20 Black Directors Whose Movies You NEED to Watch


The Black Lives Matter Movement is on the rise. After the murder of George Floyd, people all over the country have peacefully protested in an attempt to end systemic injustices in the USA.

We wanted to show you 20 BLACK DIRECTORS whose filmographies (movies and shows)  you need to watch! Some of them are new to the scene, like Nia DaCosta and Tayarisha Poe but regardless, give their movies a watch. This isn’t a ranking. Here’s the list:

Ava DuVernay 

Selected Filmography: Selma, Queen Sugar, When They See Us 

Amma Asante

Selected Filmography: Belle, Mrs. America, Where Hands Touch

Dee Rees

Selected Filmography: Mudbound, Pariah, Bessie

Stella Meghie

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 11: Stella Meghie attends the world premiere of “The Photograph” World at SVA Theater on February 11, 2020, in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Selected Filmography: The Photograph, The Weekend, Insecure (2 episodes)  

Kasi Lemmons

Selected Filmography: Harriet, Eve’s Bayou

Spike Lee

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (10118627hz)
Spike Lee arrives for the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 24 February 2019. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking.
Arrivals – 91st Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Feb 2019

Selected Filmography: Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It, Blackkklansman, Da 5 Bloods

Malcolm D. Lee

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 03: Film director Malcolm D. Lee attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards at TAO Downtown on January 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Selected Filmography: Girls Trip, Undercover Brother, The Best Man

Ryan Coogler

Selected Filmography: Black Panther, Creed (I and II), Fruitvale Station

Steve McQueen

Selected Filmography: 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger, Widows

Barry Jenkins

Selected Filmography: Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, Medicine for Melancholy, My Josephine

Lee Daniels

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Director Lee Daniels attends the 2018 amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Selected Filmography: Empire (Creator) Precious, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 

Boots Riley

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10117906s)
Boots Riley arrives at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, Calif
2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Arrivals, Santa Monica, USA – 23 Feb 2019

Selected Filmography: Sorry to Bother You (Debut) 

Tyler Perry

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tyler Perry attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

Selected Filmography: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married? 

Jordan Peele

Writer-director Jordan Peele says that making Get Out represents his “truest passion.”

Selected Filmography: Us, Get Out

Nia DaCosta

Selected Filmography: Little Woods, Candyman 

Antoine Fuqua

Selected Filmography: Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven (2016), Olympus Has Fallen 

Rick Famuyiwa

Selected Filmography: Dope, The Mandalorian (2 Episodes), The Chi (Exec Producer)

John Singleton – Rest in Power

Selected Filmography: Poetic Justice, Boyz n the Hood, Shaft (2000), Baby Boy, Four Brothers

F Gary Gray

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9242126hq)
F. Gary Gray attends the world premiere of Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious” at Radio City Music Hall, in New York
World Premiere of “The Fate of the Furious”, New York, USA – 8 Apr 2017

Selected Filmography: Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton

Robert Townsend

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 30: Robert Townsend attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for NAACP)

Selected Filmography: Hollywood Shuffle, The Meteor Man, The Parent Hood


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