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Best Black Netflix movies and TV shows!
Best Black Netflix movies to binge-watch
Best movies on Netflix staring Black Americans
Best films and documentaries about Black women and men
Netflix offers many movies featuring Black and African American talent – filmmakers, screenplay writers, actors and actresses, and critics. In addition to Black movies about slavery, segregation, equality, oppression, racial injustice and the Civil Rights Movement, Netflix also offers Black film genres that include comedies, documentaries, sequels and even horror movies.
Black artists and Black movies are often acclaimed for their cinematic displays that highlight Black culture. Many of the most recent Black films have been recognized for outstanding box-office ticket sales, featured at Sundance and other film festivals, and nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. So, find the genre that suits your mood, make some popcorn, and pass the time with these Black Netflix movies and TV shows!
The Black Netflix movies in this article are as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to watching.
Black Action Films:
Yasuke – Action (TV-MA) 2021
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield
A peaceful boatman once known as the Black Samurai is pulled back into conflict when he takes a little girl with mysterious powers under his wing.
Coming April 29, 2021.
Project Power – Action (R) 2020
Starring: Jamie Foxx
When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local police officer must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation.
Black Comedy Films (Comedies):
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given – Comedy (TV-MA) 2020
Starring: Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart comedy special from the comfort of his own home.
The Main Event – Comedy (TV-G) 2020
Starring: Seth Carr, Tichina Arnold, Adam Pally
After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old aspiring wrestler enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar.
Thunder Force – Comedy (PG-13) 2021
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, and Jason Bateman
Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.
Coming April 9, 2021
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! – Comedy (TV-PG) 2021
Starring: Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and Kyla-Drew
A single dad and cosmetics brand owner figures out fatherhood on the fly when his strong-minded teen daughter moves in with him.
Family Reunion – Comedy (TV-PG) 2021
Starring: Loretta Davis, Tia Mowry, Anthony Alabi
When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to small-town Georgia, life down South — and traditional grandparents — challenge their big-city ways.
Dolemite is My Name – Comedy (R) 2019
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
Sextuplets – Comedy (TV-14) 2019
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Bresha Webb, Michael Ian Black
Father-to-be Alan is shocked to learn that he was born a sextuplet. With his newfound brother Russell riding shotgun, the duo sets out on a hilarious journey to reunite with their remaining long-lost siblings.
Black Documentary Films:
Dark City Beneath the Beat – Documentary 2021
Cast: Unseek, Mighty Mark, Tsu Terry, and more
Musical documentary reimagines Baltimore’s narrative, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music.
Coming April 15, 2021.
Trial 4 –Documentary (TV-MA) 2020
Starring: Sean K. Ellis
Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston police officer, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systemic racism.
Dance Dreams Hot Chocolate Nutcracker- Documentary (TV-G) 2020
Starring: Debbie Allen
Behind-the-scenes at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and their award-winning version of The Nutcracker, which blends a variety of dance traditions.
The Last Dance – Documentary (TV-MA) 2020
Starring: Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, Phil Jackson
Charting the rise of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.
Disclosure – Documentary (TV-MA) 2020
An in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and those stories’ impact on transgender lives and American culture.
The Black Godfather – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Clarence Avant, Hank Aaron, Gwen Adolph
Follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Killer Mike
Conducting a different social experiment in each episode — including only spending money in the Black community for three days, helping the Crips cash in on its brand by launching a line of soda, rethinking public school’s approach to education, and more.
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History – Documentary/Black History (TV-PG) 2019
Starring: Kevin Hart, Steve Agee, Derek Basco, Brad Berryhil
Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes who faced segregated communities, racist policies, Jim Crow laws and white supremacy in this entertaining and educational comedy special.
The Two Killings of Sam Cooke – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Sam Cooke, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson
An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke’s murder.
Devil at the Crossroads – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Robert Johnson, Terry Harmonica Bean, Rory Block
A look at the short, mysterious life of blues legend Robert Johnson, who was said to have made a deal with the Devil at a crossroads in rural Mississippi.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now – Documentary (TV-PG) 2019
Starring: Asante Blackk, Ava DuVernay, Caleel Harris
Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in “When they see us.”
Black Drama Films:
Concrete Cowboy – Drama (R) 2021
Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome
Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.
Stowaway – Drama 2021
Starring: Daniel Dae Kim, Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette
A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.
Coming April 22, 2021.
Zero – Drama (Teen TV) 2021
Starring: Giuseppe Dave Seke, Haroun Fall, Beatrice Grannò
A shy teen with the power to turn invisible must get it under control to help defend his neighborhood, putting aside the pursuit of his artistic dream.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Dramas
Starring: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman
Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues.”
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Dramas (R) 2020
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abul-Mateen II
The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
John Henry – Dramas (R) 2020
Starring: Terry Crews, Ludacris, Jamila Velazquez
When two immigrant kids on the run from his former South Los Angeles gang leader stumble into his life, John is forced to reconcile with his past to try and give them a future.
Canvas – Drama (G) 2020
Starring: Frank E. Abney III
After a heartbreaking loss, a grandfather struggling to reclaim his passion for painting finds the inspiration to create again.
Malcolm & Marie – Drama (R) 2021
Starring: Zendaya, John David Washington
As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.
See You Yesterday – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Dante Crichlow, Astro
Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build make-shift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
Beats – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Khalil Everage, Evan J. Simpson
A reclusive teenage musical prodigy forms an unlikely friendship with a down-on-his-luck high school security guard. United by their mutual love of hip hop, they confront the demons of their past and try to break into Chicago’s music scene.
When They See Us 2019 – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
Miss Virginia – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Nadji Jeter, Matthew Modine, Vanessa Williams
A struggling inner-city mother sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future – and that of thousands like him.
Black Musical/Family TV:
Jingle Jangle – Family TV/Music & Musicals (PG) 2020
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville
An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.
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