While Black people have a long history of shining on film—even in the midst of racism and bigotry—the s were a special time for Black actors and directors. From action films and thrillers to comedies to dramas, Black media in the s grew to levels that hadn't been seen before. And while the '90s boom led to a drought in the 's, many of these '90s directors recently spoke with The New York Times to explain that they think the coming years will be different. However, we can't look forward without looking back, and the movies below are the some of the best released in the '90s, and each film uniquely centers on the Black experience in its own way. So without further ado, here are the 30 best Black movies of the s.
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The movies on this list, which include comedy, romance, horror, and action films, have either mostly Black casts, directors, or both. Regardless of the genre, they speak in some way to what life is like to be Black in America. Be sure to add your recommendation in the comments. Love Jones explores both the passionate and intellectual sides of love. Darius Lovehall Larenz Tate , a poet, and Nina Mosely Nia Long , a photographer, are sorting out their relationship, trying to figure out if what they have is just causal or something more. Director Theodore Witcher offers up multi-layered African-American characters who show that people who we love can have flaws. A great movie to watch curled up on the couch with your sweetie!
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Editor's Note: This article is updated monthly according to Netflix's regular film additions and removals. Every month, Netflix releases a new batch of iconic Black films, that stream for 30 days. The latest? But, if you're really l ooking to flex your binge-watching muscles, Netflix is already home to tons of great Black movies, from comedies to dramas that don't appear to be budging from the platform anytime soon.
In addition to recent high-profile additions to the canon of movies about black history, like Harriet and Marshall , Hollywood history is rich with films that make fitting watching for Black History Month. Sylvia Evelyn Preer is running away from the deep trauma that occurs to her family in the South. Micheaux represents lynching, the rape of black women by white men, and the kinds of imprisonment African Americans were facing in the South in the system of sharecropping.