The Best Black Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
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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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Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
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
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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Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
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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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell
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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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall
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
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
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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Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter
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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Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good
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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Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx
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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Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield
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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Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover
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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David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann
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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Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay
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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Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd
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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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
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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Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach
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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Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden
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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Jeffrey Wright, William Fichtner, Boyd Holbrook
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
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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Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
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
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Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell
Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults. Two young couples (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, and Alexa Demie) navigate through the emotional ...more
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Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright
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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André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg
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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Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely
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