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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 predominant African-American cast members.  Netflix also has DVDs that you can rent, depending upon your account type. So to help you out, DVDs have been added to our archive as well! Add them to your watch list today. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. 

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Black Lightning Season 2 (2019)
Stars: Cress Williams, China Ann McClain
Jefferson finds his job at Garfield in jeopardy, Lynn seeks a way to help the children in the pods, and Jennifer’s powers manifest in a scary new way.

Shadow (2019)
Stars: Pallance Dladla, Khathu Ramabulana, Amanda Du-Pont
In Johannesburg, tough ex-cop Shadow pursues justice on his own terms and seeks to help those who are powerless to protect themselves.

Black Panther (2018)
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan
T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King who of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place, but there is competition.

Luke Cage (2016) 
Stars: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi
Given super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

 

Comedy
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (2019)
Stars: Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart highlights fascinating contributions of Black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining and educational comedy special.

Lionheart (2019)
Stars: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie
When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business alongside her uncle and prove herself in a male-dominated world.

The Trap (2019)
Stars: T.I., Teyana Taylor, Mike Epps
A man returns home to Atlanta to try and turn around his family’s struggling restaurant with the help of a new chicken recipe. 

Turn Up Charlie (2019)
Stars: Idris Elba
A down-and-out DJ plots to rebuild his music career while working as a nanny for his famous best friend’s wild 11-year-old daughter. 

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Freshly Brewed (2018)
Stars: Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan
Jerry Seinfeld’s roving talk show combines coffee, laughs, and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-filled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy.

My Next Guest with David Letterman (2018)
Stars: Jay Z, Barack Obama
TV legend David Letterman teams up with fascinating global figures for in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions in this monthly talk show.

The After Party (2018)
Stars: Teyana Taylor, Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer
When an aspiring rapper goes viral for all the wrong reasons, he thinks his career is over. But when his best friend gets them into a wild NYC after party, he gets one more chance to make the impossible happen.

The Week Of (2018)
Stars: Chris Rock
Two fathers with opposing personalities come together to celebrate the wedding of their children. They are forced to spend the longest week of their lives together, and the big day cannot come soon enough.

Cherry Pop (2017) 
Stars: Toccara Jones, Caldwell Tidicue

The headliner for the weekly Cherry Pop show refuses to emerge from her dressing room. Chaos ensues.

Naked (2017)
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall
Rob Anderson is nervous about finally getting married to his beautiful fiancé Megan. 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.

Chewing Gum (2015)
Stars: Michaela Coel, Danielle Walters, Robert Lonsdale
The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighborhood, friends and family. Oh, and her boyfriend!

N.O.L.A Circus (2015)
Stars: Taryn Terrell, Vas Blackwood, Dave Davis
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.

Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Regina Hall
In the second scary movie spoof, four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house and end up trapped.

B.A.P.S (1997)
Stars: Halle Berry, Natalie Desselle
Two “Black American Princesses” who are determined to star in a music video get roped into a scam concocted by the nephew of the video’s director. 

 

Documentary
Homecoming (2019)
Stars: Beyoncé
This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. 

When They See Us (2019)
Stars: Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris and Ethan Herisse
In the spring of 1989, five boys of color are arrested, interrogated and coerced into confessing to a vicious attack in Central Park that they didn’t commit. 

Rapture (2018)
Stars: Nas, Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2Chainz
The Mass Appeal-produced program will dive deep into the lives of a select group of hip-hop heavyweights.

Rodney King (2017)
Star: Roger Guenveur Smith
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.

Reggie Yates Outside Man Volume 2 (2017)
Star: Reggie Yates
Award-winning filmmaker Reggie Yates travels around the world tackling big issues such as gun violence, racism, gay rights, and addiction.

What We Started (2017)
Stars: Carl Cox, Chip Eberhart, Usher Raymond, Erick Morillo
DJs and industry insiders offer a backstage pass to the world of electronic dance music, reflecting on its radical origins and the future of the genre.

13th (2016)
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.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Reggie Workman, Ravi Coltrane
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.

Hip Hop Evolution (2016)
Stars: Russell Simmons, Grand Masterflash, Rakim, Ice Cube
Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Stars: James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”

Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Stars: Richard Pryor
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.

A Murder in the Park (2014)
Stars: Dexter Hammett, Jason Patrick
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.

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Drama
All American (2019)
Stars: Taye Diggs, Daniel Ezra
Culture clashes and brewing rivalries test a teen football player from South Los Angeles, when he’s recruited to Beverly Hill High School team. 

Dynasty Season 2 (2019)
Stars: Robert Christopher Riley, Wakeema Hollis and Sam Adegoke
Follows two of America’s wealthiest families as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. Get ready for the biggest scandals and loyal betrayals.

All About Nina (2018)
Stars: Common
Fearless provocation has fueled stand-up comic Nina Geld’s career, but a move to LA and a new love take her to a new level of honesty. 

Amateur (2018)
Stars: Michael Rainey Jr., Josh Charles
A young basketball future star struggles with his personal life in pursuit of his dream.

First Match (2018)
Stars: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo
A tenacious high school girl raised in foster homes in the inner city tries to reconnect with her ex-con father by joining a boys wrestling team. 

Honey Rise Up and Dance (2018)
Stars: Teyana Taylor, Bryshere Y. Gray, Sierra Aylina McClain
Despite discouragement from her loved ones, a talented street dancer tries out for an exclusive dance crew in a bid to win a college scholarship. 

Never Heard (2018)
Stars: David Banner, Robin Givens, Romeo Miller
As his father sits behind bars, a young man is lured into Los Angeles’ merciless drug world and forced to choose between God and gang life. 

Dear White People (2017) 
Stars: Giancarlo Esposito, John Patrick Amedori,  Logan Browning
At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigates various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Imposters (2017)
Stars: Stephen Bishop
A dark drama that focuses on a female con artist who marries people and then disappears with their money.

True to the Game (2017)
Stars: Columbus Short, Erica Peeples, Vivica A. Fox
When a drug kingpin looking to go legit falls for a Philadelphia college student, it doesn’t take long for his dangerous world to bleed into her life.

Hunter Gatherer (2016)
Stars: Andre Royo, Jeannetta Arnette, Kellee Stewart
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.

Riverdale (2016)
Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Robin Givens
A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

The Get Down (2016)
Stars: Justice Smith, Shameik M0ore, Herizen F. Guardiola
A ragtag group of teenagers runs 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.

Sister Code (2015)
Stars: Amber Rose, Eva Marcille, Drew Sidora
Three foster sisters come together when their mother dies, to learn how to navigate through life, love and family without her.

Road to Yesterday (2015)
Stars: Genevieve Nnaji, Oris Erhuero, Chioma Omeruah
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, unforgeability and regret into yesterday can clear the path of uncertainty.

Being Mary Jane Series (2013)
Stars: Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Raven Goodwin
The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts.

 

Movies Based on Books/Real Life
When They See Us (2019)
Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herrise
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park, NY. This is based on a true story. 

Juanita (2019)
Stars: Alfre Woodard
Burdened by troubles in life and love, a mother of three grown children searches for hope and healing on an impromptu trip to Paper Moon, Montana.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (2019)
Stars:  Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Kamkwamba
A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a library book.

Nappily Ever After (2018)
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle
Venus Johnson, tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose, breaks up with him. But old feelings, and heaps of jealousy, no doubt, arise when he promptly begins dating another woman.

Roxanne Roxanne (2018)
Stars: Chanté Adams, Nia Long, Mahershala Ali      
At the age of 14, Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC. 

Forbidden Games – The Justin Fashanu Story (2017)
Stars: Justin Fashanu, John Fashanu
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.

Mudbound (2017)
Stars: Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan
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. 

The Climb (2017)
Stars: Diarra Kilpatrick, Jocko Simms
An office assistant in Detroit seeks an extraordinary life and internet fame, with her best friend always in tow.

The African Doctor (2016)
Stars: Marc Zinga, Aïssa Maïga, Bayron Lebli
The story of Seyolo Zantoko, who as a freshly graduated doctor of Congolese descent in France, struggled with his family to integrate into a small rural village, and ended up being considered as one of the most respected doctors in the area.

42 (2013)
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, Andre Holland
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

American Gangster (2007)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crow, Chiwetel Ejiofor
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose life inspired this partly biographical film.

 

Romantic Comedy

She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 (2019) 
Stars: DeWanda Wise, Chyna Layne, Lyriq Bent, Cleo Anthony
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.

Someone Great (2019)
Stars: DeWanda Wise, LaKeith Stanfield, Gina Rodriguez
On the heels of a blindsiding breakup, music journalist Jenny braces for a new beginning and one last adventure with her closest friends. 

Friends From College (2018)
Stars: Keegan-Michael Key
Lisa and Ethan move to New York, reconnect with old college friends and learn that some secrets are harder to keep than others. 

A Weekend with the Family (2016)
Stars: Marques Houston, Karrueche Tran, Wendy Raquel Robinson

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.

Fifty (2015)
Stars: Dakore Akande, Iretiola Doyle, Dakore Egbuson
FIFTY captures a few pivotal, days in the lives of four Nigerian 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.

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Umbrella Academy (2019)
Stars: Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mary J. Blige
Years after they rose to fame as young crime-fighting superheroes, the estranged Hargreeves siblings come together to mark their father’s death. 

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey
Years after their father disappears, Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace cross galaxies on a quest to save him from the heart of darkness.

Bright (2017)
Star: Will Smith
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.

Sense8 (2015)
Stars: Aml Ameen, Freema Agyeman, Toby Onwumere
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 discusses gender identity, sexuality, and other frequently taboo topics.

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Stand-up Comedy
Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible Tour (2019)
Stars: Kevin Hart
As a father of three on his second marriage, Kevin Hart proves that being him is indeed a tall order in a fresh special inspired by his own mistakes.

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
Stars: Chris Rock
Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics.

Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (2018)
Stars: Marlon Wayans
He’s informed, inappropriate and uninhibited. In these crazy times, he’s keeping it real and finding what’s funny. 

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (2018)
Star: Trevor Noah
Noah, the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, debuts his second Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
Stars: Dave Chappelle
Comedy titan Dave Chappelle closes out 2017 with an exclusive blast of new, razor-sharp stand-up material.

DeRay Davis: How To Act Black (2017) 
Star: DeRay Davis

Davis, a standup comedian from Chicago, takes his talents to Netflix for an hourlong special.

Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017)
Star: Tracy Morgan
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.

Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville (2016)
Stars: Cedric the Entertainer
Donning his signature suit and fedora, the dapper comic offers a unique spin on getting old, the presidential election and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
Stars: Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry

Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.

Chris Tucker Live (2015)
Star: 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.

Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1 (2006)
Star: Katt Williams
In his first HBO special, in-demand comedian Katt Williams offers up The Pimp Chronicles, where he shares his thoughts on such topics as drugs, politics and pop culture 2in this special event.

 

Suspense/Thriller
Somewhere Between (2017)
Star: Paula Patton
While investigating a serial killer, strange coincidences begin to pile up around news producer Laura. Suddenly, her daughter disappears.

Til Death Do Us Part (2017)
Stars: Taye Diggs, Stephen Bishop, Annie Ilonzeh
A woman’s seemingly idyllic marriage takes a dark turn when her husband becomes abusive. Her only hope is to get out in time. 

Only For One Night (2016)
Stars: Brian White, Karrueche Tran, Angelique Pereira
A couple’s perfect life is torn apart when wife Chloe’s widowed sister, Cara, becomes obsessed with replacing Chloe after an affair with her husband. 

The Intent (2016)
Stars: Femi Oyeniran, Nicky Slimting Walker
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.

How to Get Away With Murder Series (2014)
Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
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.

Obsessed (2009)
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Idris Elba
A successful executive with the perfect job and perfect wife finds his life falling apart when a sexy office tempests out to seduce and destroy him. 

Traitor (2008)
Star: Don Cheadle
When straight-arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
 

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If there are any other African American movies on Netflix that we have missed, please leave a comment and we will add them to our list. If you currently are not a Netflix subscriber, you can sign up for a free one month trial today!  After you register, you can instantly watch these Black movies on Netflix, films or TV shows from your computer, smart TV, game console or phone.

 

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31 comments

    1. I know!!! It’s More Actors in these Netflix movies with accents than actor’s whom are speaking English. And no shade but I really can’t understand those movie’s. I can try to but it’s Very Hard regardless.

  1. Please add some more African movies made in Hama or some Jamaican movies like ” one love”. Shotas and some Tyler perry movies or some 2016 movies

  2. Need more updated urban movies…
    I have been with Netflix a long time and I’m sure they can do a better job of providing updated movies for black people!!! ?

  3. I wont be renewing, I cant ever find positive movies with black families on here. They always portray blacks as violent, homeless, on drugs and in poverty- Not a good streaming venue.

  4. I would love to see some of Tyler Perry movies.
    Rachel February19, 2017 . I have eenjoyed all of the movies, some were watched more than once. I do not like crackler but if I can find different movies I will watch.

  5. Not enough Black series. I love watching Netfix series it’s like reading a good book..Really enjoyed Greenleaf looking forward to Season 2.

    It would be nice if Netfix could pick up, If Loving You Is Wrong and The Haves and Have Nots. There are so many other Black series out there.

    Variety is the key to great success.

  6. Mississippi Damned (2009) – Ava DuVernay
    Timbuktu (2014) – Abderrahmane Sissako
    Fruitvale Station (2013) – Ryan Coogler
    Beasts of No Nation (2015) – Cary Fukunaga

    1. Netflix need to bring the thowbacks like:
      Rosewood (1997) – Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle
      Love Songs (1999) -Louis Gossett Jr., Andre Braugher, and Robert Townsend
      Too Sleep with Anger(1990) – Danny Glover
      The Might Quinn (1989) – Denzel Washington and Robert Townsend

  7. First Match is a great movie.
    Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the boys wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.
    Director: Olivia Newman

  8. Next needs a African American genre selection. They have selections for British, Koren Drama, International and spanish language, Why not have an African American genre selection.

  9. I do wish they could add more of the Kendrick films like Fireproof and War Room. But, I think those are Netflix exclusives right now. I’m also going to have to checkout Snag and Classic Films Collection. I never knew these two platforms existed

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