STREAMING NOW: Powerful, Must-Watch Black History Movies & Documentaries

Celebrate Black History Month with these impactful documentaries and inspirational real-life stories turned into films. All available now to stream!

NETFLIX

13th

“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.” -Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro

“Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.” -Netflix

Trial 4

“Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systemic racism.” -Netflix

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

“While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33.” -Netflix

Becoming

“Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with ‘Becoming.’” -Netflix

Who Killed Malcolm X?

“Decades after the assassination of African American leader Malcolm X, an activist embarks on a complex mission seeking truth in the name of justice.” -Netflix

Da 5 Bloods

“Four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader’s remains — and a stash of buried gold. From Spike Lee.” -Netflix

LA 92

“Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and public uprising leading up to the 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers filmed beating Rodney King.” -Netflix

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

“As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.” -Netflix

When They See Us

“Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.” -Netflix

Moonlight

“In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood tries to find his place in the world.” -Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone?

“Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.” -Netflix

Mudbound

“Two Mississippi families -- one Black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era.” -Netflix

Self Made

“An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story.” -Netflix

They’ve Gotta Have Us

“Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African-American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of Black cinema.” - Netflix

For more on Netflix, check out their Black Lives Matter playlist.

DISNEY +

Hidden Figures

An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations - the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.” -Disney+

HBO MAX

Harriet

“The extraordinary story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman is chronicled in this “powerful” (New York Times) drama starring Cynthia Erivo.” - Hulu

HULU

12 Years A Slave

Based on the true story of a man sold into slavery.” -Hulu

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Malcom X

“Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader.” -Amazon Prime Video

Fences

“Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Puliztzer Prize-winning play takes a passionate look at former baseball player Troy Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.” -Amazon Prime Video

Selma

“From the Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years A Slave and acclaimed director Ava DuVernary comes the true story of courage and hope that changed the world forever.” -Amazon Prime Video

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