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The Best 2018 Movies By Black Directors

Updated June 14, 2019 253 votes 50 voters 2.1k views11 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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    Sorry to Bother You
    37
    7

    ActorsLakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews

    Released2018

    Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Hate U Give
    9
    5

    The Hate U Give

    George Tillman Jr.

    ActorsAmandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, KJ Apa, Russell Hornsby

    Released2018

    The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based... more on Wikipedia

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    Black Panther
    23
    27

    Black Panther

    Ryan Coogler

    ActorsChadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman

    Released2018

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Equalizer 2
    14
    16

    The Equalizer 2

    Antoine Fuqua

    ActorsDenzel 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Acrimony
    2
    7

    Acrimony

    Tyler Perry

    ActorsTaraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter, Jazmyn Simon, Jay Hunter

    Released2018

    Acrimony is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Tyler Perry. Tired of... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Cloverfield Paradox
    9
    20

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Julius Onah

    ActorsDaniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd

    Released2018

    The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Traffik
    2
    5

    Traffik

    Deon Taylor

    ActorsPaula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle, William Fichtner, Roselyn Sanchez

    Released2018

    Traffik is a 2018 thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. During a romantic getaway at a cabin...
  • 8
    Uncle Drew
    5
    15

    Uncle Drew

    Charles Stone III

    ActorsKyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson

    Released2018

    Uncle Drew is a 2018 sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III. After losing to his...
  • 9
    Armed
    0
    5

    Armed

    Mario Van Peebles

    ActorsMario Van Peebles, William Fichtner, Ryan Guzman, Columbus Short, Dionne Warwick

    Released2018

    Armed is a 2018 action thriller film directed by Mario Van Peebles. Chief (Mario Van Peebles),... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    A Wrinkle in Time
    10
    23

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Ava DuVernay

    ActorsOprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis. Chris Pine

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  • 11
    Superfly
    2
    10

    Superfly

    Director X

    ActorsTrevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2018

    Superfly is a 2018 action film directed by Director X, and a remake of the 1972 film. Drug... more on Wikipedia