It is that time of year, Christmas time, my favorite holiday hands down. The way I like to celebrate the holidays is by watching some of the best holiday movies in theaters and on streaming. Everyone loves a good Netflix flick. I have created this list of Christmas movies black people are sure to enjoy, as it stars black actors and includes everything from Hallmark Christmas movies to movies you can find on streaming and Amazon Prime Video. Check out this list of films available, which includes the best black Christmas movies on Netflix, Prime, and more.
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Black Christmas Movies on Netflix
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
Plot: Decades after being betrayed by his apprentice, a once joyful toy maker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter arrives on his doorstep.
Star Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Madalen Mills
Holiday Rush (2019)
Plot: When a widowed radio DJ is fired, he and his four spoiled children must leave their lives of luxury behind and move in with his aunt just before Christmas.
Star Cast: Romany Malco, Amarr M. Wooten, Sonequa Martin-Green
The Holiday Calendar (2018)
Plot: A photographer discovers that the antique Advent calendar she inherited seems to predict her future, including a budding romance.
Star Cast: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Genelle Williams
A Family Reunion Christmas Special (2019)
Plot: M’Dear and her sisters struggle to keep their singing act together before a church Christmas pageant while Grandpa teaches the kids a valuable lesson.
Star Cast: Anthony Alabi, Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry
Best Christmas Ever (2023)
Plot: Every year at Christmas, Jackie sends a cocky newsletter to her friend Charlotte. Fate brings Charlotte to Jackie’s doorstep. As a result, Charlotte tries to prove that her friend’s life is not perfect.
Star Cast: Brandy, Matt Cedeño, Heather Graham, Jason Biggs
Best Black Christmas Movies on Amazon Prime Video, Hallmark & More
While the best black Christmas movies on Netflix may be a bit short, you can find these gems on other streaming services.
Almost Christmas (2016)
Plot: Walter Meyer is a retired mechanic and single father who lost the love of his life one year earlier. Now that the holiday season is here, he invites daughters Rachel and Cheryl and sons Christian and Evan to his house for a traditional celebration. Poor Walter soon realizes that if his bickering children and the rest of the family can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle.
Star Cast: Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Jessie T. Usher
This Christmas (2007)
Plot: At holiday time, family matriarch Ma’Dere Whitfield assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light, especially concerning Marine Claude’s true military status, Quentin’s debts and teenage Baby’s secret plans to become a singer.
Star Cast: Loretta Devine, Columbus Short, Idris Elba, Chris Brown
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
Plot: Nancy, a divorced mother of three, feels especially lonely during the holidays. Sensing her sadness, Nancy’s youngest daughter, Emily, has a plan to make her mom happy again. She asks Benjamin, a department store Santa Claus, to pay Nancy a compliment. And Benjamin, who is also a struggling songwriter, knows exactly the right words to say. Could it be true love?
Star Cast: Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Khail Bryant
Last Holiday (2006)
Plot: The discovery that she has a terminal illness prompts introverted saleswoman Georgia Byrd to reflect on what she realizes has been an overly cautious life. So Georgia withdraws her life savings and jets off to Europe where she lives like a millionaire. Upbeat and passionate, Georgia charms everybody she meets, including renowned Chef Didier. The only one missing from her new life is her longtime crush Sean Matthews.
Star Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Gérard Depardieu
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Plot: Nearly 15 years after they were last together as a group, college friends Lance, Harper, Candace, Quentin, Robyn, Jordan, Murch, and Mia finally reunite over the Christmas holidays. Though much has changed in their lives, the friends discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.
Star Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun
The Preachers Wife (1996)
Plot: A cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel. The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric’s lovely young wife. A remake with gospel music of the `The Bishop’s Wife’.
Star Cast: Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Whitney Houston
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013)
Plot: Madea accompanies her niece, Eileen, to the small town of Buck Tussel to pay a surprise visit to Eileen’s daughter, Lacey, who has refused to come home for Christmas. The real reason Lacey is avoiding her judgmental mother is that she has secretly married Connor, a white classmate from college. When Eileen and Madea arrive at Lacey’s farm, she tells them that Connor is an employee, but her lie soon spins out of control.
Star Cast: Tyler Perry, Anna Maria Horsford, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter
Merry Liddle Christmas Baby (2021)
Plot: The Liddle family has much to be merry about this Christmas as Jacquie Liddle and Tyler prepare for the arrival of their first baby, while her sister Treena and her husband Julian are thinking about adoption.
Star Cast: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Bresha Webb
Friday After Next (2002)
Plot: Finds Craig and Day-Day back in the old neighborhood where it all began. It’s Christmas time and a ghetto Santa Claus breaks into their run-down apartment, stealing all their presents, along with anything else he can stuff into his sack, including the rent money hidden in their stereo speakers. Their only hope to not get evicted before Christmas is to take jobs as security guards at a local mall, where they learn some comic lessons about the true meaning of the holidays.
Star Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon
A Christmas For Mary (2020)
Plot: Tasked with delivering a Christmas story, and intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious woman painted by her late grandfather, writer Lena Jones uncovers a tale of young love that inspires her to follow her heart and find her own true love.
Star Cast: Morgan Dixon, Vivica A. Fox, Jackée Harry
Our Christmas Journey (2021)
Plot: As a single mom and her teenaged son with autism come to a crossroad during Christmas, she must learn to let go so he can flourish as she finds her own heart healing in unexpected ways.
Star Cast: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez.
Black Nativity (2013)
Plot: Langston, a Baltimore teen raised by a single mother, travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with estranged relatives, the Rev. Cornell Cobbs and his wife, Aretha. However, Langston soon finds that Cobbs has strict rules, and the youth is unwilling to follow them. Instead, he sets out on a return journey to his mother and finds the value of faith, healing and family along the way.
Star Cast: Jacob Latimore, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett
Inventing The Christmas Prince (2022)
Plot: Shelby is about to quit her job when her daughter becomes convinced that her boss Evan is the Christmas prince from a story Shelby made up a few years ago. He reigns.
Star Cast: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Ronnie Rowe, Isabel Birch
My Christmas Inn (2018)
Plot: A big city advertising executive inherits her great-aunt’s inn and heads to the small Alaskan town where it’s located to get it ready for sale.
Star Cast: Tia Mowry, Peter Sullivan, Rob Mayes
The App That Stole Christmas (2020)
Plot: Felix Rhome, an inventor, who has created a super powerful App that eases the shopping craze during Christmas by the click of a button. His company Bomazon, with its powerful Christmas App, has become a Fortune 100 company, and he is the brains behind it.
Star Cast: Elise Neal, Ray J, Jackie Long
A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)
Plot: When an ego-driven superstar loses her holiday spirit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future visit her.
Star Cast: Vanessa L. Williams, Kathy Griffin, John Taylor
Hip Hop Family Christmas (2022)
Plot: Follows hip hop’s most famous family, as they address negative press and soften their image in a live Christmas television special.
Star Cast: Keri Hilson, Serayah, Terrence Jenkins
Christmas in Carolina (2020)
Plot: Career-driven investment banker Elle has given up on love until she meets CEO Wesley, who invites her to his hometown in South Carolina, where she rediscovers the spirit of Christmas.
Star Cast: Kellie Shanygne, Darius McCrary, Joslyn Hall
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Plot: A Yuletide angel shows a bride-to-be what could have happened if she’d acted on her secret feelings for her childhood best friend.
Star Cast: Nia Fairweather, Tyra Ferrell, Cooper Koch