Christmas is now days away and plans to celebrate it are mostly rounding up by now. A season of love and happiness where family is prioritized, spending time together often means lots of shared meals, gifts and you guessed it––watching old and new movies alike. After all, what more do you need to do this holiday after a year filled with so many not-so-pleasant surprises than eat and binge-watch your favorite movies?
With public gatherings and travel still discouraged due to the pandemic, it is in order to sit back with your legs resting on the center table and your hands on the remote because it’s black Christmas movies time. Because where else would you see your tall, dark, and handsome crush or sassy ebony queen so up close? From Morris Chestnut to Gabrielle Union, seeing your favorite actors sure does bring a feeling of normalcy and comfort we could all use right now.
From classics to more modern films, it’s time to dive right in with your DVD, Netflix the night away or settle in and stream on Amazon. Whatever the case, don’t forget your popcorn to set the mood right. Enjoy the merry hours––you’ve earned it.
These black Christmas movies are definitely a must-watch this holiday season
#1. The best man holiday (2013)
This is one of my favorite black Christmas movies of all time. College friends plan a reunion after 15 years with their families and you can’t imagine how much drama yet love this brought their way.
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanna Lathan, Regina Hall
Director: Malcom D. Lee
Runtime: 123 minutes
#2. Almost Christmas (2016)
If you love some professional star-studded A-list cast, then this is the right bet. It’s the holiday season again and of course, the dysfunctional Meyer family has come together for yet another dramatic Christmas after their mother’s demise.
Starring: Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Mo’Nique, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker
Director: David E. Talbert
Runtime: 112 minutes
#3. The perfect holiday (2007)
What did you hear about the right words? Well, I heard that it can calm a raging storm. Nancy is definitely in need of soothing words and who else is in a better position than a talented songwriter? Her daughter, Emily decided to play Cupid on this one. Wonder if Emily’s plan worked?
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah
Director: Lance Rivera
Runtime: 96 minutes
#4. A Madea Christmas (2013)
There are no black Christmas movies without Tyler Perry’s Madea. Our favorite character is out here in a small town to shake things up a not-so-little bit. Only to realize that her friend’s daughter is married to a white man. You know Madea.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter, Kathy Najimy, Larry the Cable Guy
Director: Tyler Perry
Runtime: 105 minutes
#5. He kid who loved Christmas (1990)
This movie is evergreen and for legit reasons, it’s the last film appearance of Sammy Davis Jr. A young orphan who was already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as his adoption was being finalized. Just when he was cozying up to the idea of finally having a home, one of his to-be parents dies in a car accident. This isn’t the best news to wake up to.
Starring: Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Trent Cameron, Sammy Davis Jr.
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Runtime: 118 minutes
#6. Last holiday (2006)
Queen Latifah gets me in my feelings in this movie, I literally shed a few tears every time I watch it. Georgia is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Hence, decided to withdraw her hard-earned savings to live the rest of her short life in luxury in Europe. In the end, she finds love, money but life?
Starring: LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Wayne Wang
Runtime: 112 minutes
#7. A dream for Christmas (1973)
Doing the lord’s work is not always a walk in the park and that was the case of Rev. Will Douglas and his family who moved from Arkansas to Los Angeles, only to discover that the neighborhood church he was hired to lead is on the verge of demolition. Rev. Douglas and his family must unite.
Starring: Hari Rhodes, Lynn Hamilton, Beah Richards
Director: Ralph Senensky
Runtime: 120 minutes
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