Films The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite romantic love story films that feature people of color in primary roles.

Some of the most romantic movies ever made feature casts of black actors and actresses. The top black romance movies woo audiences with compelling characters and heartwarming stories. This is a list of the greatest African American romance movies including everything from Poetic Justice to Love & Basketball to The Brothers.

What films will you find on this list of the best black romance movies? Prince made his acting debut in Purple Rain, a movie about love and the music business. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Why Did I Get Married? is another great black love story. Angela Bassett starred as a woman in her 40s enjoying a relationship with a younger man in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Other good films featured on this list include The Best Man, Two Can Play That Game, and Claudine.

Which of these black romance films is your favorite? Give the best movies about people falling in love a thumbs up, and please add any great features that are missing.

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. The main character, Justice, ...more

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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson Love Jones is a 1997 American romantic drama film written and directed by Theodore Witcher, in his feature film debut. It stars Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, and Lisa ...more

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The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan The Best Man is a 1999 American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It was produced by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, with Lee's cousin, Spike Lee, serving as ...more

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The Wood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs The Wood is a 1999 romantic comedy, written by Rick Famuyiwa and Todd Boyd. Famuyiwa also directed the film, which stars Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, and Taye Diggs.

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Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland Think Like A Man is a 2012 comedy film written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman and directed by Tim Story.

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Just Wright is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Queen Latifah Just Wright is the 2010 American romantic comedy film starring Queen Latifah and Common that tells the story of a physical therapist who falls in love with a professional basketball player. The ...more

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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man Brown Sugar is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, directed by Famuyiwa, and starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. The film is a story of a ...more

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Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin Jason's Lyric is a 1994 romantic drama film, written by Bobby Smith, Jr, and directed by Doug McHenry, who co-produced the film with George Jackson and Marilla Lane Ross. Both Jackson and ...more

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Beyond the Lights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
CaringtonMcGowan added Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, Machine Gun Kelly Beyond the Lights is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, Danny Glover, and rapper ...more

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Why Did I Get Married? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott Why Did I Get Married? is a 2007 comedy-drama film adaptation written, produced, directed, and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by his play of the same name. The film stars Janet ...more

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more

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Deliver Us from Eva is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Meagan Good Deliver Us from Eva is a 2003 American romantic comedy film starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, revolving around LL's character Ray being paid to date a troublesome young lady named Eva. To ...more

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The Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore The Brothers is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and Shemar Moore. The film was written and directed by Gary Hardwick, who has directed other films ...more

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Jumping the Broom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Julie Bowen, Paula Patton, Angela Bassett Jumping the Broom is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Salim Akil and produced by Tracey E. Edmonds, Elizabeth Hunter, T.D. Jakes, Glendon Palmer, and Curtis Wallace. The title of the film ...more

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A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was directed and co-written by Martin Lawrence, who also stars in the film. Lawrence co-wrote the screenplay ...more

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable ...more

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Two Can Play That Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown Two Can Play That Game is a 2001 romantic comedy film written and directed by Mark Brown. The film stars Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut.

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Why Did I Get Married Too? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film produced by Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios and stars Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, and Tasha Smith. It is the sequel to Why Did I ...more

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Something New is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Taraji P. Henson, Simon Baker, Sanaa Lathan Something New is a 2006 American romantic drama film directed by Sanaa Hamri. The screenplay by Kriss Turner focuses on interracial relationships and traditional African American family values ...more

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Hitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith. The film, which was written by Kevin Bisch, co-stars Eva Mendes, Kevin James, and Amber Valletta. Smith ...more

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Disappearing Acts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
nthabiseng2017 added Wesley Snipes, Sanaa Lathan, Q-Tip Disappearing Acts is a 2000 romantic drama directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and stars Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes. The film is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel ...more

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

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The Inkwell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Jada Pinkett Smith, Morris Chestnut, Joe Morton The Inkwell is a 1994 romantic comedy/drama film, directed by Matty Rich. The film stars Larenz Tate, Joe Morton, Suzzanne Douglass, Glynn Turman, and Vanessa Bell Calloway.

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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
KimothyBrown added Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, ...more

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Mahogany is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams Mahogany is a 1975 American romantic drama film directed by Berry Gordy and produced by Motown Productions. The Motown founder Gordy took over the film direction after British filmmaker Tony ...more

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Claudine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Adam Wade Claudine is a 1974 American film, produced by Third World Films and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, it is noted for being ...more

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I'm in Love with a Church Girl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
mrssparks added Ja Rule, Michael Madsen, Stephen Baldwin I'm in Love with a Church Girl is a 2013 Christian drama film, directed by Steve Race. It stars Jeff 'Ja Rule' Atkins, Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, Toby Mac, T-Bone and ...more

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Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
KimothyBrown added Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. It was Lee's fifth feature-length film. The film ...more

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God Send Me a Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Clifton Powell, Nicci Gilbert, Curtis Von

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Paris Blues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong Paris Blues is an American feature film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musician Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men ...more