Entertainment 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

102 38
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12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger

52 9
Ryan Coogler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
ShawnReynolds added Fruitvale Station, Creed

85 30
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Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious

128 58
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Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters

43 8
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ShawnReynolds added Get Out

76 32
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Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale

71 30
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Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen

58 24
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The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart

37 10
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ShawnReynolds added Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow

43 18
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The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents

56 37
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Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy

29 14
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Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men

31 16
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Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio

26 12
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In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys

36 21
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Miles Ahead, House of Lies

26 13
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Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli

37 26
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Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap

44 33
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30 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

39 29
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
All of Us

22 15
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The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me

24 17
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Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret

48 41
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Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, Madea's Class Reunion

12 9
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ShawnReynolds added Medicine for Melancholy, A Woman's Tale, Almost