So many films centered around African-Americans focus on black trauma, but not the films you’ll find on our list below, which are filled with positivity, providing the joy we all need to feel in celebrating Black History Month!
1. Friday (1995)
A local bully wants the $200 he’s owed by Friday – or there won’t be a Saturday. Hilarity ensues!
Starring: Ice cube, Chris Tucker, John Witherspoon, Nia Long, Regina King, Anna Marie Horseford, Tom Lister Jr.
2. Dreamgirls (2006)
Set in the early 1960s, it follows a trio of Black female soul singers and their personal struggles along the way as they crossover onto the pop charts. The film won an Oscar for best achievement and sound mixing and actress/singer Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role
Starring: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer
3. Bad Boys (1995)
While investigating a case of who stole heroin from the police evidence storage room, two wisecracking detectives must protect the sole witness to a murder and recover the lost drugs within 72 hours.
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Teresa Randall, Tea Leoni.
4. Girls Trip (2017)
Sisterhoods are rekindled when four lifelong friends travel to the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. As they rediscover their wild side, the four women engage in a nonstop party of drinking, dancing, romancing, and brawling.
Starring: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish
5. Barbershop (2002)
Mostly hilarity and good vibes with a touch of drama is delivered by an all-star cast in this day-in-the-life story of a Southside Chicago barbershop.
Starring: Ice cube, Cedric the entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson, Keith David, Sean Patrick Thomas, Michael Ealy.
6. Beauty Shop (2005)
After opening her own business in Atlanta, a determined hairstylist competes with her former boss.
Starring: Queen Latifah, Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Della Reese, Sherri Shepherd, Camara Lee Simmons, Cheryl Underwood.
7. Drumline (2002)
At a Southern University, a band director recruits in a Harlem street drummer who expects to leave its marching bands drum line to victory. He soon learns it takes more than talent to reach the top.
Starring: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Jason Weaver, Earl Poitier, Candace Cary, Shay Roundtree.
8. Remember the Titans (2000)
A true-life story, it follows a newly-appointed African-American football coach at a high school in its first season as a racially-integrated team. Denzel Washington won best actor awards for his performance from BET, NAACP Image Awards, and Black Reel Awards in 2001.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Donald Fasion, Craig Kirkwood.
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
If for no other reason to like this film, for the first time, kids of color who dream of being a superhero finally have one who looks like them on the big screen. Teenager Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe. Even more, this animated film delivers all the goods you’d expect in a Spider-Man movie!
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Zoe Kravitz, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin.
10. Hidden Figures (2016)
This true-life story focuses on a team of female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA during the early years of the United States space program.
Starring: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe.