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The Best Black Movies Of 2021

Updated September 15, 2021 597 votes 133 voters 20.3k views38 items

List RulesVote up your favorite 2021 movies featuring black actors in the main roles.

The best Black movies of 2021 are coming out in every genre imaginable including sci-fi, comedy, and biographical films. Malcolm and MarieJudas and the Black Messiah, Outside the Wire, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday show that this list of 2021 Black films is off to an amazing start. If you are a fan of the horror movie genre, you're going to need to watch Candyman when it's finally released. You'll also need to get ready to laugh if you plan on watching Coming 2 America. These are really just a few of the great 2021 Black movies coming out this year.

But which one should be at the top of the list? You get to help decide by voting up your favorites and voting down any that you think other fans can skip that are coming out in 2021. Be sure to check back as new African-American films are added to this list once they are released.

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    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield

    Directed byShaka King

    Judas and the Black Messiah is a 2021 American biographical drama film directed by Shaka King. William O'Neal is a petty criminal in the 1960s who agrees to work as an informant for the FBI in order...  more
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    The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes

    Directed byLee Daniels

    The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Lee Daniels, based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann...  more
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    One Night in Miami

    Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree

    Directed byRegina King

    One Night in Miami is a 2020 American drama film directed by Regina King. Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Same Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) meet one...  more
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    Monster

    Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Mandler

    Monster (aka All Rise) is a 2019 American drama film directed by Anthony Mandler, based on the novel by Walter Dean Myers. A 17-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when...  more
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    American Skin

    Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi

    Directed byNate Parker

    American Skin is an 2021 American drama film directed by Nate Parker. A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce, but when his son is...  more
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    Fatherhood

    Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard

    Directed byPaul Weitz

    Fatherhood is a 2021 American drama film directed by Paul Weitz, based on the memoir of Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin. A father (Kevin Hart) brings up his baby...  more
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    Malcolm & Marie

    Zendaya, John David Washington

    Directed bySam Levinson

    Malcolm & Marie is a 2021 American drama film directed by Sam Levinson. After the successful premiere of a his latest movie, a filmmaker (John David Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) test...  more
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    Tina

    Angela Bassett, Tina Turner

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin

    Tina is an 2021 American-British music documentary film, directed by Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her...  more
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    Without Remorse

    Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell

    Directed byStefano Sollima

    Without Remorse is a 2020 American crime drama film directed by Stefano Sollima and is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. John Clark (Michael B. Jordan), a U.S. Navy SEAL, goes on a...  more
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    Concrete Cowboy

    Idris Elba, Method Man

    Directed byRicky Staub

    Concrete Cowboy is a 2021 American Western drama film directed by Ricky Staub. A 15-year-old boy from Detroit is sent to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia and learns about the local...  more
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    Bad Trip

    Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery

    Directed byKitao Sakurai

    Bad Trip is a 2020 American hidden camera comedy directed by Kitao Sakurai. It features two friends (Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery) who embark on a cross-country road trip where they prank people using...  more
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    Coming 2 America

    Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Coming 2 America is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Craig Brewer and the sequel to the 1988 film, Coming to America featuring most of the original cast reprising their roles. Prince Akeem...  more

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    Night of the Kings

    Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu

    Directed byPhilippe Lacôte

    Night of the Kings (aka La Nuit des rois) is a 2020 Ivorian fantasy drama film directed by Philippe Lacôte. A new arrival to an Ivory Coast prison is unaware that his storytelling skills will...  more
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    Directed byDeon Taylor

    The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 (aka The House Next Door) is a 2021 American comedy horror film directed by Deon Taylor, and a sequel to Meet the Blacks. When best selling author Carl Black...  more

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    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

    Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre

    Directed byEmmett Malloy

    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is a 2021 American biographical music documentary film directed by Emmett Malloy. Featuring rare footage filmed by Christopher Wallace's best friend, Damion "D-Roc"...  more
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    Patrice O'Neal: Killing is Easy

    Bill Burr, Kevin Hart

    Directed byMichael Bonfiglio

    Patrice O'Neal: Killing is Easy is a 2021 American comedy documentary film directed by Michael Bonfiglio. Told through the eyes of the people who knew Patrice best including Bill Burr, Kevin Hart and...  more
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    The Sleeping Negro

    Rae Dawn Chong, Julie McNiven

    Directed bySkinner Myers

    The Sleeping Negro is a 2021 American surreal drama film directed by Skinner Myers. Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young black man must overcome rage, alienation, and...  more
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    Outside the Wire

    Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Outside the Wire is a 2021 American science-fiction film directed by Mikael Håfström. In the near future, a drone pilot (Damson Idris) is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an...  more
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    A Crime on the Bayou

    Richard Sobol, Gary Duncan

    Directed byNancy Buirski

    A Crime on the Bayou is a 2020 American documentary film, directed by Nancy Buirski. It follows a young black teenager challenging the most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana with the help...  more

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    Resort to Love

    Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah

    Directed bySteven K. Tsuchida

    Resort to Love is a 2021 American romantic comedy film directed by Steven K. Tsuchida. An aspiring pop star ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a...  more

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    Respect

    Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker

    Directed byLiesl Tommy

    Respect is a 2021 American biographical film directed by Liesl Tommy. It follows the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson)....  more
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    Summertime

    Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers

    Directed byCarlos López Estrada

    Summertime is a 2021 American comedy-drama film directed by Carlos López Estrada. Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 25 young Angelinos intersect. A skating guitarist, a...  more
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    Candyman

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris

    Directed byNia DaCosta

    Candyman is a 2021 horror film directed by Nia DeCosta, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker. A "spiritual sequel" to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the...  more

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    Beckett

    John David Washington, Alicia Vikander

    Directed byFerdinando Cito Filomarino

    Beckett (aka Born to Be Murdered) is a 2021 International thriller film directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. While vacationing in Trikala, Greece, a young couple become trapped in a conspiracy...  more

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    Akilla's Escape

    Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana

    Directed byCharles Officer

    Akilla's Escape is a 2021 Canadian crime drama film directed by Charles Officer. A drug dealer finds his moral code challenged when he interrupts an armed robbery and captures one of the gang members...  more

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