21 Best Black Christmas Movies YOU Must Watch in 2022

Best Black Christmas Movies YOU Must Watch
Best Black Christmas Movies YOU Must Watch

When it comes to Christmas nothing’s better than watching the best black Christmas movies with your kids and family because they always have meaningful themes filled with comedy and drama. You get all the things mixed up in a single film like family, comedy, and Drama and these movies incorporate the true meaning of Christmas. That’s why we’ve made a list of 21 Best Black Christmas Movies YOU Must Watch this Christmas. So without further ado let’s get right onto it.

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21. The Perfect Holiday

  • Year: 2007 
  • IMDB Rating: 4.6/10
  • Director: Lance Rivera 
  • Starring: Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 36 minutes 

Divorced mother Nancy Taylor gets her Christmas wish to meet a nice man when her daughter shares her fantasy with Benjamin Armstrong, a department store Santa. A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother. There was just enough comic relief to make some parts funny. This is the one for you! Not Oscar worthy but definitely a good DVD Christmas movie.

20. Black Nativity

  • Year: 2013
  • IMDB Rating: 4.6/10
  • Director: Kasi Lemmons
  • Starring: Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Tyrse Gibson
  • Language: English   
  • Runtime: 1h 33 minutes 

Langston, a street-smart teenager, is sent to live with his estranged relatives in New York City to celebrate Christmas. As he spends his days there, he embarks on an inspirational life journey. A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey. Great performances help to enhance this amazing story. This is not a great movie, but the cinematography is bare. The only thing that keeps it afloat is the sensitivity of the relationships.

19. A Madea Christmas

  • Year: 2013
  • IMDB Rating: 4.8/10
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Starring: Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe, Henry Simmons
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 40 minutes 

Madea accompanies Eileen to convince the latter’s daughter to come home for Christmas. Little do they know that she hasn’t come home because she has married a white man. The movie shows what a lot of black women, children, families, and people, in general, go through. It’s funny but it also shows the serious side of life. One minute you’ll be laughing and another minute you can be crying.

18. The Preacher’s Wife 

  • Year: 1996 
  • IMDB Rating: 5.6/10
  • Director: Penny Marshall 
  • Starring: Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Loretta Devine, Gregory Hines  
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  2h 4 minutes 

Henry Biggs is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. His marriage to a choir singer is also failing. He gets help from an angel which enters his life. The Preacher’s Wife is food film that your whole family can enjoy at christmas time. This was Denzel’s and Whitney’s first foray into family territory and both actors succeed. The two have great chemistry together and the choir scenes really get your fingers snapping. Justin Pierre Edmond who played Jeremiah was also good in his first role hope we see more of him.

17. Friday After Next 

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
  • Director: Marcus Raboy
  • Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Katt Williams
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 18 minutes 

Working as security guards, Craig and Day-Day run into the thief who stole their Christmas presents. This movie is about Craig and Day Day who share an apartment together. They are robbed by ‘Santa Claus’ and later they become security guards so they can come up with the rent money for their evil landlord. If they can’t come up with the rent money, her son Damon (who is gay after serving about 12 years in the pen) will take care of them. The boys are fired while on their lunch break, one thing that I didn’t like about this movie is that Craig was overly bossy compared to the first two movies. Still, this movie is much funnier than Next Friday and it is about a notch or two below the original Friday and this movie deserves more recognition than what it gets.

16. The Holiday Calendar

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
  • Director: Bradley Walsh 
  • Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ron Cephas Jones
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 35 minutes 

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season? The concept of the movie and the calendar gifts were unique but the rest of the movie was average. First off they act like this girl is some struggling artist with her brand new car and her giant apartment. She’s more like the daughter of a wealthy lawyer so she can be a photographer all she wants. Then the male lead has braids and a unibrow going on where it makes you root for the other guy.

15. A Sisterly Christmas

  • Year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
  • Director: Jerry Lamothe
  • Starring: Deborah Joy Winans, Lisa Michelle Cornelius
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 23 minutes 

Two sisters receive an early Christmas gift, an inheritance that takes them on a luxury holiday vacation. They run into their childhood rival, who digs in on these sisters, testing their resolve as women and their bonds of sisterhood. This film provides OMG moments when Debbie says everything with no filter. When Debbie talks about their hair, clothes, and elbows, Debbie pulls zero punches. In between the quips, the movie has a sisterly connection to mend. 

14. A Chestnut Family Christmas 

  • Year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
  • Director: Roger M. Bobb
  • Starring: Meagan Holder, Brad James
  • Language: English  
  • Runtime: 1h 30 minutes  

A talented pastry chef, accidentally commits to hosting her family for the holidays, she poses as the wealthy homeowner in order to impress them. Everything is fine, until everyone’s secrets are exposed and relationships begin to unravel. The story is complicated but predictable but you’ll enjoy the movie fully. You must give it a watch

13. Almost Christmas

  • Year:  2016
  • IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
  • Director: David E. Talbert 
  • Starring: Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 52 minutes 

A dysfunctional family gatherrs together for their first Christmas since their mom died. This movie is one of those that should and will resonate with everyone. A heart filled, crazy, emotional, and tender look at family. How and why we can drive each other crazy, drive each other away, yet just as easily lift each other up, pull each other through, and make each other strong – when not trying to kill one another.

12. Christmas Belles

  • Year: 2019
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
  • Director: Terri J. Vaughn
  • Starring: Raven Goodwin, Dominique Perry, Mark Taylor, Omar Gooding, John Amos 
  • Language: English  
  • Runtime:  1h 25 minutes 

Despite being successful in their careers, two 30-something BFFs never stop hearing that they both need a man before it’s too late. When a handsome pastor arrives just in time to kick off the Christmas season, both ladies try to make a move-but as their hilarious attempts to one up each other keep growing, So funny, entertaining, and heartfelt. Will recommend for yearly viewing. The friendship was genuine, and the laughs were real. You can watch with the family or solo and throughly enjoy it. It will be up to their family to remind them what the holiday season is truly about.

11. Throwback Holiday

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director:  Trey Haley
  • Starring: Jennifer Freeman, Robert Ri’Chard, Jean Elie
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 28 minutes 

Jacqueline is living an unfulfilled life in a doomed marriage. After a chance encounter with a former classmate, she rethinks her life’s choices and wishes she could go back to high school for a do-over. Like a Christmas miracle, Jacqueline awakens to find herself as a high school senior again with the ability to change everything. A feel-good, quality, Christmas movie, with an all-black cast. The story line and the overall message tugged at my heartstrings.This is a clean, fun, holiday movie you can watch with the whole family. The story line is fun, and the acting is great. It’s refreshing to see this type of storyline with black actors! It’s like a like a black Hallmark movie but not corny. Great film and I highly recommend it.

10. This Christmas

  • Year: 2007
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
  • Starring: Lauren London, Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Regina King
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 57 minutes 

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years. As a Christmas movie, it was unique in the way it took place in Los Angeles, the location of no other Christmas movies I know. It’s sunny, the grass is green, and everyone is still wearing shorts & T-shirts in the film. Every other Christmas movie shows people bundled up in heavy jackets and winter hats while snow is on the ground. It was brave of the filmmakers to show Christmas in such a geographic location. After all, many people celebrate the holiday in places where it’s not so cold outside. its a perfect vintage Christmas movie.

9. Christmas Déjà Vu

  • Year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating:  6.4/10
  • Director: Christel Gibson
  • Starring: Loretta Devine, Blue Kimble, Amber Riley
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 32 minutes 

A Christmas angel grants a wish to a Christmas hater, to have her life as a singer. This movie is all about choices and God’s will.  Kandi talks about hating her life every moment of the day and drinks to numb the pain of losing her father.  In her new life, she does the same.  Fame and money didn’t change the hurt.  It only magnified it.  Kandi doesn’t realize that happiness is a choice until she sees sadness at both ends of the spectrum.  This film helps bring spirituality into the season and is a comforting watch with excellent singers

8. Kirk Franklin’s a Gospel Christmas

  • Year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: Erica Sutherlin
  • Starring: Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Angela Birchett
  • Language: English  
  • Runtime: 1h 27 minutes 

The Liddle family has much to be merry about this Christmas as Jacquie and Tyler prepare for the arrival of their first baby, while her sister Treena and her husband Julian are thinking about adoption. The chemistry between the cast is amazing!! It really does feel like they are family and it is a pleasure to sit back and watch them interact. Having said that, the movie kind of dragged, especially the second half. There is very little in the way of drama/tension and the humor from the first two movies was also lacking. All in all not a bad way to spend two hours. 

7. Merry Liddle Christmas Baby

  • Year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
  • Starring: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Latonya Williams
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 24 minutes 

The Liddles have much to rejoice about this holiday season. Jacquie Liddle  and her husband Tyler are preparing for the arrival of their first baby; Jacquie’s sister Treena and her husband Julian are thinking about adopting a baby themselves; and spirited fashionista sister Kiera’s relationship with Chris is heating up. With their family expanding in various ways, the Liddles are headed for a crazy Christmas filled with merry mayhem and lots of love and laughter.

6. Jingle Jangle

  • Year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 
  • Director: David E. Talbert 
  • Starring: Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Keegan-Michael Key
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 2h 2 minutes 

An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever. his jubilant movie is a breath of fresh air. If you love musicals, you’ll love this. If you don’t, step away. It feels like a colorful Broadway stage play but it’s even better because of the magic of technology and filmmaking. The movie was written and directed by David E. Talbert featuring a mostly African-American cast. It’s not the typical Christmas show, but it will definitely get you in the mood for magic and wonder.

5. Last Holiday

  • Year: 2006 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
  • Director: Wayne Wang 
  • Starring: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime: 1h 52 minutes  

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central European hotel. It is her film. not surprising. not only for splendid performance but for the good script, the perfect team job and, sure, for the life lesson, with all its paragraphs . A film about life, new beginning, joy and the way to transform the others. A comedy, off course. but little more than one of good emotions, recomfortant story. Because it is a film of chemistry. Between Depardieu and Latifah, between the role and Latifah and one of beautiful virtues is the status of old fashion film.

4. The Best Man’s Holiday

  • Year: 2013
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long
  • Language: English   
  • Runtime:  2h 3 minutes

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. Best Man’s Holiday, is a timely-well written and acted movie. It touches on so many social issues people are going through in the now. It is surprising how emotional involved you will be caught up in scenes. It’s a roller coaster of highly amusing moments on second, followed by an altar call of your conscience reflecting on unresolved past issues the next. The movie will have you unexpectedly grabbing for popcorn salt covered napkins to use on tear ducts.

3. The Great Debaters 

  • Year: 2007
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: Denzel Washington 
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  2h 6 minutes 

Melvin B Tolson, a professor at Wiley College, motivates his students to form the first-ever debate team. Hard work pays off when the team defeats Harvard in the national championship.

This movie has inspiration. Inspiration to fight oppression, exclusion, and inner struggles. It tells how a debate experience can change your life. If you are a history buff this movie will take you there and back. There is one horrific scene but such was life in the 1930s down south. Denzel Washington gives another one of his superb excellent acting presentations.

2. A Holiday Chance

  • Year: 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Director: Jamal Hill
  • Starring: Sharon Leal, Nafeesa Williams, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Richard Lawson
  • Language: English  
  • Runtime: 1h 50 minutes

The family of the founder of a multi-million-dollar film company experiences some tragic events during the holidays and two sisters must set aside a life-long rivalry and come together to turn the company around and keep the family intact.

This well written Christmas movie will take you on an emotional ride. The squabbling family theme is not new but the leading women cast takes it in the right direction. Interesting characters in a storyline that spans a year. Some of the fashion design will make you take note. Don’t miss the “not part of the story” pre credit sequence! And to top it off, a very nice soundtrack.

1. Soul 

  • Year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Starring:  Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House 
  • Language:  English 
  • Runtime:  1h 40 minutes

A jazz musician, stuck in a mediocre job, finally gets his big break. However, when a wrong step takes him to the Great Before, he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality.

The soul is well worth signing up for the service, as it’s one of the best Pixar efforts. The soul is perhaps the most existentially ambitious film ever attempted by Disney. The soul lives up to Pixar’s own impossibly high standards, it represents the very best the studio has to offer: beauty, humor, heart, a gut punch of an existential crisis. The children will laugh and cheer; the adults will sob until their muscles ache. If you’re looking best Christmas movie with your family soul is the best choice.

Wrapping up…

 We hope you liked our list of Best Black Christmas Movies YOU Must Watch that you can enjoy with your family and kids. if we miss any of your favorite horror movies do let us know in the comment below!