List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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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 Criteria: Movies must feature African-American culture and/or mostly black casts

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1565
    Down 280

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 1656
    Down 177

    ranked low on reranks
    Friday

    1995 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 908
    Down 165

    often listed
    Training Day

    2001 More
    90
  5. 5
    Up 1818
    Down 253
    2000 More
    89
  6. 6
    Up 1084
    Down 166
    1996 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1099
    Down 155
    1985 More
    87
  8. 8
    Up 875
    Down 126

    ranked high on reranks
    Malcolm X

    1992 More
    86
  9. 9
    Up 692
    Down 111

    often listed
    New Jack City

    1991 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 840
    Down 127
    1995 More
    86
  11. 11
    Up 598
    Down 68

    ranked low on reranks
    Ray

    2004 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 787
    Down 99
    1989 More
    85
  13. 13
    Up 745
    Down 134
    2000 More
    85
  14. 14
    Up 800
    Down 168

    often listed
    Barbershop

    2002 More
    84
  15. 15
    Up 793
    Down 120
    1993 More
    84
  16. 16
    Up 467
    Down 86

    often listed
    The Five Heartbeats

    1991 More
    84
  17. 17
    Up 794
    Down 177
    2012 More
    84
  18. 18
    Up 874
    Down 153
    1999 More
    83
  19. 19
    Up 611
    Down 150

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    83
  20. 20
    Up 425
    Down 94

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 864
    Down 144
    1997 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 720
    Down 112

    ranked low on reranks
    Juice

    1992 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 618
    Down 87

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pursuit of Happyness

    2006 More
    81
  24. 24
    Up 575
    Down 114

    ranked high on reranks
    Antwone Fisher

    2002 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 673
    Down 130
    1995 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 349
    Down 75

    often listed
    Do the Right Thing

    1989 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 682
    Down 118
    1990 More
    80
  28. 28
    Up 493
    Down 118

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    80
  29. 29
    Up 692
    Down 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Bad Boys II

    2003 More
    80
  30. 30
    Up 869
    Down 175
    2002 More
    80
  31. 31
    Up 656
    Down 163

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Drumline

    2002 More
    79
  32. 32
    Up 375
    Down 67
    2004 More
    79
  33. 33
    Up 744
    Down 131
    1999 More
    79
  34. 34
    Up 391
    Down 95

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Time to Kill

    1996 More
    79
  35. 35
    Up 614
    Down 134

    ranked low on reranks
    The Players Club

    1998 More
    78
  36. 36
    Up 489
    Down 139

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    78
  37. 37
    Up 346
    Down 90

    often listed
    Enemy of the State

    1998 More
    78
  38. 38
    Up 627
    Down 129

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Love Jones

    1997 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 610
    Down 141

    often listed
    The Nutty Professor

    1996 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 638
    Down 107
    1996 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 700
    Down 97
    1993 More
    77
  42. 42
    Up 920
    Down 145

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  43. 43
    Up 569
    Down 142

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

    1998 More
    77
  44. 44
    Up 948
    Down 164
    2012 More
    77
  45. 45
    Up 486
    Down 58
    1977 More
    76
  46. 46
    Up 586
    Down 105
    1999 More
    76
  47. 47
    Up 398
    Down 117

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    76
  48. 48
    Up 517
    Down 106
    1995 More
    76
  49. 49
    Up 278
    Down 43
    2000 More
    75
  50. 50
    Up 435
    Down 90
    1995 More
    73
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