Black Romantic Movies To Watch On Valentine’s Day

by Buzz Street Times

Grab the tissues, it’s about to get romantic up in here!

Whether you’re single, in an entanglement, or head over heels in love with your partner, these movies are bound to pull at your hearstrings!

Clear your weekend plans and check out these romance films, ranging from rom-coms to romantic thrillers:

1.

The Photograph


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Genre: Drama

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: While interviewing Isaac (Y’lan Noel) about his life post-Hurricane Katrina, a reporter named Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) stumbles upon a photograph of a woman named Christina (Chante Adams) that sparks his curiosity. While researching Christina’s backstory, Michael meets her estranged daughter Mae (Issa Rae). The two begin to date and quickly fall for each other, but will that bond be enough to withstand an impending job transfer and familial secrets? The film depicts two love stories from the past and present.

2.

Just Wright


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Plot: Die-hard basketball fan and physical therapist Leslie (Queen Latifah) falls for NBA star Scott McKnight (Common) after helping him recover from a severe injury. The downside? He’s romantically involved with Leslie’s friend Morgan (Paula Patton).

3.

Love & Basketball


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Genre: Drama, Sports

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Childhood best friends turned sweethearts, Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) both have dreams of playing basketball professionally. While attending USC together, the couple is hit with a few challenges that not only put a strain on their relationship, but also their friendship. Later, their adult lives are steered toward opposite paths, but will their love for the game and each other bring them back together?

4.

Our Family Wedding


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross) surprise their families with an engagement announcement. Weeks before the wedding, Lucia’s father Miguel (Carlos Mencia) and Lance’s father (Forest Whitaker), who just so happen to be feuding, hilariously battle it out to see who can get their way the most while planning the wedding.

5.

Premature


Hulu

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age

Where to watch: Hulu

Plot: Zora Howard wrote and stars in this coming-of-age drama about a 17-year-old poet named Ayanna from Harlem who begins a summer romance with an older music producer named Isaiah before she leaves for college.

6.

Queen & Slim


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Genre: Drama, Crime

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya)’s first date takes a turn for the worse after a cop winds up dead after pulling them over.

7.

Two Can Play That Game


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Peacock

Plot: To her friends, Shante (Vivica A. Fox) has the perfect life with a great job and an even greater man, which is why they always turn to her for advice. She believes she knows how to keep a man “in line” until she spots her boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) out with another woman. In an attempt to show who has the upper hand in the relationship, both Shante and Keith start challenging each other with ridiculous tricks to keep the other interested. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Monique, and Tamala Jones.

8.

Catching Feelings


Netflix

Genre: Drama, Dark Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: The relationship between a young, cultivated academic (Kagiso Lediga) and his beautiful wife (Pearl Thusi) is put to the test when a prominent, older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.

9.

Been So Long


Netflix

Genre: Musical, Drama

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Based on the musical of the same name, this film is about a devoted single mother (Michaela Coel) who forms a strong connection with a handsome ex-convict (Arinzé Kene) on an unexpected night out. But will her heart be enough to break the wall she’s put up once she’s learned about his rocky past?

10.

If Beale Street Could Talk


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Genre: Drama

Where to watch: Hulu

Plot: Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, the film follows mother-to-be Clementine “Tish” Rivers (Kiki Layne) and her soon-to-be husband Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James), who are excited about their future together. But after Fonny is wrongly accused and convicted of a crime, their lives are turned upside down.

11.

Love Jones


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Genre: Drama

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Aspiring screenwriter and poet Darius (Larenz Tate) and aspiring photographer Nina (Nia Long) form an instant connection after meeting at a Chicago nightclub. But their whirlwind romance is challenged when an ex-fiancé resurfaces and a jealous friend plots to tear up their relationship.

12.

Sylvie’s Love


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Genre: Drama

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Plot: Soon-to-be married Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) meets a saxophonist named Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) while working in her dad’s record shop. The two immediately hit it off and soon embark on a summer romance. When Robert and his band are offered a job out of the country, he’s forced to say goodbye to Sylvie. Fast-forward five years later, Sylvie is married with a child and a budding producing career, while Robert and his band earned success touring. After five years of no communication, the two accidentally run into each other in front of Town Hall.

13.

Irreplaceable You


Netflix / Everett Collection

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Newly engaged couple Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman) have known each other since they were kids. Their picture-perfect lives come crashing down when Abbie discovers she has terminal cancer. To ensure Sam has someone to love after she’s gone, Abbie starts searching for a new woman for him.

14.

The Best Man Holiday


Universal/ Everett Collection

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Where to watch: Peacock

Plot: The gang gets back together in this sequel to The Best Man. After 15 years, friends Jordan (Nia Long), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Candace (Regina Hall), Harper (Taye Diggs), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Mia (Monica Calhoun), Shelby (Melissa De Sousa), and Julian (Harold Perrineau) reunite to celebrate the holidays together. It doesn’t take long for old grudges to disappear and romances to reignite. But everything changes when a devastating secret is revealed.

15.

The Weekend


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Genre: Dark Comedy

Where to watch: Hulu

Plot: During a weekend getaway at her parents’ inn, comedian Zadie (Sasheer Zamata) becomes entangled in a love triangle with her best friend turned ex-boyfriend Bradford (Tone Bell) and Aubrey (Y’lan Noel), a guest of the inn.

16.

Malcolm & Marie


Dominic Miller / Netflix

Genre: Drama

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: A film director named Malcolm (John David Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya) return home from his movie premiere. What should be a night of celebration quickly turns into an all-night yelling match.

17.

Love Jacked


Inner City Releasing / Everett Collection

Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: During a trip to South Africa, Maya (Amber Stevens West) gets engaged to Mtumbie (Demetrius Grosse), but as soon as she catches him with another woman, Maya calls it off. Out of fear of disappointing her parents (who have never met Mtumbie), Maya pretends to still be engaged by enlisting Malcolm (Shamier Anderson) to pretend to be her fiancé.

18.

I Think I Love My Wife


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Richard (Chris Rock) is happily married to his wife Brenda (Gina Torres), but lately he’s been fantasizing about being with other women. His marital faith is put to the test when he starts hanging out with his friend’s ex-mistress, Nikki (Kerry Washington).

19.

Someone Great


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: The day before she prepares to move across the country, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) and Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) endure a devastating breakup. To boost her spirits, Jenny embarks on one last wild night in NYC with her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow).

20.

Sprung


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Best friends Brandy (Tisha Campbell) and Adina (Paula Jai Parker) meet fellow best friends Montel (Rusty Cundieff) and Clyde (Joe Torry) at a party. Gold-digger Adina hooks up with Clyde, who pretends to be a successful man with money, while shy Brandy pairs off with Montel. Brandy and Montel end up hitting it off and dating. Adina finds out about Clyde’s secrets and things quickly turn sour. To ensure their best friends don’t end up with each other, Adina and Clyde try their best to break up Brandy and Montel.

21.

Nappily Ever After


Badabing Pictures / Netflix

Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Violet (Sanaa Lathan) was always taught that when it comes to beauty, your hair is a defining feature that should be worn like a crown. Even though she’s put on a “perfect” persona for her boyfriend and has dropped several hints, her boyfriend Clint (Ricky Whittle) still hasn’t proposed. So she decides to start fresh, which includes breaking up with him and shaving her hair off. Violet later starts dating salon owner Will (Lyriq Bent), who helps her learn to love herself and her natural hair.

22.

A Thin Line Between Love & Hate


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: Darnell (Martin Lawrence) has no regrets about being a womanizer, but after he sets his eyes on femme Brandi (Lynn Whitfield), he realizes he might have just met his match. But when Brandi asks Darnell to cut ties with his friend and childhood sweetheart Mia (Regina King), he begins to wonder if Brandi is truly worth it.

23.

Things Never Said


Codeblack Films / HBO Max

Genre: Drama

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: An aspiring poet named Kalindra (Shanola Hampton) is in a troubled marriage with Ronnie (Elimu Nelson). Things start looking a little brighter when she meets Curtis (Omari Hardwick), who helps her dig deeper into her artistry.

24.

Fatal Affair


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Genre: Thriller

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Ellie (Nia Long) randomly runs into her old friend David (Omar Epps), or so she thinks? After Elle mysteriously begins seeing David wherever she goes, including hanging out with her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop), she soon learns he’s a little more dangerous and calculated than she initially realized.

25.

The Lovebirds


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: There’s always that one moment that defines a couple’s relationship, and Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) experience theirs when they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.

26.

Always a Bridesmaid


Black Waterhouse / Netflix

Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Corina (Javicia Leslie) is forever a bridesmaid and never a bride, and she’s tired of it. So she decides to put herself out there and start dating again, and that’s when she meets Mark (Jordan Calloway).

27.

Only


Vertical Entertainment / Everett Collection

Genre: Dystopian, Drama

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: When ash from a comet releases a virus that mysteriously kills all the women in the world, Eva (Freida Pinto) and Will (Leslie Odom Jr.) are forced to fight for their lives and hide to keep Eva safe from the rest of the men desperately looking for the “last woman on Earth.”

28.

Something New


Focus Films / Everett Collection

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Where to watch: Peacock

Plot: Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) has spent years sacrificing her love life to achieve her career goal of becoming a successful accountant. But after her friends convince her to go on a blind date with a landscape architect named Brian (Simon Baker), she discovers just how fulfilling it is to take a chance on love.

29.

All the Bright Places


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Genre: Teen, Drama

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Based on Jennifer Niven’s internationally bestselling novel of the same name, the film follows Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore (Justice Smith), two teenagers living unhappily in Indiana. Both battling physical and emotional scars, Violet and Theodore form a strong bond and ultimately learn that light can still be found during the darkest of times.

30.

Jumping the Broom


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Genre: Comedy

Where to watch: Netflix

Plot: Hilarity ensues when Sabrina’s (Paula Patton) bourgeoisie family and her fiancé Jason’s (Laz Alonzo) family come together for the first time for their wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. The cast is stacked with people like Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Romeo Miller, and Pooch Hall.

31.

A Patch of Blue


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Genre: Drama

Where to watch: HBO Max

Plot: An illiterate, blind white woman named Selina (Elizabeth Hartman) lives in an apartment with her prostitute mother Rose-Ann (Shelley Winters) and Ole Pa (Wallace Ford). During a trip to the park, she befriends a genial, educated man named Gordon (Sidney Poitier). Gordon introduces Selina to a world of new experiences that her family tried to hide from her.

Tell us which Black romantic movies you love to watch in the comments below.

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