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

  • Soul

    8

  • Mangrove

    9

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    10

  • Personal Problems

    11

  • Soleil Ô

    12

  • Pariah

    13

  • Black Girl

    14

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    15

  • Lovers Rock

    16

  • Boyz n the Hood

    17

  • The Watermelon Woman

    18

  • Killer of Sheep

    19

  • Hyenas

    20

  • BlacKkKlansman

    21

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    22

  • Bad Black

    23

  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

    24

  • Hunger

    25

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    26

  • Black Dynamite

    27

  • Crazy World

    28

  • Moolaadé

    29

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

    30

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    31

  • To Sleep with Anger

    32

  • Fruitvale Station

    33

  • Crooklyn

    34

  • Deep Cover

    35

  • Touki Bouki

    36

  • The Hate U Give

    37

  • Losing Ground

    38

  • Training Day

    39

  • Mandabi

    40

  • Les Misérables

    41

  • Creed

    42

  • 25th Hour

    43

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    44

  • Daughters of the Dust

    45

  • Eve's Bayou

    46

  • Selma

    47

  • Red, White and Blue

    48

  • Shame

    49

  • Menace II Society

    50

  • Submarine

    51

  • Sorry to Bother You

    52

  • Education

    53

  • In the Heart of the World

    54

  • Bamboozled

    55

  • King Richard

    56

  • I Am Not a Witch

    57

  • Long Way Home

    58

  • Black Panther

    59

  • On the Count of Three

    60

  • Us

    61

  • Love Jones

    62

  • One Night in Miami...

    63

  • Paid in Full

    64

  • My Brother's Wedding

    65

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    66

  • Mudbound

    67

  • Love & Basketball

    68

  • Straight Outta Compton

    69

  • Timbuktu

    70

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    71

  • Queen & Slim

    72

  • One False Move

    73

  • Watermelon Man

    74

  • Rafiki

    75

  • Novitiate

    76

  • Cooley High

    77

  • D.E.B.S.

    78

  • Ganja & Hess

    79

  • Inside Man

    80

  • Set It Off

    81

  • Yeelen

    82

  • Atlantics

    83

  • Test Pattern

    84

  • Farewell Amor

    85

  • '71

    86

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    87

  • Get on the Bus

    88

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    89

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    90

  • Residue

    91

  • Zola

    92

  • Rosewood

    93

  • Widows

    94

  • The Harder They Fall

    95

  • Tales from the Hood

    96

  • Da 5 Bloods

    97

  • He Got Game

    98

  • Buck and the Preacher

    99

  • Belly

    100