10 Black Films to Watch on Netflix This Summer


By Sharee Silerio

Summer is officially less than a week away, which means that off days, hot days and vacation days are right around the corner.

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If you’re like me, and you like to watch TV shows or movies in your free time, especially those that feature black directors, actors, etc., then Netflix has you covered! Although there is plenty of content to choose from, most times it’s irritating to find something to watch, which means that after about five scrolls for something interesting, I give up (cue shrug emoji).

Well, if you want to stop flipping and scrolling, and want to get straight to a few good options, then we have just what you need!

Check out this list of ten black films to stream on Netflix this summer, including their trailers. From a trailblazing independent film to a Nigerian comedy, and movies starring some of our favorite black actors and actresses, it shouldn’t be difficult to find something you will feel good about binge watching, when you should be adulting.

1. Hunter Gatherer (2016)

Director: Joshua Locy
Stars: Andre Royo, George Sample III, Kellee Stewart

This drama chronicles Ashley Douglas’ (Andre Royo) release from prison, and his first order of business is to pick up where he left off with his love interest, but she has moved on. In an attempt to get on his feet and win her back, he starts a peculiar hustle with a local loner who runs his family’s business.



2. Boy Bye (2016)

Director: Chris Stokes
Stars: Wendy Raquel Robinson, Omar Gooding, Veronika Bozeman, Shondrella Avery, Ross Fleming

In this romantic comedy, single entrepreneur Veronica (Wendy Raquel Robinson) meets a sexy man (Ross Fleming) who she falls in love with at first sight. He helps her to believe in love again, until she learns that he’s keeping a big secret.



3. 100 Streets (2017)

Director: Jim O’Hanlon
Stars: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Franz Drameh

This dramatic film tells the story of Max, a troubled ex-rugby star (Idris Elba), his estranged wife and a drug dealer as their lives unite in a London neighborhood.



4. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)

Director: Sydney Freeland
Stars: Rachel Crow, Ashleigh Murray, Sasheer Zamata, Danielle Nicolet, David Sullivan

Their mother is in jail, so two sisters, Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) and Laney (Rachel Crow), plot to rob trains to pay mounting bills in this teen comedy.



5. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Director: Julie Dash
Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier, Adisa Anderson

The first feature film with a wide release by a black female filmmaker, this classic 20th century period piece is about a multi-generational African-American Gullah family who struggle to maintain their cultural heritage while contemplating a new life on the U.S. mainland. The film became the focus of pop culture discussion last year due to Beyoncé‘s “Lemonade”.



6. Will to Love (2015)

Director: Chris Stokes
Stars: Marques Houston, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Draya Michele, Valarie Pettiford

In this romantic drama, Jamal Hawkins’ (Marques Houston) life as a successful bachelor is turned upside down when his grandfather tells them that he must get married before he dies if he wants to inherit the family fortune.



7. Little Boxes (2016)

Director: Rob Meyer
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence, Janeane Garofalo

This comedy follows an interracial couple, Gina McNulty-Burns (Melanie Lynskey) and Mack Burns (Nelsan Ellis); and their preteen son, Mack Burns (Armani Jackson), as they struggle to adjust to their new life after a move from New York City to a small town in Washington State.



8. The Wedding Party (2016)

Director: Kemi Adetiba
Stars: Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle

This bright-colored Nigerian romantic comedy, which had the country’s biggest opening of any Nollywood film to date, focuses on a couple as they deal with exes, fighting parents and uninvited guests leading up to their wedding day.



9. Good Burger (1997)

Director: Brian Robbins
Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Shar Jackson

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?” We all remember this unforgettable line in this 90s classic, which follows Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson) and Ed (Kel Mitchell) as they try to save their small restaurant when a giant burger franchise opens across the street. By the way, did we ever figure out what was in that sauce?



10. Burning Sands (2017)

Director: Gerard McMurray
Stars: Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Trevante Rhodes

Fraternity hazing is explored in this film as Zurich (Trevor Jackson) and his friends pledge during hell week, leading to a real-life nightmare.



What films would you add to the list? What are some of your favorite movies on Netflix?
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Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for SincerelySharee.com, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at ShareeSilerio.com then connect with her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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