10. Traffik (2018)
Our top 10 African American movies of 2018 start with suspense. Brea and John embark on a romantic weekend getaway. They are pleasantly surprised when two of their friends, Darren and Malia, also show up unexpectedly.
However, their plans for fun soon give way to terror when members of a violent biker gang invade the peaceful countryside. Banded together, they now find themselves in a fight for their lives. But their assailants will stop at nothing to protect their secrets from the outside world.
9. The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar (2018)
#2 on our black movies 2018 list takes us to the Olympic Games. Simone Biles, Olympic athlete, and an inspiration. To achieve this dream she forgoes parties, high school football games and senior prom.
She overcame many obstacles and tribulations to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic champion.
8. Blindspotting (2018)
Blindspotting is our African American comedy movies 2018 pick. Collin (Daveed Diggs) must survive three more days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.
Friendships are tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back. Things come to a head when the two buddies attend an upscale party.
7. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time comes in at #7. Meg Murry and her little brother Charles haven’t seen their dad in five years. The scientist has been gone ever since he discovered a new planet.
Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all the evil in the universe.
6. Monsters and Men (2018)
John David Washington–son of actor Denzel Washington–pulls double duty by acting in two movies this year (BlacKkKlansman and Monsters and Men). Monsters tackles the always relevant subject of police brutality.
Tensions rise when a young man records a police officer shooting a black motorist in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The best 2018 black movies must include the last name Washington.
5. Yardie (2018)
Yardie is #5 on our top 10 African American movies 2018 list is from first-time director Idris Elba. Still reeling from his brother’s death, Dennis Campbell is hired by a Jamaican crime lord to deliver a package. Cambell’s simple target is a British gangbanger named Rico.
However, Dennis learns that the man who killed his brother is also in England. He’s now torn between revenge and duty.
4. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
BlacKkKlansman shines the spotlight on racism and how dangerous polarizing rhetoric can be. Director Spike Lee and co-screenwriters Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott take Ron Stallworth’s memoir and adopt it for film.
Stallworth (John David Washington) is a Black Colorado Springs police officer who successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, going so far as to speak with David Duke on several occasions. Stallworth’s undercover police work, aided by his White partner, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) avoids an attack on Black activists.
Mr. Lee presents this relevant film perfectly.
3. Black Panther (2018)
T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. Our film’s protagonist no doubt. But to have a successful movie, we must have an antagonist.
Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) challenges T’Challa to the thrown of Wakanda. Full of great action scenes and striking set designs, Black Panther does not disappoint.
Earning its spot on our top 10 African American movies 2018 list.
2. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Just one more film on our top 10 African American movies of 2018 list. In early 1970s Harlem, Tish Rivers and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt are in love. Passion, respect, and trust define their bond.
Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
1. Nappily Ever After (2018)
Nappily Ever After challenges the definition of beauty. A hair salon accident makes Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) realize she’s not happy. But a deep barber gets her back on track.
Everything she believes in is turned upside down as she experiences troubles with her romantic relationship and career. A pure delight as we watch the visual transformation of Ms. Violet.