The Best 2018 Movies By Black Directors 

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Updated June 14, 2019 128 votes 50 voters 2k views 11 items

As Hollywood pushes for more diversity, movies directed by black directors are getting more and more attention and recognition. The success of films like Moonlight and Get Out helped pave the way for some great 2018 movies with black directors. Here, you'll find a list of all the African-American-directed films released in 2018. Which ones are the best? Help decide below! 

Some of the best black directors today released films in 2018. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, became a beloved edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after its early 2018 release. Julius Onah directed The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in the popular Cloverfield franchise. Ava DuVernay helped bring the beloved children's book to the big screen with A Wrinkle In Time. For more great films with black directors, browse this list and vote up the highest quality movies!

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Ryan Coogler

Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, + more

Released: 2018

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Boots Riley

Actors: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, + more

Released: 2018

Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more
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Antoine Fuqua

Actors: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman

The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer.
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George Tillman Jr.

Actors: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, KJ Apa, Russell Hornsby, + more

Released: 2018

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Uncle Drew Charles Stone III

Actors: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, + more

Released: 2018

Uncle Drew is a 2018 sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III. After losing to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll) in a street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) stumbles upon ...more
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Tyler Perry

Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter, Jazmyn Simon, Jay Hunter

Released: 2018

Acrimony is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Tyler Perry. Tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent), a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) becomes enraged when it ...more
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Deon Taylor

Actors: Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle, William Fichtner, Roselyn Sanchez, + more

Released: 2018

Traffik is a 2018 thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. During a romantic getaway at a cabin in the woods with her boyfriend (Omar Epps), investigative journalist Brea Stephens (Paula Patton) ...more
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The Cloverfield Paradox Julius Onah

Actors: Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, + more

Released: 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah, and is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise. After using a particle accelerator, a ...more

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Mario Van Peebles

Actors: Mario Van Peebles, William Fichtner, Ryan Guzman, Columbus Short, Dionne Warwick

Released: 2018

Armed is a 2018 action thriller film directed by Mario Van Peebles. Chief (Mario Van Peebles), a former U.S. Marshal, has fallen on hard times after leading undercover agents in a raid gone ...more
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Ava DuVernay

Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis. Chris Pine, + more

A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay. After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet, Meg Murry ...more

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Director X

Actors: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison

Released: 2018

Superfly is a 2018 action film directed by Director X, and a remake of the 1972 film. Drug dealer Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) finds his reputations and life in danger when a new crew with ...more