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Best Black Netflix movies and TV shows!


Best Black Netflix movies to binge-watch

Movies streaming on Netflix staring Black Americans

Best films and documentaries about Black women and men

Best movies on Netflix for African Americans


Netflix offers many movies featuring Black and African American talent – filmmakers, screenplay writers, actors and actresses, and critics without having to go to the big screen. 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, sci-fi, 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 riveting 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:

Project Power (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.


Sleepless (R) 2017
Starring: Jamie Foxx
Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and murderous gangsters. When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson), Downs must race against time during a wild and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.


King of Boys (TV-MA) 2018
Starring: Reminisce, Sola Sobowale
King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future.



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Black Comedy Films (Comedies):

Resort to Love (TV-PG) 2021 
Starring: Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, Sinqua Walls
Reeling from a broken engagement and career meltdown, a singer takes a gig at a swanky island resort — where her ex-fiancé happens to be getting married. Produced by Grammy winner Alicia Keys.


Thunder Force (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.


Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! (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 (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.


Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (TV-PG) 2019
Starring: Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of Black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special.



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Black Documentary Films:

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (TV-14) 2021
Starring: Stephen Satterfield
Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving through lines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries.


Dark City Beneath the Beat (TV-MA) 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.


Trial 4 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.



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


Devil at the Crossroads (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 (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.”



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Black Drama Films:

ConcreteCowboy (R) 2020
Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin
Adapted from the YA novel Ghetto Cowboy, this drama takes inspiration from the very real Fletcher Street Riders.


Colin in Black & White 2021
Starring: Colin Kaepernick, Jaden Michael, Gabriel Womack
Exploring Kaepernick’s high school years and the experiences that led him to become an activist.
Premieres October 29, 2021


The 40-Year-Old Version (R) 2020
Starring: Radha Bank, Peter Y. Kim
A down-on-her-luck playwright thinks the only way she can salvage her voice as an artist is to become a rapper at 40.


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (R) 2020
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.”


Canvas (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 (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.


Da 5 Bloods (R) 2020
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo
Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.


American Son (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 (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.



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Black Musical/Family TV:

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (PG) 2020
Starring: Madalen Mills, Forest Whitaker
Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toy maker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep.


Been So Long (TV-MA) 2018
Starring: Michaela Coel, Arinze Kene
During a night on the town, a dedicated single mother meets a charming yet troubled stranger.


Pop, Lock ‘n Roll (TV-14) 2017
Starring: Maurice Paige, Yashira Bhelz
An ambitious dancer gets a chance to become famous, but his life takes a turn when he falls in love with his producer’s wife.



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    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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