14 Classic Date Night Movies to Set the Mood

Add one of these steamy Black Hollywood romances to the your viewing queue tonight to really turn up the heat.

Charli Penn Mar, 02, 2012

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When smooth, gorgeous young poet Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and beautiful-yet-guarded photographer Nina Moseley (Nia Long) meet at a spoken word night in Chicago, things heat up fast. Watch as they attempt to resist the passionate connection pulling them closer. Every woman dreams of the kind of earth-moving, mind-blowing, life-changing sex Nina and Darius share. Can’t Miss Moment: Darius sleeps over Nina’s place, but she refuses to allow him to come upstairs. They share a separate, but equally intimate, fantasy encounter to be remembered.

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When blue-collar brother Jason (Allen Payne) falls in love with lovely, spontaneous waitress Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith), he can finally see a way out of the life he has grown to hate. In the film, their romance continues to bloom, despite the tragedy and violence that surrounds them. Can’t Miss Moment: After Jason and Lyric share a romantic ride in a rowboat, they make sweet love in the woods.

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When forty-something stock broker Stella (Angela Bassett) takes a luxurious vacation to Jamaica and falls for a gorgeous – shirtless! — young islander named Winston (Taye Diggs), he wants nothing more than to satisfy her every desire. Can’t Miss Moment: Steamy, wet, passionate shower sex, followed by Stella being brought to tears by an out-of-this-world orgasm. Wow!

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Marcus (Eddie Murphy) is a successful womanizer who can have any woman he wants and likes things his way, always. That is, until his new boss Jacqueline (Robin Givens) turns the tables on his whole operation by calling her own shots in the bedroom and leaves him begging for more. It’s not until sweet Angela (Halle Berry) comes along that he discovers what true love and passion are really all about. Can’t Miss Moment: Jacqueline makes Marcus’ toes curl (literally) when she takes full control between the sheets.

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Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns) looks at sex the way most men do, but don’t you dare call her a “freak.” Poor Jamie (Tommy Redmond Hicks) believes in soul mates and is convinced Nola is his. Can’t Miss Moment: Nola and Jamie have wild, passionate, unapologetic sex in her studio apartment.

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After Justice (Janet Jackson), a subdued, yet beautiful poet, and Lucky (Tupac Shakur), a no-nonsense mail carrier, survive being stuck with one another on the road trip from hell, they cross that thin line between love and hate. Can’t Miss Moment: Lucky and Justice take a pit stop on a romantic cliff-side lookout and wind up making sweet love beneath a blanket.

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When childhood friends Syd (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs) discover they’re meant to be more than buddies, the sexual tension begins to build, and you’ll find yourself rooting for the moment their lips finally touch. Can’t Miss Moment: When their “moment” finally comes. It’s awkward sex, at best, but there is no denying that in the end you want to see the once-platonic pair permanently in each other’s arms.

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After being expelled from Uganda, Meena and her Indian family move to Mississippi, where she meets and falls in love with Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a Black man. Their families don’t approve, but neither of them can fight the fire that ignites between them. Can’t Miss Moment: One of the only on-screen sex scenes of heartthrob Denzel’s career.

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Pompous author Harper (Taye Diggs) is dating sweet caterer Robin (Sanaa Lathan), but when he links up with his old college crew for a friend’s wedding, he realizes he still has the hots for Jordan (Nia Long), a quick-talking entertainment executive. Can’t Miss Moment: Harper and Jordan get their flirt on — a lot! — flashing each other “do you know what I’d do to you right now?” glances every chance they get.

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Childhood friends Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) have shared a love for basketball since age 11. They grow apart after dating in college, and when their careers pull them apart, Monica lets him go. Years later, they meet again, and this time the tables have turned, and Monica refuses to give up on her man. Can’t Miss Moment: The sexiest game of 1-on-1 you’ll ever witness. Monica: “I’ll play you.” Quincy: “For what?” Monica: “Your heart.”

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Jackson (Morris Chestnut) is a charming doctor with trust issues who bumps into free-spirit Denise (Gabrielle Union) in the park. She teaches him to love again – but not before he messes things up with her, big time. This is the story of four men dealing with finding and losing love, new beginnings, and their own desires to keep it hot for the ladies. Can’t Miss Moment: Jackson and Denise engage in sexy, naked, post-sex pillow talk while feeding each other dessert.

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Black accountant Kenya (Sanna Lathan) unexpectedly finds love on a blind date with a landscaper named Brian (Simon Baker), who happens to be White, and she’s terrified of trying “something new.” Can’t Miss Moment: When Kenya and Brian give in to their feelings and lock lips in the park, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

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Steve Harvey’s relationship advice book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Sony Pictures adapted the book into romantic comedy Think Like A Man starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Taraji P. Henson, and Harvey served as an executive producer for the film.

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Yet another recent pick that has earned a spot on this list. The 2014 remake About Last Night brings the heat and the nonstop laughs. So it's win-win. (He will be just as entertained as you.) Can't Miss Moment: After trying their best to fight the feeling, Michael Ealy's hunky bartender Danny and Joy Bryant's bossy Joan finally give in to temptation.