Best Black Big Screen Romances

Best Black Big Screen Romances
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 03, 2009

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The hot and heavy romance between Nina (Nia Long) and Darius (Larenz Tate) from “Love Jones” (1997) is legendary. Nina is convinced his body was saying her name after the creative souls consummate their relationship on the first night. If it’s right, why wait?

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This 1954 musical remains a classic as Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) and Joe (Harry Belafonte) discover a forbidden love in an instant. Carmen’s captivating ways also lead to her inevitable fate.

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Tracy (Diana Ross) wants her hardworking and handsome politician Barack—we mean Brian (Billy Dee Williams)—back in this 1975 legendary film. Casting Williams and Ross always promises a sensual romance!

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Before he was the voice of CNN, in 1974 James Earl Jones starred as Rupert Marshall, a garbage collector who falls in love with Claudine Price, played by Diahann Carroll. Claudine’s six kids or the government’s welfare rules were not enough to keep him away.

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Can a player ever get played? That age-old question was answered in the 1992 romantic comedy. Marcus (Eddie Murphy) can charm the pants off of any woman, and meets his match in his new boss Jacqueline (Robin Givens). Good friend Angela (Halle Berry) helps him put his heart back together and discover what love really is.

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Who could forget Jason (Allen Payne) and Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) in their romantic time in the field in this 1994 favorite? Real love is about facing fear and letting go.

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Opposites definitely attract in this 1996 hit heist film. The sizzling affair of bank robber (Jada Pinkett Smith) and banker Keith (Blair Underwood) and the love that could never be melted our hearts.

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Stella (Angela Bassett) gets more than she bargained for when she heads to Jamaica for some much needed R&R in this 1998 film adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-seller. The attention of local heartthrob Winston (Taye Diggs) was too good to resist, even with their 20-year age difference.

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When you bring college friends together for a wedding, old lustful memories and new rendezvous are sure to enter. In this 1999 comedy, the all-star cast delivers as Mia (Monica Calhoun) and Lance (Morris Chestnut) make their bond official.

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A beautiful on-screen love affair blossomed between type-A executive Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) and free-spirit landscaper Brian Kelly (Simon Baker) in 2006’s “Something New.” This film pushed the envelope in Hollywood by tackling interracial relationships and the Black class division. It also reminded us that true sparks don’t recognize color or clout.

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With three daughters, Monty (Idris Elba) knows how to make a lady feel special, and even manages to melt ice princess Julia (Gabrielle Union).

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He might fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but Muhammad Ali (Will Smith) also loves like a newlywed in this biopic. The champ is a true romantic outside the ring.

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