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Movies with Black Actors coming out this year

Most popular Black movies in 2022

Black movies in theaters now

When Black films come out in theaters


One thing moviegoers and couch-surfers all have in common is watching something that is worth their time. New movies with African American actors and actresses are making their debut on the small and big screens every month. Don’t be out of the loop with your friends!

Below are current movies with famous Black actors in lead roles. Genres include true crime, comedy, drama, suspense, action and more! Plus, see what you can look forward to watching in the coming months.


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*The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the show or movie prior to watching.

Must-See Movies with Black Actors in 2022

The 355 (PG-13)
In Theaters January 7
Five women band together to stop a global organization from acquiring a weapon that could thrust the teetering world into total chaos. This movie features Lupita Nyong’o.
Watch The 355 trailer  


Moonfall (PG-13)
In Theaters February 4
In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course. This movie features Halle Berry.
Watch the Moonfall trailer


Death on the Nile (PG-13)
In theaters February 11
Detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship on the Nile River. This movie features Letitia Wright.
Watch the Death on the Nile trailer


The Batman (PG-13)
In theaters March 4
The Riddler plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with Batman and Commissioner Gordon in Gotham City. This movie features Zoe Kravitz.
Watch the Batman trailer



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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PG)
In theaters April 8
The film follows Sonic and Tails, who team up to find the Master Emerald before Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles the Echidna do, while also contending with the military organization G.U.N. This movie features Tika Sumpter.
Watch Sonic the Hedgehog 2 trailer


The Bad Guys (PG)
In theaters April 22
The film centers on several reformed yet misunderstood villains known as Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. This movie features Craig Robinson.
Watch The Bad Guys trailer


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (PG-13)
In theaters May 6
Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. This movie features Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Watch the Doctor Strange trailer


Jurassic World: Dominion (PG-13)
In theaters June 10
Brothers Zach and Gray Mitchell visit Jurassic World, a dinosaur theme park on Isla Nublar, of which their aunt Claire Dearing is the operations manager. Claire assigns her assistant Zara as the boys’ guide, but they evade her and explore on their own. This movie features DeWanda Wise.
Watch the Jurassic World: Dominion trailer


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Elvis (PG-13)
In theaters June 24
A look at the life of the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley. This movie features Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Watch the Elvis trailer


Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG)
In theaters July 1
The untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. This movie features Taraji P. Henson.
Watch the Minions: The Rise of Gru trailer



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Thor Love and Thunder (PG-13)
In theaters July 8
In the film, Thor attempts to find inner peace, but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster —who is now the Mighty Thor—to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Bale) from eliminating all gods. This movie features Tessa Thompson.
Watch the Thor Love and Thunder trailer


Nope (R)
In theaters July 22
The movie follows residents of an isolated town who witness a mysterious and abnormal event. This movie features KeKe Palmer.
Watch Nope trailer 


DC League of Super Pets (PG)
In theaters July 29
The adventures of crime-fighting pets Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat and Ace the Bat-Hound. This movie features Dwayne Johnson.
Watch the DC League of Super Pets trailer


Beast (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters August 19
A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savannah has but one apex predator. This movie features Idris Elba.
Watch Beast trailer


The Woman King (PG-13)
In theaters September 16
A historical epic inspired by the true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th  centuries. The movie features Viola Davis.
Watch The Woman King Trailer


Black Adam (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters October 21
Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. This movie features Dwayne Johnson.
Watch the Black Adam trailer



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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 11
The next installment in the “Black Panther” franchise. This movie features Letitia Wright.
Watch the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer


Creed III (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 23
The next installment in the Creed franchise. This movie features Michael B. Jordan.
Read more about Creed III 


Avatar: The Way of Water (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 16
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. This movie features Zoe Saldana.
Watch the Avatar: The Way of Water trailer


I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 21
The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom. This movie features Naomi Ackie.
Read more about I Wanna Dance with Somebody



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Did we miss any movies coming to theaters? Please let us know in the comments or contact us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati so we can add them.


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  1. Fahrenheit 451 should be on this list along with Trevor Noah…love him or hate him his staying power in spite of the ‘black out’ of black hollywood, should be acknowledged.

  2. Hold up ?? Empire has gotten lamer but it’s still good . But where Star And Insecure at ?? Y’all can’t forget my babies now .

    1. Hi! Thank you so much fort commenting. I will look into Star. Insecure does not return to HBO until 2020. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for commenting. We will look into adding these titles. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for commenting. Your mentioned TV show will return on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 p.m. It has been added to our list. Thanks!

  3. Many of the shows listed up there are so filled with underhanded stereotypes that no black child should be allowed to watch them. The horror about these shows is that because it is in fact blacks self deprecating, it legitimizes the horrific racial stereotypes. There isn’t one black comedian who has not spent a good portion of his show with jokes that imply that black people are either thieves or lazy. Black shows like Blackish, Empire, or other black shows almost seem to be written by the KKK. They often depict blacks as violent people who can’t speak English the way the rest of America does. If they are not openly racist, they are subtlety so. For example, in one episode of Blackish it was implied that black protesters were the ones who were racist by keeping others out of their protest. The fact is that most whites have never shown much interest of joining blacks in their struggle. In another blackish show, one of the characters stated that black women are the least desirable. This is a common myth that African-American women themselves consistently perpetuate. First, that is an issue only in America. Black women in the Caribbean and in Africa are all married to black men. Black women in Europe are often married to members of other races. The fact that black men in America often marry white women is not a “black men” issue; it’s an issue with the “African-American” men. The reality is that even in America, black woman would find ample partners if they were willing to date outside of their race. So, it is not a black women issue, but an issue with the black men in America. All in all, the self deprecation that is part of the African-American(blacks in America) is truly pathetic in is in everything they showcase.

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