10 Black Love movies to watch on Valentine’s Day weekend

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Have you ever thought about the fact that Black History Month and Valentine’s Day are both celebrated in the same month? While BHM has a greater significance (given that this is the only time of year devoted to displaying and educating the world of black excellence), I decided to take advantage of the coincidence. and create a list of movies that show black love.

Whether you are spending time with your guy or enjoying the day alone, I’ve put together a list of classic movies like Poetic justice and Love Jones, to more recent films like Sylvie’s love, to put you in the mood for love. May you be sure to find a romantic movie that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Love Jones (1997)

Now, this is a movie that many of us can recite all the words to! (Also one of my personal favorites!) Nia Long and Larenz Tate star in this’ 90s classic, following the lives of two creatives who meet and start dating. The question is this a love thing or do they just hit it? Stream here.

Bcane sugar (2002)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a relationship with your best friend? Well, Brown Sugar tells the story of how a pair of besties (Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs) who share a mutual love for hip hop, find out that they just might be in love with each other. Ironically, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker (real couple) also star in this movie. Stream here.

The photograph (2020)

When a journalist meets the daughter of a famous photographer he’s working on a story on, he finds more than he hoped for… love! If you’re looking for a trouble-free romantic story about two people learning to love each other, then this movie is for you. Stream here.

Sylvie’s love (2020)

Sylvie’s Love takes place in 1950s Harlem and stars Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha; two young adults who have a summer romance that stands the test of distance, time, career goals and other relationships. Stream here.

Love and basketball (2000)

Now we know everyone and their mom have seen this movie! Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps star in this coming-of-age story about a childhood crush that develops into a lot more over the years. Stream here.

Beyond the lights (2014)

Love is found in an unexpected place when Noni, (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a famous singer falls in love with Kaz, (played by Nate Parker) a policeman, who saves her from death.
Gabrielle Union plays “Eva”, an older sister who has spent most of her life raising siblings. Her life is turned upside down when relatives of her younger sister pay a “womanizer” (played by LL Cool J) to distract her. Stream here.

Deliver us from Eva (2003)

Gabrielle Union plays “Eva”, an older sister who has spent most of her life raising siblings. Her life is turned upside down when relatives of her younger sister pay a “womanizer” (played by LL Cool J) to distract her. Stream here.

Poetic justice (1993)

Experience the sweetest of John Singleton with one of his first films: an exploration of how two people connect despite the trials and tribulations of their individual lives, starring Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson. Stream here.

Love costs nothing (2003)

Christina Milian and Nick Cannon star in a more “seasoned” version of the 1987 classic I can’t buy myself love, where a high school nerd pays a cheerleader to be his girlfriend. This romantic comedy will give you all the vibes of the early 2000s. Stream here.

Top 5 (2014)

If you’re someone who loves to laugh but still wants to see a loving story, you’ve probably been waiting for a romantic comedy. This modern day “Cinderella” tale spends the day with a reporter (played by Rosario Dawson) interviewing a comedian (played by Chris Rock) who is trying to become an actor. Stream here.


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