Ryan Kyle Coogler (born May 23, 1986), is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won the top audience and grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series, Creed (2015), with Sylvester Stallone; and the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), with Chadwick Boseman; the latter of which broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time by a black director.
Coogler’s films have received significant critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2013, he was included on Time’s list of the 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. His work has been hailed by critics for centering on often overlooked cultures and characters, most notably black people. He frequently collaborates with actor Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in all of his feature films, as well as composer Ludwig Göransson, who has scored all of his films. In 2018, he was named the runner-up of Time’s Person of the Year.
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- Fruitvale Station (2013) – director, writer
- Creed (2015)* – director, co-writer
- Black Panther (2018)* – director, co-writer
- Creed II (2018) – directed by Steven Caple Jr. – executive producer
- Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) – directed by Malcolm D. Lee – co-writer, co-producer
- Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – directed by Shaka King – co-producer
- Black Panther II (2022) – director, writer