Black-Directed Films to Stream Today

Updated: Oct 27

In honor of Black History Month, here's a list of our favorite films by Black directors. Did you know in 2020, only 15.1% of the directors for top grossing Hollywood films were Black? Support Black filmmakers by streaming the films on our list below! 🎬🍿✨

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FAVORITE FILMS BY BLACK DIRECTORS

Put a face to these Black directors' names with our latest top 10 list:

Queen & Slim (2019)

Directed by Melina Matsoukas

Where to Stream: Prime Video, AppleTV, YouTube, Hulu


On a first date, a black man and a black woman are arrested for a minor offense. The situation takes a dramatic turn when the man accidentally kills the police officer.


Friday (1995)

Directed by F. Gary Gray

Where to Stream: HBOMax, Amazon, Vudu


A typical day in the life of Craig, an alright guy with some crazy friends. Like Smokey, who has 24 hours to pay back Deebo, South Central's nastiest thug, or else. Trouble is, neither Craig's mother nor his main squeeze have the cash. As time ticks away, the chance this pair will ever see Saturday is fading fast.


Fruitvale Station (2013)

Directed by Ryan Coogler

Where to Stream: STARZ


Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a twenty-two-year-old Bay Area resident, who was shot and killed on a BART platform by the police on New Year's Day 2009.


Respect (2021)

Directed by Liesl Tommy

Where to Stream: Prime Video, AppleTV


Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, "Respect" is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.


Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Directed by John Singleton

Where to Stream: YouTube, AppleTV, Vudu, Prime Video, Google Play


Three boys become men in their racially divided Los Angeles neighborhood.


A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Directed by Ava DuVernay

Where to Stream: Disney+, Google Play, YouTube


Three mystical guides lead young Meg on an epic journey, “tessering” through time and space to find her father following his mysterious disappearance.


Precious (2009)

Directed by Lee Daniels

Where to Stream: Vudu, Prime Video


Pregnant and abused, a Harlem teen (Gabourey Sidibe) enrolls in an alternative school in an attempt to bring value to her life.


Get Out (2017)

Directed by Jordan Peele

Where to Stream: YouTube, AppleTV, Prime Video, Google Play


A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's cursed family estate.


Menace II Society (1993)

Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes

Where to Stream: HBOMax, Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu


In an unflinching look at the mean streets of the contemporary urban American ghetto, a Black youth--despite his dreams for a better life--ultimately succumbs to the cycle of violence that pervades his community.


Moonlight (2016)

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Where to Watch: Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, Showtime, GooglePlay, AppleTV


A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support, and love of the community that helps raise him.


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Statistics from the Hollywood Diversity Report at UCLA (2021)

https://socialsciences.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/UCLA-Hollywood-Diversity-Report-2021-Film-4-22-2021.pdf

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