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The Best Black Movies of 2018

Updated June 28, 2020 5.4k votes 1.6k voters 191.3k views21 items

List RulesOnly 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 noBlackmatter 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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    Black Panther
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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    The Hate U Give
    577
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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  • 3
    Acrimony
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    Acrimony

    Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent

    Released2018

    Directed byTyler Perry

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  • 4
    Nappily Ever After
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    82

    Nappily Ever After

    Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson

    Released2018

    Directed byHaifaa al-Mansour

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  • 5
    Roxanne Roxanne
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    66

    Roxanne Roxanne

    Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Larnell

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    BlacKkKlansman
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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 7
    If Beale Street Could Talk
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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 8
    Nobody's Fool
    168
    53

    Nobody's Fool

    Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter

    Released2018

    Directed byTyler Perry

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  • 9
    Superfly
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    Superfly

    Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell

    Released2018

    Directed byDirector X

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  • 10
    Proud Mary
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    64

    Proud Mary

    Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown

    Released2018

    Directed byBabak Najafi

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  • 11
    Night School
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    Night School

    Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish

    Released2018

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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  • 12
    Sorry to Bother You
    161
    75

    Sorry to Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed byBoots Riley

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  • 13
    Blindspotting
    118
    45

    Blindspotting

    Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal

    Released2018

    Directed byCarlos López Estrada

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  • 14
    Uncle Drew
    125
    52

    Uncle Drew

    Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery

    Released2018

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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  • 15
    Traffik
    127
    55

    Traffik

    Paula Patton, Omar Epps

    Released2018

    Directed byDeon Taylor

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  • 16
    First Match
    76
    30

    First Match

    Elvire Emmanuel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

    Released2018

    Directed byOlivia Newman

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  • 17
    Kings
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    49

    Kings

    Halle Berry, Daniel Craig

    Released2018

    Directed byDeniz Gamze Ergüven

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  • 18
    Night Comes On
    57
    32

    Night Comes On

    Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byJordana Spiro

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  • 19
    Monsters and Men
    46
    29

    Monsters and Men

    John David Washington, Anthony Ramos

    Released2018

    Directed byReinaldo Marcus Green

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  • 20
    Amateur
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    78

    Amateur

    Michael Rainey Jr., Josh Charles

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Koo

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    Been So Long
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    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

    Released2018

    Directed byTinge Krishnan

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