The library of Black History movies on Netflix, will teach you more about slavery, black power, racism, segregation, documentaries, civil rights, and other African-American experiences. These are only some of the many great Black movies on Netflix,
25 Black History Movies on Netflix
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Through a powerful lecture and archival film, civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a sobering timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States. | Stream on Netflix
A young couple’s interracial marriage in 1958 sparks a case that leads to the Supreme Court. Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving. | Stream on Netflix
- Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
- Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey (Actors)
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The life of a White House butler who worked for eight presidents unfolds against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history. | Stream on Netflix
Colin in Black and White
Colin Kaepernick narrates this drama series recounting his formative years navigating race, class and culture while aspiring for greatness. | Stream on Netflix
In 1920s New York City, a Black woman finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who’s passing as White. | Stream on Netflix
Amend: The Fight for America
Will Smith hosts this look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. | Stream on Netflix
High on the Hog
Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries. | Stream on Netflix
Who Killed Malcolm X?
Historian, activist and investigative journalist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad helms this deep dive into Malcolm X’s murder. | Stream on Netflix
This documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harlem basketball tournament that turned city hoopers into local legends and professional stars. | Stream on Netflix
Civil: Ben Crump
Ben Crump, also known as “Black America’s attorney general,” pulls back the curtain on his life as a family man and civil rights leader. | Stream on Netflix
Roger Guenveur Smith gives voice to the man at the center of the brutal police beating that helped fuel the 1992 LA uprising. Spike Lee directs. | Stream on Netflix
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. | Stream on Netflix
Afrobeats the Backstory
Music pioneers Kenny Ogungbe, Dayo “D1” Adeneye, Paul “Play” Dairo and others dive into the rise of Afrobeats, the Nigerian global music phenomenon. | Stream on Netflix
Is That Black Enough for You?
Culture critic and historian Elvis Mitchell traces the evolution — and revolution — of Black cinema from its origins to the impactful films of the 1970s. | Stream on Netflix
- Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
- Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz (Actors)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition. | Stream on Netflix
The Who Was? Show
Fresh voices bring some of the most famous names in history to life. A live-action sketch comedy show based on a series of best-selling books. | Stream on Netflix
King Tut – Season 1, Episode 3
An iconic ruler of ancient Egypt and an influential Elizabethan playwright each left behind priceless relics that earned them rock-star status.
Louis Armstrong – Season 1, Episode 5
The beloved king of jazz and the relived queen of France came from different worlds. Yet both achieved royalty -and left behind a dazzling legacy.
George Washington Carver – Season 1, Episode 10
A fierce conqueror who built an empire and a scientist who made peanuts famous? Sure, they’re important. But so is Ron’s birthday.
Larger than life and wedded to his roots, Jam Master Jay was a hip-hop superstar. So who killed him in cold blood, and why? (Stream on Netflix)
This documentary profiles music and culture icon Quincy Jones, offering unprecedented access to his private life and stories from his unparalleled career. (Stream on Netflix)
While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33. (Stream on Netflix)
South African journalist Rian Malan tracks down the family of Solomon Linda, the writer of the legendary song `The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and tries to help them fight for a fair share of the royalties. (Stream on Netflix)
This limited series chronicles the incredible true story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire. (Stream on Netflix)
Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special. (Watch on Netflix)
Five teens (high schoolers) from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. (Watch on Netflix)
A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures, and ordinary life as a New York City college student.
Rated TV-MA (This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. ) – Please view before you watch with your children and/or watch with your children. (Watch on Netflix)
Oprah Winfrey sits down with Los Angeles-born director Ava DuVernay to discuss her Oscar-nominated film, historical cycles of oppression, and the broken prison system.
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