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The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women  

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Whether they are fictional or based on real people, some of the most engaging film characters are strong black women. The top movies for black women feature stories about love, careers, and survival. This is a list of black women movies featuring everything from Waiting to Exhale to Beasts of the Southern Wild to What's Love Got to Do with It.

What movies will you find on this list of the best black woman films? Literature fans might vote The Color Purple to the top. Based on Alice Walker's book of the same name, this Steven Spielberg film tells the tale of Celie Harris and the horrifying oppression black women faced in the early 20th century. The movie was nominated for an incredible 10 Academy Awards. Beloved is another great movie for black women. How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a great movie about female empowerment and embracing life. Other good films featured on this black woman movies list include The Wiz, Coming to America, and Lady Sings the Blues.

Which of these movies for black women is the best of the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne
The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more
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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
DrewMason added Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more
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What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander
What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biographical film directed by Brian Gibson, loosely based on the life of Tina Turner. It stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence ...more
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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston
Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by ...more
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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith
Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly ...more
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The Help is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more
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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added 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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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx
Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more
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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel
Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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The Secret Life of Bees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah
The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, with ...more
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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard
Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place in Brooklyn, New York and the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant during the summer of ...more
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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor
The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. A reimagining of L. ...more
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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more
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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie
The Preacher's Wife is a 1996 Christmas romantic comedy-drama family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is a remake of ...more
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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
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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Their Eyes Were Watching God is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Michael Ealy
Their Eyes Were Watching God is an American Broadcasting Company television movie aired on March 6, 2005 at 9 p.m. EDT based upon Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel of the same name. The film was ...more
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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee
Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more
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Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams
Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its ...more
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Beloved is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover
Beloved is a 1998 American horror-drama film based on Toni Morrison's 1987 novel of the same name, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton. The ...more
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Crash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more