List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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

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    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  4. 4
    + 3,060
    - 465


    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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  5. 5
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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  6. 6
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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne See The Best The Color Purple Movie Quotes

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

  10. 10
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    Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

  11. 11
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    Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

    often listed
    Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

  18. 18
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    Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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    Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    The Five Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Five Heartbeats Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

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    Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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

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    Ali is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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

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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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    Life is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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    House Party is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    House Party Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

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    Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Roots is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Roots Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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    Juice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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    Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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    Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Big Momma's House Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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    The Original Kings of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley

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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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    The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    Drumline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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