If there’s one thing that stays timeless in modern film, it’s the romance between black people. Something just seems so intrinsically beautiful when looking at the complexity and realness of these on screen relationships. That’s the key word here really; real. They have problems just like real relationships, they talk about their problems, and eventually resolve them. Some stand out more than others. Here’s a countdown of (what I think), are the best examples of black love in movies. Now keep in mind that I can’t go into the full depth of these relationships or else I’d be writing forever. Also these are not “relationship goal”-based choices; they were chosen based on the realism and emotional depth of the relationship.
5. Jody and Yvette: Baby Boy
This one is a shaky, and has such a low spot on the list, because at some point, early in the movie, Jody hits Yvette. This is a turning point because now their relationship starts to spiral. But what makes this relationship beautiful is that Jody, unlike a lot of movies, Jodie realizes and takes responsibility for it. After Yvette’s ex-boyfriend, Rodney, attempts to rape her, Jodie retaliates and wins Yvette’s heart back. The movie ends with Jody and Yvette married with a baby on the way. Definitely not a perfect relationship, but a good relationship to start the list with.
4. Lance and Mia: The Best Man and The Best Man 2
This is probably the most tragic relationship on the list and the only one on the list to span over two movies. In the first Best Man, Lance and Mia are engaged, but drama ensues when Lance finds out that Mia slept with his best man, Harper. Towards the end of the movie Lance calls off the wedding but when he realizes that she’s the love of his life, he decides to go through with it. But it’s the second movie that makes this relationship magical. In the second movie, Mia is diagnosed with cancer and tragically dies. At the funeral Lance breaks down as her casket is lowered, asking them not to take her. It’s one of the few moments in which I’ve almost cried during a movie.
3. Jason and Lyric: Jason’s Lyric
This one is magical because this is a love at first sight type of romance. Jason and Lyric develop a relationship that seems almost poetic. Jason cares for lyric deeply and even is willing to lay his life on the line for her. Even with Jason’s troubled past, Lyric still stands with him through it all. I can’t go into as much depth with this one, as I’ve only seen the movie a few times, but as a poet, it’s beautiful to see a movie that makes such amazing and passionate love still seem like a reality.
2. Lucky and Justice: Poetic Justice
The romance that made Tupac cry. This one is really interesting because Lucky and Justice hate each other at the beginning of movie; like really hate each other. At one point in the movie, Lucky and Justice have a verbal argument that consists of nothing but them saying “Fuck you” to each other over and over again. But when Justice’s friend and her boyfriend, who happens to be Lucky’s friend, go to Oakland with Lucky, she tags along and they eventually develop a romance in contradiction to their friends crumbling relationship. In one scene Lucky’s friend assaults Justice and Lucky takes action and defends her and ditching his now former friend in the process.
1. Quincy and Monica: Love & Basketball
Arguably one of the most famous and envied black relationships ever to be put to film and definitely for good reason. The uniqueness behind this one is that, where the others on this list develop over either a few days or months, this one develops over the course of 13 years. They don’t start off as love interests or enemies, but friends with a mutual love for the game of basketball. Over the course of the movie their relationship develops, even though through some parts they aren’t officially together. What makes this worth my of the number one spot is that their feelings never seem to fade. No matter what happens they always seem to gravitate towards each other, even after 13 years. It’s a relationship that embodies not just black love, but love in general; something that definitely lands Quincy and Monica the top spot on the list.