Updated: Oct 27, 2022
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! 🎬🍿✨
OC TOP 10:
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
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.
Directed by F. Gary Gray
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
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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.
Directed by Liesl Tommy
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
Three boys become men in their racially divided Los Angeles neighborhood.
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Three mystical guides lead young Meg on an epic journey, “tessering” through time and space to find her father following his mysterious disappearance.
Directed by Lee Daniels
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
A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's cursed family estate.
Menace II Society (1993)
Directed by Allen and Albert Hughes
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.
Directed by Barry Jenkins
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)