What a year 2022 was for Black movies!
From thrilling action films to heartfelt dramas, these Black movies took us to places we often didn’t want to leave.
So, if you’re looking for the standout Black movies of 2022, these are the ones you must watch!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s mega-hit, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” was everything we could have hoped for and more.
Director Ryan Coogler already had his work cut out following such a successful movie, but the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman made a sequel nearly impossible.
That said, he hunkered down, rewrote the script, and released “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on October 26.
Most people were nervous about the film, hoping it wouldn’t be a disaster.
However, Coogler and the talented cast killed it.
The film paid a fitting tribute to Boseman while moving the story forward.
It grossed over $830 million, and Angela Bassett even won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
When it comes to 2022 Black movies, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is undoubtedly the standout.
The Woman King
This is the big-budget historical Black epic film we all wished for but never dreamed we’d get.
“The Woman King” follows an all-female warrior unit in the 1800s, the Agojie, as they protect the kingdom of Dahomey from invaders.
The movie looks amazing with rich colors, intricate decorations, and standout costumes.
Viola Davis also elevates the film from “great” to “masterpiece.”
In her battle dress, she looks like she can cut down anyone, like slicing a hot knife through butter.
She radiates an intensity that you can’t simply get from most actors.
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood made “The Woman King” one of 2022’s standout films.
Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.
This comedy follows the pastor and first lady of a megachurch as they reopen and rebuild their congregation after a scandal that forced them to close.
The movie tackles challenging topics like being a gay Christian, sexual abuse, homophobia, and the hypocrisy of many megachurches.
Despite presenting these topics, the movie still respects the church and religion.
The remarkable Regina Hall stars in “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.” with Sterling K. Brown.
This movie is the best example if you’re looking for a comedy that asks tough questions but remains heartfelt.
What would you do if you found an unconscious white girl in your college dorm?
This is the central question behind 2022’s “Emergency.”
In the dramedy, two best friends want to be the first Black guys at their college to finish a legendary tour of frat parties.
However, things turn dark when they find a white girl passed out in their dorm.
The natural choice is to call the cops, but they know doing so will ensure they get the blame, and they might even get shot.
The friends try to take the girl to a hospital without being seen and still complete their “legendary tour.”
In the process, they experience a night like no other.
Anna Diop plays Aisha, an undocumented Senegalese immigrant working as a nanny for a wealthy New York couple.
She hopes to bring the son she left behind in Senegal to stay with her.
However, a violent presence begins tormenting Aisha.
“Nanny” explores motherhood through the eyes of Aisha and her employers.
The movie offers its fair share of chills and thrills, but it’s done in a thought-provoking way.
“Nanny” might be the least-known movie on this list, but it’s among the best Black movies.
The film even became the first horror movie to win the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
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These 2022 Black movies lit up our screens, from indie movies to mega-budget blockbusters.
They moved, thrilled, made us laugh, and gave us characters to cheer for.