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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.

List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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    the people's #1
    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    most listed
    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  10. 10
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    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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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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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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    Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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    Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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

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    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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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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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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

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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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