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The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked 

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Updated February 21, 2020 22k votes 6k voters 335.3k views 51 items

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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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 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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How Stella Got Her Groov... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Just Wright is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones
Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

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Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Deliver Us from Eva is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Why Did I Get Married? ... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Two Can Play That Game ... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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A Thin Line Between Love... 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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Beyond the Lights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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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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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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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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Jumping the Broom is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Why Did I Get Married To... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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I Can Do Bad All by Myse... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked
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Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself is a 2009 romantic musical comedy-drama film which was released on September 11, 2009. The film was directed, produced, and written by Tyler Perry, who ...more
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What Men Want is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Something New is listed (or ranked) 25 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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