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The 33 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed By Black Filmmakers

From John Singleton to F. Gary Gray, there are 33 movies from black directors that grossed over $100 million (adjusted for inflation). Here's the ranked list.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Warner Bros/Largo Internatio/REX/Shutterstock (5884803q)Denzel WashingtonMalcolm X - 1992Director: Spike LeeWarner Bros/Largo International/40 Acres & A MuleUSAScene StillDocumentaryMalcom X

Denzel Washington in “Malcolm X”

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No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Warner Bros/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5879768b)Ice-T, Wesley SnipesNew Jack City - 1991Director: Mario Van PeeblesWarner BrosUSAScene StillAction/Adventure

33. New Jack City (Mario Van Peebles, 1991: $100,000,000)

A groundbreaking and gritty New York gangster film released in the middle of the crack epidemic that stands out for a cast that included Van Peebles, Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, and an up-and-coming Chris Rock. Its $8 million budget for its time was not particularly low, but it still had independent and critical credibility from its premiere at Sundance.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Joseph Lederer/Wayans Bros/REX/Shutterstock (5883243q) Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans White Chicks - 2004 Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans Wayans Bros/Revolution Studios USA Scene Still Comedy F.B.I. Fausses Blondes Infiltrées

32. White Chicks (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2004: $100,829,800)

Two other Wayans brothers in whiteface are really creepy contact lenses played women as FBI agents sent to disrupt a Hamptons kidnapping plot. The budget approached $50 million in adjusted numbers, but it did about 40 percent of its business overseas.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Warner Bros/Largo Internatio/REX/Shutterstock (5884803ai) Denzel Washington Malcolm X - 1992 Director: Spike Lee Warner Bros/Largo International/40 Acres & A Mule USA Scene Still Documentary Malcom X

31. Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992: $102,635,800)

A dream project for all involved, this biopic grossed double the next biggest one of 1992, the Jack Nicholson-starring “Hoffa.”

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by George Kraychyk/Paramount Pi/REX/Shutterstock (5882987o)Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre / Andre 3000 BenjaminFour Brothers - 2005Director: John SingletonParamount Pictures/Di Bonaventura Pictures ProductionUSAScene StillFamilyQuatre frères

30. Four Brothers (John Singleton, 2005: $102,734,900)

Mark Wahlberg made this right after F. Gary Gray’s “The Italian Job,” opposite a young Garrett Hedlund and musicians-turned-actors Tyrese Gibson and Andre Benjamin.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alcon Entertainment/REX/Shutterstock (5885029ac) Denzel Washington The Book Of Eli - 2010 Director: Albert & Allen Hughes Alcon Entertainment USA Scene Still Fantasy Le Livre d'Eli

29. The Book of Eli (Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes, 2010: $105,451,800)

The biggest hit for the Hughes Brothers (who had acclaim and modest success with their earlier “Menace II Society” and “Dead Presidents”) came from this futuristic action effort with Denzel Washington.

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Millennium Films/REX/Shutterstock (5884429x) Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman Olympus Has Fallen - 2013 Director: Antoine Fuqua Millennium Films USA Scene Still La Chute de la Maison Blanche

28. Olympus Has Fallen (Antoine Fuqua, 2013: $106,737,600)

Fuqua rebounded after a series of lesser action films post-“Training Day” with this sleeper. It undermined Sony’s similarly plotted “White House Down” with Channing Tatum.

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