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The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked 

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Updated November 15, 2019 2.7k votes 523 voters 66.2k views 39 items

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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Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters
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12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger
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Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious
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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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Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale
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Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen
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The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart
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ShawnReynolds added Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow
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The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents
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Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy
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Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio
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ShawnReynolds added Medicine for Melancholy, A Woman's Tale, Almost
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Miles Ahead, House of Lies
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Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap
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In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys
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Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli
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Juice, Never Die Alone, Bulletproof
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
All of Us
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Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret
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Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men
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Pariah, Pariah
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The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me