film directors The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked  

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Films like 12 Years a Slave have made movie history and garnered tons of awards for black, British film director, Steve McQueen. The spotlight is on the absolute best black directors in movie history who have made some amazing, award winning films. Who are the best black directors? Vote up the best directors below based on their bodies of work.

This list features the best black directors, including both African American directors and black film directors from other countries. These visionaries are responsible for helming some of the greatest films in movie history, and has been ranked by users to determine who is truly the best. The films of these awesome directors include Hunger, Daughters of the Dust, To Sleep With Anger, Badou Boy, and The Exile.

Some of the directors on this list include Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, F. Gary Gray, John Singleton, Tyler Perry, Kasi Lemmons, Forest Whitaker, and Sidney Poitier. Vote up the black director you think is the absolute best, or add someone who isn't already on the list.

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Denzel Washington Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters

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Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger

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Forest Whitaker Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale

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Spike Lee Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Do The Right Thing

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John Singleton Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious

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F. Gary Gray The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart

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Antoine Fuqua Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen

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Allen Hughes The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents

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Melvin Van Peebles Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap

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Sidney Poitier Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy

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Gordon Parks Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio

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Don Cheadle Miles Ahead, House of Lies

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Ousmane Sembène Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret

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Hype Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Hype Williams Belly, Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos, MTV 20: Jams

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Robert Townsend In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys

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Albert Hughes Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli

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Malcolm D. Lee Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men

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Carl Franklin The Newsroom, House of Cards, Homeland

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Richard Ayoade The Double, Community, Submarine

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Julie Dash Daughters of the Dust, The Rosa Parks Story, Subway Stories

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Ryan Coogler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station, Creed

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Ava DuVernay Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow

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Charles Burnett 42 One Dream Rush, Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation, The Glass Shield

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Oscar Micheaux Swing!, The Virgin of the Seminole, The Betrayal

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Anike Bay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Anike Bay Girls Like Us, Girls Like Us 2.0! The Hustle! The Game, Girls Like Us Menage "A" Trios(Preproduction)

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Kasi Lemmons The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me

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Ossie Davis Cool Red, Gordon's War, Black Girl

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Will Smith All of Us

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William Greaves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
William Greaves Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, From These Roots

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Med Hondo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Med Hondo Sarraounia, West Indies, O

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Djibril Diop Mambéty Hyenas, Le Franc, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

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John Akomfrah The Nine Muses, Testament, The Last Angel of History

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Tyler Perry Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, Madea's Class Reunion