Binge-watch these TV shows and Black movies on Netflix!
Netflix has many options for TV and movie entertainment, but they only offer a small selection of Black movies, series and documentaries. Here is a list of Black movies on Netflix, old and new, with a predominantly African-American cast. Netflix also has DVDs that you can rent, depending upon your account type. So to help you out even more, DVDs have been added to our archive as well! Add them to your watch list today.
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My Next Guest with David Letterman (2018)
Stars: Jay Z
TV legend David Letterman teams up with fascinating global figures for in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions in this monthly talk show.
The Mass Appeal-produced program will dive deep into the lives of a select group of hip-hop heavyweights, including Nas, Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2Chainz, and Just Blaze — showcasing each artist in various day-to-day scenarios. Viewers will be transported front row to lively concert performances, as well as see these artists grind it out on the road, while viewing real-life interactions with friends and family.
Set in the rural American South during World War II, D this is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, his wife Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson – sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations – struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.
An office assistant in Detroit seeks an extraordinary life and internet fame, with her best friend always in tow.
Comedy titan Dave Chappelle closes out 2017 with an exclusive blast of new, razor-sharp stand-up material.
Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers and in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout film She’s Gotta Have It.
Justin Fashanu rose to fame in 1980 after scoring the goal of the season against Liverpool, leading a generation of black footballers through the English league. Abandoned as a child and raised by a white foster family in the UK, he faced plenty of uphill battles. But despite bigotry and bullying from unruly football fans, Fashanu blazed his own trail by also becoming the first openly gay athlete on the pitch. He had the talent, swagger and charisma to become one of the most celebrated athletes Britain had ever seen. Forbidden Games not only explores Fashanu’s battle with issues of race and sexuality in professional sports, but also the understanding that not everyone is ready for the spotlight.
Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.
At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.
Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans) is nervous about finally getting married to his beautiful fiancé Megan (Regina Hall). In a twisted way, the universe forces him to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day.
Roger Guenveur Smith gives voice to the man at the center of the brutal police beating that helped fuel the 1992 LA riots. Spike Lee directs.
Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) is a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, diligently representing a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke, a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park. Over the course of a decade, the two of them play out a star-crossed love story.
Bishop T.K. Wilson, his wife & two children are a respectable family in their community – Yet the Wilson kids are fighting temptations & their son Dante has thoughts other than taking over his father’s church.
Award-winning filmmaker Reggie Yates travels around the world tackling big issues such as gun violence, racism, gay rights, and addiction.
In his first comedy special since his serious 2014 car accident, Tracy Morgan returns to tell jokes about everything from being in a coma to the dissolution of his first marriage. Morbid, but funny.
Stars: Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Jelani Cobb
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars activist and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Donning his signature suit and fedora, the dapper comic offers a unique spin on getting old, the presidential election and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
The film explores the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane and reveals the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds.
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all.
Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.
After a 3-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do – forget he exists.
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Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
In the rough neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, former Black Panther Aquil Basheer fights gang violence with education and communication. A former Black Panther in South Central Los Angeles teaches a course that brings rival gang members and community outreach workers together to prevent bloodshed in their communities.
A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s. Zeke is a teenage high school student in love with his friend Mylene, who wishes to escape the Bronx and become a singer. Hoping to impress her, Zeke gets the record of a rare recording of her favorite song. However, a popular graffiti artist by the name of Shaolin Fantastic is instructed to acquire the same record by Grandmaster Flash, another DJ who has promised to mentor him if he can procure the record. And the story begins…
In this gritty U.K. drama, the violent and complex world of London gang culture is explored. low level weed peddling to full on armed robberies within a fortnight. Their new found infamy affords them a life of guns, drugs, and girls but they also catch the attention of the police and a rival gang. To make matters worse they have been infiltrated by an undercover police officer.
A young attorney looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm while secretly dating his boss’ daughter, who he’s hoping to marry; but when his loving girlfriend decides to arrange a surprise family weekend get-together, Travis Stanley’s plans blow up in his face, especially with the arrival of his ghetto-fied family, the Stankershets.
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
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The story of Seyolo Zantoko, who as a freshly graduated doctor of Congolese descent in France, struggled with his family to integrate in a small rural village, and ended up being considered as one of the most respected doctors in the area.
The Man in 3B (2015)
Stars: Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, Brely Evans
A charismatic new tenant quickly makes his mark on a Queens apartment building, but his popularity soon results in a murder with many suspects
A high-school basketball player, his sister and their older brother face life-changing decisions as they try make something of themselves in Philadelphia. This is one of the top Black movies on Netflix.
Can You Dig This explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country. We follow the inspirational personal journeys of five ‘gangster gardeners,’ all planting the seeds for a better life.
The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighbourhood, friends and family. Oh, and obvs her boyfriend!
A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.
In this over the top comedy a rivalry between two competing barbershops in New Orleans escalates dramatically, sending the lives of the owners, their families, and their friends spiraling out of control.
Chris Tucker Live (2015)
Stars: Chris Tucker
In this Netflix special, Chris Tucker returns to the stage to share his experiences from childhood to making it to the big times.
FIFTY captures a few pivotal, days in the lives of four Nigeria women at the pinnacle of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos.They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos, the largest city of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant economy.
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A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order. The show actively discuses gender identity, sexuality, and other frequently taboo topics.
Three foster sisters come together when their mother dies, to learn how to navigate through life, love and family without her.
Sometimes when the future of a relationship is bleak and the hope for tomorrow becomes a prayer, going on a long trip of memories of love, betrayal, pain, unforgiveness and regret into yesterday can clear the path of uncertainty
She dared to challenge the status quo in a time where salsa music was only a white-male territory. For the first time, the details of an amazing life will be told through a powerful drama that will have you glued to your seat.
A young singer struggles with his sexuality and the treatment of others while coming of age in a small Southern Baptist community.
This PBS documentary delves into the legacy of comedian Richard Pryor and enduring his influence as one of the greatest American comics of all time.
Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014)
Stars: Majid Michel, Ini Edo, Adesua Etomi
The seemingly perfect marriage between Moses and gospel singer Debbie starts showing visible cracks as a dark secret from Moses’ past surfaces.
A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.
Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter – a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program – was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison.
The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts.
Celebrated as the most popular comedian in South Africa, Trevor Noah takes the stage in “African American” to explore his often-bewildering journey of arriving in America and simply wanting to be “black.”
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008
One church becomes the symbol for a local community, located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the well-being of one another.
The Watsons set out on a family road trip where their experiences give them a newfound courage to stand up for what is right and helps them grow stronger as a family in the process.
Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.
Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart’s attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends.
BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire (2012)
Stars: Wayne Joyner, Demetrius Flenory, Terry Flenory
The Black Mafia Family explores the story of the 15-year investigation that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever. Record label BMF Entertainment is known less for its hip-hop acts and more for its role as the front for a $300 million cocaine trafficking operation.
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband’s well-being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
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A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.
As her family falls apart, seventeen year-old Sweetness O’Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975 Netflix DVD Only
Stars: Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Erykah Badu
From 1967 to 1975, a film crew directed their cameras at America’s Black Power movement, producing footage that remained unreleased for decades.
A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.
A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend’s killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.
In this drama from Tyler Perry, a powerful attorney falls in love with a janitor who’s the single father of three daughters. Trouble comes in the form of his ex-wife, who reappears on the scene threatening to take away his children.
While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional “date doctor” finds that his game doesn’t quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he’s smitten.
A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.
Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida.
The tale of one young man’s dilemma as he navigates his way through his colliding worlds. Set against Detroit’s hip-hop scene in 1995, the story centers on Jimmy Smith Jr., a young white rapper, who struggles to find his voice. The people of Detroit know ‘8 Mile’ as the city limit or a border. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy from where and who he wants to be, as he struggles to find the strength and courage to transcend his boundaries.
A white Midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.
Training Day is an action/drama that questions what is heroic and what is going too far in the gray zone of fighting crime in urban communities.
They’re back! Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Porky, and Petey return to tickle a new generation’s funny bone!
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Richard Pryor delivering his one-of-a-kind routine. One of his earliest live performances in 1971 at the Improvisation in New York.
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