By: CaraG @exclusivelycarag – Finally! 2020 is almost over, which means the holiday season is officially here! But what is the holiday season without watching some of the BEST BLACK CLASSIC holiday movies? Many things have changed this year, but one thing remains the same and that’s keeping the holiday tradition of seeing Whitney Houston, Gabrielle Union, Tyler Perry, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, and more on your living room TV screen. I know 2020 sucked for most, so if you lack holiday spirit, here are the best Black Christmas movies over the years that are guaranteed to bring joy during this quarantine holiday season.
10. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
The legendary Whitney Houston starred in The Preacher’s Wife. The film is a remake of the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife. The soundtrack of the film is one of the best Christmas soundtracks of our time. The movie is a family-themed romantic fantasy.
9. Friday After Next (2002)
With all that’s going on globally, I’m sure everyone could use a lovely holiday comedic relief. Friday After Next is the third film in the Friday franchise with Ice Cube and Mike Epps starring as two security guards at a local mall trying to make enough money to cover what the Santa Claus from the hood stole from them.
8. The Last Holiday (2006)
While suffering from an illness, a saleswoman (Queen Latifah) takes out all of her life savings and lives it up in Europe. Everyone she comes in contact with loves her bubbly and charming personality. She receives attention from everyone, but the one person she wants is her long-time crush. The Last Holiday cast includes Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and Giancarlo Esposito.
7. This Christmas (2007)
This Christmas is a holiday movie about a family who gathers around the Christmas tree for the holidays. Of course, it was not all sugar, spice, and everything nice as family secrets began to unravel. This Christmas features a talented cast that includes Loretta Devine, Idris Elba, Regina King, and Chris Brown. Director Preston A Whitmore II successfully reminds the audience that no family is perfect with a sprinkle of comedy.
6. The Perfect Holiday (2007)
This holiday flick is narrated by Queen Latifah, starring Gabrielle Union, Morris Chesnut, Charlie Murphy, and Terrence Howard. Chesnut plays an aspiring songwriter, and Union acts as a single mother with three kids and needs a good man. Unions daughter in the movie turns to a department store Santa to help find a new husband for her divorced mother.
5. Black Nativity (2013)
A young man Langston spends Christmas with his estranged relatives trying to heal emotional trauma and repair bonds between family members. The Black Nativity’s cast is jam-packed with talent, including Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, and Mary J. Blige.
4. The Best Man Holiday (2013)
The Best Man Holiday is the sequel to 1999’s beloved drama The Best Man. The original movie followed the romantic and professional travails of a group of college friends as they set out in the world and prepared for the wedding of two crew members. The good news is you don’t have to watch the original movie to enjoy this one. The Best Man gives you a sense of friendship and romance around the holiday season. The cast includes Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Monica Calhoun.
3. A Madea Christmas (2013)
We can’t talk about Black Movies without including award-winning actor, director, producer, and writer Tyler Perry. Played and created by Tyler Perry, Madea is best known for her tough-love and ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Madea joins her great-niece Eileen to see her daughter, Lacey. Lacey plans to skip this Christmas visit because she’s secretly married to a white man and ashamed to bring him home to her family.
2. Almost Christmas (2016)
Almost Christmas tells the story of a family coming together during the holidays after losing the family’s matriarch. If the family can survive under the same roof for five days at the patriarch’s request, it would be a Christmas miracle! The cast includes iconic comedians Mo’Nique and Danny Glover, as well as JB Smoove and Gabrielle Union. The film is effortlessly filled with good laughs in over-the-top situations.
1. Jingle Jangle (2020)
Jingle Jangle is black excellence from the music to the hair. Jingle Jangle features a fantastic performance by Forest Whitaker. Whitaker’s Jeronicus is a gifted toymaker and inventor who sank into bitterness and rancor after his apprentice stole his blueprints and ruined his business. This magical movie made history in black culture and will go down as a known festive classic in years to come.