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13 Black History Movies on HBO Max

Check out the full list of Black History Movies available on Max.

There is no shortage of Black history movies to stream. You can find:

So, it’s no surprise that Max would have a great selection available, too.

Launched in May 2020, here is Everything You Need to Know About Max.

If you go to the Max homepage during the month of February, you will see a section called “Black History Is Our History.”

When you click “Browse More,” you are taken to these sections:

  • Our Past
  • Our Joy
  • Our Future, Our Legacy
  • Our Present Struggles
  • Our Trailblazers
  • Our Art
  • Our Outstanding Performances
  • Our Imagination

Each section includes a list of titles available with thumbnail images.

When you hover over a title, you have the option to “Add” it to your watchlist or Play the title.

You'll need to find these sections because using the search function and typing in “Black History” won't yield any results.

20 Black History Movies on Max

Black history movies are all about showcasing the rich and diverse experiences, struggles, and triumphs of the African American community. They delve into historical events, key figures, and untold stories, offering a powerful and often emotional journey that highlights the resilience, contributions, and cultural heritage of Black people throughout history.

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Judas and the Black Messiah

Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hamptonascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Streaming through March 14, 2021. | Stream on Max

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Fusing scripted scenes with real and recreated footage, this powerful film vividly evokes the tension, energy and excitement of a unique episode in American history: the moment the Civil Rights movement found its leader in Martin Luther King Jr. | Stream on Max

Four Little Girls
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Maxine McNair, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues (Actors)

4 Little Girls

Four girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14, born April 18, 1949); Carol Denise McNair (age 11, born November 17, 1951); Carole Rosamond Robertson (age 14, born April 24, 1949); and Cynthia Dionne Wesley (age 14, born April 30, 1949), were killed in the attack. | Stream on Max

The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Actors)

The Tuskegee Airmen

The 99th Pursuit Squadron (later the 99th Fighter Squadron) was the first black flying squadron, and the first to deploy overseas (to North Africa in April 1943, and later to Sicily and Italy). | Stream on Max

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renee Elise Goldsberry (Actors)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Oprah Winfrey stars in the true story of a woman's search for enlightenment about her mother–whose cancer cells would save millions. | Stream on Max

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  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear (Actors)


Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, and Greg Kinnear lead a stellar cast in this HBO Films production that pulls back the curtain on the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings of Clarence Thomas–a man whose nomination came under fire when a former employee, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment. | Stream on Max

Malcolm X (1992)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett (Actors)

Malcolm X  (PG-13)

It follows the life and times of Malcolm Little through his transformation to Malcolm X and his departure from the Nation of Islam. | Stream on Max

King in the Wilderness
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clifford Alexander, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte (Actors)

King in the Wilderness

King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. | Stream on Max

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Miss Evers' Boys

Winner of the 1997 Emmy(R) for Best TV Movie! In the 1930s, U.S. government doctors began a controversial experiment.

They withheld treatment from a group of African-American men infected with syphilis in order to study the fatal course of the disease and they didn't tell the men what they were doing. | Stream on Max

John Lewis: Good Trouble
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Lewis (Actor)

John Lewis: Good Trouble

In her intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’s life and legacy, director Dawn Porter takes us through his more than 60 years of extraordinary activism—from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights' movement to the legislative powerhouse he is today. | Stream on Max

The Loving Story
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mildred Loving, Richard Loving (Actors)

The Loving Story

Meet the Lovings: an interracial couple who had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to be together. | Stream on Max

1968: The Year That Changed America Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)


Looking back 50 years to explore 1968, a year marked by seismic shifts in American politics, social movements, global relations, and cultural icons that changed the modern landscape. | Stream on Max

Roots: The Complete Miniseries
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Edward Asner (Actors)


In this remake of the 1970s miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel, a new generation of actors retraces the roots of American slavery through the saga of Kunta Kinte — a young man taken from a Gambian village and brought to America to serve. | Stream on Max

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