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The Best Black Movies of 2019

Updated June 23, 2020 7.8k votes 2.3k voters 306.6k views40 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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  • Queen & Slim1
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    Queen & Slim

    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byMelina Matsoukas

    Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dolemite Is My Name2
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    Dolemite Is My Name

    Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key

    Released2019

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Just Mercy3
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    Just Mercy

    Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2019

    Directed byDestin Daniel Cretton

    Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Us4
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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

    Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Shaft5
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    Shaft

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Story

    Shaft is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story, and a sequel to the 2000... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Black and Blue6
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    Black and Blue

    Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    Black and Blue is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. Rookie cop,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind7
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • What Men Want8
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    What Men Want

    Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    What Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • See You Yesterday9
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    See You Yesterday

    Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow

    Released2019

    Directed byStefon Bristol

    See You Yesterday is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Stefon Bristol. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Beats10
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    Beats

    Anthony Anderson, Khalil Everage

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Robinson

    Beats is a 2019 American coming-of-age-drama directed by Chris Robinson. A musical prodigy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Intruder11
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    The Intruder

    Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy

    Released2019

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    The Intruder is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. A young... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Harriet12
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    Harriet

    Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.

    Released2019

    Directed byKasi Lemmons

    Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Don't Let Go13
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    Don't Let Go

    David Oyelowo, Storm Reid

    Released2019

    Directed byJacob Aaron Estes

    Don’t Let Go is a 2019 American supernatural thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Best of Enemies14
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    The Best of Enemies

    Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell

    Released2019

    Directed byRobin Bissell

    The Best of Enemies is a 2019 American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Juanita15
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    Juanita

    Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood

    Released2019

    Directed byClark Johnson

    Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco16
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    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Talbot

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Brian Banks17
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    Brian Banks

    Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear

    Released2019

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Native Son18
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    Native Son

    Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley

    Released2019

    Directed byRashid Johnson

    Native Son is a 2019 American drama film directed by Rashid Johnson, based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • O.G.19
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    O.G.

    Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner

    Released2019

    Directed byMadeleine Sackler

    O.G. is a 2019 American drama film directed by Madeleine Sackler. A maximum-security prison... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Point Blank20
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    Point Blank

    Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Lynch

    Point Blank is a 2019 action thriller directed by Joe Lynch and a remake of the 2010 film of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Madea Family Funeral21
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    A Madea Family Funeral

    Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Perry

    Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is 2019 American comedy film written, directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sextuplets22
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    Sextuplets

    Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    Sextuplets is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. An expecting... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Guava Island23
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    Guava Island

    Donald Glover, Rihanna

    Released2019

    Directed byHiro Murai

    Guava Island is a 2019 film directed by Hiro Murai. A musician (Donald Glover) plans an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • High Flying Bird24
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    High Flying Bird

    André Holland, Zazie Beetz

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sports... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Luce25
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    Luce

    Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer

    Released2019

    Directed byJulius Onah

    Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button