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The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women

Updated December 22, 2020 3.7k votes 551 voters 41.1k views47 items

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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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe

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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Waiting to Exhale3
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    Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • What's Love Got to Do with It4
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    What's Love Got to Do with It

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1993

    Directed byBrian Gibson

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  • Love & Basketball5
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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  • The Help6
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Set It Off7
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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Poetic Justice8
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    Poetic Justice

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Dreamgirls9
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

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  • Coming to America10
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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 Back11
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

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  • Sister Act12
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Secret Life of Bees13
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    The Secret Life of Bees

    Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning

    Released2008

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

    The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Crash14
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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Haggis

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  • Brown Sugar15
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    Brown Sugar

    Queen Latifah, Mos Def

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Famuyiwa

    Brown Sugar is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written by Michael Elliott and Rick... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Wiz16
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    The Wiz

    Michael Jackson, Diana Ross

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Love Jones17
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    Love Jones

    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington

    Released1997

    Directed byTheodore Witcher

    Love Jones is a 1997 American romantic drama film written and directed by Theodore Witcher, in... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Cleopatra Jones18
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    Cleopatra Jones

    Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle

    Released1973

    Directed byJack Starrett

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  • Boomerang19
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    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

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  • 12 Years a Slave20
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God21
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Halle Berry, Terrence Howard

    Released2005

    Directed byDarnell Martin

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  • The Preacher's Wife22
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    The Preacher's Wife

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington

    Released1996

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Selah And The Spades23
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    Selah And The Spades

    Lovie Simone, Jharrel Jerome

    Released2020

    Directed byTayarisha Poe

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  • Crooklyn24
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    Crooklyn

    RuPaul, Spike Lee

    Released1994

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • Miss Juneteenth25
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    Miss Juneteenth

    Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson

    Released2020

    Directed byChanning Godfrey Peoples

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