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The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated January 29, 2021 31.7k votes 7.1k voters 389.5k views101 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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  • Love & Basketball1
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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  • Love Jones2
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    Love Jones

    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington

    Released1997

    Directed byTheodore Witcher

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  • Poetic Justice3
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    Poetic Justice

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • The Wood4
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    The Wood

    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan

    Released1999

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

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  • Brown Sugar5
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    Brown Sugar

    Queen Latifah, Mos Def

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

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    #28 of 38 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs#16 of 55 The Best Rap Movies

  • Just Wright6
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    Just Wright

    Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade

    Released2010

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

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    #27 of 67 The Best Basketball Movies#6 of 48 The Best Queen Latifah Movies

  • The Best Man7
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    The Best Man

    Nia Long, Terrence Howard

    Released1999

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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  • Think Like A Man8
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    Think Like A Man

    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Story

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    #41 of 101 The Best Romantic Comedies Of The 2010s Decade#8 of 24 The Best Kevin Hart Movies

  • Jason's Lyric9
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    Jason's Lyric

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker

    Released1994

    Directed byDoug McHenry

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    #26 of 159 The Best Hood Movies#21 of 95 The Best Black Movies Of The 1990s

  • Boomerang10
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    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

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  • Deliver Us from Eva11
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    Deliver Us from Eva

    Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Hardwick

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  • Coming to America12
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back13
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

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  • The Brothers14
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    The Brothers

    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Hardwick

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    #58 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#172 of 223 The Best R-Rated Comedies

  • Why Did I Get Married?15
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    Why Did I Get Married?

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    #95 of 133 The Best Movies Based on Plays#23 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Marriage

  • Two Can Play That Game16
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    Two Can Play That Game

    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox

    Released2001

    Directed byMark Brown

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    #61 of 125 The Best R-Rated Sex Comedies#40 of 51 The Best Romance Movies On Amazon Prime

  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate17
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    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan

    Released1996

    Directed byMartin Lawrence

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  • Beyond the Lights18
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    Beyond the Lights

    Minnie Driver, Danny Glover

    Released2014

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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  • Last Holiday19
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    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

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    #102 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#10 of 56 The Best Christmas Rom-Coms

  • Why Did I Get Married Too?20
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    Why Did I Get Married Too?

    Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson

    Released2010

    Directed byTyler Perry

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  • Hitch21
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    Hitch

    Will Smith, Eva Mendes

    Released2005

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    #139 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#91 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • Jumping the Broom22
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    Jumping the Broom

    Julie Bowen, Paula Patton

    Released2011

    Directed bySalim Akil

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  • What Men Want23
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    What Men Want

    Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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  • Something New24
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    Something New

    Taraji P. Henson, Simon Baker

    Released2006

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

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  • Disappearing Acts25
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    Disappearing Acts

    Wesley Snipes, Sanaa Lathan

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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