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The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated March 10, 2021 32k votes 7.6k voters 411.2k views102 items

List RulesVote 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. There are also some great black rom coms on this list as well if you're looking for something a light-hearted romance.

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 dramatic Black romance or romance comedy movies are your favorite? Give the best movies about people falling in love a vote up and vote down any you think other fans should avoid. Be sure to check back for new Black romance movies as they are added to the list.

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  • 1

    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union
    2,252
    525

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

  • 2

    Love Jones

    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington
    1,479
    321

    Released1997

    Directed byTheodore Witcher

  • 3

    Poetic Justice

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves
    1,534
    358

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

  • 4

    The Wood

    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan
    910
    192

    Released1999

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

  • 5

    Brown Sugar

    Queen Latifah, Mos Def
    1,124
    257

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

  • 6

    The Best Man

    Nia Long, Terrence Howard
    1,150
    272

    Released1999

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

  • 7

    Just Wright

    Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade
    1,194
    294

    Released2010

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

  • 8

    Think Like A Man

    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union
    1,033
    248

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Story

  • 9

    Jason's Lyric

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker
    675
    153

    Released1994

    Directed byDoug McHenry

  • 10

    Deliver Us from Eva

    Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J
    702
    169

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Hardwick

  • 11

    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy
    525
    110

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

  • 12
    Keira Crocker added

    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson
    378
    61

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

  • 13

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett
    575
    131

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

  • 14

    Why Did I Get Married?

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry
    624
    152

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

  • 15

    The Brothers

    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz
    537
    127

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Hardwick

  • 16

    Two Can Play That Game

    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox
    520
    126

    Released2001

    Directed byMark Brown

  • 17
    KimothyBrown added

    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J
    364
    74

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

  • 18

    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan
    498
    125

    Released1996

    Directed byMartin Lawrence

  • 19
    CaringtonMcGowan added

    Beyond the Lights

    Minnie Driver, Danny Glover
    904
    281

    Released2014

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

  • 20

    Hitch

    Will Smith, Eva Mendes
    490
    132

    Released2005

    Directed byAndy Tennant

  • 21

    Why Did I Get Married Too?

    Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson
    470
    125

    Released2010

    Directed byTyler Perry

  • 22

    Jumping the Broom

    Julie Bowen, Paula Patton
    515
    153

    Released2011

    Directed bySalim Akil

  • 23

    The Photograph

    Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield
    211
    28

    Released2020

    Directed byStella Meghie

  • 24

    Something New

    Taraji P. Henson, Simon Baker
    426
    130

    Released2006

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

  • 25

    What Men Want

    Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey
    601
    219

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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