Black history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant black history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, factual, dramatic, thought provoking, touching and intense films and TV shows about / with black history, african american, racism, interracial relations, black american, segregation, brutality, violence, friendship and civil rights plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as black history: The Butler (2013), Selma (2014), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Hidden Figures (2016), Malcolm X (1992), Glory (1989), Respect (2021), Antebellum (2020), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

List of black history movies

The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, south africa ...
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Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, justice, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights movement, civil rights, racial segregation, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: sincere, serious, exciting, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, world war two, racism, military, interracial relations, training, war, aviation, against the odds, human spirit, officers and cadets, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, arkansas, italy, germany ...
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, bleak, factual, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, freedom, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, african american, human trafficking, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, factual, exciting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, genius, strong female character, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, stereotypes, sexism, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, islam, police brutality, civil rights movement, politics, racial slur, tragic event, fighting the system, african american, self discovery, police ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 60s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, harlem, new york, africa, middle east ...
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Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, war, prejudice, hopes, glory, human spirit, civil war, heroic mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
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Respect (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.
Style: captivating, uplifting, touching, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: showbiz, celebrity, blues, pop singer, african american, musician's life, rising to stardom, fame, fight for justice, cult figure, righting the wronged, black history ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1968, year 2019, year 1972 ...
Place: usa, new york, atlanta georgia, detroit, amsterdam ...
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Antebellum (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
Style: brutal, rough, disturbing, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, torture, justice, racial slur, brutality, racism, powerful ending, african american, humanity, freedom, rape, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., new orleans, virginia, louisiana, north carolina
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: violence, assassination, betrayal, murder, civil rights, betrayal by friend, street life, freedom, informant, fbi agent, prison guard, justice ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
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The Banker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream.
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, uplifting
Plot: money, banker, racism, african american, investor, racial prejudice, black american, injustice, friendship, prejudice, personal assistant, racial slur ...
Time: 60s, year 1939, 50s, 2020s, year 1963 ...
Place: los angeles, america, washington d.c.
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Red Tails (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, epic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, world war two, interracial relations, aerial combats, war, military life, fighter jet, military base, soldier, discrimination, airplane, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942
Place: europe, italy, pentagon, germany, cuba ...
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The 24th (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse ...
Style: suspense, visually appealing, exciting, contemplative
Plot: african american, infantry, regiment, riot, u.s. army, american soldier, military, usa history, soldier, war, black history, firearm
Time: year 1917
Place: houston texas
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The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Cheryl, a young black lesbian, works a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical "mammy" roles relegated to black actresses during that period. This was ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, clever, feminist film ...
Plot: filmmaking, interracial relations, couples, romance, opposites attract, gays and lesbians, society, gender, actor's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s
Place: philadelphia
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Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Four African-American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of ...
Style: suspense
Plot: vietnam war, interracial romance, vietnam veteran, gold, minefield, friendship between men, war veteran, father son relationship, widower, post traumatic stress disorder, gunfight, anger ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1972, year 2016, year 1960 ...
Place: vietnam, laos, washington d.c., chicago illinois, cambodia ...
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Miss Juneteenth (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: 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.
Plot: female bartender, teenage boy, memory, bigger dreams, letter, pregnancy, morgue, pawnshop, bar owner, crown, flash forward, coffee ...
Time: year 2019, year 1865, year 2004
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Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, muslim, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1974
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
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Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes in this entertaining -- and educational -- comedy special.
Style: thought provoking, funny, entertaining, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: racial segregation, racism, african american, african american man, black american, black man, interracial relations, black stereotype, ethnic humor, discrimination, civil rights, prejudice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Freedom Road (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali, in a rare acting role, plays Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave in 1870's Virginia who gets elected to the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. and battles other former slaves and white sharecroppers to keep the land they tended all their ...
Plot: good versus evil, male female relationship, president, anti racism, black family, black boy, racial injustice, family relations, interracial relations, black history, friendship, love ...
Time: 1870s, 19th century
Place: usa, virginia
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Assata aka Joanne Chesimard (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Through dramatic re-creation, archival newsreel footage and revealing interviews, director Fred Baker's docudrama explores the controversial murder case centered on Black Panther activist and political exile Assata Shakur. In 1977, Shakur was ...
Plot: black panthers, black history, gunfight, prison escape, revolution, injustice, black panther party
Place: cuba
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Brother Future (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young street rapper is transported back in time to the pre-Civil War South, where he finds himself in the middle of a slave revolt.
Plot: time traveler, freedom, black history, jail cell, trust, secret meeting, civil rights, inequality, education, governor, clairvoyant, rap ...
Time: 1820s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: southern usa, detroit, michigan, south carolina
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Sammy-Gate (2020)
Genre: Biography
Country: USA
Story: Equal parts "Dr. Strangelove," "Zelig," and "Network," "Sammy-Gate" takes you on a psychedelic trip into the 1970s polyester heart of darkness. On a USO tour of Vietnam, Sammy Davis Jr. stumbles upon a ...
Plot: counterculture, black history, cia, fbi, conspiracy, mafia, watergate, mob
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam
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Bamboozled (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: TV producer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it incredibly becomes ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, semi serious, witty, biting ...
Plot: racism, overnight success, rise and fall, society, media satire, showbiz, tv show, satire, artists and showbiz, ambition, audition, writer's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, africa, yale university, south carolina ...
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Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Waking from a one-night stand that neither remembers, Micah and Joanne find themselves wandering the streets of San Francisco, sharing coffee and conversation and searching for a deeper connection.
Style: semi serious, realistic, talky, sincere, mumblecore ...
Audience: date night
Plot: politics, one night stand, human nature, introspection, couples, lifestyle, love and romance, riding a bicycle, twentysomething life, city life, singleness, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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