lighthearted movies with black characters in them because we deserve movies that aren't about slavery, racism, police brutality, and the like

i'm so fucking sick of my options for black films being 'gang violence' 'racism' and '700th slavery movie'

disclaimer: my use of 'lighthearted' here means the exclusion of what's stated above. these movies still may feature bullying, drugs, strong language, and well ... black life on screen, but the main plot doesn't feature black folk being traumatized for being black.

  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Annie
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Bad Boys
  • Barbershop
  • Barbershop 2: Back in Business
  • Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Beauty Shop
  • The Best Man
  • Beyond the Lights
  • Black Dynamite
  • Black Is King
  • Black Panther
  • Blade
  • Blade II
  • Blade: Trinity
  • Boomerang
  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • The Cheetah Girls
  • The Cheetah Girls 2
  • Cinderella
  • College Road Trip
  • Coming to America
  • The Cookout
  • Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story
  • Daddy Day Camp
  • Daddy Day Care
  • Dirty Computer
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Dolemite
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Dope
  • Dreamgirls
  • Drumline
  • Fast Color
  • Fat Albert
  • The Fighting Temptations
  • The Fits
  • Friday
  • Girlhood
  • Girls Trip
  • Good Burger
  • Guava Island
  • Home
  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
  • House Party
  • The Human Tornado
  • The Incredible Jessica James
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
  • Johnson Family Vacation
  • Joyful Noise
  • Jump In!
  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
  • Just Wright
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • The Last Dragon
  • Last Holiday
  • Lemonade
  • Like Mike
  • Little
  • Lottery Ticket
  • Love & Basketball
  • Love Don't Co$t a Thing
  • Love Jones
  • Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
  • Michael Jackson's Thriller
  • Minding the Gap
  • Moonwalker
  • The New Edition Story
  • Norbit
  • The Nutty Professor
  • Poetic Justice
  • The Proud Family Movie
  • Purple Rain
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Roll Bounce
  • School Daze
  • Seventeen Again
  • She's Gotta Have It
  • Sister Act
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Skate Kitchen
  • Something New
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Soul
  • Space Jam
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • This Is It
  • Trading Places
  • Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly
  • Twitches
  • Twitches Too
  • Waves
  • Whitney
  • The Wiz
  • The Wood
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • You Got Served