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The following is a list of black films that have been or will be released in the 2010s. Black films listed here are generally associated with the peoples from the African diaspora; the cinema of Africa is distinct from this topic (see list of African films).

List of filmsEdit

2010Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
The Book of Eli January 5, 2010 [1]
Brooklyn's Finest January 16, 2009 March 5, 2010 [1]
Death at a Funeral April 16, 2010 The black comedy film is an American remake of the British film and features a predominantly black cast.[1][2]
For Colored Girls November 5, 2010 The tragedy film, directed by Tyler Perry, is an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's play about black women. The film stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray.[1]
I Will Follow September 18, 2010 March 11, 2011 The independent drama film, directed by Ava DuVernay, follows a woman who grieves over her aunt's recent death.[3]
Just Wright May 14, 2010 The romantic comedy film stars Queen Latifah as a physical therapist who falls in love with professional basketball player, played by Common.[1]
The Karate Kid June 11, 2010 [1]
Lottery Ticket August 20, 2010 [1]
Night Catches Us January 23, 2010 December 3, 2010
Our Family Wedding March 12, 2010 [1]
Preacher's Kid January 29, 2010
Speed-Dating June 4, 2010
Takers August 27, 2010 [1][2]
Why Did I Get Married Too? April 2, 2010 [1][2]

2011Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
35 and Ticking May 20, 2011 A romantic comedy about a group of friends learning what it is like to have children.
All Things Fall Apart March 5, 2011 December 3, 2011
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son February 18, 2011
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 February 2011 April 1, 2011
The Help August 10, 2011
I Will Follow September 18, 2010 March 11, 2011
Jumping the Broom May 6, 2011
Madea's Big Happy Family April 22, 2011 [2]
Mooz-lum September 17, 2010 February 11, 2011
Pariah January 11, 2011 December 28, 2011 A 17 year-old girl learns to accept her lesbian indentity.

2012Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
Beasts of the Southern Wild January 20, 2012 June 27, 2012
A Beautiful Soul May 4, 2012
Changing the Game May 11, 2012
Christmas in Compton November 9, 2012
Django Unchained December 25, 2012 [2]
Flight October 14, 2012 November 2, 2012
Good Deeds February 24, 2012
Joyful Noise January 13, 2012
Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement October 2012
Let It Shine June 15, 2012
Madea's Witness Protection June 29, 2012 [2]
Mama, I Want to Sing! February 14, 2012
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty January 21, 2012
Red Hook Summer August 10, 2012
Red Tails January 11, 2012 January 20, 2012 [2]
The Skinny April 6, 2012
Sparkle August 17, 2012 The final film of Whitney Houston
Think Like a Man February 20, 2012 April 20, 2012 [2]
We the Party April 6, 2012

2013Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
12 Years a Slave August 30, 2013 November 8, 2013
42 April 12, 2013
1982 September 8, 2013 March 1, 2016
After Earth May 31, 2013 [2]
Belle September 8, 2013 May 2, 2014 [4]
The Best Man Holiday November 15, 2013 [2]
Black Nativity November 27, 2013
The Butler August 16, 2013 [2]
Fruitvale Station January 19, 2013 July 13, 2013
A Haunted House January 11, 2013
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain June 22, 2013 July 3, 2013
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom September 7, 2013 October 28, 2013
Memphis August 21, 2013 August 31, 2013
Peeples May 10, 2013
The Stuart Hall Project January 18, 2013 [4]
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor March 29, 2013 [2]

2014Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
About Last Night February 11, 2014 February 14, 2014
Addicted October 10, 2014
Beyond the Lights September 6, 2014 November 14, 2014
Blackbird February 16, 2014 April 24, 2015
The Czar of Black Hollywood September 26, 2014 December 24, 2014
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus June 22, 2014 February 13, 2015
Dear White People January 18, 2014 October 17, 2014
Girlhood May 15, 2014 October 22, 2014
Ride Along January 17, 2014
Selma November 11, 2014 December 25, 2014
Think Like a Man Too June 20, 2014
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People January 27, 2014 August 27, 2014
Top Five September 6, 2014 December 12, 2014

2015Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
Ayanda June 13, 2015 October 2, 2015
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution January 23, 2015 September 2, 2015
Beasts of No Nation September 3, 2015 October 16, 2015
Bessie May 16, 2015 [5]
Blackbird February 16, 2014 April 24, 2015
Brotherly Love April 24, 2015
Chi-Raq December 4, 2015
Creed November 19, 2015
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus June 22, 2014 February 13, 2015
Dope January 24, 2015 June 19, 2015
Chocolate City May 22, 2015 The story is focused on a college student who becomes a male stripper.
Fifty October 17, 2015 December 13, 2015
Freetown April 8, 2015
The Man in 3B February 15, 2015 November 6, 2015
Miles Ahead October 11, 2015 April 1, 2016
The Perfect Guy September 2, 2015
Runaway Island June 12, 2015 July 25, 2015
Straight Outta Compton August 11, 2015 [5]
Tangerine January 23, 2015 July 10, 2015
War Room August 25, 2015

2016Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
Barbershop: The Next Cut April 15, 2016
The Birth of a Nation January 25, 2016 October 7, 2016
Fences December 16, 2016
Fifty Shades of Black January 29, 2016
Hidden Figures December 10, 2016 [5]
Hunter Gatherer March 12, 2016 November 16, 2016
I Am Not Your Negro September 10, 2016 February 3, 2017
In the Hour of Chaos February 19, 2016 July 25, 2016
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life August 26, 2016 [6]
Kiki January 26, 2016 February 24, 2017 [5]
Knucklehead October 21, 2016
Loving May 16, 2016 November 4, 2016
Ride Along 2 January 15, 2016
The Magnificent Seven September 8, 2016 September 23, 2016
Meet the Blacks April 1, 2016
Moonlight September 2, 2016 October 21, 2016 [5]
Queen of Katwe September 10, 2016 October 23, 2016 Based on the true story of a chess player.
Saving Barbara Sizemore August 26, 2016
Southside with You January 24, 2016 August 26, 2016

2017Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
All Eyez on Me June 16, 2017 [5]
Black Cop September 11, 2017 May 5, 2018
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween October 20, 2017
Burning Sands January 24, 2017 March 10, 2017 [5]
Crown Heights January 23, 2017 August 18, 2017 [5]
Dayveon January 19, 2017 September 13, 2017
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train January 23, 2017 March 17, 2017 [5]
Detroit August 4, 2017
Get Out January 23, 2017 February 24, 2017 [5]
Girls Trip June 14, 2017 July 21, 2017 [5]
Grow House November 20, 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks April 22, 2017 [5]
The Incredible Jessica James January 27, 2017 July 28, 2017 [5]
Marshall October 13, 2017 [5]
Mudbound January 27, 2017 November 17, 2017 [5]
Roxanne Roxanne January 22, 2017 March 23, 2018 [5]
Sleight January 23, 2016 April 28, 2017
Strong Island January 23, 2017 September 15, 2017 [7]

2018Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
Acrimony March 30, 2018 [8]
And Breathe Normally January 23, 2018 The Icelandic drama film features two women—a single Icelandic mother and an African political asylum seeker—whose lives intersect.[9][10][11]
BlacKkKlansman May 14, 2018 August 10, 2018 The American comedy-drama film, set in the early 1970s, features a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs.[8][12][13]
Black Panther February 16, 2018 The superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe features the black superhero Black Panther.[8][13]
Blindspotting January 18, 2018 July 20, 2018 The American comedy-drama film features two friends, a black man and a white man, who work as movers and experience the gentrification of the neighborhood in Oakland, California where they grew up.[10][14][11][12][13]
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. January 22, 2018 September 14, 2018 The American romantic drama film, set on the night of the 2016 United States Presidential election, features a Los Angeles club promoter who meets a visitor from the Midwestern United States, and the two embark on a journey to challenge each other and realize their dreams.[9][10][14][11]
Burden January 21, 2018 The drama film features a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1996 South Carolina who tries to leave the organization with the help of an African-American pastor.[10][14]
Canal Street June 13, 2018 [15]
Come Sunday January 21, 2018 April 13, 2018 The drama film stars an evangelist who preaches that there is no hell and is subsequently kicked out of his church.[9][10][14][11]
Crime + Punishment January 19, 2018 [9][10][14][11]
Farming September 8, 2018 [16][17]
The First Purge July 4, 2018 The horror film, the fourth installment in the Purge franchise, features black and brown perspectives.[18]
Green Book September 11, 2018 November 21, 2018 The American comedy-drama, based on a true story, follows African-American classical pianist Don Shirley being transported around concerts in the American South by a racist Italian-American driver.[17][19]
Hale County This Morning, This Evening January 18, 2018 [9][10][14][11]
The Hate U Give September 7, 2018 October 19, 2018 [20][13]
If Beale Street Could Talk September 9, 2018 November 30, 2018 The film, directed by Barry Jenkins, is an adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.[8][17]
King in the Wilderness January 23, 2018 April 2, 2018 The documentary film explores the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.[9][14][11]
Mariannes Noires July 13, 2018 [21][5]
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. January 21, 2018 The documentary features the Sri Lankan artist and musician M.I.A..[9][10][11]
Minding the Gap January 21, 2018 August 17, 2018 The documentary features three skateboarding friends in Rockford, Illinois, including a black teenager whose experience differs from his friends'.[9][10][14][11]
Monster January 22, 2018 The drama film is based on the novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers.[9][10][14][11]
Monsters and Men January 19, 2018 September 28, 2018 The drama film features a black man in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn who catches on video the wrongful shooting by a white police officer and who faces a dilemma about releasing the video or not. The film also explores others' lives based on the fallout from the shooting.[9][10][14][11][17][13]
Mr. Soul! April 22, 2018 [22]
Night Comes On January 19, 2018 August 3, 2018 The drama film features a black woman who is released from juvenile detention on her 18th birthday. She teams up with her ten-year-old sister to avenge their mother's death.[9][10][14][11]
Night School September 28, 2018 The American comedy film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, produced by Will Packer, and stars Kevin Hart (who also produced) and Tiffany Haddish.[23]
Proud Mary January 18, 2018 In the action thriller film, Taraji P. Henson plays hitwoman Mary.[8]
The Public January 31, 2018 April 5, 2019 After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, Ohio, a large group of homeless library patrons refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time.[17]
Quincy September 9, 2018 September 21, 2018 The American documentary film features the life of American record producer, singer and film producer Quincy Jones.[17]
Sorry to Bother You January 20, 2018 July 6, 2018 The comedy film, set in Oakland, California, features a telemarketer who discovers a magical key that empowers him to succeed in his profession.[9][10][14][11][12]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse December 14, 2018 The superhero film features the Afro-Latino superhero Miles Morales / Spider-Man.
Step Sisters January 19, 2018 The comedy film stars a black sorority sister who teaches step dance to her white sorority sisters.[8]
Superfly June 13, 2018 The crime film, a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly, features a cocaine dealer who is attempting to make one last successful deal before quitting drug-dealing for life.[24]
Tales from the Hood 2 October 2, 2018 [25]
Tyrel January 20, 2018 December 7, 2018 The drama film features a group of male friends taking a trip to the Catskill Mountains for a birthday weekend. The only black man in the group, Tyler, begins to feel uneasy among the alcohol and testosterone.[9][10][14][11]
The Weekend September 2018 September 13, 2019 Romantic comedy starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, and DeWanda Wise. Written and directed by Stella Meghie.[26]
What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? September 2018 [16]
Where Hands Touch September 9, 2018 [17]
Widows September 8, 2018 November 6, 2018 The English-language heist film, directed by Steve McQueen, stars actresses Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo among others.[17]
A Wrinkle in Time March 9, 2018 The fantasy film, based on the 1962 novel, features a mixed race girl, her brother, and her friend embarking on a search for her missing father.[8]
Yardie January 20, 2018 August 24, 2018 The crime film is an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name.[9][10][14][11]


2019Edit

Film Date Description
Film festival Commercial release
Cut Throat City 2019
Clemency January 27, 2019 December 27, 2019 [27]
21 Bridges July 12, 2019 Chadwick Boseman portrays the lead character.[28]
Don't Let Go January 27, 2019 August 2, 2019 [27]
The Last Black Man in San Francisco January 26, 2019 August 30, 2019 [27]
Little April 12, 2019
Luce January 27, 2019 August 2, 2019 [27]
Native Son January 24, 2019 April 6, 2019 [27]
Premature January 26, 2019 [27]
See You Yesterday May 17, 2019 [29]
Us March 8, 2019 March 22, 2019 The horror film is written and directed by Jordan Peele and stars Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong'o.
What Men Want February 8, 2019

ReferencesEdit

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