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 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 2024
    Down 215

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2043
    Down 355

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 2117
    Down 216
    1995 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1443
    Down 210
    1985 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 2242
    Down 293
    2000 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1179
    Down 231
    2001 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1406
    Down 204
    1996 More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 1119
    Down 165
    1992 More
    87
  9. 9
    Up 860
    Down 100
    2004 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 1022
    Down 134
    1989 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 973
    Down 166
    2000 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1045
    Down 220
    2002 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1116
    Down 174
    1995 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 908
    Down 145
    1991 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 1164
    Down 179
    1999 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1028
    Down 252
    2012 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 517
    Down 115
    1989 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 661
    Down 117
    1991 More
    82
  19. 19
    Up 545
    Down 127
    1989 More
    81
  20. 20
    Up 802
    Down 189
    1992 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 832
    Down 132

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pursuit of Happyness

    2006 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 640
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 531
    Down 103

    often listed
    Hotel Rwanda

    2004 More
    80
  24. 24
    Up 1044
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks
    Menace II Society

    1993 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 888
    Down 151
    1990 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 1087
    Down 173
    1997 More
    79
  27. 27
    Up 955
    Down 141
    1992 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 897
    Down 155
    1995 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 951
    Down 162
    1999 More
    78
  30. 30
    Up 910
    Down 166
    2003 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 800
    Down 183
    1996 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 1077
    Down 207
    2002 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 780
    Down 125
    1999 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 651
    Down 81
    1977 More
    77
  35. 35
    Up 735
    Down 139
    2002 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 677
    Down 185

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 524
    Down 117
    1996 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 829
    Down 206
    2002 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 896
    Down 114

    ranked low on reranks
    What's Love Got to Do with It

    1993 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 1158
    Down 168

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 793
    Down 163
    1998 More
    76
  42. 42
    Up 794
    Down 165
    1997 More
    75
  43. 43
    Up 808
    Down 135
    1996 More
    75
  44. 44
    Up 721
    Down 176
    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 527
    Down 148

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    75
  46. 46
    Up 1206
    Down 206
    2012 More
    74
  47. 47
    Up 401
    Down 71
    2000 More
    74
  48. 48
    Up 659
    Down 135
    1995 More
    73
  49. 49
    Up 589
    Down 109
    1995 More
    72
  50. 50
    Up 297
    Down 62
    1988 More
    72
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