Looking for some movies to enjoy this Black History Month? Check out these 25 flicks you can stream right now on Netflix
The Oscar-nominated documentary provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker
13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay (2017)
Oprah Winfrey sits down with director, Ava DuVernay, to discuss her Oscar-nominated film, historical cycles of oppression and the broken prison system.
A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures, and ordinary life as a New York City College student.
Stars: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier.
Stars: Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan
The Black Jacket (2016)
A former Black Panther in South Central Los Angeles teaches a course that brings rival gang members and community outreach workers together to prevent bloodshed in their communities.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
From 1967 to 1975, a film crew directed their cameras at America’s Black Power movement, producing footage that remained unreleased for decades.
Brotherly Love (2015)
A teen basketball star faces pressure to make it big, while his twin sister embarks on a risky romance and their brother is drawn into a street war.
Stars: Keke Palmer, Quincy Brown, Cory Hardrict
Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013)
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
Can You Dig This (2015)
Can You Dig This explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country.
A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation’s oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.
Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
The End of Malice (2016)
Hip-hop artist No Malice reflects on the spiritual journey that led him to renounce coke rap, change his name and embrace Christianity.
In Lagos, Nigeria, four successful women on the verge of 50 take stock of their lives and loves over the course of one week.
Stars: Dakore Akande, Iretiola Doyle, Dakore Egbuson
The Get Down (2016)
A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.
Stars: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola
Genre: TV Drama
Gun Hill (2011)
A pair of twins take opposing paths: one is a cop and the other a con man. Until the night one is killed and his brother assumes his identity.
Stars: Larenz Tate, Aisha Hinds, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Hip-Hop Evolution (2016)
Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.
Stars: Sal Abbatiello, Paul Ackerley, Bill Adler
Lila & Eve (2015)
Two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action.
Stars: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Andre Royo
Luke Cage (2016)
Given super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Stars: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi
A crime drama series following the cases of a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
Stars: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
Genre: Thriller TV
This indie drama portrays a single day shared by an 11-year-old boy and his uncle, who’s recently rejoined the world after eight years in prison.
Stars: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Charles S. Sutton
Michael Che Matters (2016)
“SNL” star Michael Che takes on hot-button topics like inequality, homophobia, and gentrification in this stand-up set filmed live in Brooklyn.
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Stars: Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Hyatt
November Rule (2015)
An entrepreneur ends things with his current girlfriend every November to keep from settling down, but his latest breakup leaves him with regret.
Stars: Mo McRae, Tatyana Ali, DJ Qualls
Of Mind and Music (2015)
A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis, Bill Cobbs
A troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder.
Stars: Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne, Ella Ballentine
The Suspect (2013)
Two African-American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, William Sadler, Sterling K. Brown
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
Where Children Play (2015)
A young woman is forced to face her childhood demons. When tasked with returning home to care for her ailing abusive father.
Stars: Teyonah Parris, Brian White, Macy Gray
Tip the Writer
Highlighting the journey of Black women as they create spaces and elevate Black culture.