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 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 1970
    Down 339

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1950
    Down 211

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 2051
    Down 211
    1995 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 2174
    Down 285
    2000 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 1400
    Down 201
    1985 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1139
    Down 219
    2001 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1361
    Down 196
    1996 More
    87
  8. 8
    Up 1073
    Down 163
    1992 More
    85
  9. 9
    Up 1073
    Down 163
    1995 More
    85
  10. 10
    Up 986
    Down 127
    1989 More
    84
  11. 11
    Up 933
    Down 160
    2000 More
    84
  12. 12
    Up 873
    Down 140
    1991 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1006
    Down 210
    2002 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 1123
    Down 172
    1999 More
    84
  15. 15
    Up 819
    Down 97
    2004 More
    84
  16. 16
    Up 988
    Down 239
    2012 More
    82
  17. 17
    Up 634
    Down 111
    1991 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 772
    Down 183
    1992 More
    81
  19. 19
    Up 1001
    Down 154
    1993 More
    81
  20. 20
    Up 855
    Down 146
    1990 More
    80
  21. 21
    Up 801
    Down 125
    2006 More
    80
  22. 22
    Up 617
    Down 146

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    80
  23. 23
    Up 1054
    Down 168
    1997 More
    80
  24. 24
    Up 475
    Down 111

    often listed
    Do the Right Thing

    1989 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 919
    Down 134
    1992 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 867
    Down 152
    1995 More
    79
  27. 27
    Up 924
    Down 158
    1999 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 877
    Down 161
    2003 More
    78
  29. 29
    Up 503
    Down 94
    2004 More
    78
  30. 30
    Up 1050
    Down 203
    2002 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 519
    Down 122

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 629
    Down 76
    1977 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 715
    Down 137
    2002 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 804
    Down 201
    2002 More
    77
  35. 35
    Up 753
    Down 121
    1999 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 767
    Down 159
    1998 More
    76
  37. 37
    Up 451
    Down 110
    1998 More
    76
  38. 38
    Up 646
    Down 178
    2000 More
    76
  39. 39
    Up 506
    Down 115
    1996 More
    76
  40. 40
    Up 774
    Down 160
    1997 More
    76
  41. 41
    Up 766
    Down 176
    1996 More
    76
  42. 42
    Up 864
    Down 112
    1993 More
    76
  43. 43
    Up 1119
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    76
  44. 44
    Up 698
    Down 171

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 783
    Down 132
    1996 More
    75
  46. 46
    Up 502
    Down 144

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    75
  47. 47
    Up 1165
    Down 201
    2012 More
    74
  48. 48
    Up 380
    Down 66
    2000 More
    74
  49. 49
    Up 634
    Down 128
    1995 More
    73
  50. 50
    Up 563
    Down 105
    1995 More
    72
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