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The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

Updated July 13, 2020 333 votes 62 voters 6.8k views31 items

As Hollywood pushes for more diversity, movies directed by Black directors are getting more and more attention and recognition. There are great 2019 movies with Bslack directors such as The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and Juanita, both of which are Netflix releases. There are also documentaries out this year with Black directors such as Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and Black Mother. Here, you'll find a list of all the Black and African American directed films released in 2019. Which ones are the best? Help decide below!

The best Black directors working today have films out in 2019. Us, directed by Jordan Peele. Julius Onah directed Luce, a drama about an all-star student with a secret. F. Gary Gray directed the fourth installment in the Men in Black franchise with Men in Black: International. For more great films with Black directors, browse this list and vote up the highest quality movies! Come back and vote on new films as they come out in theaters.

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    Jordan Peele
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    14

    ActorsLupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph

    Released2019

    Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends  ...more
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    Tina Gordon Chism
    13
    2

    ActorsIssa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley, Tone Bell

    Released2019

    Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul (Regina Hall) magically transforms into her younger self (Marsai Martin), her long-suffering assistant  ...more
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    ActorsChiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell, Aïssa Maïga, Lemogang Tsipa

    Released2019

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a  ...more
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    Khalik Allah
    13
    5

    Released2019

    Black Mother is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Khalik Allah. From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a  ...more
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    Julius Onah
    10
    2

    ActorsNaomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

    Released2019

    Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), adopted  ...more
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    Melina Matsoukas
    9
    2

    ActorsDaniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny

    Released2019

    Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim's (Daniel Kaluuya) lives take an unexpected turn when they are pulled over during  ...more
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    Deon Taylor
    9
    2

    ActorsNaomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp

    Released2019

    Black and Blue is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. Rookie cop, Alicia West (Naomie Harris) captures the murder of a drug dealer by corrupt cops on her bodycam and turns  ...more
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    Mati Diop
    6
    0

    ActorsAbdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye

    Released2019

    Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic drama film directed by Mati Diop. A futuristic-looking tower is about to be officially opened in the suburb  ...more
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    Deon Taylor
    8
    2

    ActorsDennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora

    Released2019

    The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream home in Napa Valley unaware that the  ...more
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    ActorsChris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall

    Released2019

    Men in Black International is a 2019 American science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray, and a spin-off film in the Men in Black film series, based on the Malibu Marvel Comics  ...more
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    ActorsMuhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Diana Ross

    Released2019

    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the life of Muhammad Ali. One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible  ...more
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    Kenny Leon
    5
    2

    ActorsKerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Eugene Lee

    Released2019

    American Son is a 2019 American drama film directed by Kenny Leon, based on a play of the same name by Christopher Demos-Brown. Two parents are looking for their missing teenage son until they are  ...more
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    ActorsMeosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, William Crain, Rusty Cundieff

    Released2019

    Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Xavier Burgin. A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre  ...more
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    Tim Story
    5
    5

    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria

    Released2019

    Shaft is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story, and a sequel to the 2000 film Shaft. After his best friend dies due to suspicious circumstances, FBI agent John Shaft III (Jessie  ...more
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    Chris Robinson
    5
    5

    ActorsAnthony Anderson, Khalil Everage, Uzo Aduba, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Paul Walter Hauser

    Released2019

    Beats is a 2019 American coming-of-age-drama directed by Chris Robinson. A musical prodigy with borderline agoraphobia (Khalil Everage) and a former music manager who has fallen from grace (Anthony  ...more
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    Wanuri Kahiu
    5
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    ActorsSamantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nini Wacera

    Released2019

    Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the daughters of two political rivals who fall in love amidst family and political  ...more
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    5

    ActorsJohnny 'Koolout' Starks, Farrah Laurel Abraham, Alexandru Achindinov, Master P

    Released2019

    I Got the Hook-Up 2 is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Corey Grant. Black and Blue are in financial trouble after their restaurant gets shut down and turn to selling stolen phones that end up  ...more
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    Chinonye Chukwu
    4
    0

    ActorsAlfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks, Michael O'Neill, Richard Gunn

    Released2019

    Clemency is a 2019 American drama film directed by Chinonye Chukwu. A Death Row prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) makes a connection to the prisoner she is sanctioned to execute.  ...more
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    J.D. Dillard
    2
    2

    ActorsKiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Andrew Crawford

    Released2019

    Sweetheart is a 2019 American survival horror film directed by J.D. Dillard. Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) washes ashore a small tropical island and must spend her days not only surviving the elements but  ...more
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    Sam Blitz Bazawule
    5
    5

    ActorsAma K. Abebrese, Joe Addo, Henry Adofo, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Brian Angels

    Released2019

    The Burial Of Kojo is a 2018 international drama film directed by Sam Blitz Bazawule. A man is trapped in a mine shaft by his vengeful brother while his daughter embarks on a magical journey to  ...more
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    Stefon Bristol
    2
    2

    ActorsEden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro

    Released2019

    See You Yesterday is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Stefon Bristol. An ambitious science prodigy uses her prowess and capabilities to create time machines in order to save her  ...more
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    Clark Johnson
    7
    8

    ActorsAlfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach

    Released2019

    Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams. Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban  ...more
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    Nia DaCosta
    1
    2

    ActorsTessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick

    Released2019

    Little Woods is a 2018 American-Australian crime thriller western film directed by Nia DaCosta. After their mother dies, reformed drug runner Ollie (Tessa Thompson) returns to smuggling and dealing  ...more
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    Rashid Johnson
    6
    7

    ActorsAshton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Bill Camp

    Released2019

    Native Son is a 2019 American drama film directed by Rashid Johnson, based on the novel by Richard Wright. A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and  ...more
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    ActorsJimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan

    Released2019

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.  ...more
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