    93

  • Beyond the Lights

    94

  • Petey Wheatstraw

    95

  • D.E.B.S.

    96

  • The Great Debaters

    97

  • Kicks

    98

  • Dear White People

    99

  • Imperial Dreams

    100