Best Movies by Black Filmmakers

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10. Menace II Society (1993)
> Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
> Starring: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
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Albert and Allen Hughes — credited as The Hughes Brothers — directed and co-wrote (along with Tyger Williams) this gritty drama about a young man trying to escape his hometown in the Los Angeles Watts neighborhood projects. The flick won positive reviews from 84% of critics and 93% of users on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hughes Brothers would go on to direct films, including “Dead Presidents” (1995) and “From Hell” (2001), and they currently have multiple projects in various stages of production that they are working on as individuals.

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9. Creed (2015)
> Directed by: Ryan Coogler
> Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
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Ryan Coogler put the gloves back on the Rocky franchise with this story about retired fighter Rocky Balboa training and mentoring Adonis Johnson, the son of his deceased friend and ex- rival Apollo Creed. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes noted the film “extends the boxer’s saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors’ roots.” The movie has a Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics of 95%, and an 89% approval rating among audiences.

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8. Get Out (2017)
> Directed by: Jordan Peele
> Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
> Where to stream: Vudu, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, FandangoNOW, DIRECTV, Fandango

“Get Out” is Jordan Peele’s biting and provocative social commentary that is, at turns, a comedy and a horror movie. Peele became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film, which stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford, has a 98% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 86% approval rating from audiences.

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7. Selma (2015)
> Directed by: Ava DuVernay
> Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey
> Where to stream: Vudu, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, YouTube, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FXNow, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the Oscar-winning film is a stirring retelling of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965 by civil rights activists trying to gain voting rights. The march was led by Martin Luther King, Jr., played by David Oyelowo. “Selma” has a 99% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 86% audience approval rating.

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6. Moonlight (2016)
> Directed by: Barry Jenkins
> Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes
> Where to stream: Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Kanopy, Netflix, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW

Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age film about a gay black man was the first film with an all black cast to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. The movie is a favorite among critics, receiving a Freshness rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.