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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to watch a holiday movie. Nestle under the open fire with a mug of hot chocolate and turn on one of these films. We have created a list of Black Christmas movies that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
Genre: Romance/ Fantasy | Rated: PG
Cast: Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine
A preacher attempts to help a reverend going through a midlife crisis, but he [the reverend] becomes distracted by the preacher’s young wife. The concept of this film is adapted from The Bishop’s Wife.
2. Friday After the Next (2002)
Genre: Comedy | Rated: R
Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Terry Crews, John Witherspoon, Katt Williams
“Ghetto Santa Claus” robs Craig and Day-Day of everything including their rent money. The dynamic duo becomes mall guards, so they won’t get evicted. This film is the third installment to the Friday sequel.
3. Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Comedy/Romance | Rated: PG-13
Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J
A terminally ill saleswoman travels to Europe to live her life to the fullest. She charms everyone she meets. The only thing missing from her life is her longtime crush.
4. This Christmas (2007)
Genre: Comedy/ Romance | Rated: PG-13
Cast: Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Lauren London
For the first time in four years, the family’s matriarch reunites everyone for Christmas. This family reunion unearths various family secrets.
5. The Perfect Holiday (2007)
Genre: Romance/ Family | Rated: PG
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams, Queen Latifah
The youngest child of a divorced mother of three attempts to get her mother into the holiday spirit with the help of a department-store Santa Claus.
6. Black Nativity (2013)
Genre: Musical/ Drama | Rated: PG
Cast: Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson
A Baltimore teen travels to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged family. The family has strict rules, so the teen sets out on a journey to return home. This film is an adaptation of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity play.
7. The Best Man’s Holiday (2013)
Genre: Romance/ Comedy | Rated: R
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall
A group of college friends reunite over the Christmas holiday, which brings up old romances and rivalries. This film is a sequel to The Best Man Wedding.
8. Almost Christmas (2016)
Genre: Drama/ Comedy-drama | Rated: PG-13
Cast: Danny Glover, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker
A family reunites for Christmas after the death of the matriarch, and it does not take long to realize how chaotic it can be to spend five days in the same house together.