10 films with black protagonists to see on streaming – Culture – Tecnoblog

After a list of Netflix series and films that have black, strong and powerful protagonists, we decided it was time to select stories that are available in other streams and also put their spotlight on different characters, enhancing the debate and the importance of representation in movie theater. See a list of 10 movies with black protagonists – men or women – which are not to be missed and are available on HBO Max, Disney+ and Star+.

Moonlight: Under the Moonlight (Image: Press Release / HBO Max)


1. Moonlight: Under the Moonlight

Nominated for eight Oscar categories 2017 and having even won Best Picture, Moonlight: Under the Moonlight is a feature film based on a play. With Chiron, a young black man who lives in a poor community in Miami, as the protagonist, the story follows three distinct phases of his life, in which he finds himself having to deal with bullying, the discovery of sexuality, prejudice and the temptation of crime.

  • Direction: Barry Jenkins
  • Year: 2016
  • List: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland e Janelle Monáe
  • Link na HBO Max

2. 42: The Story of a Legend

Starring Chadwick Boseman, 42: The Story Of A Legend is a film based on the true story of baseball player Jackie Robinson. The title portrays his rise in the sport at a time still heavily marked by racial segregation, and focuses especially on the late 1940s when he is recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to play in the biggest baseball championship in the world. USA.

  • Direction: Brian Helgeland
  • Year: 2013
  • List: Chadwick Boseman e Harrison Ford
  • Link na HBO Max

3. Charm City Kings

Based on a documentary, Charm City Kings is an original production by HBO Max. The film follows in the footsteps of teenager Mouse, a poor black boy from Baltimore who is enchanted by the universe of motorcycles and their acrobatics. A regular at The Ride event, he sees his life change as he approaches Midnight’s Click, the gang of the most skillful but also most dangerous bikers in town.

  • Direction: Angel Manuel Soto placeholder image
  • Year: 2020
  • List: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, William Catlett and Teyonah Parris
  • Link na HBO Max

4. I am the legend

Adapted from the work of Richard Matheson, I’m the Legend is a production set in a post-apocalyptic world. In the storyline, after New York is ravaged by a virus that has decimated its population, its only survivor is a scientist who searches for answers day after day, trying to find people who are alive, deal with the mutated creatures that now infest the city and find out what made him immune to the virus.

  • Direction: Francis Lawrence
  • Year: 2007
  • List: Will Smith e Alice Braga
  • Link na HBO Max

5. Fahrenheit 451

Based on Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future, in which freedom of expression and critical thinking have become social stigmas, making literature prohibited. In this scenario, Guy Montag works as a book burner, being a staunch defender of the system, until the moment when he starts to question himself about the orders he is carrying out and the meaning of what he is defending.

  • Direction: Ramin Bahrani
  • Year: 2018
  • List: Michael B. Jordan e Michael Shannon
  • Link na HBO Max


6. Cinderella

There are also fairy tale adaptations in this list of films with black protagonists to see in the streaming! Cinderella, from 1997, is a Disney musical telefilm that tells the story of a naive and dreamy girl – here, a young black woman -, who lives tormented by her stepmother and stepsisters. One night, however, thanks to her fairy godmother (Whitney Houston), she manages to fulfill her dream of going to the ball and dancing with the prince, changing her story forever.

  • Direction: Robert Iscove
  • Year: 1997
  • List: Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston e Whoopi Goldberg
  • Link no Disney+

7. Black Panther

Feature film that is part of Marvel’s Cinematographic Universe, Black Panther received seven Oscar nominations. The title takes place in the kingdom of Wakanda, when after the king’s death, his son T’Challa returns to assume the throne. Even though he doesn’t receive full support from the local tribes, he takes his place, taking on the challenge of finding a young man who stole an artifact from his nation.

  • Direction: Ryan Coogler
  • Year: 2018
  • List: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan e Lupita Nyong’o
  • Link no Disney+

8. Soul

Winner of the 2021 Oscar for Best Animation, Soul is a Pixar production released exclusively on Disney+. The film tells the story of a music teacher who feels frustrated for never having fulfilled his dream of being a jazz instrumentalist. The day his life finally has a chance to change, he is run over and dies, causing his soul to mistakenly end up in a dimension where the personality of those arriving on Earth develops.

  • Direction: Pete Docter
  • Year: 2020
  • List: Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey (voices)
  • Link no Disney+


9. Beloved

Based on a book by Toni Morrison, well loved it mixes horror and drama in its narrative. Starring and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, the title is set in 1873, and revolves around an ex-slave who carries with her many ghosts from the past. Seeking to get acquainted with her newfound freedom, she reencounters an old friend who was also a slave along with her, and alongside her daughter and a mysterious young woman who comes into her life, she is surprised by the revelation of great mysteries.

  • Direction: Jonathan Demme
  • Year: 1998
  • List: Oprah Winfrey e Danny Glover
  • Link no Star+

10. Speaking of Love

Another long from this list adapted from a book of the same name, Speaking of love shows the friendship between four black women who live in Arizona, and despite being successful in other aspects of their lives, they live in search of true love. Facing all kinds of happiness and sadness on this journey, they use their friendship as a safe haven to talk and vent about everything that ails them.

  • Direction: Forest Whitaker
  • Year: 1995
  • List: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon e Loretta Devine
  • Link no Star+

And you, indicate other films with black protagonists that are not to be missed and are available on Brazilian streaming? Share your favorites with us!

The streaming catalog was consulted on 11/19/2021.

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