Festive Films: The Best Black-Centric Holiday Movies And Their Soundtracks

These movies not only bring diverse narratives to the forefront but also offer soulful sounds.

As the holiday season unfolds, it's time to cozy up with heartwarming films that celebrate the joy, traditions, and magic of this time of year. Among the myriad of holiday movies, several Black-centric films stand out, not only for their compelling stories but also for their soulful soundtracks. With a blend of classic holiday tunes and soul-stirring renditions, these movies and their accompanying soundtracks evoke the spirit of togetherness, love, and joy that defines the holiday season.

So, as you gather with loved ones this holiday, consider adding these cinematic gems to your watchlist and let their heartfelt stories and soulful soundtracks enhance the magic of the season. After all, what's a holiday celebration without a sprinkle of movie magic and soulful melodies to accompany it?

  • "The Preacher's Wife" (1996)

    Starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, this remake of the 1947 classic "The Bishop's Wife" intertwines romance, faith, and the spirit of Christmas. The film's soundtrack, predominantly performed by Houston, delivers soul-stirring renditions of traditional carols and original compositions, capturing the essence of the holiday season.

  • "This Christmas" (2007)

    Set against the backdrop of a family reunion during the Christmas season, this film weaves a tale of love, family dynamics, and forgiveness. The soundtrack is a melodic fusion of holiday favorites performed by artists such as Chris Brown, Donny Hathaway, and Luther Vandross, infusing soulful renditions into beloved seasonal tunes.

  • "The Perfect Holiday" (2007)

    A romantic comedy following a young girl's quest to find a new husband for her single mother. The film's soundtrack encompasses a mix of contemporary R&B and soul-infused tracks from artists like Chris Brown, Jill Scott, and Stevie Wonder, adding a modern twist to holiday melodies.

  • "The Best Man Holiday" (2013)

    This sequel to "The Best Man" reunites a group of friends over the Christmas holidays, navigating old rivalries and new revelations. The film's soundtrack features a blend of R&B and holiday classics, including contributions from artists like Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, and Boyz II Men, evoking both nostalgia and celebration.

  • "Almost Christmas" (2016)

    A comedic drama revolving around a dysfunctional family coming together for their first Christmas since their matriarch's passing. The film's soundtrack features a mix of classic and contemporary holiday tracks, including selections from John Legend and Stevie Wonder, setting the perfect backdrop for joy.

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