Movies and TV shows set in harlem

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in harlem ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, humorous, suspenseful and semi serious films and TV shows about / with african american, crimes, society, gangsters, murder, crime, racial slur, urban ghetto, violence and urban plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Mexico and other countries.
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harlem movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harlem: Ride (1998), A Rage in Harlem (1991), Harlem Nights (1989), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Drumline (2002), The Ron Clark Story (2006), Paid in Full (2002), Showtime at the Apollo (1987), Oh Happy Day (2004).

List of movies set in harlem

 4.5
 646
Ride (1998)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of young people leave Harlem for a bus trip down to Miami. The voyage starts off with problems, but it ends up becoming a learning experience, as they end up learning things about each other they had not previously known.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: hip hop, partners, artists and showbiz, music, destiny, bus, on the road, disorder, friends, showbiz, ambition, filmmaking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, miami
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A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the object of her ...
Style: realistic, stylized, humorous, semi serious, surprise ending
Plot: transvestism, femme fatale, murder, gold, moll, on the run, hidden identity, gang, urban, hitman, woman in danger, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 6.0
 18K
Harlem Nights (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: "Sugar" Ray is the owner of an illegal casino, who contend with the pressures of vicious gangster and corrupt policemen who want to see him go out of business. In the world of organized crime and police corruption in the 1920s, any ...
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightclub, friends, rivalry, police, gangsters, crime, corruption, interracial relations, city life, cons and scams, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: drug abuse, jazz, showbiz, racism, racist, nightclub owner, music, addiction, figment, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, tragic hero ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 1940s
Place: harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, cross country
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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.
Plot: lawyer, young adult, love story, new yorker, 18 year old, wrongful conviction, man in underwear, 19 year old, carpenter, park, umbrella, kiss ...
Place: harlem, puerto rico, harlem manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
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 5.7
 31K
Drumline (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band's drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hip hop, cheerleader, rivalry, music, underdog, young heroes, love and romance, hopes, blind ambition, youth, ego clash, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: harlem, georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
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The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Matthew Perry is real-life inspiration Ron Clark, a passionate and innovative teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in one of Harlem's toughest schools. But to break through to this students, Clark must use unconventional methods, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: human spirit, teachers and students, new job, dedicated educator, hardcase students, changing lives, challenge, obstacle, power relations, idealism, hopes, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998, year 1994
Place: usa, harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, north carolina ...
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 7.1
 9K
Paid in Full (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, drug dealing, buddies, social decay, friends, urban ghetto, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, crimes, urban ghetto life, crime, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Showtime at the Apollo (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Story: Showtime at the Apollo is a syndicated music television show, first broadcast on September 12, 1987 to May 24, 2008 with 1093 episodes, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. The show features live performances from both professional and ...
Plot: hip hop, ambition, arts and culture, artists and showbiz, once in a lifetime opportunity, music, live music, rap, late night, talent, theater, african american ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 80s, contemporary
Place: harlem, new york
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 5.6
 689
Oh Happy Day (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hannah (Lotte Andersen) is a housewife in a village Zealand, where she is married to the sad Carsten (Mikael Birkkjær). She sings in the mammal church choir along with his outspoken sister (Ditte Gråbøl). A choirmaster in transit - the black ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental
Plot: church, small town, clergy, small town life, lifestyle, love and romance, unfulfillment, romance, interracial relations, social relations, dull life, gospel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, harlem
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 6.6
 1K
The Nephew (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Twenty years ago, Tony Egan's sister went to America. Nobody ever heard of her again. But now, the message of her death arrives in her town of birth. Only days later, her only son Chad arrives, too. Obviously, his mother took a black husband. ...
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: social relations, family relations, island, parents and children, love and romance, interracial relations, unlikely couple, fall in love, small town, society, small town life, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
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The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The New Scooby-Doo Movies is the second incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. It premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran for two seasons on CBS as the only hour-long Scooby-Doo series. Twenty-four ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, offbeat, feel good
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: amateur detective, ghost, family, crimes, goofy hero, escapades, misfit partners, adventure, unlikely partners, gang, investigation, american civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: harlem
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Live and Let Die (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: James Bond must investigate a mysterious murder case of a British agent in New Orleans. Soon he finds himself up against a gangster boss named Mr. Big.
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boat, heroin, espionage, chase, secret service, spy, stowaway, cia, drug dealing, drug lord, boat chase, virginity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, louisiana, jamaica, new orleans, harlem ...
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Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway musical. A pair of devil-bats take human form and crash a Harlem house party in an attempt to break it up. But somehow, their attempts to ruin the party fail.
Style: offbeat, touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous
Plot: racism, society, urban, power relations, injustice, rich and poor, interracial relations, love and romance, curses spells and rituals, romance, city life, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, harlem
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 6.8
 627
Popi (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are lionized and given exceptional benefits. He thinks up a plot to ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: single father, urban ghetto, cons and scams, parents and children, immigrants, danger, single parent, family relations, rescue, society, hidden identity, survival ...
Time: 60s
Place: harlem, usa, florida, new york
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 6.6
 319
Gordon's War (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers.
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, vigilantism, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, crime, crimes, gangsters, chases and races, partners against crime, adventure, rehabilitation, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 8K
Ragtime (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.
Style: clever, realistic, touching, gloomy, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: racism, american dream, vandalism, siege, racial injustice, piano, pianist, fighting the system, americana, interracial relations, life is a bitch, couple relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, atlantic city new jersey, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
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 6.6
 28K
New Jack City (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A gangster, Nino, is in the Cash Money Brothers, making a million dollars every week selling crack. A cop, Scotty, discovers that the only way to infiltrate the gang is to become a dealer himself.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, chase, vengeance, betrayal, gang, megalomaniac, drug lord, drug dealing, infidelity, undercover, genocide, gang war ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: harlem, usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, turkey ...
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Aaron Loves Angela (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Aaron and Angela, two young adults living in the Harlem ghetto of New York City, are deeply in love with each other. The only thing standing in the way of their love is their families. Aaron is black, while Angela is Puerto Rican, and neither family ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: tragic love, youth, opposites attract, drug dealing, injustice, forbidden love, interracial relations, life is a bitch, romance, urban ghetto life, love and romance, rising to stardom ...
Time: 70s
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: basketball, drug abuse, sport, heroin, vietnam war, life is a bitch, teachers and students, athlete's life, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, rising to stardom, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tougher than Shaft and smoother than Superfly, this high-voltage sequel to Black Caesar explodes with enough action to incinerate New York City. Packed with machine-gun mayhem and riveting adventure, Hell Up in Harlem is nothing less than a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, chase, rivalry, downfall, criminal's revenge, deadly, dishonesty, racism, gang, tough heroes, urban ghetto, vengeance ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 6.2
 196
Harlem Aria (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel ...
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: opera, hip hop, hopes, urban ghetto life, city life, music, desire for fame, teaching the ways of the world, ambition, prodigy, life is a bitch, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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The Cotton Club (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of the people that frequented Harlem's famous nightclubs, 'The Cotton Club', and those that ran it.
Style: stylized, captivating, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: jazz, mafia, racism, music, crime, ambition, rivalry, crimes, interracial relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, dancer's life ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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The Young Savages (1961)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.
Style: suspenseful, clever, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: gang, racism, murder, juvenile delinquent, deadly, youth, legal investigation, crime, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, touching, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, down on your luck, urban ghetto, re-education, family relations, dysfunctional family, addiction, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, hopes, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, harlem
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Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, chase, murder, cemetery, helicopter, gangsters, vengeance, crime, police investigation, criminal heroes, partners against crime, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, harlem, africa, tokyo
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Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes (1974)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An epic battle rages lawn on the streets of Harlem between Italian mobsters and black gangsters. The battles are intense, the more each side tries to oust another. Both groups use their best killers. Since it is a brutal gangster transvestites to be ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, deadly, psychopath, transvestism, police corruption, hitman, gang, injustice, rivalry, master criminal, criminal's revenge, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, ohio, harlem
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 5.4
 304
Mambo Caf? (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A beautiful Puerto Rican girl and her family in Spanish harlem devise a novel plan to attract business to their restaurant, causing a wildly comic sequence of events ending in near disaster.
Style: cynical, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic
Plot: murder, restaurant, romance, crimes, nothing goes right, chaos and mayhem, family business, disorder, family life, gangsters, criminal heroes, college ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, new york
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 6.3
 10K
Hoodlum (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running "the numbers". When, Madam Queen, the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem, is arrested. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson takes over the business and must ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, violence, murder, blood, dutch, crime, psychopath, gambling, rivalry, society, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, illinois, harlem, california
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 5.7
 11K
Twelve (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: murder, drug dealer, juvenile delinquency, youth, drug abuse, drug dealing, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, teenage life, deadly, violence spree, strained relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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