14 Movies About Black Resilience That Aren’t Slave Movies


Slave movies are all about telling how blacks can persevere through anything. But they aren’t the only movies about black resilience that can be told.

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The American Psychological Association defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress— such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. In other words the ability to bounce back from difficult experiences. In other words to be black in America.

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Since the fight for equality has been going on for decades and is still being fought today in 2020, there are many movies about black resilience. And since all we hear is how people are tired of hearing about slave movies, we decided to give you 13 movies about black resilience that aren’t slave movies.

Miss Virginia

She was a mother who saw her son’s potential and realized the public school system was failing him. So she did everything in her power, against all odds, slander, and adversity to give him and all the kids who would be going through the public school system a chance.
Where to Stream: Netflix

The Pursuit of Happyness

If we could define the world perseverance through the plot of a movie, this would be that movie. The Pursuit of Happyness taught us to keep going through over and through every obstacle
Where to Stream: Netflix

When They See Us

To be a child and to be manipulated to commit to a crime you didn’t do. And to be a child and to serve any amount of time in jail for a crime you didn’t do. To survive that situation. Enough said.
Where to Stream: Netflix

If Beale Street Could Talk

This film divulges into how strong women have to be when it comes to keeping the family unit together through every situation, tragedy, or triumph.
Where to Stream: Hulu

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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun in a play and black movie about resilience as the Younger family show how to stand up to the various pressures that are threatening to pull them apart, both internal and external.
Where to Stream: N/A but you can rent and buy on streamable platforms

Get Out

Get Out is a different approach. The film’s theme shows how others perceive blacks to be these strong, resilient, intelligent beings.
Where to Stream: N/A but you can rent and buy on streamable platforms

Malcolm X

This shows the many facets of growing and all the trials and tribulations we endure to stand for something.
Where to Stream: Netflix

Queen and Slim

A simple night out turns into a police chase and most-wanted signs. When they were targeted and their backs were against the wall they pushed through. And they continued to do so to keep their legacies alive.
Where to Stream: N/A but you can rent and buy on streamable platforms

Hidden Figures

It shows that despite all adversities pit against us, women will find a way to push through and sometimes make history through the process.
Where to Stream: Hulu

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Another movie about black resilience is Ali. He went to jail for something he believed and fought for the people he believed in. He was more than just a boxer but an activist.
Where to Stream: Youtube and all digital platforms

The Banker

All they heard was no and that just made them work harder, they never cheat the system but they figured a way around it because of the racism and prejudice they were enduring. All to help their community.
Where to Stream: Apple TV


He faced all the adversities and broke all the barriers to become the first African American to play in Major League Baseball
Where to Stream: N/A but you can rent and buy on streamable platforms

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For Colored Girls

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is a play and film that is filled with the raw honesty of the many stories of black women. It tells seven stories that touch on survival, sexism, racism, adversity, joy, pain, suffering, abuse, strength, and resilience.
Where to Stream: Netflix


When there is a story centered around the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. just understand it will always touch on the topics of perseverance, adversity, strength, resilience, and more. This one was for the right of blacks to vote.
Where to Stream: Youtube and all digital platforms

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