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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 2084
    Down 225

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2094
    Down 365

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 2179
    Down 221
    1995 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1477
    Down 217
    1985 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 2297
    Down 300
    2000 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1216
    Down 240
    2001 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1443
    Down 215
    1996 More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 1151
    Down 171
    1992 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 889
    Down 109
    2004 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 1056
    Down 140
    1989 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 1000
    Down 174
    2000 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1073
    Down 224
    2002 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1150
    Down 179
    1995 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 939
    Down 147
    1991 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 1194
    Down 181
    1999 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1059
    Down 266
    2012 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 534
    Down 120
    1989 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 680
    Down 122
    1991 More
    82
  19. 19
    Up 561
    Down 131
    1989 More
    81
  20. 20
    Up 863
    Down 138
    2006 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 823
    Down 197

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 656
    Down 161

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 1075
    Down 163

    ranked low on reranks
    Menace II Society

    1993 More
    80
  24. 24
    Up 548
    Down 110

    often listed
    Hotel Rwanda

    2004 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 918
    Down 154
    1990 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 1114
    Down 176
    1997 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 990
    Down 148
    1992 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 923
    Down 161
    1995 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 673
    Down 86
    1977 More
    79
  30. 30
    Up 938
    Down 169
    2003 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 974
    Down 169
    1999 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 1105
    Down 213
    2002 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 826
    Down 190
    1996 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 798
    Down 133
    1999 More
    78
  35. 35
    Up 755
    Down 144
    2002 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 704
    Down 192

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 539
    Down 123
    1996 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 1196
    Down 170

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 852
    Down 213
    2002 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 919
    Down 119
    1993 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 817
    Down 168
    1998 More
    76
  42. 42
    Up 821
    Down 171
    1997 More
    76
  43. 43
    Up 829
    Down 140
    1996 More
    75
  44. 44
    Up 740
    Down 183
    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 543
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    75
  46. 46
    Up 1228
    Down 216
    2012 More
    74
  47. 47
    Up 419
    Down 76
    2000 More
    74
  48. 48
    Up 681
    Down 138
    1995 More
    73
  49. 49
    Up 610
    Down 112
    1995 More
    73
  50. 50
    Up 312
    Down 67
    1988 More
    72
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