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25 Black History Movies on Netflix

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

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.

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Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers

The career of rhythm guitarist and Chic founder Nile Rodgers is chronicled in this musical blend of documentary and original concert performance. (Stream on Netflix)

Who Killed Jam Master Jay?

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)

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

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)

ReMastered: The Lion’s Share

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)

Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

This documentary chronicles simmering tension and broken trust between L.A.’s black community and police in the decade before the Rodney King riots. (Stream on Netflix)

Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

This documentary profiles a defiant driver who challenged racial barriers in American auto racing, becoming the first black man to race in the Indy 500. (Stream on Netflix)

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They’ve Gotta Have Us

Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African-American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of black cinema. (Stream on Netflix)

The Carter Effect

Featuring eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, this documentary takes an in-depth look at his impact on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene. (Stream on Netflix)

Self Made: Inspired by The Life of Madam C.J. Walker

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’s Guide to Black History

Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special. (Watch on Netflix)

When They See Us

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)

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S.  

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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