List of interracial romance films

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This is a list of interracial romance films.


Title and director Summary Released Notes
The Bronze Bride
Henry MacRae
A Canadian fur trapper takes an Indian woman as his bride, a union that meets with much disapproval when they return to civilization. April 2, 1917
The Forbidden City
Sidney Franklin
A Mandarin princess betrothed to the Chinese Emperor is sentenced to death when she secretly marries an American diplomat and becomes pregnant. October 6, 1918
The Heart of Wetona
Sidney Franklin
The mixed-race daughter of a Comanche chief falls in love with a young engineer. When the young man deserts her, she turns to a white Indian agent who marries her. January 5, 1919
Broken Blossoms
D. W. Griffith
A young Londoner abused by her alcoholic father, a Limehouse District prizefighter, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. May 13, 1919
Dimitri Buchowetzki
The treacherous Iago plots to ruin the life of Othello by provoking him to jealousy. Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. February 1922
The Toll of the Sea
Chester M. Franklin
While visiting China, an American man falls in love with a young Chinese woman, but he then has second thoughts about the relationship. November 26, 1922
Ewald André Dupont
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen of a London nightclub, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder. June 1, 1929
Bird of Paradise
King Vidor
A Polynesian girl falls in love when an American sailor visits to her island, however, she is promised to a prince on a nearby island. September 13, 1932
The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Frank Capra
A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love during the Chinese Civil War. January 3, 1933
Black Pearl
Michał Waszyński
A Polish sailor returns home from Tahiti with a native girl and a fortune in sacred pearls. He is seduced by a married woman unaware she is part of a plot to steal his riches. December 20, 1934
Princess Tam Tam
Edmond T. Gréville
A French writer traveling in Tunisia becomes infatuated with a local girl and invites her back to his country where she is introduced to Parisian high society. November 2, 1935
God's Step Children
Oscar Micheaux
Duel in the Sun
King Vidor
December 31, 1946
Elia Kazan
September 29, 1949
Broken Arrow
Delmer Daves
July 21, 1950
The Wild North
Andrew Marton
March 22, 1952
Orson Welles
Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. May 10, 1952 Won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952.
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Lew Landers
November 20, 1953
His Majesty O'Keefe
Byron Haskin
January 16, 1954
The Purple Plain
Robert Parrish
September 14, 1954
White Feather
Robert D. Webb
February 16, 1955
House of Bamboo
Samuel Fuller
July 1, 1955
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Henry King
August 18, 1955
Seven Cities of Gold
Robert D. Webb
September 8, 1955
The Indian Fighter
Andre De Toth
A trail scout leads a wagon train bound for Oregon through hostile Indian territory and unwittingly gets involved with the daughter of a Sioux chieftain. December 21, 1955
The Black Tent
Brian Desmond Hurst
April 9, 1956
George Stevens
October 10, 1956
The Halliday Brand
Joseph H. Lewis
January 1957
War Drums
Reginald Le Borg
March 21, 1957
Island in the Sun
Robert Rossen
June 12, 1957
Run of the Arrow
Samuel Fuller
September 5, 1957
Band of Angels
Raoul Walsh
August 3, 1957
Joshua Logan
December 5, 1957 Won 4 Academy Awards
China Doll
Frank Borzage
June 8, 1958
Kings Go Forth
Delmer Daves
June 28, 1958
Hiroshima, mon amour
Alain Resnais
June 10, 1959
I Spit on Your Graves
Michel Gast
June 23, 1959
The Crimson Kimono
Samuel Fuller
October 1959
Another Sky
Gavin Lambert
The World of Suzie Wong
Richard Quine
November 10, 1960
My Baby is Black!
Claude Bernard-Aubert
March 1, 1961
Flame in the Streets
Roy Ward Baker
June 22, 1961
Bridge to the Sun
Etienne Périer
A biographical film about the marriage of Gwen Harold and Japanese diplomat Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki leading up to World War II. October 17, 1961 Nominated for one Golden Globe.
A Majority of One
Mervyn LeRoy
A Jewish American widow from Brooklyn, New York falls in love with a millionaire businessman while touring Japan. December 27, 1961 Won Golden Globes for "Best Motion Picture" (Musical/Comedy) and "Best Film Promoting International Understanding".
All Night Long
Basil Dearden
A modern-day version of William Shakespeare's Othello set in the jazz scene of Swinging London. February 26, 1962
Diamond Head
Guy Green
A family drama set on a Hawaiian plantation. January 30, 1963
Imitation of Life
Douglas Sirk
A light-skinned woman rejects her widowed African-American mother in order to pass for a white actress. April 30, 1959
A Taste of Honey
Tony Richardson
A plain young English girl becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. September 1961 Four BAFTA awards
One Potato, Two Potato
Larry Peerce
A white divorcee marries an African-American. July 29, 1964
A Patch of Blue
Guy Green
A blind teenage girl is befriended by a black office worker who she eventually falls in love with. December 10, 1965
Stuart Burge
Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. December 15, 1965
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Stanley Kramer
A young woman surprises her parents by bringing her African-American fiancée to visit. December 11, 1967 Winner of two Oscar Awards.
The Story of a Three-Day Pass
Melvin Van Peebles
A black U.S. soldier spends the weekend in Paris with a French shop clerk. July 8, 1968
Michael Sarne
An English art student enjoys a string of lovers in Swinging London eventually becoming the mistress of a black nightclub owner. December 1968
100 Rifles
Tom Gries
An African American lawman reluctantly becomes involved in a Yaqui rebellion against the Mexican government. March 26, 1969
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
William Wyler
A wealthy African American funeral director is murdered by his wife's lover, a white police officer. March 18, 1970
The Landlord
Hal Ashby
A privileged WASP becomes landlord of an inner-city tenement building and begins a relationship with a black nightclub dancer. May 20, 1970
The Grasshopper
Jerry Paris
An African American ex-football player falls in love with a Las Vegas showgirl. When she is sexually assaulted by a wealthy patron, he viciously beats her attacker and the two are forced to go on the run. May 27, 1970
Dreams of Glass
Robert Clouse
Two California teenagers, a Japanese-American girl and a fisherman's son, secretly keep their budding romance a secret from their parents. August 16, 1970
The Great White Hope
Martin Ritt
A fictionalized account of the turbulent relationship between African American boxer Jack Johnson and his first wife New York socialite Etta Terry Duryea. October 11, 1970
William A. Graham
Two high school students, a wealthy African American girl and poor white teenager, begin a relationship. November 26, 1971
Georgia, Georgia
Stig Björkman
An African American nightclub singer falls in love with a U.S. Army deserter while performing in Stockholm. March 10, 1972
Together for Days
Michael Schultz
An African-American radical activist and a white woman experience a variety of reactions when their family and friends discover their relationship. 1972
Heavy Traffic
Ralph Bakshi
A young New York cartoonist has surreal fantasies which include a romance with a female African American bartender. August 8, 1973
Richard Fleischer
July 25, 1975 1 Golden Screen Award
Aaron Loves Angela
Gordon Parks, Jr.
Two teenagers, an African American and Puerto Rican couple, live in the slums of New York City. December 25, 1975
The Human Factor
Otto Preminger
An MI6 official becomes the focus of an internal investigation when a mole is suspected of leaking information to the South African apartheid government. 1979
Love in a Taxi
Robert Sickinger
October 1980
Soul Man
Steve Miner
October 24, 1986
The Squeeze
Roger Young
July 10, 1987
John Waters
February 26, 1988
Mama, There's A Man in Your Bed
Coline Serreau
A French comedy about a business owner who is framed during a food-poisoning scandal and turns to help from a cleaning woman. March 22, 1989
Michele Placido
September 7, 1990
Letters from Alou
Montxo Armendáriz
September 1990
Come See the Paradise
Alan Parker
A New York Irish-American labor union organizer falls in love with his employer's daughter. Set during the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. December 23, 1990
John Duigan
The sequel to The Year My Voice Broke, an Australian boy becomes hopelessly in love with an African exchange student. March 21, 1991
Jungle Fever
Spike Lee
A successful African-American architect has an affair with his Italian-American secretary. June 7, 1991
Mississippi Masala
Mira Nair
An African-American man and an Indian immigrant begin a relationship despite the disapproval of both their families. February 5, 1992
Régis Wargnier
April 15, 1992
One False Move
Carl Franklin
An African-American woman, in the company of fugitives, returns to her hometown where her ex-lover is the local sheriff. May 8, 1992
The Lover
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Set in 1950s French Indochina, a French teenage girl has an affair with a wealthy, older Chinese merchant. June 22, 1992 Nominated for Best Foreign Film at Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1993.
The Bodyguard
Mick Jackson
November 25, 1992
Anthony Drazan
Relationship between two inner city teenagers in Detroit. October 23, 1992 Won Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.
Made in America
Richard Benjamin
May 28, 1993
The Ballad of Little Jo
Maggie Greenwald
August 20, 1993
The Joy Luck Club
Wayne Wang
Relationship between four young Chinese-American women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China. September 8, 1993 Winner of the Young Artist Awards in 2004.
Double Happiness
Mina Shum
A Canadian-born Chinese girl falls in love with a white university student. September 7, 1994 Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival in 1994.
A Bronx Tale
Robert De Niro
September 14, 1993
Foreign Student
Eva Sereny
July 29, 1994
Corrina, Corrina
Jessie Nelson
August 12, 1994
Bleeding Hearts
Gregory Hines
September 25, 1995
The Jungle Book
Stephen Sommers
December 25, 1994
Talking About Sex
Aaron Speiser
Jefferson in Paris
James Ivory
March 31, 1995
Mike Gabriel
Eric Goldberg
June 23, 1995
Madame Butterfly
Frédéric Mitterrand
November 25, 1995
Oliver Parker
December 15, 1995
A Family Thing
Richard Pearce
A middle-aged man discovers he is actually from a bi-racial family and sets out to rediscover his roots with the help of his African-American brother. March 29, 1996 Winner of the E Pluribus Unum Award by the American Cinema Foundation in 1997.
Chinese Box
Wayne Wang
Romance between a Western reporter and a Chinese woman during the return of Hong Kong to China. September 4, 1997 Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1997.
One Night Stand
Mike Figgis
A black Los Angeles commercial director has an affair with a white woman in New York while he was married to a Chinese-American woman and she was engaged to his gay friend's brother respectively. November 14, 1997
Heaven's Burning
Craig Lahiff
April 3, 1998
Eric Bross
A romance develops between two waiters, both aspiring to enter the entertainment industry, while working at a popular New Jersey restaurant. April 17, 1998 Jury Award winner for Best Drama at the Atlantic City Film Festival in 1999.
Warren Beatty
May 15, 1998
Bernardo Bertolucci
September 14, 1998
Next Time
Alan L. Fraser
October 1998 Won the "Hollywood Discovery Award" and "Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Award" at the Hollywood Film Festival in 1998.
The Breaks
Eric Meza
February 26, 1999
Row Your Boat
Sollace Mitchell
April 1999 Won "Audience Choice Award" at the Stony Brook Film Festival in 1999.
Colorz of Rage
Dale Resteghini
August 5, 1999
The Annihilation of Fish
Charles Burnett
September 12, 1999
Liberty Heights
Barry Levinson
November 17, 1999
The Secret Laughter of Women
Peter Schwabach
November 26, 1999
Nanci Rossov
November 1999 Won "Best Film" at the American Indian Film Festival in 1999.
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
Chi Muoi Lo
A comedy-drama about a Vietnamese brother and sister raised by an African American couple. June 9, 2000
Save the Last Dance
Duane Adler
A white teenage girl from the Midwest and an African-American teen from South Side Chicago fall in love though their mutual love of dancing. January 12, 2001
Snow Dogs
Brian Levant
Comedy about a Miami dentist who inherits a team of sled dogs from his biological mother and enters a local dogsled race. January 18, 2002
Guess Who
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Romantic comedy about an African-American girl introducing her white fiancée to her parents. March 25, 2005
Something New
Sanaa Lathan
Romantic comedy about an African-American woman falling in love with her Caucasian landscape gardener. January 29, 2006
Lakeview Terrace
Neil LaBute
Thriller about a racist LAPD sergeant who terrorizes his new next-door neighbors because they are an interracially married couple. September 19, 2008
13 Sins
Daniel Stamm
Thriller about a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck white salesman engaged to a black woman. April 18, 2014

Further reading[edit]

  • Childs, Erica Chito. Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Popular Culture. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009. ISBN 0742565416

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