20 Best Black Romantic Movies Of All Time And Where To Watch Them

Some of the most iconic Black movies are Black romantic movies, and we’re all about snuggling up with a blanket and popcorn to binge some of the best feel-good flicks!  From Brown Sugar to Poetic Justice we’ve put together a must-watch list of some of the best Black romantic movies of all time. Get ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love!

20 Best Black Romantic Movies Of All Time And Where To Watch Them: #1-5

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Love And Basketball (2000)

Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.
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Brown Sugar (2002)

Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) can attribute the launch of their careers to one single childhood instant: witnessing the birth of hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now some 15 years later, she is a revered music critic and he is a successful, though unfulfilled music executive. Both come to realize that their true life passions will only be fulfilled by remembering what they learned that day on the corner.
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Beyond The Lights (2014)

Though she’s been groomed for stardom all her life by an overbearing mother, singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is having trouble dealing with her success. Feeling unable to cope any longer, Noni tries to kill herself, but luckily Kaz (Nate Parker), the police officer assigned to be her bodyguard, thwarts her suicide attempt. Noni and Kaz feel an instant attraction, but those in their orbit oppose the romance for fear the pair will stray from the course planned out for both of them.
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Love Jones (1997)

Darius (Larenz Tate), an aspiring writer, and Nina (Nia Long), an aspiring photographer, share an instant connection after a chance meeting at a Chicago club. The two bond over music, photography and poetry, and eventually begin a torrid romance. However, when Nina decides to move to New York and mend her relationship with her ex-fiancé, it leaves Darius heartbroken and the couple’s future in jeopardy.
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The Photograph (2020)

When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life – an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.
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20 Best Black Romantic Movies Of All Time And Where To Watch Them: #6-10

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Just Wright (2010)

Physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) lands the dream job of working with basketball superstar Scott McKnight (Common). All goes well until Leslie finds that she is falling in love with him. Scott, however, is oblivious to Leslie’s romantic overtures and focuses his attention on Morgan, Leslie’s gorgeous friend, who would love to be the basketball player’s trophy wife.
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Poetic Justice (1993)

Still grieving after the murder of her boyfriend, hairdresser Justice (Janet Jackson) writes poetry to deal with the pain of her loss. Unable to get to Oakland to attend a convention because of her broken-down car, Justice gets a lift with her friend, Iesha, and Iesha’s postal worker boyfriend, Chicago (Joe Torry). Along for the ride is Chicago’s co-worker, Lucky (Tupac Shakur), to whom Justice grows close after some initial problems. But is she ready to open her heart again?
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Moonlight (2016)

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Unlucky-in-love stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett) jets to Jamaica with her gal pal Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) for some fun in the sun. There, the 40-year-old working woman has an island fling with Winston (Taye Diggs) – a handsome 20-something. When it’s time to return to California, Stella realizes that she’s developed real feelings. But with their distance from each other, and their disparity in age, does a real relationship stand a chance?
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Queen & Slim (2019)

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.
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20 Best Black Romantic Movies Of All Time And Where To Watch Them: #11-15

Jumping The Broom (2011)

Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) is a successful corporate lawyer who comes from an old-money family. When she meets Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso), she thinks she’s found Mr. Right and eagerly accepts the Wall Street worker’s marriage proposal after a whirlwind courtship. However, when Sabrina’s aristocratic parents meet Jason’s postal-worker mother at their estate on Martha’s Vineyard, the class division seems very wide indeed.
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Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)

Monty (Idris Elba), a mechanic, struggles to make ends meet and raise his three young daughters alone. When his drug-dealing ex-wife wins custody of the girls in court, he enlists the help of Julia (Gabrielle Union), a successful attorney, to get the girls back. Romance unexpectedly blooms between the pair, but the couple must come to terms with their very different lives and find a way to keep Monty’s family together.
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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
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About Last Night (2014)

While out with loudmouthed pal Bernie (Kevin Hart), Danny (Michael Ealy) meets successful businesswoman Debbie (Joy Bryant), who’s as leery of relationships as Danny is. However, Danny and Debbie both feel the pull of undeniable attraction, and they end up spending the first of several nights together. The two try to make a success of being a couple despite warnings from Bernie and Joan, Debbie’s best friend. Meanwhile, Bernie and Joan experience some chemistry of their own.
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Jason’s Lyric (1994)

In a violent, drug-infested neighborhood in Houston, Jason (Allen Payne) dreams of something better. He works as a TV salesman and helps out his mother, and tries to steer his criminally minded brother, Joshua, onto the right path. But real joy enters Jason’s life when he meets Lyric (Jada Pinkett). As their romance develops, Jason starts to see a future for himself while also being forced to confront a painful secret from his past.
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20 Best Black Romantic Movies Of All Time And Where To Watch Them: #16-20

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Two Can Play That Game (2001)

When it comes to matters of the heart, keeping her man happy and committed is all in a day’s work for Shanté Smith (Vivica A. Fox). Shanté is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her best girlfriends depend on her for advice whenever man trouble clouds the horizon. But when Shanté’s boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) is caught red-handed stepping out with her archrival Conny (Gabrielle Union), Shanté institutes her Ten Day Plan to get her man in line.
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Boomerang (1992)

A cocky ad executive, Marcus (Eddie Murphy) has a reputation as a ladies’ man. However, Marcus gets a taste of his own medicine when a merger finds him working under the beautiful Jacqueline (Robin Givens), who has a similarly cavalier attitude about romance. Marcus and Jacqueline become involved, but he is put off by her noncommittal approach to their relationship. Meanwhile, Marcus also begins to develop feelings for the pretty Angela (Halle Berry), who is more thoughtful than Jacqueline.
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Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

Eva has been in charge of her younger sisters ever since their parents died, many years ago. Eva’s uncanny ability to interfere in her sisters’ affairs has not endeared her to their spouses and partners. The men would like to close out and divide up the family trust fund that Eva oversees. So they concoct a simple plan: compensate ladies’ man Ray Adams (LL Cool J) to romance and distract Eva from her familial duties. Sparks fly between Ray and Eva, but the plan goes awry.
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Why Did I Get Married? (2017)

Eight married friends take their annual reunion vacation in the Colorado mountains. Revelations of infidelity involving one pair shatter the amicable mood, forcing the remaining friends to take a hard look at the strength of their own marriages. The couples grapple with issues of commitment, love, betrayal and forgiveness as they try to move on with their lives.
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The Best Man (1999)

After writing a soon-to-be bestselling novel, writer and committed bachelor Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) attempts to hide the fact that his saucy new book is loosely based on the lives and loves of his tight-knit group of friends. Harper is set to be best man at his friend Lance’s (Morris Chestnut) wedding, and all his friends will be in attendance. When an advance copy of the book makes its way into the hands of his ex-flame, Jordan Armstrong (Nia Long), Harper attempts to keep it under wraps.
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