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 and African 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 2090
    Down 227

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2101
    Down 365

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 2186
    Down 221
    1995 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1482
    Down 220
    1985 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 2302
    Down 301
    2000 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1219
    Down 240
    2001 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1450
    Down 215
    1996 More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 1154
    Down 171
    1992 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 890
    Down 110
    2004 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 1057
    Down 141
    1989 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 1002
    Down 174
    2000 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1075
    Down 225
    2002 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1152
    Down 180
    1995 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 944
    Down 147
    1991 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 1197
    Down 181
    1999 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1061
    Down 267
    2012 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 535
    Down 121
    1989 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 683
    Down 122
    1991 More
    82
  19. 19
    Up 562
    Down 131
    1989 More
    82
  20. 20
    Up 865
    Down 138
    2006 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 824
    Down 198

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 658
    Down 161

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 1078
    Down 163

    ranked low on reranks
    Menace II Society

    1993 More
    81
  24. 24
    Up 550
    Down 111

    often listed
    Hotel Rwanda

    2004 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 922
    Down 154
    1990 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 1115
    Down 177
    1997 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 992
    Down 148
    1992 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 926
    Down 161
    1995 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 675
    Down 87
    1977 More
    79
  30. 30
    Up 939
    Down 170
    2003 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 976
    Down 169
    1999 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 1108
    Down 213
    2002 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 826
    Down 192
    1996 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 800
    Down 134
    1999 More
    78
  35. 35
    Up 705
    Down 193

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 755
    Down 145
    2002 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 540
    Down 124
    1996 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 1198
    Down 171

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 852
    Down 214
    2002 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 920
    Down 119

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

    1993 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 819
    Down 168
    1998 More
    76
  42. 42
    Up 821
    Down 172
    1997 More
    76
  43. 43
    Up 829
    Down 140
    1996 More
    75
  44. 44
    Up 741
    Down 183
    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 545
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    75
  46. 46
    Up 1229
    Down 217
    2012 More
    74
  47. 47
    Up 420
    Down 77
    2000 More
    74
  48. 48
    Up 682
    Down 140
    1995 More
    73
  49. 49
    Up 611
    Down 113
    1995 More
    73
  50. 50
    Up 314
    Down 67
    1988 More
    73
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