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50 Movies and Documentaries Directed by Black Filmmakers in 2021

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You can never watch enough movies. The problem is that if you’re looking to stream something new, it’s easy to get swept up in a plethora of projects from white filmmakers over Black filmmakers. Mainly because the history of Black filmmakers has been largely overlooked and underappreciated.

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However, in more recent years, Hollywood has started to pay attention to the great works of Black filmmakers and not just when it comes to those telling the story of the Black experience but their talents in general.

So let’s keep making noise and making Hollywood pay attention. Celebrate the movies and documentaries by Black Filmmakers, check their projects out below.

A Journal for Jordan

Director: Denzel Washington
Stream: In theaters now

 

 

 

Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Director: Sam Pollard
Stream: HBO Max

 

 

 

Boxing Day

Director: Aml Ameen
Stream: Amazon Prime

 

 

 

Judas and the Black Messiah

Director: Shaka King
Stream: HBO Max, Hulu

 

 

 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Director: Lee Daniels
Stream: Hulu

 

 

 

DMX: Don’t Try to Understand

Director: Christopher Frierson
Stream: HBO Max

 

 

 

Candyman

Director: Nia DaCosta
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

American Skin

Director:Nate Parker
Stream: BETplus

 

 

 

The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2

Director: Deon Taylor
Stream: Starz, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon, Philo

 

 

 

Respect

Director: Liesl Tommy
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

First Date

Director: Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp
Stream: Hulu

 

 

 

The Sleeping Negro

Director: Skinner Myers
Stream: N/A

 

 

 

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stream: HBO Max, Hulu

 

 

 

Akilla’s Escape

Director: Charles Officer
Stream: Amazon

 

 

 

Welcome Matt

Director: Leon Pierce Jr.
Stream: Starz, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon, Philo

 

 

 

Karen

Director: Coke Daniels
Stream: fuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon, Philo

 

 

 

King Richard

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

Horror Noire

Director: Steven Barnes, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Tananarive Due, Shernold Edwards, Victor LaValle
Stream: Shudder

 

 

 

Bruised

Director: Halle Berry
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Night of the Kings

Director: Philippe Lacote
Stream: Hulu

 

 

 

Attica

Director: Stanley Nelson, Traci A. Curry
Stream: Showtime

 

 

 

Tom & Jerry

Director: Tim Story
Stream: HBO Max, Hulu

 

 

 

Passing

Director: Rebecca Hall
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Zola

Director: Janicza Bravo
Stream: Showtime, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon, fuboTV, Philo

 

 

 

The Harder They Fall

Director: Jeymes Samuel
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Really Love

Director: Angel Kristi Williams
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Infinite

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stream: Paramount, Amazon

 

 

 

A Holiday Chance

Director: Jamal Hill
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

Test Pattern

Director: Shatara Michelle Ford
Stream:

 

 

 

MLK/ FBI

Director: Sam Pollard
Stream: Hulu

 

 

 

Needle In A Timestack

Director: John Ridley
Stream: Rent or buy VOD

 

 

 

The Guilty

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali

Director: Marcus A. Clarke
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

The One and Only Dick Gregory

Director: Andre Gaines
Stream: Showtime, Sling TV, fuboTV, Amazon

 

 

 

Candyman

Director: Nia DaCosta
Stream: Rent or buy VOD

 

 

 

 

Summer of Soul

Director: Questlove
Stream: Hulu

 

 

 

Faya Dayi

Director: Jessica Beshir
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

Ailey

Director: Jamila Wignot
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

American Refugee

Director: Ali LeRoi
Stream: Paramount

 

 

 

In Our Mothers Gardens

Director: Shantrelle Patrice Lewis
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Joe Bell

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Stream: Amazon,

 

 

 

Never and Again

Director: LazRael Lison
Stream: BET Plus, Amazon

 

 

 

The Capote Tapes

Director: Ebs Burnough
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss

Director: Tommy Oliver
Stream: HBO

 

 

 

Citizen Ashe

Director: Rex Miller, Sam Pollard
Stream: Rent or own VOD

 

 

 

You’re Watching Video Music Box

Director: Nas
Stream: Showtime

 

 

 

One Night In Miami

Director: Regina King
Stream: Amazon

 

 

 

 

For The Love of Money

Director: Leslie Small
Stream: N/A

 

 

 

The Water Man

Director: David Oyelowo
Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Homeroom

Director: Peter Nicks
Stream: Hulu

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