28 Movies to celebrate Black History Month

Erin Hynes

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize achievements of African Americans as well as educate us on Black history. While a simple act, watching movies with Black actors, or Black creators helps cultivate a diverse film industry in the future.

This is a list of 28 movies featuring Black actors and directors to help guide your movie viewing this month and every month. 

  1. Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler 
  2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever directed by Ryan Coogler 
  3. The Hate U Give directed by George Tillma Jr.  
  4. Belle directed by Amma Asante  
  5. Fences directed by Denzel Washington 
  6. The Great Debaters directed by Denzel Washington 
  7. Malcolm X directed by Spike Lee 
  8. 13th directed by Ava DuVernay 
  9. Finding Forester with actors Rob Brown and April Grace 
  10. The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, and Danny Glover.  
  11. Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae 
  12. Wendell & Wild starring the voices of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key 
  13. Selma directed by Ava DuVernay 
  14. Marshall Starring Chadwick Boseman 
  15. Little directed by Tina Gordon 
  16. Men in Black International directed by F. Gary Gray 
  17. Black Adam starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 
  18. In the Heat of the Night starring Sidney Poitier 
  19. Uptown Saturday Night starring Sidney Poitier 
  20. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Sidney Poitier 
  21. Coming 2 America starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and Jermaine Fowler. 
  22. A Wrinkle in Time starring Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey 
  23. 42 starring Chadwick Boseman 
  24. Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington and Wood Harris 
  25. Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg 
  26. Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson, Quintessa Swindell, Aldis Hodge, and Viola Davis 
  27. King Richard directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green  
  28. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse starring the voice of Shameik Moore as Miles Morales 

Black History Month is a great time to begin expanding your movie viewing, but it does not have to end there. You can expand your movie viewing every month of the year!