Black Movies of 2021 to Watch - updated in July 2022

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth (December 25, 2021)

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
A Journal for Jordan

A Journal for Jordan (December 22, 2021)

Chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy's relationship with a soldier named Charles Monroe King. Deployed overseas in combat zones, he began writing a journal full of life lessons for their newborn son Jordan.
Swan Song

Swan Song (December 17, 2021)

In the near future, Cameron Turner is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Presented with an experimental solution to shield his wife and son from grief, he grapples with altering their fate.
A Naija Christmas

A Naija Christmas (December 16, 2021)

A mother's Christmas wish - and the grand prize that comes with it - sets off a fierce competition between her sons.
National Champions

National Champions (December 10, 2021)

A star quarterback ignites a players’ strike hours before the biggest game of the year in order to fight for fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes who put their bodies and health on the line for their schools.
American Refugee

American Refugee (December 10, 2021)

A story of a family seeking shelter in a neighbor’s bunker while the American economy is in collapse and the nation under martial law. There they find the danger inside is potentially greater than the danger outside.
My Favorite Christmas Melody
Once a promising singer-songwriter, Abby now finds herself writing uninspired jingles for commercials. As she heads home for the holidays, she's enlisted by the local high school music teacher to help save the school arts program. In the process, Abby rediscovers her voice and regains the confidence to go after her dreams and lets the possibility of love in too.
Our Christmas Journey

Our Christmas Journey (December 04, 2021)

As a single mom and her teenaged son with autism come to a crossroad during Christmas, she must learn to let go so he can flourish as she finds her own heart healing in unexpected ways.
Saying Yes to Christmas

Saying Yes to Christmas (November 30, 2021)

A magical Christmas wish makes a career-obsessed June say yes to every invitation while she's home for the holidays. But when an old flame, Blake, joins her hectic schedule of Christmas activities, past feelings are reignited. June must choose between saying yes to her career and life in the city or to her heart in her hometown.
King Richard

King Richard (November 18, 2021)

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.
Bruised

Bruised (November 17, 2021)

A disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life. It's not a second chance. It's a last chance.
Coins Forever

Coins Forever (November 14, 2021)

Madison and Alec are flourishing in their dream jobs and have grown their budding romance but new challenges open old wounds and threaten to derail their relationship and their friendship.
7 Prisioneiros

7 Prisoners (November 11, 2021)

To provide a better life for his family in the country, 18-year-old Mateus accepts a job in a junkyard in São Paulo for his new boss Luca. But when he and a few other boys become trapped in the dangerous world of contemporary slavery, Mateus will be forced to decide between working for the very man who enslaved him or risk his and his family’s future.
A Christmas Treasure

A Christmas Treasure (November 07, 2021)

After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and finding her grandfather’s old journal, Lou questions whether she should move to New York after Christmas to further her writing career or stay in Pine Grove to carry on her family’s local newspaper. Charming chef, Kyle, is also at a crossroads, visiting Pine Grove for the holidays.
Amina

Amina (November 04, 2021)

DramaWarHistory
In 16th-century Zazzau, now Zaria, Nigeria, Amina must utilize her military skills and tactics to defend her family's kingdom. Based on a true story.
Christmas in Harmony

Christmas in Harmony (October 29, 2021)

Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus — directed by an ex-boyfriend. By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love.
Horror Noire

Horror Noire (October 28, 2021)

An anthology film presenting six short horror stories from black writers and directors, featuring racist vampires, supernatural creatures, and Satan his damn self.
Passing

Passing (October 27, 2021)

The unexpected reunion of two high school friends, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.
The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall (October 22, 2021)

When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge.
Night Teeth

Night Teeth (October 20, 2021)

A young driver picks up two mysterious women for a night of party hopping. But when their passengers reveal their true nature, he must fight to stay alive.
Needle in a Timestack
A devoted husband will stop at nothing to save his marriage when it's destroyed by a time-traveling rival.
There's Someone Inside Your House
As the countdown to graduation begins, students at Osborne High are being stalked by a maniac intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer's identity before they become victims themselves.
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
Based on the true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder, who was killed during a conflict with police officers who were dispatched to check on him.
Copshop

Copshop (September 17, 2021)

On the run from a lethal assassin, a wily con artist devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station. However, when the hit man turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop finds herself caught in the crosshairs.
Vacation Friends

Vacation Friends (August 27, 2021)

When a straight-laced couple that has fun with a rowdy couple on vacation in Mexico return to the States, they discover that the crazy couple they met in Mexico followed them back home and decide to play tricks on them.
Candyman

Candyman (August 27, 2021)

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
Respect

Respect (August 13, 2021)

The rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.
Beckett

Beckett (August 13, 2021)

A vacationing couple finds themselves in the middle of a violent conspiracy and it’s consequences.
Indemnity

Indemnity (August 11, 2021)

An ex-fireman with PTSD goes on the run when accused of a crime he doesn't even remember committing, leading him down a rabbit hole of conspiracy to the highest degree.
Naked Singularity

Naked Singularity (August 06, 2021)

When a successful New York public defender loses his first case, he is pulled into a drug heist by a former client in an effort to beat the broken system at its own game.
The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad (August 05, 2021)

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
Resort to Love

Resort to Love (July 29, 2021)

Aspiring pop star Erica ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown.
Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise (July 29, 2021)

Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his dilapidated boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal – a discovery that will change the future of medicine.
Ailey

Ailey (July 23, 2021)

Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Told in his own words and through the creation of a dance inspired by his life, this immersive portrait follows a man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
With the help of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, NBA superstar LeBron James must rescue his missing son by navigating through films in the Warner Bros. catalogue as they challenge against the villainous Al-G's plot to win a basketball game against his team of mates, which will be seen by the entire world.
Nine Days

Nine Days (July 15, 2021)

A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.
Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
During the same summer as Woodstock, over 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival, celebrating African American music and culture, and promoting Black pride and unity. The footage from the festival sat in a basement, unseen for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America's history lost—until now.
No Sudden Move

No Sudden Move (July 01, 2021)

In 1954 Detroit, a group of small-time criminals is hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.
Werewolves Within

Werewolves Within (July 01, 2021)

When a proposed pipeline creates hostilities between residents of a small town, a newly-arrived forest ranger must keep the peace after a snowstorm confines the townspeople to an old lodge. But when a mysterious creature begins terrorizing the group, their worst tendencies and prejudices rise to the surface, and it is up to the ranger to keep the residents alive, both from each other and the monster which plagues them.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive… and discovering they’ve all played the game before.

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