2019

The Best Black Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 17, 2020 4.8k votes 1.9k voters 242.5k views 40 items

UPDATE: Check out the top black movies of 2020!

With numerous black comedies, horror movies, and dramas released this year, it's time to rank the best black movies of 2019. While such films are certainly nothing new, quite a few hit theaters in 2019 with a serious bang. Whether they are thriller films or eye-opening documentaries, the best black movies this year have not disappointed. Of all the 2019 black films, however, which ones did you think were best?

Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke play a mother and father trying to take their family on vacation before being attacked by doppelgangers in the highly acclaimed Us. Netflix has already kicked off the year with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Juanita, and High Flying Bird

The list of 2019 black movies spans across all genres from comedy, action, mystery and historical fiction and includes something for everybody. What were your favorite African-American movies from 2019? Check out the complete list and vote up the ones you thought were best and enjoy the latest black movies of this year. When you're done, check out our list of the best black love movies and black scary movies.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more
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Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Shankman

What Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Story

Shaft is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story, and a sequel to the 2000 film Shaft. After his best friend dies due to suspicious circumstances, FBI agent John Shaft III ...more
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Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro

Released: 2019

Directed by: Stefon Bristol

See You Yesterday is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Stefon Bristol. An ambitious science prodigy uses her prowess and capabilities to create time machines in order to save her ...more
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Anthony Anderson, Khalil Everage, Uzo Aduba

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Robinson

Beats is a 2019 American coming-of-age-drama directed by Chris Robinson. A musical prodigy with borderline agoraphobia (Khalil Everage) and a former music manager who has fallen from grace ...more
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Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good

Released: 2019

Directed by: Deon Taylor

The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream home in Napa Valley unaware that the ...more
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a ...more
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Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine

Released: 2019

Directed by: Melina Matsoukas

Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim's (Daniel Kaluuya) lives take an unexpected turn when they are pulled ...more
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Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes

Released: 2019

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer. The story of performer Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named ...more
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Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter

Released: 2019

Directed by: Deon Taylor

Black and Blue is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. Rookie cop, Alicia West (Naomie Harris) captures the murder of a drug dealer by corrupt cops on her bodycam and ...more
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Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robin Bissell

The Best of Enemies is a 2019 American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell, based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. A ...more
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Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Talbot

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
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Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach

Released: 2019

Directed by: Clark Johnson

Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams. Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban ...more
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Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is 2019 American comedy film written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and reportedly final installment of the Madea film series. ...more
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David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jacob Aaron Estes

Don’t Let Go is a 2019 American supernatural thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. After the demise of a man's (David Oyelowo) family, he receives a phone call from his deceased niece.
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Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner, Boyd Holbrook

Released: 2019

Directed by: Madeleine Sackler

O.G. is a 2019 American drama film directed by Madeleine Sackler. A maximum-security prison inmate named Louis (Jeffrey Wright), who, 24 years after committing a violent crime as a young man, ...more
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Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rashid Johnson

Native Son is a 2019 American drama film directed by Rashid Johnson, based on the novel by Richard Wright. A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money ...more
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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and leads hundreds of ...more
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Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2019

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton

Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson. A distinguished civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael ...more
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Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright

Released: 2019

Directed by: Hiro Murai

Guava Island is a 2019 film directed by Hiro Murai. A musician (Donald Glover) plans an all-night music festival for the whole island to enjoy.
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Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

Sextuplets is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. An expecting father-to-be discovers he has five other siblings and tries to track them down before his baby is born.
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Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Point Blank is a 2019 action thriller directed by Joe Lynch and a remake of the 2010 film of the same name.
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Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the true story of Brian Banks. A football linebacker (Aldis Hodge) is falsely accused of a crime and ...more
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André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg

Released: 2019

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sports agent (Andre Holland) pitches a rookie basketball client (Melvin Gregg) on an intriguing and ...more
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Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Released: 2019

Directed by: Julius Onah

Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), ...more