22 Movies You Didn’t Know Had Black Directors

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a few who prove them wrong

  • F. GARY GRAY, THE NEGOTIATOR (1998), A MAN APART (2003), THE ITALIAN JOB (2003), BE COOL (2003) & LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (2009)

Felix Gary Gray acquired a lengthy resume as a music video director before hitting pay dirt with the 1995 ‘hood favorite Friday. While he’s continued to create rap and R&B videos, his feature film credits include mainstream fare like The Negotiator (1998), A Man Apart (2003), The Italian Job (2003), Be Cool (2003) and Law Abiding Citizen (2009)—projects that have brought in nearly half a billion dollars in combined earnings. Quite a man of action when it comes to suspense films, Gray’s skills as a director have served him just as well working with Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey as actor/artists Christina Milian and Jamie Foxx.

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