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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 2021


Zola (R)
In theaters June 30
Zola, a Detroit waitress, is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for some quick cash — but the trip becomes a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving a nefarious friend, her pimp and her idiot boyfriend. This film has Taylour Paige.
Watch the Zola trailer


Summer of Soul (PG-13)
In theaters July 2nd
Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate Black history, culture, music and fashion. Also can be streamed on Hulu.
Watch the Summer of Soul Trailer


Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13)
In theaters July 16
Survivors of previous escape rooms find themselves in a new and increasingly elaborate game filled with deadly traps. This film has Taylor Russell.
Watch the Escape Room: Tournament of Champions trailer


Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG)
In theaters July 16
Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in the digital space by a rogue AI. This film has LeBron James.
Watch the Space Jam: A New Legacy trailer


Ailey ( PG-13)
In theater July 23rd
Filmmaker Jamila Wignot examines the life of visionary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance.
Watch the Ailey trailer


The Green Knight (R)
In theaters July 30
King Arthur’s headstrong nephew embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a mysterious giant who appears at Camelot. This film has Erin Kellyman.
Watch the Green Knight trailer


Jungle Cruise (PG-13)
In theaters July 30
Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat to search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal. This film has Dwayne Johnson.
Watch the Jungle Cruise trailer


Nine Days (R)
In theaters July 30
A man interviews five unborn souls to determine which one can be given life on Earth. This film has Winston Duke.
Watch the Nine Days trailer



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The Suicide Squad (R)
In theaters August 6
The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese with only Col. Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave. This film has Idris Elba.
Watch the Suicide Squad trailer


Free Guy (PG-13)
In theaters August 13
A bank teller called Guy realizes he is a background character in an open-world video game called Free City that will soon go offline. This film has Lil Rel Howery.
Watch the Free Guy trailer


Respect (PG-13)
In theaters August 13
Aretha Franklin sings in her father’s church choir as a child and grows up to become an international musical superstar and legend. This film has Jennifer Hudson.
Watch the Respect trailer


The Night House (R)
In theaters August 20
A widow begins to discover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets. This film has Vondie Curtis-Hall.
Watch the Night House trailer


Paw Patrol: The Movie (G)
In theaters August 30
When their biggest rival, Humdinger, starts wreaking havoc as the mayor of Adventure City, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge. This film has Drew Davis.
Watch the Paw Patrol: The Movie trailer


The Protégé (R)
In theaters August 20
Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. However, when Moody is brutally killed, she vows revenge for the man who taught her everything she knows.This film has Samuel L. Jackson.
Watch the Protégé trailer



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Reminiscence (PG-13)
In theaters August 20
A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long-lost love. This film has Thandiwe Newton.
Watch the trailer


The Beatles: Get Back (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters August 27
Filmmaker Peter Jackson presents restored, never-before-seen footage of the Beatles during their recording sessions of the album “Let It Be.” This film has Billy Preston.
Watch the Beatles: Get Back trailer


Candyman (R)
In theaters August 27
Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle befriends Anne-Marie McCoy while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. This film has Tony Todd.
Watch the Candyman trailer


The Card Counter (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters September 10
A card shark encounters an angry young man who’s seeking revenge against a military colonel. This film has Tiffany Haddish.
Read more about the Card Counter


Blue Bayou (R)
In theaters September 17
As a Korean American man raised in the Louisiana must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home. This film has Renell Gibbs.
Read more about Blue Bayou


Dear Evan Hansen (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters September 24
A high school senior suffers from a social anxiety disorder which leads him to struggle at school. His journey of self-discovery and acceptance begins following the suicide of a fellow classmate. This film has Amandla Stenberg.
Watch the Dear Evan Hansen trailer



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Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters September 24
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Venom, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and Tencent Pictures. This film has Naomie Harris.
Watch the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer


The Addams Family 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters October 1
The further adventures of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and the rest of the Addams family. This film has Snoop Dogg.
Watch the Addams Family 2 trailer


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters October 8
Van Helsing’s mysterious invention transforms Drac and his pals into humans and Johnny into a monster. This film has Keegan Michael Key.
Watch the Hotel Transylvania: Transformania trailer


No Time to Die (PG-13)
In theaters October 8
Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who’s armed with dangerous recent technology. This film has Naomie Harris.
Watch the No Time to Die trailer


Dune (PG-13)
In theaters October 22
Paul Atreides leads nomadic tribes in a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis. This film has Zendaya.
Watch the Dune trailer


Clifford the Big Red Dog (PG)
In theaters November 5
When Emily meets a magical animal rescuer who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound. This film has David Alan Grier.
Watch the Clifford the Big Red Dog trailer



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Eternals (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 5
The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants. This film has Brian Tyree Henry.
Watch the Eternals trailer


Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13)
In theaters November 11
When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover that they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy. This film has Ernie Hudson.
Watch the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer


King Richard (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 19
Taking a look at Venus and Serena Williams and how they became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams. This film has Will Smith.
Watch the King Richard trailer


American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 10
Kurt Warner leaves his job at a supermarket to become a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in the National Football League. This film has Ser’Darius Blain.
Read more about American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story


Spider-Man: No Way Home (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 17
After his identity was revealed in Far from Home, Peter Parker and his friends must figure out to prove Spider-Man’s innocence after Mysterio made a doctored video painting Spider-Man as his Watch the Spiderman: No Way Home trailer


A Journal for Jordan (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 22
First Sgt. Charles Monroe King keeps a journal for his newborn son while stationed overseas. This film has Michael B. Jordan.
Read more about A Journal for Jordan



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The Matrix 4 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 22
A continuation of the Matrix franchise. This film has Jada Pinkett Smith.
Read more about the Matrix 4


Sing 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 22
Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch an extravaganza in the entertainment capital. There’s just one hitch — he must find and persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them. This film has Letitia Wright.
Watch the Sing 2 trailer

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 


The Man from Toronto (Not Yet Rated)
In Theaters January 14
A deadly assassin’s encounter with a New York City screw-up leads to a case of mistaken identity. This movie features Kevin Hart.
Watch the Man from Toronto trailer


Moonfall (Not Yet Rated)
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.
Read more about Moonfall


Death on the Nile (Not Yet Rated)
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


Conundrum-Secrets among friends (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters February 11
A story about longtime friends who decide to take a weekend getaway, to a rented beach house in the Hamptons, all hell breaks loose when secrets among them, come to light. This movie features Paula Jai Parker.
Read more about Conundrum-Secrets among friends


Rumble (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters February 18
In a world where monsters are tame and monster wrestling is a popular sport, Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps as a manager by turning an inexperienced monster into a contender. This movie features Terry Crews.
Watch the Rumble trailer



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The Batman (Not Yet Rated)
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


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters March 25
Following the further adventures of Dr. Stephen Strange and his research on the Time Stone. This movie features Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Read more about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters April 8
The further adventures of Sonic. This movie features Tika Sumpter.
Read more about Sonic the Hedgehog 2


The Bad Guys (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters April 15
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.
Read more about The Bad Guys


Thor Love and Thunder (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters May 6
The further adventures of Thor. This movie features Tessa Thompson.
Read more about Thor Love and Thunder


DC League of Super Pets (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters May 20
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 title announcement



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John Wick Chapter 4 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters May 27
The further exploits of legendary hitman John Wick. This movie features Laurence Fishburne.
Read more about John Wick Chapter 4


Elvis (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters June 3
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years. This movie features Alton Mason.
Read more about Elvis


Jurassic World: Dominion (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters June 10
The next installment in the franchise. This movie features Omar Sy.
Read more about Jurassic World: Dominion


Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters June 24
Introduces the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons. This movie features Dominique Fishback.
Read more about Transformers: Rise of the Beast


Shotgun Wedding (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters June 29
Darcy and Tom gather their families for the wedding just as the couple begins to get cold feet. Suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. This movie features Lenny Kravitz.
Read more about Shotgun Wedding


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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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters July 8
The next installment in the “Black Panther” franchise. This movie features Letitia Wright.
Read more about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Event (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters July 22
Plot is currently being kept under wraps. This movie features David Kaluuya.
Read more about the Untitled Jordan Peele Horror Event


Black Adam (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters July 29
The adventures of Black Adam. This movie features Dwayne Johnson.
Read more about Black Adam


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.
Read more about Beast


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters October 7
The further adventures of Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man. This movie features Issa Rae.
Read more about Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse 2


The Flash (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 4
The Flash meets Batman in parallel dimensions. This movie features Kiersey Clemons.
Read more about the Flash


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The Marvels (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 11
This sequel introduces two new superheroes to fight beside Carol Danvers. This movie features Teyonah Parris.
Read more about the Marvels


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


I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters November 25
A biopic describing Whitney Houston’s rise from obscurity to fame. This movie features Naomi Ackie.
Read more about I Wanna Dance with Somebody


Avatar 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 16
The next installment in the Avatar Franchise. This movie features Zoe Saldana.
Read more about Avatar 2


Aquaman 2 (Not Yet Rated)
In theaters December 16
The continued adventures of Arthur Curry as Aquaman. This movie features Yahya Abdul Mateen II.
Read more about Aquaman 2



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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. 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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