The 1990s were a great decade for black cinema. There were so many classics that came out during that time, and it’s a shame that many of them are often overlooked. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best black films from the 90s. These films are not only entertaining, but they also have important messages that should be seen by everyone. If you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, be sure to check out one of these amazing films!
Poetic Justice 
Poetic Justice follows the story of Justice (played by Janet Jackson) who is a hairdresser and poet living in South Central, Los Angeles. After the death of her boyfriend, Justice goes on a road trip where she meets Lucky (played by Tupac Shakur). Along the way, Justice and Lucky develop an unforeseen romance. The film offers a realistic and poetic portrayal of life in the inner city.
Love Jones 
Love Jones is a romantic drama starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate. Nina (Nia Long) is a beautiful and successful photographer who is content with her life until she meets Darius (Larenz Tate). The two instantly hit it off and begin a steamy affair, but when Nina’s career forces her to move to another city, the two must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. This movie highlights how the two navigate their complicated relationship.
The Wood 
The Wood (another personal favorite) tells the story of is a coming-of-age film starring Omar Epps and Taye Diggs. The film follows a group of friends as they try to figure out what they want to do with their lives.
Boyz N The Hood 
Boyz N The Hood is a film about the realities of life in the inner city. The film follows a group of friends as they try to survive the violence and poverty that surrounds them.
Soul Food 
Soul Food is a film about a family who comes together after the death of their matriarch. The film follows the family as they try to heal old wounds and create new memories.
Eve’s Bayou 
Eve’s Bayou is a film about a young girl who witnesses a tragedy. The film follows her as she tries to make sense of what she saw and deal with the aftermath.
Waiting to Exhale 
Waiting to Exhale is a film about four friends who are all dealing with love and heartbreak. The film follows each woman as she tries to find her way back to happiness.
Set It Off 
Set It Off is a film about four friends who turn to crime to make ends meet. The film follows the friends as they try to survive the dangerous world they have chosen.
Crooklyn is a film about a family living in the Brooklyn projects. The film follows the family as they try to make the best of their situation and find hope for the future.
Boomerang is a film about a successful man who learns that success is not everything. The film follows him as he tries to find happiness and love in his life.
Jason’s Lyric 
Jason’s Lyric is a film about a young man who is trying to find his place in the world. The film follows him as he tries to find his way through life and love.
In Too Deep 
In Too Deep is a film about an undercover cop who gets in too deep with the wrong crowd. The film follows him as he tries to find a way out of the dangerous world he has entered.
New Jack City 
New Jack City is a film about a drug lord who is trying to keep his grip on the city. The film follows him as he tries to maintain his power and keep the city under his control.
House Party 
House Party is a film about a group of friends who throw a huge party at one of their houses. The film follows the friends as they try to have the best night of their lives.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a film about a woman who finds love again after being heartbroken. The film follows her as she tries to find her way back to happiness.
The Preacher’s Wife 
A heavenly messenger appears to a cleric. The angel is intended to assist the decent clergyman through his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric’s beautiful young wife.
Two childhood friends turn to a life of crime in order to make ends meet. The film follows them as they try to survive the dangerous world they have chosen.
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate 
A Thin Line Between Love & Hate is a film about a man who is caught between two women. The film follows him as he tries to figure out which one he loves and which one he hates.
Juice is a film about four friends who are trying to survive the tough streets of their neighborhood.
Menace II Society 
Menace II Society is a film about a young man who is trying to find his way out of the ghetto.
These are just a few of the great black films from the 90s that everyone should watch. If you haven’t seen them, be sure to check them out. And if you have seen them, watch them again and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite 90s films? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!