If you don’t know about Tubi, then it’s time to learn! Tubi is a free video streaming platform for both independent and big studio movies. There’s all kinds of content on Tubi, including some great free Black movies. Tubi has a ton of content, so when you’re looking for your next great Black movie to watch, keep this list of good Black movies on Tubi handy to save time.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
Link to Movie: Friday
Tubi has the whole “Friday” series – “Friday,” “Next Friday,” and “Friday After Next.” These classic Black comedies follow the exploits of perpetually unemployed Craig Jones, who along with his friends and family, keep running into various scenarios that happen to occur on a Friday.
What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Genre: Biopic, musical
Link to Movie: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
One of the best Black movies on Tubi, this film is based on the life of the legendary Tina Turner, played by Angela Bassett, who won a Golden Globe for her performance. The movie is an unflinching look at her rise to fame, including her time spent with the charismatic but abusive Ike Turner. As his physical abuse worsens, Tina has to make the tough decision to leave Ike and set out on her own.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Link to Movie: Malcolm X
Epic and nuanced, this Spike Lee production tells the story of legendary civil rights leader Malcolm X. Based on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” with extra writing by Spike Lee and Alex Haley (who wrote “Roots”), the film is an unflinching look at the complexity of Black liberation and Malcolm X’s unique philosophies.
White Men Can’t Jump
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%
Link to Movie: White Men Can’t Jump
A fresh, funny take on sports movies, “White Men Can’t Jump” tells the story of a pair of basketball hustlers who scam and hustle their way across LA’s streetball courts while staying one step ahead of mobsters. The comedic chemistry between the two leads (Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes) makes the movie a real side-splitter.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Link to Movie: Soul Food
“Soul Food” is the heartwarming story of a Black family trying to keep their traditions and family together in the face of major changes. When the family matriarch falls into a coma during an operation, the family has to struggle to adjust to her sudden absence. Together, they revive old rivalries, share memories, and work together to maintain their tradition of Sunday family dinners. The film is beautifully shot, and you will probably come away pretty hungry– the food scenes are amazing.
12 Years a Slave
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Genre: Historical Drama
Link to Movie: 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s seminal film is honest, brutal, and inspiring all at once. It tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He struggles continually to survive and maintain his dignity for 12 years, when a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes his life forever. The film was nominated for nine Oscars and won three, including Best PIcture– making McQueen the first black director to direct a Best Picture winning film.
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