Black Movies

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Our emerging list of 2020's Black Movies continues to grow as we move through the decade. This period is already showing promise with films that explore a wide range of Black experiences.

Films like "Judas and the Black Messiah" offer a deep dive into historical events, while "Soul" explores existential questions in an animated format. As we continue to update our list, you can discover more about these films, their cast, trailers, and where to watch them.

Miss Juneteenth

Drama, Motherhood
Watch The Trailer:
Miss Juneteenth Trailer
Black Cast
Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Akron Watson, Liz Mikel, Marcus M. Mauldin, Phyllis Cicero, Lisha Hackney, Eleanor Threatt, Joshua Moody
Directed By Black
Channing Godfrey Peoples
Written By Black
Channing Godfrey Peoples
Release Date
January 24, 2020
Synopsis
Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did.
Miss Juneteenth

Model House

Horror, Thriller
Watch The Trailer:
Model House Trailer
Black Cast
CoryAnne Roberts, Phillip Andre Botello
Release Date
April 05, 2024
Synopsis
Models staying in a secluded house for the night are terrorized by intruders.
Model House
Watch The Trailer:
The Listener Trailer
Black Cast
Tessa Thompson, Jamie Hector
Release Date
March 29, 2024
Synopsis
Beth is a helpline volunteer – part of the small army that gets on the phone every night across America, fielding calls from all kinds of people feeling lonely, broken, hopeless. Over the last year the tide has become a tsunami. As Beth goes through her shift, the stakes rise: is this the night she will lose someone? Save someone? Eventually, Beth’s own story comes to light, revealing why she does it. All along we remain with her: listening, comforting, connecting – patching the world back together, one stitch at a time.
The Listener

Heart of the Hunter

Action, Mystery, Thriller
Watch The Trailer:
Heart of the Hunter Trailer
Black Cast
Bonko Khoza, Connie Ferguson, Masasa Mbangeni, Nicole Fortuin, Sisanda Henna, Wanda Banda, Connie Chiume
Directed By Black
Mandla Dube
Release Date
March 29, 2024
Synopsis
A retired assassin is pulled back into action when his friend uncovers a dangerous conspiracy at the heart of the South African government.
Heart of the Hunter

Damaged

Action, Thriller, Crime
Watch The Trailer:
Damaged Trailer
Black Cast
Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Holden
Release Date
April 12, 2024
Synopsis
A Chicago detective travels to Scotland after an emerging serial killer’s crimes match those that he investigated five years earlier, one of which was the crime scene of his murdered girlfriend.
Damaged
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Festival of the Living Dead Trailer
Black Cast
Ashley Moore, Shiloh O’Reilly
Release Date
April 05, 2024
Synopsis
While attending a festival to commemorate the original zombie attack, Ash and her friends encounter the undead and must fight back or be devoured.
Festival of the Living Dead

Catch the Fair One

Thriller, Mystery, Female-Led
Watch The Trailer:
Catch the Fair One Trailer
Black Cast
Kali Reis
Release Date
April 19, 2023
Synopsis
A Native American boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister.
Catch the Fair One
Watch The Trailer:
Sing Sing Trailer
Black Cast
Colman Domingo, Clarence Maclin, Sean Dino Johnson
Release Date
March 08, 2024
Synopsis
Divine G, imprisoned at Sing Sing for a crime he didn’t commit, finds purpose by acting in a theatre group with other incarcerated men.
Sing Sing
Sep
20

The Wild Robot

Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Watch The Trailer:
The Wild Robot Trailer
Black Cast
Lupita Nyong'o, Ving Rhames
Release Date
September 20, 2024
Synopsis
A robot — ROZZUM unit 7134, “Roz” for short — is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island and must learn to adapt to the harsh surroundings, gradually building relationships with the animals on the island and becoming the adoptive parent of an orphaned gosling.
The Wild Robot

The Space Race

Documentary, Juneteenth
Watch The Trailer:
The Space Race Trailer
Black Cast
Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight Jr., Charles Bolden
Directed By Black
Lisa Cortés
Release Date
February 13, 2024
Synopsis
Uncover the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden among many others.
The Space Race

Come Out Fighting

Drama, War, Action, Military
Watch The Trailer:
Come Out Fighting Trailer
Black Cast
Tyrese Gibson, Michael Jai White, Vicellous Shannon, Hiram A. Murray, Martin Davis, Charles Scaggs
Release Date
May 19, 2023
Synopsis
In WWII, a squad of U.S. African-American soldiers are sent on a rescue mission behind enemy lines to locate their lost commanding officer and a downed fighter pilot.
Come Out Fighting

The Inspection

Drama, War, LGBTQ+, Military
Watch The Trailer:
The Inspection Trailer
Black Cast
Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine, Aubrey Joseph, Tyler Merritt, Jered Meeks
Directed By Black
Elegance Bratton
Written By Black
Elegance Bratton
Release Date
November 18, 2022
Synopsis
Ellis French is a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.
The Inspection
Dec
31

Six Triple Eight

Drama, War, Female-Led, Military
Black Cast
Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Ebony Obsidian, Kylie Jefferson, Milauna Jackson, Pepi Sonuga, Jeanté Godlock, Baadja-Lyne Odums
Directed By Black
Tyler Perry
Written By Black
Tyler Perry
Release Date
December 31, 2024
Synopsis
The inspiring true story of the incredible and brave women of the only all-black, all-female World War II Battalion. These 855 women joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. A herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land, and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted over 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home.
Six Triple Eight

Mami Wata

Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Female-Led, Motherhood
Watch The Trailer:
Mami Wata Trailer
Black Cast
Evelyne Ily Juhen, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Rita Edochie, Emeka Amakeze, Kelechi Udegbe
Directed By Black
C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi
Written By Black
C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi
Release Date
September 29, 2023
Synopsis
In the oceanside village of Iyi, the revered Mama Efe acts as an intermediary between the people and the all-powerful water deity Mami Wata. But when a young boy is lost to a virus, Efe’s devoted but rebellious daughter Zinwe and skeptical protégé Prisca warn Efe about unrest among the villagers. With the sudden arrival of a mysterious rebel deserter named Jasper, a conflict erupts, leading to a violent clash of ideologies and a crisis of faith for the people of Iyi.
Mami Wata
Watch The Trailer:
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Trailer
Black Cast
Simone Joy Jones, Patricia Williams, Jermaine Fowler, Iantha Richardson, Miles Fowler, Donielle T. Hansley Jr.
Release Date
April 12, 2024
Synopsis
17 year old Tanya's plans for a carefree summer are derailed when her stressed-to-the-limit mom takes off for a wellness retreat and puts Tanya and her three siblings in the charge of a crotchety (and racist) old babysitter. The babysitter’s sudden death leaves the kids short on cash and reluctant to pull mom prematurely out of her much-needed R&R, so Tanya is forced to get a job. Posing as an adult, she gets a gig as the executive assistant at a fashion company and overnight is thrust into the world of adulthood and parenting.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
May
03

I Saw the TV Glow

Drama, Horror
Watch The Trailer:
I Saw the TV Glow Trailer
Black Cast
Justice Smith, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Danielle Deadwyler
Release Date
May 03, 2024
Synopsis
Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.
I Saw the TV Glow

Kemba

Drama, Female-Led
Watch The Trailer:
Kemba Trailer
Black Cast
Nesta Cooper, Sean Patrick Thomas, Michelle Hurd, Andrea Laing, Siddiq Saunderson, Kelsey Scott, Stephen Ruffin, Elvire Emanuelle, June Carryl, Ashley Denise Robinson
Directed By Black
Kelley Kali
Release Date
February 22, 2024
Synopsis
The film follows criminal justice reform advocate Kemba Smith, a woman charged as a co-conspirator to her college boyfriend's drug-trafficking crimes and sentenced to 24.5 years in federal prison with no opportunity for parole.
Kemba

The Transfiguration

Horror, Drama
Watch The Trailer:
The Transfiguration Trailer
Black Cast
Eric Ruffin, Aaron Moten, Carter Redwood, JaQwan J. Kelly
Release Date
April 14, 2016
Synopsis
When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.
The Transfiguration

Black As Night

Horror, Thriller
Watch The Trailer:
Black As Night Trailer
Black Cast
Asjha Cooper, Craig Tate, Keith David, Mason Beauchamp, Frankie Smith, Kenneisha Thompson, Derek Roberts, Al Mitchell, Tunde Laleye, Theodus Crane, Joseph Singletary, Tim J. Smith
Written By Black
Sherman Payne
Release Date
October 01, 2021
Synopsis
A teenage girl with self-esteem issues finds confidence in the most unlikely way, by spending her summer battling vampires that prey on New Orleans' disenfranchised with the help of her best friend, the boy she's always pined for, and a peculiar rich girl.
Black As Night

Outlaw Posse

Western, Action
Watch The Trailer:
Outlaw Posse Trailer
Black Cast
Mario Van Peebles, D.C. Young Fly, Mandela Van Peebles, Amber Reign Smith, Allen Payne, Cedric the Entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg
Directed By Black
Mario Van Peebles
Written By Black
Mario Van Peebles
Release Date
March 01, 2024
Synopsis
1908. Chief returns from years of hiding in Mexico to claim stolen reparations gold hidden in the hills of Montana but is chased by Angel, whose rationale to the gold leaves a trail of dead bodies.
Outlaw Posse

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