Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray

Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler’s debut Fruitvale Station made a critical and commercial splash despite its hard to watch subject matter. Fruitvale Station tells the real life story of the last day in the life of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), who was shot and killed by a police officer in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2009. Released around the time that Black Lives Matter gained mainstream traction, Fruitvale Station was a flashpoint in the recent boom in socially aware media. It also gave us Ryan Coogler, one of the best and most successful black film directors in Hollywood right now. Fruitvale Station is a landmark film. —Andy Herrera