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The Best Black Movies of 2018 

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Updated May 12, 2020 4.1k votes 1.5k voters 188.7k views 21 items

List Rules Only 2018 movies with predominantly black casts.

With numerous racially-charged films and black comedies released this year, it's time to rank the best black movies of 2018. While such films are certainly nothing new, quite a few hit theaters in 2018 with a serious bang. Whether they be hood movies or eye-opening dramas, the best black movies this year have not disappointed. Of all the 2018 black films, however, which ones did you think were best?

Though they certainly fall under the top black films category, 2018 hits BlacKkKlansman and Sorry to Bother You were some of the best films this year no matter the genre and cast. Then you have the action-packed Black Panther, along with the riveting drama Blindspotting. Featuring top black actors as well as plenty of newcomers, the list of 2018 black movies includes something for everybody. 

What were your favorite African-American movies from 2018? Check out the complete list of them below and vote up the ones you thought were best. You can also get caught up with the top black movies of 2020 list and our list of the best black romantic comedies.

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NotChuckProductions added Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie

Released: 2018

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Tika Sumpter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Acrimony is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Tyler Perry. Tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent), a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) becomes enraged when it ...more
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Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent

Released: 2018

Directed by: Haifaa al-Mansour

Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend (Ricky Whittle) to ...more
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John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

Released: 2018

Directed by: Spike Lee

BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth. An African American detective (John David Washington) in Colorado Springs, Colorado ...more

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Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali, Nia Long

Released: 2018

Directed by: Michael Larnell

Roxanne Roxanne is a 2017 American drama film directed by Michael Larnell. In the early 1980s, a fierce teenage girl (Chanté Adams) is rapidly on her way to becoming a hip hop legend as ...more
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Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams

Released: 2018

Directed by: Director X

Superfly is a 2018 action film directed by Director X, and a remake of the 1972 film. Drug dealer Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) finds his reputations and life in danger when a new crew with ...more
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Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover

Released: 2018

Directed by: Babak Najafi

Proud Mary is a 2018 American action-thriller directed by Babak Najafi. Successful hitwoman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes wrong, ...more
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Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Nobody's Fool is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Tyler Perry. Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is released from prison and reunites with her sister Danica (Tika Sumpter), only to learn she's in ...more
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Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin. A woman in Harlem (Kiki Layne) desperately scrambles to prove her ...more
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Night School Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam

Released: 2018

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Night School is a 2018 comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee. A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hopes that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school.
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Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

Released: 2018

Directed by: Boots Riley

Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more
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Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Carlos López Estrada

Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three days of probation left, Collin (Daveed Diggs) witnesses a police shooting that tests his ...more
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Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Missi Pyle

Released: 2018

Directed by: Deon Taylor

Traffik is a 2018 thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. During a romantic getaway at a cabin in the woods with her boyfriend (Omar Epps), investigative journalist Brea Stephens (Paula Patton) ...more
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Uncle Drew Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal

Released: 2018

Directed by: Charles Stone III

Uncle Drew is a 2018 sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III. After losing to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll) in a street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) stumbles upon ...more
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Amateur Michael Rainey Jr., Josh Charles, Brian White

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Koo

Amateur is a 2018 sports drama film directed by Ryan Koo. A rising star basketball player (Michael Rainey Jr.) struggles to fit in with his new basketball team.
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Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Kings is a 2017 romance film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. A South Central recluse (Daniel Craig) helps a woman's working-class mother (Halle Berry) during the 1992 civil unrest in Los
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Elvire Emmanuel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Olivia Newman

First Match is a 2018 American drama film directed by Olivia Newman. A teenage girl (Elvire Emmanuel) signs up for an all-boys wrestling team at her high school, causing more trouble than she ...more
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Night Comes On Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Journee Brown

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jordana Spiro

Night Comes On is a 2018 drama film directed by Jordana Spiro. Released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday, Angel LaMere (Dominique Fishback) embarks on a journey with her ...more
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Monsters and Men John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Released: 2018

Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Monsters and Men is a 2018 American drama film directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an ...more

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Been So Long Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MadKay

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tinge Krishnan

Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur Darvill and Ché Walker. Simone (Michaela Coel), a single mother, meets and falls in love with ...more