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.
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  2. 2
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    most listed Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  3. 3
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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  4. 4
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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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  5. 5
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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  6. 6
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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  7. 7
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  8. 8
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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Angela Bassett

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  9. 9
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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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  10. 10
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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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  11. 11
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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli

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  12. 12
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    often listed Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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  13. 13
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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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  14. 14
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    Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Taye Diggs

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  15. 15
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    often listed Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  16. 16
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    Chris Rock, Judd Nelson, Ice-T

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  17. 17
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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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  19. 19
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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  20. 20
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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix

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  21. 21
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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  22. 22
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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Clifton Powell

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  23. 23
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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  26. 26
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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, Vic Morrow

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  27. 27
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

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  28. 28
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    Whitney Houston, Kelly Preston, Angela Bassett

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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  30. 30
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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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  31. 31
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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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  32. 32
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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan

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  34. 34
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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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  36. 36
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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  37. 37
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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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  38. 38
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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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  39. 39
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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Terrence Howard

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  40. 40
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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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  41. 41
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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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  42. 42
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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate

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  43. 43
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    Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer

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  44. 44
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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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  45. 45
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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  46. 46
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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  47. 47
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    Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union

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  48. 48
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  49. 49
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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