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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Juanita is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Intruder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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,... moreamazon buy button
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    Queen & Slim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Little is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Black Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    Black Mother

    Khalik Allah

    Released2019

    Black Mother is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Khalik Allah. From red light... moreamazon buy button
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    Luce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Men in Black International is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Native Son is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Last Black Man in San Fran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Shaft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Burial Of Kojo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    A Madea Family Funeral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Atlantics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Beats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    I Got the Hook-Up 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Rafiki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    American Son is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

    Released2019

    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on... moreamazon buy button
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    Clemency is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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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,... moreamazon buy button
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    Horror Noire: A History of Bla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors

    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... moreamazon buy button
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    Burning Cane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2019 Movies By Black Directors
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    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... moreamazon buy button
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