Lifestyle, Love & Relationships

My Favorite ‘Black Love’ Movies of All Time

What better way to end Black History Month than by including my favorite “Black Love” movies. If you haven’t noticed, LOVE has been the theme for my blog this month. My recent posts include: Date Night Ideas, How to Tap Into Your Sensual Feminine Energy and The Art of Sharing Music as a Love Language. Our collective affirmation for today is: “I am worthy of divine love.”

Although this was extremely hard to do considering how much I love each of these movies, I was able to narrow them down and list them from least to most favorite. Enjoy!

20. Deliver Us From Eva (2003).

“Eva (Gabrielle Union) doesn’t let her 3 sisters’ men push them around. She’s always butting in. How to pacify Eva? Find her a man. The men pay a playboy to be that man- Raymond (LL Cool J). The problem is – he falls in love with Eva.” – IMBD.

Although this gives off the “strong black woman” stereotype, I still liked it. Eva literally gave men hell and I’m so here for it. She obviously been hurt a lot in the past which caused her to become mean and bitter. I don’t particularly like the way they tried to “break her down” and force a man into her life to make her happy like having a man is a “cure all” ordeal. All it really takes is time and space for healing and allowing the right one to come along naturally. Overall, this movie is predictable, but it’s funny and enjoyable to watch. Watch the trailer.

19. Disappearing Acts (2000).

“Zora Banks (Sanaa Lathan) is a school teacher and aspiring singer hoping to become a successful star while taking a break from heartache. Franklin Swift (Wesley Snipes) is a down-on-his-luck construction worker and not-quite divorced father of two hoping to start his own business. The two meet and fall in love and during the course of the stormy relationship, they both come to some startling conclusions about love and each other.”- IMBD.

Zora and Wesley’s relationship was indeed chaotic and tumultuous and it really is a great example of a real life relationship. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The characters actually do carry baggage with them and they work average jobs. Watch the trailer.

18. Beyond The Lights (2014).

“The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.”- IMBD.

I thought this was a cute movie. I really liked it when I saw it for the first time in theaters. I could definitely relate to Noni and her struggles with mental health because that ish is real. I could relate to her feeling afraid to speak up and not saying no to things that she really didn’t want to do especially career wise. However, I don’t really like how she became so dependent on Kaz, and it gave me “strong male savior/vulnerable woman” vibes. Watch the trailer.

I see you, I see you

Kaz.

17. About Last Night (2014).

“About Last Night starrs Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant and is a modern reimagining of the 1986 classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Their sexually charged relationships may not have the substance to thrive in the cold, hard light of day. It’s about love, compromise, and a having a good wingman”- IMBD.

I never knew there was an original version of this movie till today and I don’t have any intentions on watching the original because I loved seeing an all black cast. This movie was fun to watch and I liked seeing how a simple one night stand could turn into something way more. Regina Hall shined comically alongside Kevin Hart. Watch the trailer.

16. The Inkwell (1994).

“A shy, troubled young man- Drew (Larenz Tate) who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.”- IMBD.

Drew’s two love interest are Lauren (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Heather (A.J Johnson). This movie was very refreshing and sweet. I loved the awkwardness of young love and the whole experience of falling in love for the very first time while also trying to find yourself. I thought this movie was very well casted and styled. Watch the trailer.

15. Sprung (1997).

“Two pairs of best friends – Montel & Clyde (Rusty Cundieff & Joe Torry) and Brandy & Adina (Tisha Campbell-Martin & Paula Jai Parker) meet at the party, where Clyde makes Adina think he is very rich and gets her into bed the same evening. When Adina finds out that she’s been fooled, she becomes Clyde’s worst enemy. Meanwhile Montel and Brandy fall in love and plan to marry, and Adina and Clyde try to do everything to stop them. – anonymous.

What I really liked about this movie was Adina and Clyde’s bickering and scheming all throughout the movie only to end up how they did in the end. Watch the trailer.

14. CLAUDINE (1974).

“In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop (James Earl Jones) feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine (Diahann Carroll) who is a single mother of six on welfare.”- IMBD.

Not one, not two, but yes, six kids. It takes a strong-willed somebody to pursue someone with that many kids in my opinion. But everyone is still worthy of love regardless. In this movie, we get to see them navigate through obstacles to be together, and being poor. We also get to emotionally connect with the kids as well which is something you would rarely get in romance movies. Watch the trailer.

13. Two Can Play That Game (2001).

“When it comes to matters of the heart, keeping her man happy and committed is all in a day’s work for Shanté Smith (Vivica A. Fox). Shanté is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her best girlfriends depend on her for advice whenever “man trouble” clouds the horizon. But when Shanté’s boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) is caught red-handed stepping out with a co-worker, Shanté institutes her “Ten Day Plan” to get her man in line. But Keith has a few tricks up his sleeve as well.”- YouTube.

There’s no rule book for love, period. This movie teaches the damage miscommunication and distrust can cause. It shows how you can miss out on someone great when you have friends in your ear planting doubt and “pumping” you up for failure. In the end, it’s about releasing control and surrending to love. I can watch this movie again and again honestly. Watch the trailer.

The CIA ain’t got nothing on a woman with a plan.

12. Brown Sugar (2000).

“This romantic comedy centers on a romance between an A&R exec, Dre (Taye Diggs), at a hip-hop label and a magazine editor, Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), who have known each other since childhood.. They find themselves drifting towards being more than friends, even as Dre is engaged, and Sidney starts being wooed by a handsome basketball player.”- PhatBleek.

I love the connection the couple shares with music, that’s really my favorite aspect of this movie. They don’t realize the strong feelings they have for each other at first so they try to believe that they’re “just friends”. Watch the trailer.

When did you fall in love with hip-hop?

11. Queen & Slim (2019).

“Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) and Queen’s (Jodie Turner-Smith) first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defense. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.”- stmc.

The modern day black Bonnie & Clyde on the run. This movie got a lot of mixed reviews and some people said that the directors should’ve kept the “romantic” aspects out of it and just let them be platonic friends. But, I’m ok with the movie exactly how it is. There’s not always going to be happy endings. There were many subtle pieces to this movie that just pulled at my heart strings and made me think. Like the slow dancing scene and the part where Slim starts chewing with his mouth closed. It’s a wild, passionate, adrenaline rush to the finish line, literally. Watch the trailer.

10. Think Like a Man (2012) // Think Like a Man Too (2014).

Inspired by Steve Harvey’s bestselling book-‘Think Like a Man”. “Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships, and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing, then the war is on.” – Douglas Young.

This movie starrs some of my favorites- Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, La La, Gabrielle Union, and others. I also like the soundtrack to this movie. It makes me wish I had a close group of friends and we all hung out and double dated together. Watch the trailer.

In ‘Think Like A Man Too”, the battle of the sexes continue as the couples head to Las Vegas for a wedding but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threatens all of their relationships. Watch the trailer.

9. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998).

“Stella Payne (Angela Bassett) is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco, California stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York City girlfriend Delilah Abraham (Whoopi Goldberg) to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a strapping, much young islander, Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs).”- John Deming.

First of all, does Angela Bassett ever age? she’s literally aging like a bottle of fine wine. Now I’m suddenly in the mood for a trip to Jamaica my damn self! Watch the trailer.

8. Waiting to Exhale (1995).

“This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today’s world.”- David Adrine.

A story that teaches self-love, self-worth, and the importance of a sister circle to help you get through it all. Angela Bassets character burning the clothes in the car scene? Iconic! Another good movie with a good soundtrack. This movie starrs the late-Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon. Watch the trailer.

7. Poetic Justice (1993)

“After witnessing the murder of her first and only boyfriend, young Justice (Janet Jackson) decides to forget about college and become a South Central Los Angeles, California hairdresser. Avoiding friends, the only way for her to cope with her depression is by composing beautiful poetry. On her way to a convention in Oakland, she is forced to ride with an independent-minded postal worker- Lucky (Tupac Shakur) with whom she has not gotten along with in the past. After various arguments between them and their friends, they start to discover that their thoughts on violence, socially and domestically, are the same. Justice may finally feel that she is not as alone as before.” – Robert P.

Joe Torry and Regina King also starrs. This movie was definitely a trend setter for 90’s fashions, especially box braids. Watch the trailer.

You can’t even keep yo nails clean.

Justice

6. Jason’s Lyric (1994).

“Two brothers- Jason and Joshua (Allen Payne & Bokeem Woodbine), survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress- Lyric (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.

This is not just a typical romance movie, this also touches on the affects of family tragedy, trauma and addiction. It’s the perfect, true definition of a romance/drama film. The love scenes are hot and steamy by the way. Watch the trailer.

5. There’s a Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996).

“Darnell Wright (Martin Lawrence) has a way with the ladies- both figuratively and literally. Darnell begins to feel like he hit the jackpot when he meets Brandi Web (Lynn Whitfield), who starts off playing hard to get, until she eventually gives in to Darnell’s advances. But when Darnell reconnects with Mia (Regina King), a longtime friend, he begins to form a stable and committed relationship with her. Immediately, he tosses out not only his other relationships with a few other women, but also tosses out his relationship with Brandi.”- anonymous.

And the shit hits the fan from there. A fatal attraction begins. I didn’t feel bad for Martin’s character- Darnell one bit. His player ways finally caught up to his ass. Moral of the story- don’t say you love someone unless you really mean it. A great introduction into the crime/romance genre. Watch the trailer.

4. The Best Man (1999) // The Best Man Holiday (2013).

“Harper’s (Taye Diggs) autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin (Sanaa Lathan) desires commitment, and he’s best man at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut), a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come for the wedding) to hang out with Lance and other friends, including Jordan (Nia Long), his former almost-lover, now in media and privy to an advance copy of the book. The men discuss women, never facing their own double standard; Jordan wants to try again with Harper, at least for one night; and Harper fears that Lance will read his book and learn that the bride-to-be slept with him once to avenge Lance’s many affairs. Can Harper mature before Lance kills him, Jordan seduces him, and he loses Robin?”- jhailey.

From the bachelor party to the wedding day, things get very wild and entertaining. What’s done in the dark, eventually comes to light. Watch the trailer.

In ‘The Best Man Holiday’, Mia (Monica Calhoun) gets the old group of college friends together again for a Christmas weekend getaway after 15 years. Long forgotten rivalries and romances are reignited. ‘The Best Man Holiday’ was the first movie I’ve ever ugly cried to. It was during that certain scene at the cemetery and that’s all I’m going to say. Watch the trailer.

3. Love Jones (1997).

“Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosley (Nia Long), a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they’ve got a “love thing” or are just “kicking it,” they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. Then Nina tests the strength of Darius’ feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion.”- Jesse Garon.

Such a solid great ass romance movie that incorporates so many catchy quotes and poetry throughout, the movie just speaks for itself at this point. Have you ever had a love jones for someone? An intense burning desire. Watch the trailer.

2.The Wood (1999).

“Inglewood, an L.A. burb, is the Wood, home to a largely Black middle class, where Mike (Omar Epps), Slim (Richard T. Jones), and Roland (Taye Diggs) have been best friends since junior high. It’s three hours before Roland is to marry, and he has very cold feet. Mike and Slim must sober him up and help him decide if he wants to go through with the wedding. In flashbacks, they recall key moments of their friendship, the rites of passage of boys to men. Mike is the principal narrator, arriving in the Wood from North Carolina, nervous and shy. In addition to male friendship and wedding-day jitters, the story explores Mike’s long-term connection to Alicia (Malinda Williams), his lovely high school sweetheart.”- jhailey.

As soon as I hear the opening song- ‘Back in the day’ by Ahmad, I already recognize the movie. This movie not only focuses on black love, it also showcases black brotherhood and growing up in Inglewood. Such a classic. Watch the trailer.

Ms Hughes, what page fifteen on?

Slim

And my number one favorite black love movie of all time goes to:*drum rolls* Love & Basketball (2000). Love & Basketball is about Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) and their love for and commitment to basketball. They both have dreams of playing in the NBA. Things get complicated when they’re forced to make choices between their relationship, their families, and the game they love.

I love when movies start off from the beginning, during the childhood stages of the couple. We get to see them grow up together, (the playful love/hate relationship that they had was super cute), we see them become friends, lovers, break up/go their separate ways, and find their way back to each other. And the ending tops everything off just right *chefs kiss*. Watch the trailer.

All’s fair in love & basketball, right?

love always,

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