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The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women

Updated March 4, 2021 3.2k votes 559 voters 41.5k views132 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

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    Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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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

    Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan....  more
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Sister Act11
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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
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  • The Secret Life of Bees12
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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
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

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  • Crooklyn14
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    Crooklyn

    RuPaul, Spike Lee

    Released1994

    Directed bySpike Lee

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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
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    The Wiz

    Michael Jackson, Diana Ross

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • Love Jones17
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    Love Jones

    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington

    Released1997

    Directed byTheodore Witcher

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    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Halle Berry, Terrence Howard

    Released2005

    Directed byDarnell Martin

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  • The Preacher's Wife20
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    The Preacher's Wife

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington

    Released1996

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Jackie Brown21
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Mahogany22
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    Mahogany

    Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins

    Released1975

    Directed byBerry Gordy

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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • Beloved24
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    Beloved

    Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton

    Released1998

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • Lady Sings the Blues25
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    Lady Sings the Blues

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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