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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    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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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    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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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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    Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

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    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

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

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland

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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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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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