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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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Ryan Coogler is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious
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12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger
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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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ShawnReynolds added Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow
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Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale
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The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart
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Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen
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The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents
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Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio
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In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys
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Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy
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Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli
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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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Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men
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Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap
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Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret
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The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
All of Us
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Hype Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
Belly, Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos, MTV 20: Jams
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Daughters of the Dust, The Rosa Parks Story, Subway Stories
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