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, stylized, suspense, clever and entertaining films and TV shows about / with african american, culture clash, friendship, mentor, runaway, violence, dialogue, storytelling, racism and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as african american: Hell on Wheels (2011), Race (2016), Django Unchained (2012), Keanu (2016), SuperFly (2018), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Cider House Rules (1999), I'm Not There. (2007), Get Out (2017), A Raisin in the Sun (1961).

List of african american movies

 8.3
 44K
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: old west, slavery, rivalry, native americans, haunted by the past, tough heroes, african american, train, courage, interracial relations, shooting, business venture ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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 7.1
 30K
Race (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf ...
Style: factual, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: african american, racism, track and field, sport, historical figure, nazi germany, olympics, nazi, running, racial prejudice, athlete, politics ...
Time: 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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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, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, vengeance, society, rescue, friendship, one against many, african american, odd couple, gory ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
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 6.3
 41K
Keanu (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
Style: buddy comedy, absurd, satirical, exciting, intense ...
Plot: kitten, hitman, car chase, african american, male objectification, parody, hit by a car, brothers, gangsters, gangs, dumb, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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 5.1
 4K
SuperFly (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Career criminal Youngblood Priest wants out of the Atlanta drug scene, but as he ramps up sales, one little slip up threatens to bring the whole operation down before he can make his exit.
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: money, arrest, gambling, nightclub, police car, african american, corruption, police, driving, sex, drugs, drinking ...
Time: 2010s
Place: atlanta georgia, mexico, texas, hong kong, montenegro
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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: captivating, thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: lone wolves, hitman, mafia, racial slur, african american, code, loner, gangster, loneliness, wisdom of life, hip hop, philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, japan, new jersey
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In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, racist, african american, police chief, crime, racism, culture clash, racial tension, prejudice, police station, suspect, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa, mississippi river, california
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The Cider House Rules (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: incest, african american, cigarette smoking, coming of age, orphan, abortion, anesthetic, drug overdose, orphanage, war injury, pregnancy, pilot ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
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 7.0
 54K
I'm Not There. (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Western
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, non-linear, meditative ...
Plot: music, actor, rock, star, musician, vietnam war, poet, african american, musician's life, ambition, success, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, england, new jersey, minnesota, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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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, rough, realistic, psychological
Plot: police investigation, special agents, african american, serial killer, mystery, crimes, ex military, policewoman, law enforcement, murder, urban, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia
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 7.7
 375K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
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, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Plot: hypnosis, cult, plot twist, missing, african american, survival, racism, brainwashing, violence, interracial romance, secrets, female villain ...
Place: new york
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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: african american, racism, racial prejudice, apartment, neighborhood, racial segregation, racial tension, housewife, black family, family problems, working class, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: medical school, usa, chicago illinois, nigeria, africa
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 7.4
 102K
Luke Cage (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, bleak, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, master villain, superhuman powers, good versus evil, save the day, danger, fighting crime, crimes, escapades, african american, violence, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city
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Jumping the Broom (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: african american, meet the parents, couple relations, wedding, class differences, parents and children, culture clash, family gatherings, family relations, social differences, family tradition, family feud ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, new england, 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, exciting, colourful, romantic, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: superhero, alternate universe, african american, teenager, secret identity, father son relationship, spider, justice, friendship, love, teenage superhero, parallel world ...
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The First Purge (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of ...
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: party, murder, abuse of power, survival horror, sadism, nazism, experiment, money, gory violence, atrocity, african american, politics ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, new york
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 7.0
 2K
Marlon (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: A loving (but immature) father is committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way ...
Style: humorous, light, witty, situational comedy, mumblecore
Audience: teens
Plot: family, african american, sitcom, family relations, youth, marriage, rap, lifestyle, dialogue, black family, ex husband ex wife relationship, man child
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.1
 16K
Black-ish (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, funny, realistic
Plot: sitcom, black family, parents and children, society, social differences, racial issues, african american, teenage boy, married couple, father son relationship, family, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Doctor Dolittle (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! ...
Style: light, funny, emotional, clever, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, date night
Plot: clinic, friendship, animal human communication, doctor, talking animals, african american, dog, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, adventure, happy ending ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
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 7.4
 23K
House of Lies (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals. In the board rooms, barrooms, ...
Style: cynical, clever, realistic, talky, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, workplace situations, drugs/alcohol, coworker relationship, power relations, strong sexual content, workplace, dishonesty, powerful corporation, ambition, ambitious, hotshot hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.4
 77K
Psych (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Thanks to his police officer father's efforts, Shawn Spencer spent his childhood developing a keen eye for detail (and a lasting dislike of his dad). Years later, Shawn's frequent tips to the police lead to him being falsely accused of a ...
Style: intellectual, humorous, not serious, talky, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: private detective, intelligence, buddies, who done it, investigation, resourceful, crime, partners, best friends, police, unconventional method, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 3K
Vixen (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 5 min.
Story: Originally from Africa, Mari McGabe's parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence.But the orphaned Marl refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari can access the ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: superheroine, fighting crime, masked superhero, supernatural ability, escapades, crimes, rivalry, female protagonist, super villain, tough girl, martial arts, female fighter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, africa
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 8.3
 80K
Black Sails (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: The pirate adventures of Captain Flint and his men twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: pirate, island, treasure hunt, adventure, seduction, escapades, killings, gold, swashbuckler, danger, treasure, captain ...
Time: 18th century
Place: caribbean, west indies
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 7.4
 15K
Sliders (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In his basement in San Francisco, boy-genius Quinn Mallory unlocks the doorway to an infinite number of Earths. During a test run, Quinn invites co-worker Wade Wells and his teacher Professor Maximillian Arturo to see his new invention. But an ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, getting home, alien invasion, technology, adventure, danger, portal, escapades, lost, hopes, survival, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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 6.2
 3K
Mandingo (1975)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: slavery, gory, gambling, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, battle of the sexes, discrimination, racism, romance, opposites attract, infidelity, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
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 6.7
 41K
Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining, realistic ...
Plot: life sentence, criminal, prison life, escape attempt, crimes, prison, dishonesty, partners, redemption, criminal heroes, frame up, friendship between men ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 90s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: mississippi, usa, new york, new jersey
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Black & White (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rich Bower is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, talky, biting ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: hip hop, gangsters, high school, crime, interracial relations, athlete's life, society, culture clash, city life, musician's life, social differences, racism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
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 7.1
 226K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, lyrical, gloomy, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, musician's life, follow your dream, underdog, white rapper, contests and competitions, street gang, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: incest, domestic violence, sexual abuse, feminism, rape, letter, slavery, african american, adoption, self discovery, reunion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, africa, tennessee, georgia
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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, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police station, boss and employee, verbal byplay, workplace situations, investigation, teamwork, police, sitcom, crimes, policewoman, workplace, arrest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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