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

  • Bad Black

    8

  • Crazy World

    9

  • Black Girl

    10

  • Killer of Sheep

    11

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    12

  • Pariah

    13

  • The Watermelon Woman

    14

  • BlacKkKlansman

    15

  • Hunger

    16

  • Boyz n the Hood

    17

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    18

  • Moolaadé

    19

  • Black Dynamite

    20

  • To Sleep with Anger

    21

  • Losing Ground

    22

  • Fruitvale Station

    23

  • Creed

    24

  • The Hate U Give

    25

  • Touki Bouki

    26

  • Les Misérables

    27

  • 25th Hour

    28

  • Selma

    29

  • Shame

    30

  • Training Day

    31

  • Daughters of the Dust

    32

  • Crooklyn

    33

  • Long Way Home

    34

  • Sorry to Bother You

    35

  • Us

    36

  • Submarine

    37

  • Eve's Bayou

    38

  • I Am Not a Witch

    39

  • Mudbound

    40

  • Menace II Society

    41

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    42

  • My Brother's Wedding

    43

  • Straight Outta Compton

    44

  • Black Panther

    45

  • Da 5 Bloods

    46

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    47

  • Timbuktu

    48

  • Ganja & Hess

    49

  • Yeelen

    50

  • Paid in Full

    51

  • One False Move

    52

  • Novitiate

    53

  • Inside Man

    54

  • Bamboozled

    55

  • Miss Juneteenth

    56

  • Widows

    57

  • Queen & Slim

    58

  • Cooley High

    59

  • '71

    60

  • Atlantics

    61

  • Rafiki

    62

  • Get on the Bus

    63

  • She's Gotta Have It

    64

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    65

  • Love & Basketball

    66

  • Dope

    67

  • Deep Cover

    68

  • Fences

    69

  • The Secret Life of Bees

    70

  • Middle of Nowhere

    71

  • He Got Game

    72

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    73

  • Creed II

    74

  • Set It Off

    75

  • Luce

    76

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    77

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

    78

  • Clockers

    79

  • The Double

    80

  • Belle

    81

  • Precious

    82

  • Mo' Better Blues

    83

  • Friday

    84

  • Juice

    85

  • Clemency

    86

  • Tales from the Hood

    87

  • Dear White People

    88

  • Petey Wheatstraw

    89

  • Xala

    90

  • The Great Debaters

    91

  • Kicks

    92

  • Imperial Dreams

    93

  • Beyond the Lights

    94

  • A Dry White Season

    95

  • The Wood

    96

  • Coach Carter

    97

  • Little Woods

    98

  • The Last Dragon

    99

  • Rise of the Guardians

    100