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Binge-watch these TV shows and Black movies on Netflix!

We are at the day in age where everyone has a Netflix movie list. There are plenty of Black movies on Netflix, old and new that have your favorite actors and actresses. The genre includes drama, suspense, thriller, documentaries, action, comedy and more! 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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Action

Bulletproof 2 (2020)
Stars: Faizon Love, Kirk Fox
A special agent abruptly reunites with a criminal who was once a former friend. He attempts to use his identity to infiltrate and take down a cartel.

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.

Point Blank (2019)
Stars: Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gray Harden
To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse unwillingly partners with an injured murder suspect in a race against time and renegade cops.

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. This is a one of our favorite action movies on Netflix. 

 

Comedy
Astronomy Club (2020)
Stars: Caroline Martin, Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock
This Black comedy sketch show goes through stereotypes, Madea movies, resting “creep faces”, Black gameshows and more of guaranteed laughs.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Stars: Eddie Murphy
In 1970s LA, struggling comedian Rudy Ray Moore hits it big with his raunchy alter ego, Dolemite, then risks it all to take his act to the big screen. This is one of the funniest comedies on Netflix.

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.

Sextuplets (2019)
Stars: Marlon Wayans
When a dad-to-be learns he’s actually a sextuplet, he sets off on a wild journey to meet his long-lost family. Marlon Wayas stars as all six siblings.

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. 

Undercover Brother 2 (2019)
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Jai White, Laila Odom
When a beloved secret agent falls into a deep coma, his brother must pick up where he left off.

 

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. 

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**K This Up (2019)
Stars: Kevin Hart
Comedian Kevin Hart reflects on the events from the past year that have shaped his life.

Surviving R. Kelly
Stars: Andrea Kelly, Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney
During the takedown of high-profile figures in the era of the #MeToo movement, women continue to share their testimonies against the R&B megastar.

Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly (2019)
Stars: Travis Scott
Family man. Dynamic performer. Rap visionary. Like his music, his hustle has no limit or rules.

Styling Hollywood (2019)
Stars: Jason Bolden, Adair Curtis
Whether styling superstars or elevating A-list homes, this famous couple connects their clientele with fashion and the chicest looks.

Marching Orders (2018)
A top ranked college marching band members fight to keep their spots, memorize routines and tend to their social lives.

 

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Drama
A Fall From Grace (2020)
Stars: Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb
Disheartened since her ex-husband’s affair, Grace Waters feels restored by a new romance. But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent.

American Son (2019)
Stars: Kerry Washington
Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son.

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. 

Black & Privileged (2019)
Stars: Dawnisha Halfkenny, Simeon Henderson, Cory Hendrix
When low-income families move into a thriving Black community in Chicago, they find themselves at odds with politicians, to maintain their status.

Dear White People Season 3 (2019) 
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.

Greenleaf (2019)
Stars: Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Kim Hawthorne
The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and lies.

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. 

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. 

One Last Thing (2018)
Stars: Wendell Pierce, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
After 25 years of searching, a lonely dentist finds his long-lost daughter but learns that she suffers from a rare medical condition.

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.

Moonlight (2016)
Stars: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae
In a crime infested Miami neighborhood, a gay African American boy with a drug addicted mother grows up with the help of a mentoring drug dealer.

 

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. 

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. 

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.

 

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.

Professor Mack (2018)
Stars: Lisa Wu, Robert Christopher Riley
When a confident college professor is courted by four eligible and well-established men, she struggles to decide who she likes best. 

Potato Potahto (2017)
Stars: O.C. Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas
A divorced couple decide to share equal space in their ex-matrimonial home and realize the ingenious idea is easier said than done. Bent on flexing their egos and scoring points, the two implore various hilarious tactics that soon inflames emotions.

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Raising Dion (2019)
Stars: Alisha Wainwright, Ja’Siah Young
A widowed single mom discovers that her son has super powers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly. This is a popular Netflix series.

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. 

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Stand-up Comedy
Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020)
Stars: Leslie Jones
From trying to seduce Prince, to battling sleep apnea, Leslie Jones traces her evolution as an adult in a joyfully raw and outrageous stand-up special.

Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy (2019)
Stars: Arsenio Hall
An old school comic takes on modern society. Arsenio’s back with eye-opening takes on music, media, race and Ambien.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019)
Stars: Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle takes on gun culture, the opioid crisis, and the tidal wave of celebrity scandals.

Deon Cole: Cole Hearted
Stars: Deon Cole
He believes in being honest. Very honest. From his worst threesome to how he wiggled out of a speeding ticket. Deon speaks the true

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019)
Stars: Tiffany Haddish
On her 40th birthday, Tiffany Haddish drops a bombastic special studded with singing, dancing and raunchy reflections on her long road to womanhood.

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.

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

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.

 

Suspense/Thriller

Fanatic (2019)
Stars: Hosea Sanchez, Denyce Lawton
When a successful young rap star has an affair with an obsessive fan, his life is turned upside down when she kidnaps him.

Jacobs Ladder (2019)
Stars: Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams
After his brother returns home from war, Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images.

We Belong Together (2018)
Stars: Draya Michele, Elise Neal, Charles Malik Whitfield
A divorced professor shares a night of passion with a troubled student who quickly develops an unhealthy, perhaps deadly, infatuation.

 

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36 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!!! ?

    1. I agree. You should check out TUBE TV. There’s somewhere around 300 black movies. all types and there’re free as well. However, the movies are dated.

  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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