by Alexis Jackson
Have you ever spent hours browsing Netflix's catalogue determined to find the perfect movie to stream? We've all been there, but now we have the solution! Here are 10 movies directed by black women streaming on Netflix now!
1. Middle of No Where (Directed by Ava DuVernay)
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated—leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
2. Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (Directed by Neema Barnette)
The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.
3. Eve's Bayou (Directed by Kasi Lemmons)
The wife of a physician in 1960s Louisiana ignores his infidelities, but his daughter is crushed when she catches her dad in a compromising position.
4. Down in the Delta (Directed by Maya Angelou)
An unemployed single mother returns with her kids to their Mississippi Delta hometown, where a kindly uncle teaches them about their rich heritage.
5. Night Catches Us (Directed by Tanya Hamilton)
In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.
6. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Directed by Leslie Harris)
High school student Chantel Mitchell's dreams of escaping her poor Brooklyn neighborhood are jeopardized when she realizes she is pregnant.
7. My Baby's Daddy (Directed by Cheryl Dunye)
Three slacker buddies find themselves forced to grow up and face the challenges of fatherhood when their girlfriends get pregnant at the same time.
8. Yelling to the Sky (Directed by Victoria Mahoney)
As her family falls apart, 17-year-old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
9. Vanishing Pearls (Directed by Nailah Jefferson)
This documentary visits Pointe à la Hache on the Gulf Coast to expose the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the town's people and economy.
10. And Then There Was You (Directed by Leila Djansi)
Natalie's picture-perfect marriage is shattered when she discovers that her husband, Joshua, has been leading a secret double life.
Alexis Jackson is a writer, visual artist, and an Editorial Assistant at For Harriet.