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One thing moviegoers and couch-surfers have in common is watching something worth their time. New movies with African American actors and actresses debut monthly on small and big screens. 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.

*The information in this article is as current as the publication date. 


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Must-See Movies with Black Actors in 2023


Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (PG-13)

In theaters February 17
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Scott and Hope explore the Quantum Realm, where they interact with strange creatures and embark on an adventure.
Jonathon Majors, Paul Reed
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Watch time: 2 hours, 4 minutes


Creed III (PG-13)

In theaters March 3
Genre: Drama, Sport
Directed by: Keenan Coogler, Ryan Coogler, Zach Baylin
Adonis has been thriving in his career and family life, but a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurface.
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Watch time: 1 hour, 56 minutes


A Thousand and One (R)

In theaters March 31
Genre: Crime, Drama
Directed by: A.V. Rockwell
After Inez kidnaps her son, Terry, from the foster care system, they set out to reclaim their sense of home.
Stars: Teyana Taylor, Aaron Kingsley Adetola
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Watch time: 1 hour, 57 minutes



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Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (PG-13)

In theaters March 31
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathon Goldstein
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic.
Stars: Justice Smith, Regé-Jean Page
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: 2 hours, 14 minutes


Air (R)

In theaters April 5
Genre: Drama, Sports
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Sonny Vaccaro leads Nike to pursue the most outstanding basketball athlete: Michael Jordan.
Stars: Matt Damon, Chris Tucker
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: 1 hour, 52 minutes


Big George Foreman (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters April 28
Genre: Biography, Sport
Directed by: George Tillman Jr.
The life and boxing career of George Foreman.
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Sonja Sohn
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Not yet rated)

In theaters May 5
Genre: Action, Superhero
Directed by: James Gunn
Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own – a mission that could mean the end.
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


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Fast X (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters May 19
Genre: Action, Crime
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
The vengeful son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes targets Dom Toretto and his family.
Stars: Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


Disney’s The Little Mermaid (PG)

In theaters May 26
Genre: Family, Musical
Directed by: Rob Marshall
A young mermaid deals with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs.
Stars: Halle Bailey, Daveed Diggs
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters June 2
Genre: Action, Animation
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure.
Stars: Shameik Moore, Issa Rae
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters June 9
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on the ’90s globetrotting adventure to the existing battle on Earth.
Stars: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


The Blackening (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters June 16
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed by: Tim Story
Seven black friends go away for the weekend only to find themselves trapped in a cabin with a killer. Will their street smarts and knowledge of horror movies help them stay alive? Probably not.
Stars: Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins
IMDB Rating: 5.9/10
Watch time: 1 hour, 36 minutes


Elemental (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters June 16
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Directed by: Peter Sohn
Follows Ember and Wade in a city where the residents of fire, water, land, and air live together.
Stars: Mamoudu Athie, Leah Lewis
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated 
Watch time: 1 hour, 33 minutes


The Color Purple (Not Yet Rated)

In theaters December 20
Genre: Drama, Musical
Directed by: Blitz Bazawule
A musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel about the lifelong struggles of an African American woman.
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known



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Looking for more information about Black people in the film industry? Check out The National Black Movie Association.

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 that we can add them.

Written by: Jaylyn Nurredin

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