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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. You don’t want to miss these box-office hits. Some of these films are Oscar-winning, best pictures, film festival hits, and more. 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, documentaries, and more. Plus, see what you can look forward to watching in the coming months. Whether it’s a biopic, a sequel,  a remake, or a new installment of a franchise, these films are sure to impress. Make sure you don’t miss these Black cinematic films!

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


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Must-See Movies with Black Actors in 2023


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Release date: June 2
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence.
Stars: Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry
IMDB Rating: 8.9/10
Watch time: 2 hours, 20 minutes


Elemental (PG)

Release date: June 16
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Directed by: Peter Sohn
Follows Ember and Wade in a city where the residents of the fire, water, land, and air live together.
Stars: Mamoudu Athie, Leah Lewis
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Watch time: 1 hour, 49 minutes


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The Haunted Mansion (PG-13)

Release Date: July 28
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed by: Justin Simien
Gabbie hires help to exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering ghosts inhabit it.
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Watch time: 2 hours, 3 minutes


Talk to Me (R)

Release date: July 28
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Directed by: Danny Philippou
When a group of friends discovers how to conjure spirits, they become hooked until one of them goes too far.
Stars: Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Watch time: 1 hour, 34 minutes


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG)

Release date: August 2
Genre: Adventure
Directed by: Jeff Rowe, Kyler Spears
The Turtle brothers work to earn the love of New York City while facing down an army of mutants.
Stars: Seth Rogan, Ayo Edebiri
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Watch time: Not yet known


Back on the Strip (R)

Release date: August 18
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Chris Spencer
Merlin moves to Las Vegas to be a magician but gets hired as the frontman in a stripper crew.
Stars: Kevin Hart, Wesley Snipes
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: 1 hour, 57 minutes


Strays (R)

Release date: August 18
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Directed by: Josh Greenbaum
An abandoned dog gets revenge on his former owner.
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Will Ferrell
IMDB Rating:  Not yet rated
Watch time: 1 hour, 33 minutes


The Equalizer 3 (Not yet rated)

Release date: September 1
Genre: Action, Thriller
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Robert McCall finds himself at home in Southern Italy but discovers that local crime bosses control his friends.
Stars: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


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Dune: Part Two (Not yet rated)

Release date: November 3
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
A boy becomes the Messiah of nomads on a desert planet with giant worms protecting a commodity called Spice.
Stars: Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


The Marvels (Not yet rated)

Release date: November 10
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: Nia DaCosta
Carol Danvers gets her powers entangled with Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau, forcing them to work together.
Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


Wish (Not yet rated)

Release date: November 22
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Directed by: Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
Asha makes a wish on a star and gets a more direct answer than she bargained for.
Stars: Chris Pine, Ariana DeBose
IMDB Rating: Not yet rated
Watch time: Not yet known


The Color Purple (Not Yet Rated)

Release date: 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 Black theatrical releases?  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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