List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

List Criteria: Movies must feature African-American and African culture and/or mostly above the line black casts.

List of the best black movies and black films with African American themes, ranked by movie fans. The top African American movies often dominate the box office when released and this is a list of the best black films. What are the best black people movies of all time? You can sort by actor and director, or press "rerank" below to make your own list of the greatest African American themed movies.

This list of top black films features African American comedies like Friday and Coming to America, sports films like Love & Basketball, and biographical movies about black celebrities and leaders, from Ray and Ali to Malcolm X. This list also includes great movies about slavery (both Roots and Django Unchained, for example) and films about black life in the American South throughout history, from Glory and A Time to Kill to The Help. These and other highly acclaimed black movies focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything from black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, gang films, and action flicks. For other interesting movie lists check out Ranker's lists of well-made movies about slavery and films about racism. Also check out these lists of the best black sitcoms and the best cities for African Americans.
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  1. 1
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    Down 324

    the people's #1 Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  2. 2
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    Down 487

    most listed Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  3. 3
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    Down 281

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  4. 4
    Up 1617
    Down 309

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  5. 5
    Up 1964
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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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  6. 6
    Up 2872
    Down 360

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  7. 7
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  8. 8
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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Angela Bassett

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  9. 9
    Up 1255
    Down 154

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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  10. 10
    Up 1305
    Down 221

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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  11. 11
    Up 1414
    Down 299

    often listed Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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  12. 12
    Up 1377
    Down 179

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli

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  13. 13
    Up 1524
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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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  14. 14
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    Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Taye Diggs

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  15. 15
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    Down 181

    Chris Rock, Judd Nelson, Ice-T

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  16. 16
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  17. 17
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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  18. 18
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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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  19. 19
    Up 748
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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  20. 20
    Up 756
    Down 178

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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  21. 21
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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix

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  22. 22
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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  23. 23
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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Clifton Powell

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  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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  25. 25
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  26. 26
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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, Vic Morrow

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  27. 27
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

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  28. 28
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    Down 189

    Whitney Houston, Kelly Preston, Angela Bassett

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  29. 29
    Up 1275
    Down 187

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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  30. 30
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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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  31. 31
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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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  32. 32
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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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  33. 33
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    Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan

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  34. 34
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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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  35. 35
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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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  36. 36
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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  37. 37
    Up 1523
    Down 204

    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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  38. 38
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    Down 151

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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  39. 39
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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Terrence Howard

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  40. 40
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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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  41. 41
    Up 1057
    Down 205

    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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  42. 42
    Up 1034
    Down 207

    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate

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  43. 43
    Up 951
    Down 221

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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  44. 44
    Up 1038
    Down 172

    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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  45. 45
    Up 568
    Down 101

    Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer

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  46. 46
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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  47. 47
    Up 1528
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    Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union

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  48. 48
    Up 825
    Down 172

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  49. 49
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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  50. 50
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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