The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors  

Jason Bancroft
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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 black 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
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 ...more
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Chiwetel Ejiofor
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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Deon Taylor
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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Melina Matsoukas
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 ...more
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Tina Gordon Chism
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 ...more
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Deon Taylor
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 ...more
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F. Gary Gray
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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Clark Johnson
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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Khalik Allah
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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Joe Talbot
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.
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Rashid Johnson
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 ...more
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Chris Robinson
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 ...more
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I Got the Hook-Up 2 Corey Grant
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 ...more
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Mati Diop
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 ...more
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Wanuri Kahiu
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 ...more
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Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is 2019 American comedy film written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and reportedly final installment of the Madea film series. ...more
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Xavier Burgin
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 ...more
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Antoine Fuqua
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the life of Muhammad Ali.
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Julius Onah
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.), ...more
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American Son Kenny Leon
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 ...more
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Chinonye Chukwu
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
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Tim Story
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 ...more
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Sam Blitz Bazawule
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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Fab 5 Freddy
Grass is Greener is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Fab 5 Freddy. A documentary about America's relationship with cannabis.
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Noble Jones
The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man (John Lithgow) preparing for the apocalypse meets and falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who is ...more