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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170 76
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Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Do The Right Thing
2
103 38
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12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger
3
90 31
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Poetic Justice, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious
4
55 10
Ryan Coogler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
ShawnReynolds added Fruitvale Station, Creed
5
130 59
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Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters
6
45 8
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ShawnReynolds added Get Out
7
76 32
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Hope Floats, Strapped, Waiting to Exhale
8
71 30
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Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Olympus Has Fallen
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39 10
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ShawnReynolds added Selma, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow
10
58 25
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The Italian Job, Be Cool, A Man Apart
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43 18
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The Book of Eli, Broken City, Dead Presidents
12
33 16
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Shaft, The Learning Tree, Flavio
13
56 37
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Fast Forward, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy
14
27 12
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In The Hive, Phantom Punch, Franternity Boys
15
29 14
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Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men
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36 21
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Miles Ahead, House of Lies
17
26 13
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Dead Presidents, American Pimp, The Book of Eli
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37 26
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Identity Crisis, Bellyful, Don't Play Us Cheap
19
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
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39 29
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black Directors, Ranked
All of Us
22
22 15
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The Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me
23
24 17
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Moolaadé, Black Girl, Borom Sarret
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48 41
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Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, Madea's Class Reunion
25
15 9
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ShawnReynolds added Medicine for Melancholy, A Woman's Tale, Almost