If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King. It follows a young African-American woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child.
If Beale Street Could Talk had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 14, 2018 by Annapurna Pictures. It received acclaim from critics, who lauded the acting (particularly King), Jenkins' screenplay and direction, the cinematography and musical score, and was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, including winning Best Supporting Actress for King at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, while also being nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay.