List of interracial romance films

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This is a list of interracial romance films.


The films in this list satisfy the following requirements:

  • A professional critic has identified it as an interracial romance film.
  • The film has been released.
  • The film is feature length (e.g. not a segment from an anthology).
  • The film features a romantic relationship, not just partnering, between people of different races.
  • The film's inclusion or casting of interracial romance is not incidental.
  • The film is not about romance between species or fictional races (e.g. Star Trek, The Twilight Saga, Shrek).
Title Director Summary Year Notes References
The Bronze Bride Henry MacRae A Canadian fur trapper takes a Native American woman as his bride, a union that meets with much disapproval when they return to civilization. 1917
The Forbidden City Sidney Franklin A Chinese princess betrothed to the Chinese Emperor is sentenced to death when she secretly marries an American diplomat and becomes pregnant. 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. 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. 1919 [1]
Othello 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. 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. 1922
The Ten Commandments Cecil B. DeMille An American man loves a Chinese woman. 1923
Piccadilly 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. 1929
Cimarron Wesley Ruggles 1931
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. 1932
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. 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. 1933
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. 1935 [1]
Ramona Henry King 1936
God's Step Children Oscar Micheaux 1938
Duel in the Sun King Vidor 1946 [2]
Pinky Elia Kazan An African-American nurse who was born light-skinned and passes for white in the North returns to her Southern hometown. She and a white Northern doctor are in love, but she eventually turns down his offer of marriage in order to stay and help her community. 1949   [1][3][4]
Broken Arrow Delmer Daves A dramatization of the story of a white man Tom Jeffords and his interactions with the Apache nation including falling in love with and marrying Apache girl named Sonseeahray. 1950   [5][6]
The Wild North Andrew Marton 1952
Othello Orson Welles Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. 1952 Won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952.
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Lew Landers 1953
His Majesty O'Keefe Byron Haskin 1954
The Purple Plain Robert Parrish A pilot of the Royal Air Force falls in love with a Burmese woman during the Burma Campaign of World War II 1954 [7]
White Feather Robert D. Webb A white boy marries a Native American woman. 1955 [8]
House of Bamboo Samuel Fuller   1955   [9]
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Henry King 1955
Seven Cities of Gold Robert D. Webb 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. 1955
The Black Tent Brian Desmond Hurst 1956
Giant George Stevens 1956
The Halliday Brand Joseph H. Lewis 1957
War Drums Reginald Le Borg 1957
Island in the Sun Robert Rossen 1957 Hollywood's first interracial kiss [10][11][12]
Run of the Arrow Samuel Fuller 1957
Band of Angels Raoul Walsh A young woman, raised as white by her father, a wealthy plantation owner, discovers after his death that she is half black. After she is sold in New Orleans, she and her owner fall in love. 1957
Sayonara Joshua Logan Two U.S. Air Force pilots fall in love with a pair of Japanese women. 1957 Won four Academy Awards [1][13]
Touch of Evil Orson Welles   1958   [14]
China Doll Frank Borzage During World War II, an American pilot gets drunk one night and unintentionally buys a young Chinese woman from her destitute father. 1958
Kings Go Forth Delmer Daves 1958   [13]
Night of the Quarter Moon Hugo Haas A newlywed husband's family objects that his wife is mixed race. 1959 [15]
The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ranald MacDougall In a post-apocalyptic world, a black man and a white woman appear to be the only survivors. Then a white boy shows up. 1959   [16]
Hiroshima, mon amour Alain Resnais 1959
I Spit on Your Graves Michel Gast 1959
The Crimson Kimono Samuel Fuller 1959
Another Sky Gavin Lambert 1954
Shadows John Cassavetes A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white boy, who is unaware of her race. 1959   [17]
The World of Suzie Wong Richard Quine A foreigner falls for a Chinese prostitute in Hong Kong 1960
My Baby is Black! Claude Bernard-Aubert 1961
Flame in the Streets Roy Ward Baker 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. 1961 Nominated for one Golden Globe.
West Side Story Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins   1961   [11][18]
A Majority of One Mervyn LeRoy A Jewish-American widow from Brooklyn falls in love with a millionaire businessman while touring Japan. 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. 1962    
Diamond Head Guy Green A family drama set on a Hawaiian plantation. 1962   [14]
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. 1961 Four BAFTA awards
One Potato, Two Potato Larry Peerce A white divorcee marries an African-American. 1964   [19]
A Patch of Blue Guy Green A blind teenage girl is befriended by a black office worker who she eventually falls in love with. 1965   [20]
Othello Stuart Burge Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. 1965
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Stanley Kramer A young woman surprises her liberal parents by bringing her African-American fiancé to visit. 1967 Winner of two Oscar Awards [3][11][18]
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. 1968
Joanna Michael Sarne An English art student enjoys a string of lovers in Swinging London eventually becoming the mistress of a black nightclub owner. 1968
100 Rifles Tom Gries An African American lawman reluctantly becomes involved in a Yaqui rebellion against the Mexican government. 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. 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. 1970   [11]
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. 1970
The Hawaiians Tom Gries In Hawaii around the end of the 19th century, the black sheep of a prosperous white family marries a mentally unstable Hawaiian. Later, his son falls in love with the daughter of one of his Chinese immigrant workers. 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. 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. 1970 [21]
Little Big Man Arthur Penn White boy is captured, raised by Cheyenne, falls in love with Cheyenne woman. 1970   [5]
The Omega Man Boris Sagal White army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race and in the meantime falls in love with the African-American survivor Lisa. 1971 [22]
Honky William A. Graham Two high school students, a wealthy African-American girl and poor white teenager, begin a relationship. 1971  
Georgia, Georgia Stig Björkman An African-American nightclub singer falls in love with a U.S. Army deserter while performing in Stockholm. 1972 [23]
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 [24]
Heavy Traffic Ralph Bakshi A young New York cartoonist has surreal fantasies which include a romance with a female African-American bartender. 1973
Magnum Force Ted Post Dirty Harry is hit on by his Asian American neighbor Sunny (played by Adele Yoshioka) and this leads to a physical relationship and possible romance. Sunny asks "What does a girl have to do to go to bed with you?" and, after blinking twice, Harry Callahan replies "Try knocking on the door". Screenwriter John Milius, has said that this part of the film is in the script because Eastwood received a lot of fan mail from Asian women that included sexual propositions. 1973
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer Werner Fassbinder The film revolves around the romance that develops between Emmi, an elderly German woman, and Ali, a Moroccan migrant worker in post-World War II Germany. 1974
Mandingo Richard Fleischer 1975 Golden Screen Award  
Aaron Loves Angela Gordon Parks, Jr. A teenage couple, an African-American and a Puerto Rican, live in the slums of New York City. 1975   [25]
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
My Beautiful Laundrette Stephen Frears Focuses on the same-sex romance between a young Pakistani man and a street punk white man. 1985
Soul Man Steve Miner After his family decides to take his money for college away from him, a rich kid pretends to be African-American to win a minority scholarship offered by Harvard University, only to discover that upon getting there that he has fallen for another student, who was supposed to be the actual recipient of the scholarship. 1986    
The Squeeze Roger Young 1987
La Bamba Luis Valdez   1987   [11]
Hairspray John Waters Teenager Tracy Turnblad becomes the hero in trying to get a TV dance show integrated in 1962 Baltimore, while a romantic relationship between Penny Pingleton and Seaweed is sparked. 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. 1989
Pummarò Michele Placido 1990    
Letters from Alou Montxo Armendáriz A Senegalese immigrant in Spain writes a series of letters of his adventures; he falls in love with a woman there, but is eventually deported. 1990   [26][27][28]
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. 1990   [29]
Flirting John Duigan The sequel to The Year My Voice Broke, an Australian boy becomes hopelessly in love with an African exchange student. 1991   [30]
Jungle Fever Spike Lee A successful African-American architect has an affair with his Italian-American secretary. 1991   [3][11][31]
Mississippi Masala Mira Nair An African-American man and an Indian immigrant begin a relationship despite the disapproval of both their families. 1992   [11][18][31]
Indochine Régis Wargnier 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. 1992    
The Lover Jean-Jacques Annaud In 1950s French Indochina, a French teenage girl has an affair with a wealthy, older Chinese merchant. 1992 Nominated for Best Foreign Film at Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1993.
The Bodyguard Mick Jackson A white bodyguard and the African-American singer he is assigned to protect form a romantic relationship. 1992  
Zebrahead Anthony Drazan Relationship between two inner city teenagers in Detroit. 1992 Won Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. [32]
Made in America Richard Benjamin 1993    
The Wedding Banquet Ang Lee A Taiwanese-American guy and his gay white lover. 1993   [30]
The Ballad of Little Jo Maggie Greenwald 1993    
A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro 1993   [32][33]
The Joy Luck Club Wayne Wang Relationship between four young Chinese-American women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China. 1993 Winner of the Young Artist Awards in 2004. [11]
Double Happiness Mina Shum A Canadian-born Chinese girl falls in love with a white university student. 1994 Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival in 1994. [34]
Foreign Student Eva Sereny A young French college student studies in America and falls in love a black teacher. 1994   [32]
Corrina, Corrina Jessie Nelson 1994  
The Jungle Book Stephen Sommers Mowgli-who is Indian-and Kitty-who is British-are childhood friends who later become lovers. 1994  
Talking About Sex Aaron Speiser 1994
Bleeding Hearts Gregory Hines 1995  
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love Maria Maggenti Randy and Evie have an interracial teenage lesbian romance. 1995   [35][36]
Jefferson in Paris James Ivory 1995  
The Affair (1995 film) Paul Seed 1995  
Pocahontas Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg Pocahontas, a Powhatan Indian woman falls in love with John Smith, a white settler in 17th century Virginia 1995   [37]
Madame Butterfly Frédéric Mitterrand 1995    
Othello Oliver Parker 1995   [18]
The Watermelon Woman Cheryl Dunye   1996   [11]
Fools Rush In Andy Tennant   1997   [30][38][39]
Fakin' da Funk Tim Chey A Chinese teenager whose adoptive parents are black falls in love with a black girl. 1997   [30][32][40]
Chinese Box Wayne Wang Romance between a Western reporter and a Chinese woman during the return of Hong Kong to China. 1997 Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1997. [41]
One Night Stand Mike Figgis A black Los Angeles commercial director has an affair with a white woman in New York while he is married to a Chinese-American woman and she is engaged to his gay friend's brother respectively. 1997  
Tomorrow Never Dies Roger Spottiswoode James Bond partners with a Chinese spy to stop a media mogul from starting World War III. 1997   [41]
Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino The title character is a black drug-smuggling flight attendant who is wooed by a white bail bondsman. 1997   [30]
Heaven's Burning Craig Lahiff   1998    
Restaurant Eric Bross A romance develops between two waiters, both aspiring to enter the entertainment industry. 1998 Jury Award winner for Best Drama at the Atlantic City Film Festival in 1999.
Bulworth Warren Beatty A white senator pursues a romantic relationship with a young black activist. 1998   [42]
Besieged Bernardo Bertolucci 1998    
Next Time Alan L. Fraser 1998 Won the "Hollywood Discovery Award" and "Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Award" at the Hollywood Film Festival in 1998.
The Breaks Eric Meza 1999
Row Your Boat Sollace Mitchell 1999 Won "Audience Choice Award" at the Stony Brook Film Festival in 1999.
Colorz of Rage Dale Resteghini 1999   [43]
The Annihilation of Fish Charles Burnett 1999    
Liberty Heights Barry Levinson A Jewish white guy falls in love with a black girl at a recently desegregated school. 1999   [32][39]
The Secret Laughter of Women Peter Schwabach 1999  
Unbowed Nanci Rossov Set after the Civil War, a defiant Native American man and a high spirited Black woman fall in love while attending college. 1999 Won "Best Film" at the American Indian Film Festival in 1999.
Romeo Must Die Andrzej Bartkowiak A Romeo and Juliet story set between African American and Asian families. 2000   [44]
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Chi Muoi Lo A comedy-drama about a Vietnamese brother and sister raised by an African American couple. 2000   [44]
Mission: Impossible 2 John Woo Ethan Hunt, a white boy, has a romance with Nyah, a black woman, as they try to recover a virus. 2000   [30][44]
O Tim Blake Nelson Retelling of Othello with modern high school students. 2001   [18]
Save the Last Dance Duane Adler A teenage girl from the Midwest and an African-American teen from South Side Chicago fall in love though their mutual love of dancing. 2001   [45]
Crazy/Beautiful John Stockwell Nicole Oakley, the spoiled, rich, out-of-control daughter of congressman Tom Oakley, meets a working class Mexican-American straight-A student, Carlos Nuñez, resulting in a clash of cultures, values, and a love affair. 2001   [32]
Jump Tomorrow Joel Hopkins A young Nigerian man on the verge of being in an arranged marriage, suddenly questions his situation after an encounter with a stunning Latin woman, who is also about to be married. 2001  
Monster's Ball Marc Forster After a family tragedy, a white racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American widow of the last prisoner he executed. 2001   [18]
Far From Heaven Todd Haynes Housewife has flirtation with her African-American gardener 2002   [3]
Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha Jess, a young woman whose Sikh parents moved from Uganda to London, defies their traditional expectations to play football and begins a romantic relationship with her white coach. 2003 [46]
Holes Andrew Davis Camp Green’s background is a story of the main characters’ ancestors, told in flashbacks throughout the film. Kate is a caucasian schoolteacher whose love for Sam, an African-American onion salesman leads to tragedy when the town persecutes them for their love. 2003 [47][48]
Bollywood Queen Jeremy Wooding A British Indian take on Romeo and Juliet in which Geena, a young Gujarati woman, and Jay, a young Scottish man, fall in love while trying to keep their relationship a secret from their rival families. 2003
Alfie Charles Shyer White British guy and African-American girlfriend of his best friend. 2004   [30][49]
Guess Who Kevin Rodney Sullivan Romantic comedy about an African-American girl introducing her white fiancé to her parents. 2005   [30][50]
The White Masai Hermine Huntgeburth Based on an autobiographical novel, a white German woman falls in love and has a child with a Masai man. 2005
Romancing the Bride Kris Isacsson Romantic comedy about a confused bride, Melissa, who wakes hand-cuffed to a Mexican stranger who claims to be her husband; she has no recollection of the marriage after having consumed a Mexican "moonshine" drink and having forgotten the events that occurred the previous night. 2005
Something New Sanaa Lathan Romantic comedy about an African-American woman falling in love with her Caucasian landscape gardener. 2006   [18][30][39][51]
Falling for Grace Fay Ann Lee Romantic comedy about a relationship between a Chinese (raised in America) woman and a white American based on a quid pro quo. 2006
Blind Dating James Keach Romantic comedy about a 22-year old blind man (played by Chris Pine) trying to find the right woman to have sex with for the first time by going on blind dates set up by his brother. He ends up slowly falling in love with an Indian-American woman who must keep something secret from him as she falls in love with him as well. 2006
Rome & Jewel Charles T. Kanganis, Neil Bagg Musical take on Romeo & Juliet with a black man and white girl. 2006   [52]
Lakeview Terrace Neil LaBute Thriller about a LAPD sergeant who terrorizes his new next-door neighbors because they are an interracially married couple. 2008   [53]
Our Family Wedding Rick Famuyiwa An African-American guy plans to marry a Mexican-American girl, but they must meet each other's families. 2010   [18]
My Last Day Without You Stefan C. Schaefer German executive meets a young African American female musician who exposes a new side of NYC to him. 2011
Belle Amma Asante Period drama set in the 18th century about Dido Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a black former slave and a white British naval officer, who is raised by her wealthy great-uncle, but struggles to find her place in society. 2013   [54]
A Madea Christmas Tyler Perry A black schoolteacher tries to hide from her mother that she is married to a white guy. 2013 [55]
House of Secrets Bianca Lawson A newly divorced black woman tries to figure out who has been breaking into her house given to her by her ex-husband 2014
Dr. Cabbie Jean-François Pouliot An Indian doctor turned cab driver falls in love with a pregnant white Canadian woman 2014
Infinitely Polar Bear Maya Forbes A caucasian father struggling with bipolar disorder tries to win back his African-American wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. 2014
5 Flights Up Richard Loncraine A long-time married couple (African American male/Caucasian female) who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. 2014
Born to Be Blue Robert Budreau A partly fictional biopic about Chet Baker, focusing on his romance with (and engagement to) an African American actress in 1960s Los Angeles. 2015 [56]
Focus Denise Di Novi Will Smith and Margot Robbie; Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved. 2015
Bazodee Todd Kessler The dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman is about to marry a wealthy Londoner when a chance encounter with local Trinidadian singer sets things askew. 2015 [57]
Black Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah A 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. 2015
Sophie and the Rising Sun Maggie Greenwald A white Southern woman falls in love with a Nisei man on the eve of Pearl Harbor. 2016   [58]
A United Kingdom Amma Asante A white British woman marries Seretse Khama, a black African chief. 2016 [59]
Loving Jeff Nichols The real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who spent nine years fighting their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, up to the Supreme Court which, in 1967, reaffirmed their right to marry. 2016 [1][60]
Get Out Jordan Peele A black man visits his white girlfriend's town and family, but not everything in the town is as it seems. 2017 [61]
The Big Sick Michael Showalter A South Asian man falls in love with a white woman, despite his family's objections. 2017 [62]
Everything, Everything Stella Meghie A black girl falls in love with a white boy who lives next door. 2017
The Greatest Showman Michael Gracey Inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the lives of its star attractions, including a white aristocrat and African-American trapeze artist. 2017 [63]
The Chinese Widow Bille August In the 1940s, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed Americans' morale. A young white pilot was saved by a young local asian widow. Despite not being able to communicate verbally, they fell for each other and a tear-jerking love story went on between the two. 2017
Love, Simon Greg Berlanti A white teenage boy whose anonymous online pen pal is an African-American Jewish teenage boy 2018 [64]
Where Hands Touch Amma Asante A black girl of a German mother and a French African soldier falls in love with a young German soldier during World War II 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (film) Susan Johnson An Asian American teenage girl and a white teenage boy begin dating after he reads her letter. 2018
Candy Jar Ben Shelton A black high schooler falls in love with his white rival on the school debate team 2018
The Sun Is Also A Star Ry Russo-Young As part of an experiment, a teenage black girl falls in love with an Asian-American medical student within a day whilst her family faces deportation 2019
The Lovebirds Michael Showalter A couple (South Asian man & African American woman) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. 2020



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