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8 Black Romantic Movies To Watch on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is approaching! And it is the perfect time to watch a romantic movie. Cuddle up on the couch and turn on one of these flicks for the perfect ending to a special night. 

1. Love Jones (1997)

Genre: Romance/ Drama | Rating: R

Cast: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington

Aspiring writer Daris and photographer Nina meet at a club and start a romance over their love for music, photography, and poetry. This new flame is short-lived when Nina decides to make a decision that will jeopardize the new romance.

Watch Love Jones on Amazon Prime Video

2. Love & Basketball (2000)

Genre: Romance/ Sport | Rating: PG-13 

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union

Love and Basketball follows the love story of two childhood friends, Monica Wright and Quincy McCail, who fall in love as they chase their dreams of playing professional basketball.

Watch Love & Basketball on Amazon Prime Video

3. Brown Sugar (2002)

Genre: Romance/ Drama | Rating: PG-13

Cast: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, Queen Latifah, Boris Kodjoe

Brown Sugar is a film about two friends, Sidney and Dre, who attributes their friendship and careers to a moment in their childhood, where they witnessed the birth of hip-hop.

Watch Brown Sugar on Amazon Prime Video

4. Just Wright (2010)

Genre: Romance/ Comedy | Rating: PG

Cast: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton

Just Wright is a film about an unexpected love triangle where physical therapist Leslie Wright falls in love with her client Scott McKnight, who is a basketball superstar. While Leslie is falling for Scott, Scott is crushing on Leslie’s friend, Morgan, who would love to be the basketball player’s wife. 

Watch Just Wright on Amazon Prime Video

5. Southside With You (2016)

Genre: Romance/ Drama | Rating: PG-13

Cast: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Southside With You is a film that depicts the Obamas’ love story. The story starts with the unofficial first date of the law associate Barack and then attorney Michelle. Michelle is reluctant at first to date the young law associate. We all know how the story ends with the couple becoming one of the most powerful couples in the world. 

Watch Southside With You on Amazon Prime Video

6. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Genre: Romance/ Drama | Rating: R

Cast: Kik Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk is a film based on the novel written by James Baldwin by the same name. The movie is set in the 1970s of Harlem, New York where childhood friends Tish and Alonzo “Fonny” become an ambitious couple who are looking forward to their future. Things take a turn when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Watch If Beale Street Could Talk on Amazon Prime Video

7. Queen & Slim (2019)

Genre: Romance/ Drama | Rating: R

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

Queen & Slim opens with the couple’s first date that takes a turn when a traffic violation escalates. The strangers first date turns into a multi-day journey of the couple being on the run. The viral video of the aftermath of their traffic violation makes the couple the symbol of trauma and love.

Watch The Queen & Slim on Amazon Prime Video

8. The Photograph (2020)

Genre: Drama | Rating: PG-13

Cast: Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield

Famous photographer Christiana Eames dies, and her estranged daughter Mae is left to feel a multitude of emotions. Mae finds a photograph that reveals her mother’s early life. The investigation of her mother’s life leads to an unexpected romance between Mae and the journalist. 

Watch The Photograph on Amazon Prime Video

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