Movies with Inspiring Black Girls and Women

Hollywood has made some progress toward diversity in films, but it's not enough. Fortunately, there are movies with inspiring African American role models who positively affect girls' ideas of their self-worth. From Tiana, the first Black Disney princess, to Misty Copeland, the first Black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, the hardworking heroines in these films work hard and overcome adversity to accomplish their goals. Some of these titles might need more parental input when tough topics like racism and enslavement come up. But ultimately they provide kids with messages of strength and perseveranceFor more fantastic picks, check out our lists of Great Movies with African American CharactersTV Shows with Black Leads, and Movies with Strong Female Characters.

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Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story Movie Poster Image
Inspirational animated tale of famous black ballerina soars.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Multi-ethnic cast modernizes classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Princess and the Frog Movie Poster Image
First African American Disney princess is a good role model.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Amazing Grace Movie Poster Image
Aretha documentary has soaring music but no narration.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Movie Poster Image
Inspirational docu has positive messages, role models.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Dr. Dolittle 3 Movie Poster Image
Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Movie Poster Image
Christmas musical has imagination, positivity, diversity.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Wiz Movie Poster Image
Jazzy, family-friendly musical remake of classic film.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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A Ballerina's Tale Movie Poster Image
Engrossing dance docu introduces powerful role model.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Becoming Movie Poster Image
Enlightening journey with Michelle Obama on her book tour.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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We Are the Radical Monarchs Movie Poster Image
Docu about girls' social justice troop inspires all ages.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Ruby Bridges Movie Poster Image
Historical drama lacks subtlety but has positive messages.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Poster Image
Inclusive but imperfect take on classic story of hope, love.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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All In: The Fight for Democracy Movie Poster Image
Powerful docu about the need to protect voters' rights.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Betty & Coretta Movie Poster Image
Moving tribute to two civil rights widows' legacies.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Coded Bias Movie Poster Image
Must-see docu about tech bias has some strong language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Gabby Douglas Story Movie Poster Image
Strong positive messages in otherwise rote athlete biopic.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Crooklyn Movie Poster Image
Nuanced depiction of a black family in Brooklyn; language.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power Movie Poster Image
Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Dreamgirls Movie Poster Image
Broadway + Beyoncé = big, boomy musical fun.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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The Fits Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, beautifully made drama with no easy answers.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Hate U Give Movie Poster Image
Powerful, thought-provoking drama about race, activism.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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A Raisin in the Sun Movie Poster Image
Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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The Secret Life of Bees Movie Poster Image
1960s-set family drama tackles weighty issues.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Movie Poster Image
Docu about legendary author has some violent imagery.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Poster Image
Devastatingly moving drama has harsh truths, whimsy, wisdom.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Color Purple Movie Poster Image
Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Love and Basketball Movie Poster Image
Romance and sports mix; some strong language and sex.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Miss Juneteenth Movie Poster Image
Courage, humility, empathy in mother-daughter drama.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Eve's Bayou Movie Poster Image
'90s African American family drama has violence, language.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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The Forty-Year-Old Version Movie Poster Image
Black playwright strives to be true to herself; language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Movie Poster Image
Rise and fall of talented star documents racism, sexuality.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Our Song Movie Poster Image
Honest, positive look at urban teens; mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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T-Rex Movie Poster Image
Inspirational yet troubling, edgy doc about female boxer.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Pariah Movie Poster Image
Smart, sad, empowering film about a teen coming out.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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