African american movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant african american movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, intense, touching, interesting and dramatic films and TV shows about / with african american, friendship, mentor, runaway, storytelling, redemption, dialogue, society, culture clash and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Comedy genres shot in USA, Japan, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as african american: Django Unchained (2012), Hell on Wheels (2011), Us (2019), Last Holiday (2006), Menace II Society (1993), Fruitvale Station (2013), Do the Right Thing (1989), Half Nelson (2006), Remember the Titans (2000), Night School (2018).

List of african american movies

Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, captivating, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, bounty hunter, old west, gunfight, racism, slavery, african american, gory, torture, society, rescue, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas
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 8.3
 46K
Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: slavery, native americans, old west, african american, rivalry, loss of spouse, americana, courage, haunted by the past, shooting, train, business venture ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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 6.9
 193K
Us (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful, twist ending, scary ...
Plot: murder, home invasion, african american, amusement park, panic, chase, hall of mirrors, childhood memory, beach, survival, teenage girl, husband wife relationship ...
Time: year 1986
Place: usa
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the "classic Spider-Man mold", Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero. Until he learns by Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, that there is a multiverse, called the "Spider-Verse", in ...
Style: light, colourful, exciting, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: african american, superhero, secret identity, alternate universe, spider, super powers, physics, teenage hero, teenager, teenage superhero, father son relationship, justice ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 27K
Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, self discovery, african american, holiday, love and romance, vacation, human nature, romance, dealing with death, hotel, suicidal, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, prague, czech republic, prague czech republic, central europe ...
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, gunfight, friendship, african american, crime, hip hop, coming of age, police brutality, graduation, social decay, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Fruitvale Station (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, intense, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, african american, racism, new year's eve, introspection, tragic hero, haunted by the past, encounter, couple relations, goodhearted, ex convict, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007, year 2008, 2000s ...
Place: california, usa, oakland california, san francisco
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Do the Right Thing (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Style: talky, realistic, humorous, intense, controversial ...
Plot: culture clash, police brutality, african american, racism, pizzeria, money, heat, prejudice, society, urban ghetto life, buddies, radio ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
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 7.2
 82K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, african american, friendship, loneliness, liberal, basketball, secret, coach, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
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Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, african american, sport, prejudice, football, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football, racial slur, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
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 5.6
 30K
Night School (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, light, satirical
Plot: african american, high school prom, dyslexia, marriage proposal, misfit, baseball bat, boxing ring, prom, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, black eye, hardcase students, teacher ...
Time: year 2001
Place: atlanta georgia
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
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: heartbreaking, bleak, emotional, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, freedom, torture, interracial relations, civil rights, master and servant, blacks and whites, african american, confined, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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 7.6
 12K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, touching, suspenseful ...
Plot: chess, african american, revenge, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, urban ghetto, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
Style: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: princess, cinderella story, family, adventure, prince, love and romance, human becomes animal, magical, fall in love, transformation, good versus evil, wizards and magicians ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
Style: humorous, not serious, sitcom, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police station, workplace situations, verbal byplay, teamwork, boss and employee, crimes, investigation, policewoman, arrest, workplace, sergeant, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 19K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, rivalry, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
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The Great Debaters (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: racism, teacher, african american, contests and competitions, debate, college, segregation, student, professor, poet, radical, labor union ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, oklahoma, manhattan new york city, usa, harvard university ...
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 7.5
 81K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: baseball, racism, rivalry, athlete's life, americana, against the odds, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, human spirit, hopes, sport, african american ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, 1940s, year 1946 ...
Place: usa, new york, pasadena california, chicago illinois, cincinnati ohio ...
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.
Style: uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, medical, human spirit, surgery, african american, ambition, christianity, rise to the top, follow your dream, blacks and whites, neurosurgeon, graduation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, west germany
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 7.7
 445K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: interracial romance, hypnosis, racism, survival, human monster, cult, friendship, african american, missing, psycho, disappearance, satire ...
Place: new york
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Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, sport, ex athlete, african american, boxing, homeless, newspaper, athlete's life, human spirit, lifestyle, introspection, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 2000s
Place: usa, colorado, denver colorado, los angeles
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 6.8
 90K
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, serious ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, athlete's life, friendship, african american, muslim, racism, comeback, politics, human spirit, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
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 7.3
 32K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: psychological, touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: psychiatrist, therapy, redemption, child abuse, african american, navy, anger, demotion, childhood, first love, human spirit, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, san diego california, cleveland ohio, new jersey
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 7.7
 79K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
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, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: mafia, lone wolves, hitman, racial slur, loner, code, african american, samurai, gangsters, friendship, loneliness, wisdom of life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, japan, new jersey
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 8.3
 25K
The Boondocks (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. The series premiered on November 6, 2005 and was created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, ethnic humor, topical humor, adult animation ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, african american, fish out of water, culture clash, youth, hypocrisy, racial slur, interracial relations, family relations, society, street kid, blacks and whites ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa
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Chappelle's Show (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in various sketches. Chappelle, Brennan and Michele Armour were the ...
Style: dark humor, witty, humorous, not serious, ethnic humor ...
Plot: marijuana, comedian, racism, african american, social problems, guest, hip hop, media, impersonating, interracial relations, artists and showbiz, musician ...
Time: contemporary
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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was a short-lived American police procedural drama that aired on CBS. The show debuted in 2011 as a spin-off from the successful Criminal Minds, which had premiered in 2005. This edition's profiling team also ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, rough, realistic
Plot: profiler, forensics, policewoman, african american, ex military, serial killer, police investigation, multiple suspects, mystery, crimes, special agents, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, african american, domestic violence, teaching the ways of the world, interracial relations, social differences, family relations, blacks and whites ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
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 7.3
 9K
Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: radio, ex convict, protest, civil rights, african american, media, society, manager, cheating, ambition, friendship, prison ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c., los angeles ...
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