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.

The best black movies are favorites that explore African-American culture and themes. This list is ranked by film fans, many of whom grew up waiting for and watching goods, realistic representations of what life was like for black people in America. 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? Some of these films appear on other lists that you may find interesting, such as: best comedies of all time, best drama movies and best actions movies on Netflix. 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 classic 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 in cinema focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything to watch from '90s black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, famous 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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    John Singleton, Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy

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    Chris Tucker, Ice Cube, Bernie Mac

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    Ethan Hawke, Dr. Dre, Tom Berenger

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    Laurence Fishburne, Dana Ivey, Adolph Caesar

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    George Guidall, Al Sharpton, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Chris Thomas King, Curt Sobel, Julian Bond

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah

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    Kyla Pratt, Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard

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    Franco Nero, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern

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    Lynne Thigpen, Ahmed Best, Robert Guillaume

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Ari Parker

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    Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Keith David

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    Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long

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    Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Martin Lawrence

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    Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

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    Judd Nelson, Wesley Snipes, Mario Van Peebles

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    Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Jean Reno

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    Melvin Van Peebles, Martin Lawrence, Eartha Kitt

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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Michael Wright

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate, Charles S. Dutton

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    James Coburn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alexia Robinson

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    Vivica A. Fox, Tamara Braun, Nia Long

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    Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, LeVar Burton

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    Queen Latifah, Ernest R. Dickerson, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye

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    Martin Lawrence, Paul O'Grady, George Clinton

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    Kelly Preston, Gregory Hines, Wesley Snipes

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    Malcolm David Kelley, Joy Bryant, Kevin Connolly

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    Sanaa Lathan, Sean Nelson, Christina Milian

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    Laurence Fishburne, Rob LaBelle, Virginia Capers

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Jonathan Hadary, Oliver Platt

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    Lisa Nicole Carson, Rick James, Martin Lawrence

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    Queen Latifah, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def

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    Billy Zane, Keanu Reeves, Regina King

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    Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Martin Lawrence

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    Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, Nia Long

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    Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones

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    Bobby Brown, Della Reese, Martin Lawrence

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    Laurence Fishburne, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison

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    Lisa Nicole Carson, Larenz Tate, Nia Long

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

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    Regina King, Suzzanne Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Kelly Rowland, Darren Collison, Gabrielle Union

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    Forest Whitaker, Denzel Whitaker, John Heard

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