Film Directors The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked  

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Films like 12 Years a Slave have made movie history and garnered tons of awards for black, British film director, Steve McQueen. The spotlight is on the absolute best black directors in movie history who have made some amazing, award winning films. Who are the best black directors? Vote up the best directors below based on their bodies of work.

This list features the best black directors, including both African American directors and black film directors from other countries. These visionaries are responsible for helming some of the greatest films in movie history, and has been ranked by users to determine who is truly the best. The films of these awesome directors include Hunger, Daughters of the Dust, To Sleep With Anger, Badou Boy, and The Exile.

Some of the directors on this list include Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, F. Gary Gray, John Singleton, Tyler Perry, Kasi Lemmons, Forest Whitaker, and Sidney Poitier. Vote up the black director you think is the absolute best, or add someone who isn't already on the list.
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Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Do The Right Thing

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12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger

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127 57
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Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters

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80 28
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Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious

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42 7
Ryan Coogler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
ShawnReynolds added Fruitvale Station, Creed

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ShawnReynolds added Get Out

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74 31
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Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale

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68 29
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Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen

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57 22
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The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart

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31 9
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ShawnReynolds added Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow

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42 18
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The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents

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55 36
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Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy

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25 11
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In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys

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28 14
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Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men

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30 16
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Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio

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35 21
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Miles Ahead, House of Lies

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25 13
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Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli

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44 33
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36 26
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Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap

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29 20
Hype Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Belly, Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos, MTV 20: Jams

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37 29
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
All of Us

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46 39
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Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, Madea's Class Reunion

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20 14
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The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me

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23 17
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Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret

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18 17
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Daughters of the Dust, The Rosa Parks Story, Subway Stories

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ShawnReynolds added Medicine for Melancholy, A Woman's Tale, Almost

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13 15
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The Newsroom, House of Cards, Homeland

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3 4
Omowale Akintunde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
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PeteBoyle added The Double, Community, Submarine

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13 17
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42 One Dream Rush, Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation, The Glass Shield

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12 16
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Cool Red, Gordon's War, Black Girl

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9 17
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Swing!, The Virgin of the Seminole, The Betrayal

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5 14
Anike Bay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
AnikeBay added Girls Like Us, Girls Like Us 2.0! The Hustle! The Game, Girls Like Us Menage "A" Trios(Preproduction)

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4 13
Med Hondo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Sarraounia, West Indies, O

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Hyenas, Le Franc, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

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6 16
William Greaves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, From These Roots

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The Nine Muses, Testament, The Last Angel of History