15 Hot Directors Behind Your Favorite Movies
We like to know who’s behind the scenes on some of our favorite movies. So we took a look at the faces behind films we love and now we can’t decided what we like more: what’s in front of the camera or what’s behind it. From “Brown Sugar” to “The Wood,” these are the faces and talent behind some of our favorite movies.
Tim Story is the highest grossing black director in Hollywood. Not only did he bring us great comedic hits like “Barbershop,” “Think Like A Man,” and “Ride Along” but he also directed the major super hero hit “Fantastic Four.”
Oakland native Salim Akil has brought his sophisticated directorial style to “Sparkle” and “Jumping the Broom.” But did you know that he’s also behind several episodes of “Girlfriends,” “Being Mary Jane,” and “The Game”?
F. Gary Gray
Felix Gary Gray directed the first “Friday” which automatically puts him on our “favorites” list. But Mr. Gray also did “The Italian Job,” “Set It Off” and “The Negotiator.”
We have Bille Woodruff to thank for “Honey,” “Beauty Shop,” and several episodes of “The Game.” But Bille Woodruff almost didn’t get into the movie business at all. He started out studying anthropology at the University of Maryland. Luckily an internship at BET turned him in Hollywood’s direction.
George Tillman Jr.
George Tillman Jr. is the director behind everyone’s favorite family classic, “Soul Food.” He’s also the man behind the Biggie biopic “Notorious” and the 2000 classic “Men of Honor.” But if you really want to fall in love with Mr. Tillman watch the heartwarmingly heartbreaking movie “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.”
Director Chris Robinson hit the ground running with “ATL,” his directorial debut. Since then he’s given movie directing a pass to be the directorial vision behind Kevin Hart’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” And whatever he’s doing on that hilarious set, it’s working.
Oscar winner Steve McQueen seemed to come out of nowhere when he landed an Oscar early in his career. Since then, movies like “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame,” “Hunger” have have made it clear that he’s one of Hollywood’s best directors.
Malcolm D. Lee
Malcolm D. Lee is the man that brought us “The Best Man” movies and “Undercover Brother.” The bad news is that yes, that’s a ring on his finger. The good news is that he’s working on “The Best Man Wedding” and it’s coming out in 2016.
We cried at the end of “Fruitvale Station,” but looking at Ryan Coogler definitely makes us want to smile. The Oakland native is currently working on his next project, Creed — a Rocky spinoff that features Apollo Creed’s grandson. He can count us already tuned in.
“House Party,” “Boomerang,” “The Ladies Man”: they’re all Reginald Hudlin’s vision. And those are just his big screen credentials. “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Office,” and “Modern Family” all have episodes directed by this Hollywood big name.
Mr. Fuqua is the vision behind “Training Day” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.” But he’s even more well known as the man behind some of your favorite music videos from Prince, Toni Braxton and Usher Raymond.
Outkast and Bryan Barber go together like Southernplayalistic and Cadillacmuzik. Bryan got his start co-directing “Skew It On the Barbie” and then surprised us all with “Idlewild,” one of the smoothest musicals in movie history.
Darren Grant is the funny man behind he Tyler Perry classic “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” But way before Darren was directing features, he was the vision behind the videos that have made music greats like Beyonce, TI and Aaliyah household names.
What do “The Wood” and “Brown Sugar” have in common? Rick Fumayiwa. The LA Native and son of Nigerian immigrants is currently working on a new film called “Dope” that we’re sure could be the next black hollywood blockbuster.
Jessy Terrero is the vision behind the comedic classic “Soul Plane.” Since then, Jessy’s has moved on to more serious films like “Freelancers” and “Gun” — and even a few roles in front of the camera. We’re having trouble deciding whether we like him better in front of he camera or behind it.