Romance 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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937 185
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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830 167
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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534 101
The Wood is listed (or ranked) 4 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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668 148
The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 5 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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618 139
Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 6 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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623 148
Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 7 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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673 167
Just Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 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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354 70
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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526 151
Beyond the Lights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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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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374 96
Deliver Us from Eva is listed (or ranked) 11 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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379 103
What Men Want is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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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344 88
Why Did I Get Married? is listed (or ranked) 13 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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301 70
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 14 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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296 70
The Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 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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261 63
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 16 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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271 69
A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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279 76
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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299 88
Jumping the Broom is listed (or ranked) 19 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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253 74
Why Did I Get Married Too? is listed (or ranked) 20 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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240 75
Something New is listed (or ranked) 21 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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250 84
Hitch is listed (or ranked) 22 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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178 56
Disappearing Acts is listed (or ranked) 23 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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139 42
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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146 54
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 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