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List Rules 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.
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Friday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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+ - 4,118 761
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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+ - 4,312 948
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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+ - 5,104 757
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne - See The Best The Color Purple Movie Quotes

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+ - 3,723 604
Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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+ - 5,063 718
Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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+ - 2,449 686
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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+ - 3,566 1,183
Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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+ - 3,623 478
Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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+ - 3,244 637
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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+ - 3,425 663
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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+ - 3,930 599
Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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+ - 6,477 796
Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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+ - 3,572 478
Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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+ - 3,057 497
New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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+ - 1,976 542
Glory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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+ - 3,582 728
Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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+ - 2,154 563
Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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+ - 3,851 539
The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Best Man Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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+ - 3,270 440
Juice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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+ - 2,452 448
The Five Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Five Heartbeats Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

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+ - 2,863 510
Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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+ - 2,518 711
The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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+ - 3,697 443
Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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+ - 2,451 629
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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+ - 2,446 411
Roots is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Roots Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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+ - 2,227 443
Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Antwone Fisher Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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+ - 2,009 535
Ali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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+ - 2,889 462
House Party is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
House Party Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

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+ - 3,231 466
Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Soul Food Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa L. Williams

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+ - 1,741 431
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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+ - 2,639 415
Life is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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+ - 2,841 448
Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Waiting to Exhale Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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+ - 2,895 319
What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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+ - 3,093 451
The Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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+ - 2,824 564
Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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+ - 2,250 683
Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Big Momma's House Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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+ - 2,520 520
The Players Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Players Club Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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+ - 2,099 504
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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+ - 1,590 503
School Daze is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
School Daze Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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+ - 1,891 421
Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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+ - 1,558 335
The Original Kings of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley

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+ - 2,432 358
Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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+ - 1,929 414
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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+ - 1,774 236
Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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+ - 2,514 590
Drumline is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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+ - 2,333 434
A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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+ - 2,402 495
Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Love Jones Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson