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.

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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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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  2. 52
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    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  3. 53
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    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  4. 54
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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  5. 55
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    Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  6. 56
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  7. 57
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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  8. 58
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

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  9. 59
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  10. 60
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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  11. 61
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  12. 62
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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  13. 63
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  14. 64
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  15. 65
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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  16. 66
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    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  17. 67
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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  18. 68
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  19. 69
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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  21. 71
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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  22. 72
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  23. 73
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    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  24. 74
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  25. 75
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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  26. 76
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  27. 77
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    LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  28. 78
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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  29. 79
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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  30. 80
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    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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    Queen Latifah, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne

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  32. 82
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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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  33. 83
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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  34. 84
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  35. 85
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  36. 86
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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  37. 87
    + 352
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    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  38. 88
    + 572
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  39. 89
    + 550
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  40. 90
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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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  41. 91
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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  42. 92
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    Damon Wayans, Bam Bam Bigelow, Michael Ironside

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  43. 93
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  44. 94
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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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  45. 95
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  46. 96
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    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  47. 97
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    Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

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  48. 98
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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  49. 99
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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