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The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

Updated July 13, 2020 240 votes 60 voters 6.7k 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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    Us
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    Us

    Jordan Peele

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Juanita
    13
    4

    Juanita

    Clark Johnson

    ActorsAlfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach

    Released2019

    Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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    5

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Intruder
    8
    1

    The Intruder

    Deon Taylor

    ActorsDennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora

    Released2019

    The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Black and Blue
    8
    2

    Black and Blue

    Deon Taylor

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Queen & Slim
    7
    1

    Queen & Slim

    Melina Matsoukas

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Little
    6
    2

    Little

    Tina Gordon Chism

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Black Mother
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    2

    Black Mother

    Khalik Allah

    Released2019

    Black Mother is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Khalik Allah. From red light... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Luce
    5
    1

    Luce

    Julius Onah

    ActorsNaomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth, Astro

    Released2019

    Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Men in Black International

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Native Son
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    4

    Native Son

    Rashid Johnson

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Shaft
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    2

    Shaft

    Tim Story

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Burial Of Kojo
    4
    2

    The Burial Of Kojo

    Sam Blitz Bazawule

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Madea Family Funeral

    ActorsTyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Ceira Payton, KJ Smith

    Released2019

    Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is 2019 American comedy film written, directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Atlantics
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    Atlantics

    Mati Diop

    ActorsAbdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye

    Released2019

    Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Beats
    4
    2

    Beats

    Chris Robinson

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    I Got the Hook-Up 2
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    2

    I Got the Hook-Up 2

    Corey Grant

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Rafiki
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    Rafiki

    Wanuri Kahiu

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Tomorrow Man
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    2

    The Tomorrow Man

    Noble Jones

    ActorsJohn Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher

    Released2019

    The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    American Son
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    1

    American Son

    Kenny Leon

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali

    Released2019

    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Clemency
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    Clemency

    Chinonye Chukwu

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Burning Cane
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    2

    Burning Cane

    Phillip Youmans

    ActorsWendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Dominique McClellan

    Released2019

    Burning Cane is a 2019 American drama film directed by Phillip Youmans. An aging mother... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button