2) Love Jones (1997)
Director: Theodore Witcher
Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, Lisa Nicole Carson
Yes, we know, this should be number one. Yes, we know, this is a classic film. But, consider this. How many true laugh-out-loud moments are there in this romantic comedy? Of the bunch, Love Jones is definitely the most romantic, and probably the least funny. Does it deserve its classic status? Absolutely. This is a movie we all put on to enhance the mood, not lighten it up, but an absolute classic work in the pantheon of black cinema if there ever was one.
1) Something New (2006)
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Starring: Simon Baker, Sanaa Lathan (pictured above), Donald Faison, Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard, Wendy Raquel Robinson
Something New was not the first interracial love story told in film, but it is definitely the best. There’s a sensitivity Hamri demonstrates through the movie’s humorous moments, but also through the awkward ones too. Even for those who never experienced the ups and downs of dating outside of their race, Something New shed a light on one taboo subject (interracial dating) while finding a new way to talk about a timeless one, that being love. Don’t be surprised when years from now the generation who made this movie a hit decides to pop this one on date night, just for old times sake.