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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.  

 

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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.

 

 

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Dolemite is My Name – Comedy (R) 2019
Starring:  Eddie MurphyKeegan-Michael KeyMike 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 WayansBresha WebbMichael 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.

 

 

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The Black Godfather – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring:  Clarence AvantHank AaronGwen 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 AgeeDerek BascoBrad 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.

 

 

Remastered:

The Two Killings of Sam Cooke – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring:  Sam CookeQuincy JonesSmokey Robinson
An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke’s murder.

 

Devil at the Crossroads – Documentary (TV-MA) 2019
Starring:  Robert JohnsonTerry Harmonica BeanRory 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 BlackkAva DuVernayCaleel 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.

 

 

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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.
Coming Soon

 

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.

 

 

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See You Yesterday – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring:   Dante CrichlowAstro
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 BlackkCaleel HarrisEthan 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.

 

American Son – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring: Kerri Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan
An estranged couple reunites in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

 

Miss Virginia – Dramas (TV-MA) 2019
Starring:  Nadji JeterMatthew ModineVanessa 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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39 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. I find that Closed Captioning helps a lot with understanding what’s being said sometimes.

  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. Please add some more multicultural movies ie urban and black movies. – spike lee and Denzel Washington etc

  3. Wow thank you soo much for the movies. Please add more black movies in the list. There are some other good movies to watch. will watch these movies with one of my premium accounts.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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