The 10 best African-American filmmakers have been around for years and have produced and directed many great films. Behind many great films are great filmmakers.

  1. Spike Lee Spike Lee has grown to become an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He now owns his own production company named 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks. He has produced many movies that tough topics like race relations, urban crimes and poverty. He has been a producer that enjoys touching the topics that are undesirable by many.  

  2. Allen and Albert Hughes Allen and Albert Hughes are twins who moved to Southern California with their mother. From a very young age they were purchased things like video cameras because of their love for film. When other children were playing games, they were filming together.  This is what has brought them to the point that they are at today. They are best known for their co-directing positions in movies like "Menace II Society," "From Hell" and "The Book of Eli."

  3. Stan Lathan Stan Lathan began his career in Boston in the public television industry. He co-created and directed one of the first longest-running urban shows, "Say Brother," and became one of the first directors for "Sesame Street." His most current roles would be executive producer to MTV hit reality shows "Run’s House," "Daddy’s Girls" and "Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices" for HBO.   

  4. Thomas Carter Thomas Carter is an American film and television director.  He is known for "Swing Kids," "Save the Last Dance" and "Coach Carter." Prior to becoming a director, he was an actor and worked on the television series "The White Shadow." 

  5. Julie Dash Julie Dash got her debut with "Daughters of the Dust" in 1991. This was the first full-length film with general theatrical release in the United States by an African American woman. In 2007, Dash was named a 2007 USA Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. She is both a film and television director. Her most recent work are the films "Making Angels," "The Scarapist" and "the Rosa Parks Story" for television.

  6. Carl Franklin Carl Franklin is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. He was an actor for many years and decided to advance his career by going back to school to become a director.  He is most noted for "Devil in a Blue Dress."

  7. Stanley Nelson Stanley Nelson is an American documentary filmmaker and producer. He earned an apprenticeship with the documentary filmmaker William Greaves—this is where it all began. His debut was the production of the film “Two Dollars and a Dream: The Story of Madam C. J. Walker.” 

  8. John Singleton John Singleton is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is a native of South Los Angeles and has used the inner city violence that travels throughout Los Angeles to create popular films like "Boyz n the Hood," "Poetic Justice," "Higher Learning" and "Baby Boy." He has also put together other mainstream blockbusters like "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Fou Brothers."

  9. Gordon Parks Gordon Parks was a groundbreaking film director.  He is remembered by many as the director of the 1971 film "Shaft." 

  10. Gordon Parks, Jr. Gordon Parks, Jr. was an American film director and best known for the film "Super Fly."  He was the late son of director Gordon Parks, Sr.  who decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately, his career was shortened when he was killed in a plane crash.