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, captivating, rough, suspenseful and disturbing films and TV shows about / with african american, black, urban, society, murder, gangsters, crimes, urban ghetto, gang and gun plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as harlem: Drumline (2002), New Jack City (1991), The Stick Up Kids (2008), Motherless Brooklyn (2019), All Eyez on Me (2017), Godfather of Harlem (2019), Paid in Full (2002), Hoodlum (1997), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Across 110th Street (1972).

List of movies set in harlem

 5.9
 35K
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: feel good, humorous, inspirational, melancholic, light ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: music, underdog, college, dancing, hip hop, high school, teenager, rivalry, destiny, adaptation, music band, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: harlem, georgia, usa, new york, atlanta georgia
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 6.6
 36K
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: suspense, harsh, intense, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, gang, urban ghetto, organized crime, ghetto, chase, betrayal, hip hop, addiction, gang war, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, new york, usa, california, new jersey ...
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The Stick Up Kids (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: People always told Santos he was something special. His Uncle told him to get a skill, so he became a hustler and with his three,they became "The Stick Up Kids" Harlem would never be the same. They thought they had it all... Money, cars, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, gang, criminal's revenge, crimes, buddies, friends, urban ghetto life, society, dishonesty, cons and scams, graphic violence, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New ...
Style: neo noir, enigmatic, suspense, melancholic, captivating
Audience: date night
Plot: private detective, interracial romance, murder investigation, investigation, murder, crime investigation, politics, social injustice, organized crime, detective agency, conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 50s, future
Place: brooklyn new york city, harlem, usa, new york
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 5.8
 24K
All Eyez on Me (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against ...
Style: factual, captivating, enigmatic, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: rapper, hip hop, record company, murder, music industry, autobiography, police brutality, prison, gangsters, organized crime, african american, black man ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa, harlem, los angeles, baltimore, las vegas ...
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Godfather of Harlem (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Loosely based on infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy attempts to regain his piece of ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: mafia, gang leader, crime boss, gangsters, gang war, gang, violence, showdown, power struggle, criminal gang, street gang, gang of outlaws ...
Time: 60s
Place: harlem
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 7.0
 13K
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: tense, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, gangsters, organized crime, drugs, urban ghetto, drug dealing, rise and fall, street life, cocaine, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 12K
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, dramatic, splatter, factual, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, crimes, violence, betrayal, death, corruption, gunfight, violent, adaptation, revenge ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, harlem, california, usa, illinois
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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.
Style: inspirational, captivating, realistic, touching, tense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sex scene, racism, prison, love, police, african american, love story, black american, dating, injustice, wrongful conviction, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s
Place: puerto rico, harlem, new york, manhattan new york city
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Across 110th Street (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, cynical, bleak, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, murder, racism, organized crime, police, police corruption, police investigation, violence, hitman, mafia, robbery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.7
 95K
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: inspirational, political, factual, intense, stylized ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, politics, civil rights movement, african american, black history, assassination, islam, prison, muslim, racial slur, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, africa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
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 4.8
 634
Killa Season (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Flea was a basketball player, happy with his subtle hustle, until a Dominican connect introduced him to a new way to spread the work and make money.
Plot: rap, hip hop, drug dealing, cocaine, materialism, business, power, money, african american, urban setting, criminality, urban ...
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city
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Run the World (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a group of Black women who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. They're not only surviving – but thriving together.
Style: satirical, captivating, disturbing, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: girlfriend girlfriend relationship, lifestyle, ambitious woman, society, girlfriend, aspiration, female protagonist, group of friends, ambition, friends, women, friendship ...
Place: harlem
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American Gangster (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, heroin, mob boss, drug lord, police, drugs, crime boss, drug traffic, gang, criminal syndicate ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, new jersey, bronx new york city, usa, harlem ...
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional
Plot: sport, addiction, basketball, drug abuse, heroin, sport team, friends, urban ghetto, power relations, going straight, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 5.6
 12K
Twelve (2010)
Genre: Action, 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, realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: drug dealer, murder, juvenile delinquency, youth, drug dealing, life is a bitch, drug abuse, teenage life, violence spree, drugs, strained relationship, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, inspirational
Audience: family outing, teen drama
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, human spirit, new job, teacher student relationship, challenge, obstacle, power relations, changing lives, hardcase students, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, year 1998
Place: usa, harlem, north carolina, new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 412
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: realistic, serious, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, drug addiction, black history, murder, drug dealing, vigilantism, rivalry, partners against crime, partners, gangsters, rehabilitation, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 10K
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, sexy, suspense, tense, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: racism, nudity (full frontal - brief), fighting the system, racial injustice, jazz, murder, friendship, female nudity, anarchist, piano, violence, literature ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 20th century, 1910s, 90s ...
Place: new york, london, harlem, usa, philadelphia ...
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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: neo noir, semi serious, realistic, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: femme fatale, gangsters, african american, crimes, moll, racial slur, gunfight, anti racism, gold, transvestism, woman in danger, murder ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city
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Aaron Loves Angela (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, 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: serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: racial issues, prostitute, interracial relations, tragic love, star crossed lovers, graphic violence, downfall, life is a bitch, society, crimes, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, 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: neo noir, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, exploitation, crimes, murder, police corruption, african american, kidnapping, grizzly bear, violence spree, city life, racism, vengeance ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, los angeles ...
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 6.1
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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: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: hip hop, opera, urban ghetto life, destiny, teaching the ways of the world, city life, human spirit, prodigy, musician's life, ambition, performer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 90s
Place: harlem, new york, 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: realistic, serious, cynical, tense, clever ...
Plot: street gang, racism, gang, juvenile delinquent, murder trial, courtroom, lawyer, crimes, serial killer, murder, district attorney, class differences ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, harlem, usa, manhattan new york city, new york state
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 6.6
 19K
Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, society, romance, interracial relations, drug addiction, racism, love affair, drugs, prejudice, social differences, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.4
 4K
Black Caesar (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, tough guy, exploitation, legal, martial arts, racism, police corruption, violence, criminal, mafia, gang war, power ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1953, 50s, year 1965 ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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 6.9
 423
Little Senegal (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Algeria, France, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Passionné par l'histoire de son peuple, Alloune, un vieux guide du musée africain "La Maison des Esclaves" à Gorée, part en pèlerinage pour retrouver les descendants de ses ancêtres aux Etats-Unis. Cet émouvant voyage va le ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: racism, slavery, family relations, immigrants, obsessive quest, society, family tradition, elderly, family history, interracial relations, ancestry, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south carolina, new york, harlem, usa ...
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 6.5
 838
Premature (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The summer before she leaves for college, Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah; her entire world is turned upside down as she navigates the demanding terrain of young love against a changing Harlem landscape.
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, uplifting, sweet
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, friendship, love, african american, mother daughter relationship, coming of age, destiny, love affair, hopes, youth, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: harlem, new york
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 6.6
 19K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: harsh, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, gangsters, lone hero, crimes, mafia, gang, organized crime, gunfight, hitman, kidnapping, police, corruption ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, harlem ...
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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, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: downfall, haunted by the past, male rape, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
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