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Looking for Good Black Movies & TV Shows on Netflix?

Add these films to your streaming watchlist!

See a full list of the best Netflix movies for African Americans below.

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 original movies and TV shows!

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Action

Raising Dion (TV-PG)

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
A widowed mom sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her young son’s emerging superpowers while keeping his extraordinary gifts under wraps. 

Starring: Alisha Wainwright
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Runtime: 50 minutes

Why you may like: A coming-of-age story where a young boy with the assistance of his mother discovers the history behind his powers. This show has it all, emotions, action, and overall entertainment. Raising Dion is a truly bingeworthy title. Take a chance and check it out today!

Zero (TV-MA)

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
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.

Starring: Giuseppe Dave Seke
IMDB Rating: 5.6/10
Runtime: 27 minutes

Why you may like: The story of a young boy using his powers to fix the economic imbalance in his neighborhood. This series shows the development of a young man with abilities and how he becomes a true hero. With episodes less than 30 minutes, this series is totally bingeworthy. Check it out today!

Amandla (TV-MA)

Genre: African, Crime
Years after surviving a childhood tragedy, two brothers fall on opposing sides of the law as a gang-linked crime tests their loyalty to one another.

Starring: Lemogang Tsipa
IMDB Rating: 5.6/10
Runtime: 106 minutes

Why you may like: An African crime film that takes sibling rivalry to another level. If you enjoy international films, this movie is for you! This film truly has it all, drama, emotion, suspense and much more. A perfect film for a night in.

 

Day Shift (R) New

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
An LA vampire hunter has a week to come up with the cash to pay for his kid’s tuition and braces. Trying to make a living these days just might kill him. Coming to Netflix August 12th.

Starring: Jamie Foxx
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Runtime: 113 minutes

Why you may like: A fantasy action thriller film that stars Jamie Foxx as a vampire hunter. If you enjoy action films with a comedic aspect, you should definitely check this film out! Definitely add this cool new film to your watch list.

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Comedy

The Upshaws (TV-14)

Genre: Sitcom
A working-class Black family in Indiana strives for a better life and a happy home while juggling everyday struggles in this comedy series.

Starring: Mike Epps
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Runtime: 30 minutes

Why you may like: A sitcom that depicts the working-class family. Missing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Cosby Show? Look no further, The Upshaws will satisfy your sitcom needs. Totally binge-worthy!

Ms. Pat: Y’all Wanna Hear Something Crazy? (TV-MA) 

Genre: Stand-up
Ms. Pat finds laughter in the absurdities of parenting, pet lovers and very unfortunate lip trends as she unpacks a painful past with humor and honesty.

Starring: Ms. Pat
IMDB Rating: 6/10
Runtime: 54 minutes

Why you may like: Ms. Pat tells her life stories in a super fun way.  Looking for a raw new comedy special? Check out Ms. Pat! Her stories are incredibly real and incredibly funny. Great for a late-night laugh!

Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special (TV-MA)

Starring: Snoop Dogg
IMDB Rating: 5.2/10
Runtime: 67 minutes

Genre: Stand-up
Snoop Dogg hosts a night of music and stand-up as he welcomes his friends — including legendary comedians Katt Williams and Mike Epps — to the stage.

Why you may like: A comedy special with many legendary black comedians. Snoop Dogg brings the music, and the comedians bring the laughs. This special is too funny! Definitely great for a night in.

 

The Man from Toronto (PG-13)

Genre: Action, Thriller
A case of mistaken identity forces a bumbling entrepreneur to team up with a notorious assassin known as The Man from Toronto in hopes of staying alive.

Starring: Kevin Hart
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Runtime: 112 minutes

Why you may like: A case of mistaken identity gone terribly wrong. Kevin Hart is hilarious on another level in this action comedy. Looking for a good laugh? Take a chance on this comedic thriller.

 

Me Time (R) New

Genre: Buddy
With his family away, a devoted stay-at-home dad enjoys his first me time in years by joining his hard-partying old friend on a wild birthday adventure. Coming to Netflix August 26th.

Starring: Kevin Hart
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Runtime: 101 minutes

Why you may like: A comedy film about two buddies reconnecting. Kevin Hart has too much fun playing the role of a father trying to relive his youth. This new comedy definitely deserves a watch! Add it to your watchlist.

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Documentary

Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star (TV-MA)

Genre: True Crime, African
Soccer player Senzo Meyiwa was a national hero before his killing shocked South Africa. Who did it, and why? This docuseries dives into the evidence.

Starring: Robert Marawa
IMDB Rating: 5.3/10
Runtime: 43 minutes

Why you may like: A docuseries that takes a deep dive into the murder of a popular soccer player. Interested in true crime? This documentary will have on your toes and guessing who dunnit. Perfect for a late-night binge.

Civil: Ben Crump (PG-13)

Genre: Biography, Civil Rights
Ben Crump, also known as “Black America’s attorney general,” pulls back the curtain on his life as a family man and civil rights leader.

Starring: Ben Crump
IMDB Rating: 5.3/10
Runtime: 101 minutes

Why you may like: A biographical documentary detailed the life of a powerful civil rights leader. Want to learn more about the civil rights movement? This documentary is for you. Ben Crump’s story is a beautiful one and definitely deserves a watch! Check it out when you get a chance.

Our Great National Parks (TV-PG)

Genre: Nature, Family
Narrated by former President Barack Obama, this stunning docuseries shines the spotlight on some of the planet’s most spectacular national parks.

Starring: Barack Obama
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Runtime: 55 minutes

Why you may like: A nature docuseries narrated by the former president. Who doesn’t love nature? Not only does this documentary highlight the beauty of wildlife, but you’re also in for a treat with the narrator. Great for a family watch!

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (TV-MA)

Genre: Biography, Music
The lives of an emerging superstar and a filmmaker are intertwined in this intense, intimate docuseries charting Kanye West’s career, filmed over two decades.

Starring: Kanye West
IMDB Rating: 8/10
Runtime: 100 minutes

Why you may like: A deep dive into the life and legacy of Kanye West, aka Ye. Do you enjoy documentaries about music? Check out Kanye’s docuseries! This trilogy truly shows Kanye in a new light. Definitely deserves a watch!

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Drama

Jewel (TV-MA)

Genre: African, Social Issue
While visiting a massacre memorial, a photographer finds herself drawn to a local woman. But their romance stirs up painful memories of a shared past.

Starring: Nqobile Nunu K.H.
IMDB Rating: 3.3/10
Runtime: 80 minutes

Why you may like: An unlikely romance that blooms from a pained past. This drama truly is captivating from start to finish. If you love star-crossed lovers, this film is for you. Add to your watchlist today!

Silverton Siege (TV-MA)

Genre: African, Social Issue, Action
After a failed sabotage mission, a trio of anti-apartheid freedom fighters ends up in a tense bank hostage situation. Based on a true story.

Starring: Thabo Rametsi
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Runtime: 101 minutes

Why you may like: An action-packed drama that includes social commentary. If you are interested in a high stakes film, this movie is for you! Check it out next time you’re looking for a new movie! Great for casual watch

Trees of Peace (TV-MA)

Genre: Historical, African
Four women from different backgrounds forge an unbreakable sisterhood while trapped and in hiding during the genocide in Rwanda. Inspired by true events.

Starring: Eliane Umuhire
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Runtime: 98 minutes

Why you may like: A drama that retells history through a different point of view. This drama is emotional and truly an experience. This film is perfect for a night in. Definitely add this film to your watchlist!

You Don’t Know Me (TV-MA)

Genre: Crime, Courtroom
When all the evidence points towards his guilt, a man on trial for murder uses his closing argument to recount his love affair with a mysterious woman.

Starring: Samuel Adewunmi
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Runtime: 60 minutes

Why you may like: A courtroom drama that constantly keeps you on your toes. Missing How to Get Away with Murder? Give this courtroom drama a try. Perfect for a casual binge. Add to your watchlist today!

Beauty (R)

Genre: LGBTQ+, Romance
A young singer on the brink of a promising career finds herself torn between a domineering family, industry pressures and her love for her girlfriend.

Starring: Gracie Marie Bradley
IMDB Rating: 3.9/10
Runtime: 95 minutes

Why you may like: A romance drama that shows the pressures of the industry. If you enjoy dramas that involve the music industry, check out this film. Great for a night in. Add to your watchlist today!

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Written by Crystal Kendrick

Publisher, The Voice of Black Cincinnati

42 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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